2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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MSRP: $28,300 - 55,600

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The high-ranking 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 excels in every area that a full-size truck should. Positives include an excellent predicted reliability score, a nice interior, and good towing and hauling capabilities.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Good towing and hauling capacity
  • Powerful V8 engine options
  • Upscale cabin and user-friendly tech
  • Excellent predicted reliability
  • Base transmission not great for heavy towing

New for 2018

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

Is the Chevrolet Silverado a Good Truck?

The Chevrolet Silverado is a good truck that features potent engines and high payload and towing capacities. It has an upscale cabin with comfortable and supportive seats. It also offers commendable maneuverability and off-road performance. There is plenty of available tech, including driver assistance features like lane keep assist and forward collision warning. The Silverado competes well with other highly ranked trucks in this very competitive segment.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Silverado?

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a great option in the full-size pickup truck class, but there are other noteworthy alternatives. Some rivals, like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, have lower sticker prices and place near the top of our rankings. Both trucks also have a good amount of features. The Ram can't tow as much at the Silverado, but the Ford has a slightly higher capacity.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Silverado?

For 2018, Chevrolet made a rearview camera standard in the Silverado. Additionally, you can now order a hybrid version of the truck nationwide (it was previously only available in California). Still, if you're open to driving a used truck, you may want to consider shopping for a 2017 or older Silverado. The current generation dates back to 2014. There have been a handful of changes every year, so you'll have to weigh those against the savings you'll likely get with older models. 

A Wi-Fi hot spot was first made available for the 2015 model year, and an eight-speed automatic transmission replaced the 2014's six-speed in 6.2-liter V8 models. That resulted in a 1 mpg gain in fuel economy. The transmission is refined and enables easy acceleration, even when towing. For 2016, that eight-speed automatic was made optional with the 5.3-liter V8, and features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and lane keep assist were made available for the first time. Improvements for the 2017 model year include an increase in maximum towing capacity – up to 12,500 pounds from 12,000 in previous models. The Teen Driver safety and monitoring system is also standard for 2017 models.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 36 Reviews Analyzed

Spending all your free time researching cars is a major bummer, so we’ve helped by doing it for you. We combine the opinions of professional test drivers with objective data such as reliability and safety ratings. For our analysis of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, we looked at 36 professional reviews. This 2018 Chevrolet Silverado review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2014 through 2018 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Silverado Cost?

The Chevrolet Silverado has a base price that’s just over $28,000, which is about average among full-size trucks. Like many other trucks, however, the Silverado can get much more expensive if you opt for larger cabs, bigger engines, or higher trims. The highest trim, the High Country, has a starting price north of $50,000. That’s a ton of money, but it’s less than the highest trims of many rivals.

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Chevrolet Silverado Versus the Competition

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

The Ford F-150 has one of the highest towing capacities in the class, and it has a larger maximum payload than the Chevy. The F-150 also has one of the lowest starting prices in the segment. Both the F-150 and Silverado have a base V6 engine, with more powerful choices available. With the F-150, you can upgrade to one of the three available twin-turbocharged V6s or a V8. The Ford has plenty of tech features and accommodating seats, but its interior is a smidge less upscale than the base Silverado's. The Chevy also gets a much better predicted reliability rating. The Ford’s lower starting price and slight capability advantages make it the better buy than the Silverado.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 offers V6, V8, and turbodiesel powertrains. With the diesel, the Ram is the most fuel-efficient engine in the full-size pickup truck class. The Silverado does not offer a diesel option. Also, the Ram has one of the most comfortable rides in the class. It costs less than the Chevy, but it doesn't come with as many driver assistance features. Also, it has lower towing and hauling capacities than the Silverado. On the basis of comfort and price, the Ram is the better vehicle. If you don't need the Chevy’s extra capabilities, go for the Ram.

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Silverado Interior

How Many People Does the Silverado Seat?

The Silverado seats three in Regular Cab models and six in other cab styles. All cabs are available with front bucket seats that drop seating capacity by one. Both rows of seats have plenty of space and support (Crew Cab models especially so), and the front seats feel upscale when fully upgraded.

Silverado and Car Seats

Two-row Silverados have two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, but the system is a chore to use. The lower anchors are set too deep in the seat, and the tether anchors are hard to find and easily confused with other hardware.

Silverado Interior Quality

In any trim, the Silverado features a well-designed interior and a fair number of high-quality materials. In higher trims, the level of luxury is kicked up yet another notch.

Silverado Cargo Space

In addition to some useful in-cabin storage areas, the Silverado comes with three different bed lengths. The shortest bed is just over 5.5 feet, the middle bed is 6.5 feet, and the long bed is 8 feet. There are bed features as well, including a step built into each corner of the rear bumper and Chevy’s EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate.

Note that each bed length is only available with certain cab styles.

Silverado Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Silverado include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth. Available features include a sunroof, wireless device charging, satellite radio, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, an upgraded MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

The Silverado gets a leg up on some competitors by offering Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. These features are becoming more common in many makes and models, but they’re still not universally available. A responsive touch screen and physical buttons control the user-friendly MyLink infotainment system, which also has an intuitive interface.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Silverado Performance

Silverado Engine: V6 or V8? Depends on Your Needs

The Silverado comes standard with a V6 engine that puts out 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Two V8s are available. The smaller one produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, while the larger one puts out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

If you’re not going to do a lot of towing and hauling, the V6 will suit you fine, as it has plenty of power for normal driving situations. The V8s are better choices for pulling trailers and the like, and the right one to choose depends on what you need to tow.

