2012 Chevrolet Silverado Review ~ TURN ON YOUR LIFE

Sunday, April 8, 2012

2012 Chevrolet Silverado Review

2012 Chevrolet Silverado

2012 Chevrolet Silverado Review

Although General Motors introduced the first pickup truck in 1930, the term "Silverado" is a term that is used only for trim detail to the C / K pickup trucks and Chevrolet Suburban from 1975 until 1999. GMC used several variations of the name "Sierra" (Sierra, High Sierra, Sierra Grande, Sierra Classic) to distinguish the different trim levels through 1987, although the "C / K" nomenclature was continued through 1999. "C" (or "R" for 1987) truck rear wheels and the "K" (or "V" in 1987) four-wheel drive models. "R / V" nomenclature was continued from 1988-1991 to distinguish the older platform trucks that are still produced in addition to the T400 platform C / K. Both Chevrolet and GMC dropped the "C" and "K" designations in 1999. But Chevrolet is using the CK and CC in their current code model.

The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks have been essentially the same for their entire history. Silverado today is generally advertised as a version of the "standard", while the Sierra has more luxury options. There are some trim and option variations as well. Early models included variations in machinery and equipment, but this difference is slight. The 1999 redesign included different grilles and interior trim, and certain features (eg Quadrasteer), including at different times on two trucks.

Chevrolet Silverado lineup includes a large swath of the market pick-up full size, from sports to hybrid trucks for heavy duty model. For 2012, it has not changed much, but still stacks well against newer trucks like the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and close friends and relatives, GMC Sierra 1500.

Full-size Chevy trucks come in a form suitable to almost every possible kind of truck users, from hipsters chieftans exurban to urban development crew. Buyers can choose to be one of three body styles, and one of two interior design of the four gas engines and two automatic transmissions, or a gasoline-electric drivetrain, and the length of the bed ranging from the smallest bed 5'-8 "in the Kru Hybrid taxis and, to bed "6-6 on all versions except the Hybrid, for a bed 8 'which is offered on all versions except the Hybrid.

Silverado styling remains safe and a little plain, compared to the Ram or Toyota truck. It's one of the oldest on the block and it shows in his appearance is less clear. That's not to say it was not handsome - Chevy trucks have a way of looking at it for decades and we suspect this day trip to Silverado is the same difference. Part of which is unique in that it comes with the console and more upscale trim, or as a more basic design without console and without the woodgrain trim, good-looking and organized thinking. No matter how you cut the lineup, Silverado view appears to aging well.
There is no longer economic or horsepower leader, drivetrains offered in the Silverado is still competitive in the market after several years. The range of engines including the 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 that we would only recommend to fleet buyers. Among the V-8, there are fuel flexible, 302-hp 4.8-liter V-8 in some of the cheaper models, a flex-fuel 5.3-liter V-8 with 315 hp in a more mainstream version, and is equipped with a deactivation cylinders to improve fuel economy in XFE models, and at the top of the range, a 6.2-liter, 403-hp, flex-fuel V-8 in Silverado LTZ. A four-speed automatic fitted to the base V-6 and V-8 version of the base, while all other models except the hybrid has a six-speed automatic that shifts smoothly and quietly, and helps keep the gas mileage numbers in the ballpark that higher mpg lineup Ford. The 5.3 liter is our choice of the gas-only Silverados: have enough power for almost every need, and comes with only a little gas mileage penalty on the basis of the V-6.

Silverado Hybrid is very different from the stock Chevy truck-and-trade, thanks to the two-mode hybrid powertrain that pairs of aluminum alloy 6.0 liter V-8 with cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing, for electrically variable transmission (EVT) with four fixed gear ratios and two electric motor / generator, as well as nickel-metal-hydride 300-volt battery. All together, the pieces combine to produce 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, for a net EPA gas mileage ratings of 20 mpg city, 23 highway mpg. Hybrid performance is not radically different from the gas-engined version, except for a very smooth operation and quiet of a hybrid drivetrain, which runs on electricity alone for up to 27 mph. Regenerative braking helps recapture some energy to charge the battery. Although the extra weight, the Silverado Hybrid can tow 6100 pounds with 2WD, or 5900 pounds with automatic dual range four-wheel drive.

Across the lineup, Silverado has some of the best straight-line performance in the classroom, although the packaging is significantly more competitive with the new Ford 5.0-liter V-8 and V-8 Toyota repair. The Silverado maxes out at £ 10,700 towing capacity - however, it is still one of the easiest full-size pickups to drive, thanks to the communicative steering and good ride quality for the fair, which will be felt stiff with four-wheel-drive model.

Cab Silverado that do not meet the flexible Ram 1500 with the frontal nice feature, and a cabin that has a few drawbacks that you will not find in the F-150 or Tundra, either. The front room is pretty, and although it could be more supportive bucket seats for long trips, we still would choose them over the front seat flat for private use. On the Crew Cab Silverados, the rear seat is placed high, stadium-style, and divided 60/40 so it can be folded down to bring more space, but the back of the back is almost vertical, so it is not comfortable for longer trips. Rear access doors on extended-cab models open 170 degrees for easier loading of small items such as boxes or equipment is properly folded tent. Along the Silverado range, the cabin is quiet and refined standard, with less wind noise and more rigorous build quality than some other full-size trucks in the class.

Silverado chief selling points is still a sheet of flexible order. With lasting appeal for work users, Silverado comes in a staggering array configuration and build combinations. Stripped-down version of the sticker work in low $ 20,000 range, while the loaded Hybrid models are priced close to U.S. $ 50,000. Even standard equipment includes cruise control, while the list of options of leather upholstery, new hard-drive navigation system, Bluetooth and USB connection for mobile phones, and GM's OnStar telematics system, for everything from directions to emergency services.

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