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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ranks in the middle of the competitive full-size pickup truck class. It has strong engines, a comfortable interior, and above-average towing and payload ratings, but it’s just not as capable or as luxe as its top rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Quiet, comfortable cabin
  • Strong V6 and V8 engines
  • Good towing rating and payload capacity
  • Six-speed automatic transmission isn't as smooth as the eight-speed

New for 2018

  • Rearview camera became standard
  • Mild-hybrid eAssist package for LTZ and LT models became available nationwide




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.2
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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a Good Used Truck?

Yes, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is a good full-size pickup truck. The Silverado is comfortable to ride in, whether you're tackling work or out to play. It’s has a lineup of muscular V6 and V8 engine options, which can help it tow and haul some considerable loads. The Chevy also has a great infotainment system with simple controls, as well as a lot of available safety features.

The 2018 Silverado 1500 has several strengths:

  • Easy-to-use touch-screen infotainment system
  • Quiet and comfortable cabin
  • Lower average prices than most rivals'
  • Potent V6 and V8 engines
  • Good towing and payload capacities

Its weaknesses are few and far between:

  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission is less refined than the optional eight-speed automatic
  • Interior doesn’t match that of top rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 41 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

There are about 2,700 listings for the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 on our site, with an average list price of $32,900. Prices range from $24,300 to $45,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cost to Own?

The 2018 Silverado 1500’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $28,780, or $5,756 per year. That’s typical for a used half-ton truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Silverado 1500?

The Chevy Silverado was fully redesigned for 2019, and there are some substantial changes from the previous generation. In addition to a new look, the newer Silverados have a larger bed, more cabin space, and a higher maximum payload capacity by 340 pounds. Powertrain configurations include four-cylinder and turbodiesel engines, neither of which is available in the 2018 Silverado. Goodies like Apple CarPlay are now standard, and new safety features are available, including a head-up display and a surround-view parking camera system. You may be able to save some money by opting for a used Silverado, but you'll be missing out on quite a few enhancements for the 2019 models.

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The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 belongs to a generation that spanned the 2014 through 2018 model years. An improved eight-speed transmission became available with the 6.2-liter V8 engine for 2015 and with the 5.3-liter V8 engines for 2016. Also for 2016, features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and lane keep assist became available. The Silverado's maximum trailering capacity received a bump to 12,500 pounds for 2017. For 2018, Chevy added a rearview camera to the Silverado's standard features list. To save the most money, we recommend shopping throughout the generation to seek out the best combination of price, performance, and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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Which Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in eight trims: WT, LS, Custom, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ Z71, and High Country. A number of special editions are also available, including the All Star Edition, Rally Edition, and Midnight Edition. Regular Cab models come with either a 6.5-foot or an 8-foot bed. Double Cab models are only available with a 6.5-foot bed. With the Crew Cab, you have a choice between a 5-foot-8-inch and a 6.5-foot bed. Depending on the configuration, the Silverado is available with a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8, or a 6.2-liter V8 engine.

We cover some of the most popular trim levels below. For shoppers in search of a basic work truck, the entry-level WT is a great place to start. It comes standard with a touch-screen infotainment system and safety tech like a rearview camera and the Teen Driver system. For a pickup that works hard while treating occupants well, the LTZ is an appealing choice. Among its luxuries are leather upholstery and heated, power adjustable front seats. This is the first trim in the lineup that comes with a standard V8 engine, and it is one of the only trims that can be configured to tow up to 12,500 pounds.

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT: Short for Work Truck, the Silverado WT is outfitted just for that purpose. Its standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and automatic climate control.
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Z71: This adventure-oriented trim level comes with off-road suspension and handling upgrades, unique body treatments, hill descent control, and four-wheel drive. The driver information center gets an off-road screen that displays data such as wheel angle and vehicle pitch and roll.
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ: The LTZ is a midlevel trim that combines heavy-duty capabilities with some highbrow upgrades. It comes standard with a trailering package and a V8 engine, and is also one of only two Silverado trims than can be equipped to tow up to 12,500 pounds (when outfitted with the 6.2-liter engine and max trailering package). Additionally, this trim comes with leather seats, heated and 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a household-style power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, and remote start.
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country: The range-topping High Country trim comes only with the Crew Cab. It has heated, ventilated, and 12-way power-adjustable front bucket seats. Other notable standard features include a Bose premium sound system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and wireless phone charging. The Enhanced Driver Alert package comes standard, which adds lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlights, and a safety alert driver seat.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Silverado 1500?

The 2018 Silverado 1500 earned the highest rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety categories: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. Double cab models have the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the driver-side small overlap front test, while Crew Cab models received the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

Trucks equipped with the optional forward automatic braking – part of the Enhanced Driver Alert package – provide a Basic level of front crash prevention, which is the lowest rating. All Double and Crew Cab models received the lowest rating of Poor for their headlights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave all three cab styles five out of five stars in every test with the exception of the rollover test, for which the Silverado 1500 earned four stars.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (allows you to do things like program speed and volume limits when other drivers are behind the wheel)

Available advanced safety features:

  • front and rear parking sensors
  • lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • forward collision warning
  • low-speed automatic forward braking
  • safety alert seat (vibrates in coordination with other safety features)
  • automatic high-beam headlights

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2018 Ford F-150?

