Great interior; steering and handling almost feels like a car; impressive array of technology
Massive size can be a handful to park; no diesel engine option; fully loaded models can be quite pricey
The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Work Truck gets the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker audio, Bluetooth and a rear backup camera. The tire pressure monitoring (TPM) system now alerts you when the proper tire pressure is reached. The 110-volt outlet is now a standalone option. See the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models for sale near you
It's hard to go wrong with any 2018 Silverado provided you buy the truck that's right for you. In other words: Don't get a bare-bones WT model if you'll spend most of your time hauling your family around town. Likewise, don't get a High Country if you'll be driving to job sites. For us, the right truck is somewhere in the middle: an LT, or possibly an LTZ, with Chevy's high-tech MyLink system. And we'd go with the Crew Cab model to maximize practicality.
Like all full-size trucks, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is offered with a wide array of body-style configurations, engine choices, drivetrain options and bed sizes. We've simplified it here for shoppers interested in buying a Silverado, but choosing the truck that's right for you will involve more than just picking a trim level.
Base-level Silverado models use the WT designation, for Work Truck. Starting at $28,880, the WT includes only the basics, like power locks, cruise control, air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, MyLink infotainment with 7-in touchscreen audio, six speakers, Bluetooth, a rear backup camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Also standard are HID headlights, a locking rear tailgate and 17-in painted steel wheels.
Drivers who upgrade to the LS ($31,405) get power mirrors, power windows, keyless entry, GM's OnStar system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and chrome front and rear bumpers.
Shoppers who step up to the LT ($35,105) get features like steering-wheel audio controls, alloy wheels, an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, SiriusXM, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and cloth upholstery. The LT also offers more options than the WT and LS, including features like an alarm, a lane-departure warning system, low-speed autonomous emergency braking and a forward-collision alert system.
The luxury-oriented LTZ ($45,060) is the next trim in the Silverado's lineup. Only offered in Double Cab or Crew Cab body styles, the LTZ includes 18-in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a remote starter, a power-sliding rear window, a memory system for the mirrors and seats, a rearview camera and an 8-in color touchscreen for the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.
Topping the Silverado lineup is the upscale High Country ($52,595), which is only offered in Crew Cab guise. It features stitched leather seats, chrome trim on many exterior surfaces, a Bose audio system and cooled front seats. It also uses the truck's 6.2-liter V8, which is exclusive to the High Country model.
If you're interested in options, the Silverado has quite a few. Additional extras include a power sunroof, a navigation system, cooled seating, wireless device charging, power-adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel and safety features like forward-collision alert, low-speed emergency braking, automatic high beams and a lane-departure warning system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits|
2018 Ford F-150 -- The Ford F-150 is strong competitor, offering V6, turbocharged V6 and V8 power, excellent capabilities, great gas mileage and a long list of trim levels ranging from basic to high luxury.
2018 RAM 1500 -- The RAM 1500 boasts muscular styling, HEMI V8 power and an available air suspension. We also like its optional diesel engine, which is now offered on light-duty models.
2018 Toyota Tundra -- The Tundra doesn't have the same wide-ranging lineup as the Silverado -- but it's getting close. Shoppers who pick the Tundra will find a refined, muscular pickup with many great standard features and options, but a much lower tow rating.
Used GMC Sierra Denali -- If you want more features and bolder styling than you can get with the Silverado, you may want to consider its upscale 2012-2015 GMC Sierra Denali twin. Prices are higher, though, so you might have to check out a used model.