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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has a great cabin. It is well-arranged, looks good, and uses mostly high-end materials. Higher trims feel more like luxury cars than pickup trucks. Both rows of seats are comfortable and supportive, and you have a choice of three cab styles and three bed lengths.

The Silverado has plenty of available tech and driver assistance features. The infotainment system is easy to use, and it has several connectivity options. Even the bed has useful features like an easy-to-lower tailgate and a step built into the corners of the rear bumper to make it easier to climb into the bed.

  • "Even more basic models of the 2017 Chevy Silverado benefit from the sensible layout and ample storage, and the plastics are nicely textured and feel upscale. Of course, if you opt for higher-end models, you get higher-end materials, with the High Country models laying on the luxury nice and thick." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "… as it sits, the Silverado remains a truck-guy's truck, with an upright dashboard boasting a full array of analog gauges monitoring all manner of engine parameters—and an elegant simplicity not present in the more forward-looking Ram 1500 and Ford F-150." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "To capitalize on the new, more refined feel, Chevy did some serious work on the truck's interior. The gauges, dash, seats and even the carpet give the truck a more upscale feel in comparison to the previous Silverado." -- Autotrader (2015)

Seating

The Silverado seats three in Regular Cab models and six in Double and Crew Cab models. A split-bench seat that holds three people comes standard, and front bucket seats that drop seating capacity by one are available in all Silverados. Vinyl upholstery comes standard. Leather or cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Inside the quiet cabin, the front seats have ample room. When fully upgraded, the seats also feel pretty luxurious. The rear seats have plenty of room (especially Crew Cab models), and both rows are supportive. Driver visibility is somewhat limited by the grip handles on the windshield pillars.

Silverados with rear seats feature two sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, but the system receives a low usability rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The tether anchors are hard to find and easily confused with other hardware, and the lower anchors are set too deep in the seat.

  • "Despite its boxy design, there is an eerie lack of wind and road noise when driving the full-size Chevrolet Silverado pickup, a testament to just how far GM's suspension and body engineering technologies have come." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • We found terrific front and rear room, although the more raked windshield seems to provide less headroom than before in sunroof models." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "With a choice of bench or buckets (depending on trim level) up front, as well as available heating, ventilation and adjustable lumbar support, the Silverado's thickly padded seats promise plenty of long-trip comfort." -- Edmunds (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Silverado include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, the Teen Driver system, a rearview camera, and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth.

Available features include a sunroof, wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, active noise cancellation, dual-zone climate control, an upgraded MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, voice-activated technology, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic forward braking, and a safety alert seat.

There aren’t a lot of standard features in this Chevy, but that’s relatively common among pickup trucks. Teen Driver is useful if you need to let your kids drive your truck; it lets you set speed and volume limits.

The available MyLink infotainment system is easy to use, and features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot make it easy to pair your phone with your truck. In addition to MyLink’s responsive touch screen, there are also physical buttons that control many features.

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  • Even pickup owners want the latest and greatest in infotainment, which is why the availability of Apple CarPlay in the 2017 Chevy Silverado makes so much sense. With CarPlay, owners can integrate their Apple smartphones, making many of the apps and features available via the truck's touch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "As we mentioned, there is Apple CarPlay (Android Auto integration joins the party in a few months), and it's operated via the uplevel 7.0- and 8.0-inch MyLink touch screens. The look of the screens is familiar, although they now share internal hardware with the upgraded units in the 2016 Malibu, which means they respond more quickly to inputs than before." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "We like the Silverado's large, easy-to-use buttons and switches. Just below the radio and climate controls are several large switches that control features such as parking sensors and Hill Descent Control. All these switches are large enough that real truck folks won't have to take off their gloves to use them." -- Autotrader (2015)

Cargo

There are three bed lengths available with the Silverado: 5-foot-8-inch, 6-foot-6-inch, and 8-foot. The midlength bed is available with all three Silverado cabs, and it’s the only bed available with the Double Cab. Regular Cab models are also available with the long bed, and Crew Cab models are also available with the short bed.

A step is built into each corner of the Silverado’s rear bumper, making it easy to climb into the bed. It’s available with Chevrolet’s EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, which lets you easily drop and raise the tailgate without much effort. The EZ-Lift tailgate requires such a light touch that you can operate it with just two fingers. There are also some in-cabin storage areas, including a lockable underseat storage area in models with the front bench seat.

  • "Steps mounted in the rear bumper along with reworked stake holes make it easy to climb into the bed, while an easy open/close option allows the tailgate to be accessed using just a pair of fingers." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "There's plenty of storage space inside thanks to a rash of small cubbies cut into each door panel and a new floor console that's capable of holding file folders, small laptops, and so on. Even models with bench seats boast a sizable armrest storage compartment along with a lockable underseat storage area." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "Notches cut into the rear bumper and the bed rail serve as step and handhold, respectively, to make climbing into the bed easier." -- Car and Driver (2014)

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