If owning the hardest working truck is a must for you, then the 2018 Ford F-150 is your pickup. It’s the title holder for best-in-class towing and hauling. The F-150 is also expected to cost less to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair than other full-size pickup trucks. In comparison, these same expenses cost an additional $520 or so a year for the 2018 Chevy Silverado. The Silverado has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating and a slightly lower average price than the F-150. These are only moderate advantages, though, and ultimately the F-150 is the better truck.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2018 Ram 1500?

Part of the appeal of the 2018 Ram 1500 is that it tends to cost less than the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado (by around $3,400), yet it feels like you get more for your money. Every trim has quality materials, and upper trims feel upscale. The Ram delivers arguably the smoothest ride of any full-size truck, and unlike the Silverado, it offers a diesel powertrain. The Ram doesn’t best the Chevy in all areas, though. You get more standard features in the Silverado, it earns better crash test ratings, and it has a higher tow rating. If you prefer higher hauling and safety ratings, go with the Chevy. For a nicer interior, pick the Ram.  

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2018 Silverado 1500 Performance

How Does the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Drive?

The Chevy Silverado 1500 comes standard with a V6 engine that is energetic enough for daily driving and can handle light-duty hauling. Two polished V8 engines are available, dramatically increasing your towing abilities when the truck comes with the proper trailering equipment. Between the standard six-speed and the available eight-speed automatic transmissions, most professional reviewers prefer the eight-speed, which shifts faster and smoother.

On the highway, the Silverado is as comfortable as a large truck can be. It has strong brakes and a good steering feel, and it's relatively easy to maneuver in a parking lot.

  • Base engine: 4.3-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engines:
    • 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque
    • 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic; available eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Silverado's base V6 engine has typical fuel economy for a full-size pickup. On average, annual fuel costs with the 5.3-liter V8 are $100 more with the six-speed automatic transmission, and $250 more a year with the eight-speed automatic. If you plan to put a lot of miles on your truck but want a powerful V8, look for a Silverado with the eAssist option. This is a mild hybrid that gets the same gas mileage as the 4.3-liter V6 engine. The 6.2-liter V8 costs around $900 more to fuel each year, with its requirement for premium gasoline adding to its higher fuel costs. A model with 4WD may add $100 to your annual fuel costs.

  • 4.3-liter V6, RWD: 18/24 mpg city/highway
  • 5.3-Liter V8, RWD: 16/23 mpg
  • 5.3-Liter V8 with eAssist, RWD: 18/24 mpg
  • 6.2-Liter V8, RWD: 15/21 mpg (premium gasoline)
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity

The Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 pounds when properly equipped. It has a maximum payload capacity of 2,250 pounds.

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2018 Silverado 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Silverado 1500 Seat?

The 2018 Silverado 1500 seats three people in Regular Cab models. Double Cab and Crew Cab models have room for six people and come with a set of rear doors and a back seat. Some trucks have upgraded bucket seats in place of the front bench seat, dropping seating capacity by one.

Your crew will have no problem enduring a long haul in the Silverado 1500. Both rows of seats have ample head- and legroom, the well-padded seats are comfortable, and the cabin is quiet.

Standard seating features:

  • vinyl upholstery
  • front bench seat
  • rear full-width folding bench seat (Double Cab models)
  • rear 60/40 split folding bench seat (Crew Cab models)

Available seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

Models with a back seat have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The hardware is difficult to use, receiving a second-lowest rating of Marginal for Double Cab models and the lowest rating of Poor for Crew Cab models from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The tether anchors are hard to find and can be confused with other hardware, and it's particularly difficult to clip a car seat in using the Crew Cab's lower anchors.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

Every Silverado comes with a touch-screen infotainment system, but only the upgraded systems feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These popular systems connect with your smartphone to bring you straightforward menus and provide on-screen access to some of your favorite entertainment and navigation apps. And with the Silverado's knobs and switches, you can easily adjust settings without taking your gloves off.

  • Standard infotainment features: the MyLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, voice-activated technology, OnStar, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a sunroof, active noise cancellation, and dual-zone climate control

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Dimensions

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cargo Space

The Silverado is available with three different bed lengths:

  • 5-foot-8-inch
  • 6-foot-6-inch
  • 8-foot

Not every bed length is available with each cabin style. Conveniences include a step built into each corner of the rear bumper, and an available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate for effortless opening and closing of the tailgate. The Silverado has a decent amount of in-cabin storage, including various cubbies and an available locking under-seat storage area.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 2 inches to 20 feet
  • Curb weight: 4,696 to 5,300 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,800 to 7,600 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Built?

Chevrolet built the Silverado 1500 in Michigan, Indiana, and Mexico.


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