I was recently given the keys to a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Centennial Edition. To say I was excited is an understatement. My family has a long history of driving Chevrolet trucks. For starters, my dad had a 1964 Chevrolet C10 that I learned how to drive when I was just twelve years old. Nothing beat the feeling of climbing behind the wheel of that old blue truck. Trucks sure have advanced a lot in the 54 years since that C10 was built, but one thing remains the same: I still enjoy driving them.
Celebrating 100 Years
The Silverado Centennial Edition celebrates Chevrolet’s century of creating pickup trucks. Unique features of the Centennial Edition include vintage Chevrolet bowtie emblems on the grille, doors and tailgate, 100 year door badges and 22-inch chrome wheels with all-terrain tires. Other Centennial Edition highlights include a spray-in bedliner with a heritage Chevrolet emblem and Centennial Blue paint. This package adds $3,480 to the price of the Silverado. Looking at the Centennial Edition reminds me of the days I used to drive our old C10 on the back roads behind our home. Maybe that’s because the paint color is almost an exact match to the C10’s dark blue hue.
One thing is for sure — truck technology sure has changed a lot in 54 years since that old C10 was built. Our Silverado Centennial Edition is equipped with safety features such as front- and rear-park assist, low-speed forward-automatic braking and forward-collision alert. And with the myChevrolet mobile app, your smartphone can start the truck on a cold morning, lock and unlock the doors and even send parking reminders. BlueTooth connectivity, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, gives you the ability to control your smartphone and display certain apps through the truck’s infotainment screen.
Sometimes the best escape is a road trip to get away from it all. With all the hoopla surrounding Black Friday and the crazy shopping crowds, a road trip is a sure cure to escape all the madness. One of my favorite day trip destinations is Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since it had been a while since I checked out the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, I figured now was a great time to head out and see what was new. And what better road trip partner than the Silverado Centennial Edition. Finding my way back to the museum was a snap with the Silverado’s navigation system. It’s easy to program, and with an 8-in touchscreen it’s really easy to read. And since I was a bit burned out on turkey and ham, a barbecue pork plate with fries and beans from Cochran’s Barbecue was a great way to fuel up on the trip back to Atlanta.
One thing I really liked about the Silverado Centennial Edition was the smooth ride. It’s firm but not harsh or jarring over bumps and rough pavement. I was also really surprised by the quietness of the truck. Road noise is minimal, and even the engine is remarkably quiet. Not really what I expected of a truck.
During my week with the Centennial Edition, I averaged 20 miles per gallon in combined highway and city driving. That’s even better than the EPA’s 17 mpg rating. The road trip to Chattanooga averaged 22.5 mpg, which was quite surprising for the 5.3-liter V8 with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
All Good Things …
I’m really dreading turning in the keys to this new Silverado. I love driving trucks and this Centennial Edition brought back lots of great memories of driving that old C10 our family had. To me, few things in life compare to finding new roads in a Chevrolet truck.