Silverado Gas Mileage: Pretty Good for a Full-Size Truck

The base engine is the most fuel-efficient, earning 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The largest V8’s numbers are the worst, at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. On an annual basis, the Silverado will cost you about as much in gas money as the Ram 1500, but it will cost you about $200 more than the Ford F-150.

Silverado Ride and Handling: Like Good Scotch, It Goes Down Smoothly

Some trucks jostle and jar you even over relatively smooth roads. Not this Chevy. Its ride is cushioned and composed even when the pavement isn’t perfect. But the Silverado is plenty capable too. It provides responsive steering and poised handling on winding roads, and it’s fairly maneuverable in confined spaces, such as a parking garage.

Silverado Off-Road Performance

The Silverado is available with four-wheel drive, which is useful for more than just messy road conditions. It’s not a cheap upgrade – it costs at least $3,000 (upgrade prices vary with trim) – but it does turn this Chevy into a capable off-roader. There’s also the Z71 off-road package, which adds features like a heavy-duty suspension, a locking differential, and hill descent control.

Silverado Towing Capacity

Trucks are expected to be capable towing and hauling vehicles, and the Silverado delivers. It has a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,250 pounds. Both ratings are among the class leaders. It also moves with ease even while weighed down, especially when equipped with one of the V8 engines. Make sure to upgrade to the eight-speed transmission if you’ll be towing frequently; its gear spacing is more suitable for towing than the standard six-speed transmission’s.

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Silverado Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Silverado Reliable?

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A rating of three is average for all vehicles.

Chevrolet Silverado Warranty

Chevrolet backs the Silverado 1500 with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Class rivals like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 have similar warranties.

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Silverado Safety

Silverado Crash Test Results

The 2018 Silverado earned a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. It has a Marginal rating in small overlap front test.

Silverado Safety Features

A Teen Driver system, which allows you to program speed and volume limits for the truck, and a rearview camera come standard in the Silverado. Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic forward braking, and a safety alert seat.

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Which Chevrolet Silverado Model Is Right for Me?

Buying a Silverado involves making several decisions. You need to choose between three cabs, three bed lengths, and three engines. Once you’ve made all of those decisions, all that’s left is to choose between the Silverado’s more than half a dozen trims.

There are too many combinations to cover here, but we discuss the three cab styles and two of the most popular trims below. Once you’ve selected a trim, you can also choose from any of several available features and option packages.

Choosing the right trim depends on your needs. If you’re only using the truck for work, then the base Work Truck trim is a great choice because it’s capable and you won’t waste money on unnecessary features. The High Country trim is a great choice for people who want the most upscale truck in the lineup. Most buyers should opt for one of the middle trims (LS, LT, and LTZ), which offer different balances between affordability and feature availability. The LT and LTZ are also available in Z71 editions, which are more capable off-road trucks.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

The Silverado 1500 Regular Cab is the only Silverado without a back seat, and it has a starting price of $28,285. The standard Regular Cab comes with a 6.5-foot bed, but you can also get an 8-foot bed for a few hundred dollars more. Four-wheel drive will cost you nearly $4,000 more, and upgrading from the base V6 engine to the 5.3-liter V8 costs about $1,200. The Silverado 1500 Regular Cab is available in the base Work Truck (WT), LS, and LT trims.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab

Silverado 1500 Double Cab models start at $32,310. These models are the lowest to have a rear seat, and they have a maximum seating capacity of six. Double Cab models are only available with the 6.5-foot bed. All three engines are available with Double Cab trims, so if you want a V8, but the 5.3-liter isn’t big enough, you can get the 6.2-liter V8. It’ll cost you about $2,700 though, and it’s only available in the LTZ trim. All trims except the High Country are available with the Double Cab.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Silverado 1500 Crew Cab models start at $34,785. Crew Cab models also have a rear seat, but it’s more spacious than in Double Cab models. A 5-foot-8-inch bed is standard in Crew Cab models. You can get a 6.5-foot bed for about $1,400 more. You can’t get the V6 engine in Crew Cab models. The larger V8 is only available in the upper LTZ and High Country trims.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT

The Silverado 1500 WT is the base trim, and WT is short for Work Truck. And that’s exactly what it’s best suited for, as it has few features. Beyond the standard features, you can add a locking rear differential for $790, satellite radio for $195, and the WT/LT Convenience package ($710), which includes power windows, keyless entry, and a remote locking tailgate.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

The Silverado 1500 High Country is the top trim in this Chevy’s lineup. It’s only offered with the Crew Cab, and it has a starting price of $52,000. That’s with the 5-foot-8-inch bed. The 6-foot-6-inch bed costs about $300 more. This is the best-equipped truck in the lineup and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, the upgraded MyLink infotainment system, and wireless device charging. The High Country Deluxe package ($7,730) adds the larger V8 engine, active noise cancellation, and a sunroof. You can also add a rear-seat entertainment system for $1,620.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has several powerful engine options, excellent towing capability, and an upscale interior. It also has a long features list and great predicted reliability. This Chevy is definitely worth buying, but there are other trucks with just as many positives – and some of them cost a little less.  

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Even with its recent styling upgrades, the Silverado's look remains tastefully conservative, which for many truck buyers is a good thing. For these folks, the measure of a pickup's value is in how much it can haul, tow and carry. Chevrolet's Silverado has a higher trailering rating than the Tundra, and a host of new safety features to challenge the F-150. Unlike the Ram and Titan, the Silverado doesn't offer the option of diesel engine, but its choice of three powerful gasoline engines helps keep the price down without sacrificing power or capability." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The Silverado is an honest tool, simple and effective. Need a full-size pickup be anything more?" -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "Although there are only two noteworthy changes to the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado lineup of full-size pickups, together they go a long way toward improving the big Chevy trucks' competitive edge in this hotly contested market." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
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