All new for 2014, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup continues with the same exterior styling; roomy interior; updated infotainment; uprated, direct-injected V6 and V8 engines; standard 6-speed automatic; frame mounts; steering; suspension and brakes as before. Maximum towing capacity continues to be 12,000 pounds. The latest safety systems are available, including lane-departure and forward-collision alerts, front- and rear-park assist and trailer-sway control.
The 2015 Silverado is available as a 2- to 3-passenger Regular Cab, a 5- to 6-passenger Double Cab or a 5- to 6-passenger Crew Cab. The Regular Cabs have just two doors and come with a standard 6.5-ft bed or a long 8-ft bed. The newly named Double Cab is slightly shorter and less roomy than the Crew Cab; it replaces the previous Extended Cab and features four forward-hinged doors and just a 6.5-ft bed. Because the Crew Cab is the longest, it comes standard with the short 5.7-ft bed, but the 6.5-ft bed is optional. Both rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are offered, and 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and overhead airbags are standard.
New for 2015 is available OnStar with 4G LTE and an in-cab Wi-Fi hot spot, enhanced Chevrolet MyLink infotainment with Siri Eyes Free and text-messaging alerts and a new 8-speed automatic with the 6.2-liter V8. New optional power-adjustable trailer mirrors are available with built-in backup lamps. Also, spray-in bedliners are available on all models.
What We Like
OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot; roomy cabin; power and fuel economy on all engines; cargo management features; ride quality
What We Don’t
No diesel engine or manual transmission; no SS model
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular, Double and Crew Cabs are available with a 4.3-liter V6 with variable valve timing and direct injection that makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Active Fuel Management idles two of the six cylinders to save fuel under light cruising conditions. 2-wheel-drive versions are rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while 4WDs get a 17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy rating. Regular unleaded or E85 fuel is specified. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.
A 5.3-liter V8 is available on regular, double and crew cabs, burning regular unleaded or E85. Using variable valve timing and direct injection, it produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 6-speed automatic, EPA ratings for 2WD models are 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy, while 4WDs get 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy. The 5.3-liter V8 uses Active Fuel Management (AFM) that idles four of the eight cylinders to save fuel when cruising.
Double and Crew Cabs are available with a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Regular unleaded is recommended. It also uses fuel-saving AFM and is linked to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates are 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy for both 2- and 4-wheel drive.
Standard Features & Options
The 2015 Silverado 1500 comes in WT, LT, LTZ and High Country trims.
The WT comes with rubberized flooring, a vinyl 40/20/40-split front bench seat, air conditioning, 17-inch steel wheels, a 4-speaker AM/FM radio, cruise control, power door locks, a tilt steering wheel, auto head lamps, a black grille and front bumper, a black rear bumper and manual-folding outside mirrors. 2WT equipment adds chrome bumpers, cloth seats, carpeting, driver-adjustable lumbar, remote keyless entry, OnStar, a 4.2-in color MyLink infotainment display with Bluetooth, voice recognition, USB ports, a CD/MP3 player and power windows and mirrors.
The LT adds a chrome grille, an E-Z lift-and-lower tailgate, 17-in alloy wheels, steering-wheel audio controls, carpeting, upgraded cloth seats, driver-seat lumbar adjustment, a limited-slip differential, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lamps, a 6-speaker stereo with an 8-in touch screen, a compass and an outside-temperature gauge.
The LTZ brings the 5.3-liter V8, a body-color front bumper and grille surround, leather seats, heated power front seats, a memory driver’s seat, dual-zone auto climate control, 18-in alloys, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-folding turn-signal mirrors and a garage-door opener.
The High Country adds a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, front and rear parking assist, ventilated front seats, touring suspension, 20-in alloys and a 7-speaker Bose stereo.
The off-road-oriented Z71 package includes on-/off-road tires on alloy wheels, increased ground clearance, wheel flares and off-road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks.
A 22-in alloy wheel package is available as a dealer-installed accessory.
Crew Cabs are the priciest, because they have four wide doors, the best rear-seat legroom and the most enclosed space. 4-wheel-drive models exact a premium, especially in northern or mountain states.
To investigate the prices of used 2015 Silverado 1500 pickups, check out the used-car values on KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced these recalls for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500:
The front airbags or seat-belt pretensioners may not deploy in a crash due to an airbag sensing and diagnostic module software error.
The driver’s seat-belt tensioner cable may separate, failing to properly restrain the driver in a crash.
A sticking ignition switch may spring back to the accessory position, cutting power to the engine, airbags, power steering and power brakes.
A fuel tank vent hose clamp may loosen, allowing the hose to detach, leak fuel and create a fire risk.
An unexpected loss of electric power steering boost may increase steering effort substantially and increase the risk of a crash.
Faulty seat-bracket welds may allow the seats to come loose in a crash.
On 4WD Silverados, a short may cause the transfer case to shift into neutral unexpectedly.
The base AM/FM radio amplifier may fail, shutting off the seat-belt or door-open warning chime.
An improperly heat-treated rear axle shaft may fracture and cause the wheel to separate from the axle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
NHTSA gave the 2015 Silverado five stars overall, with five for frontal and side impacts and four for rollover performance.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2015 Silverado Crew Cab and Double Cab as Good for moderate-overlap front impacts, side impacts, head restraint, seat crash performance and roof strength. IIHS also did not rate the Regular Cab.
Chevrolet covered the 2015 Silverado with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.
Chevrolet certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or newer. Every CPO Silverado undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the transferable, original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Ford F-150 — Ford’s all-new 2015 F-150 switches to a weight-saving aluminum body and bed. The engine lineup is revised with a standard 282-hp 3.5-liter V6, a new 325-hp 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a 365-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a 385-hp 5.0-liter V8. Max towing capacity rises to 12,200 pounds.
2015 RAM 1500 — The 2014 model’s fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel takes a time out, as the RAM 1500’s engine lineup shrinks to a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 and 395-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Other features include an 8-speed automatic transmission with a twist-knob shifter, plus optional air suspension and Rambox enclosed bed storage.
Double and Crew Cabs with the midlevel 5.3-liter V8 are what most people want. We’d recommend at least the LT trim to get alloy wheels and the 8-in touchscreen. Avoid modified trucks, and look for lower-mileage examples. Check out certified pre-owned trucks. Be sure to get a vehicle-history report, and make sure all safety recalls have been performed.