Chevrolet engineers designed the Silverado pickup truck with a very simple philosophy: make a truck for the average driver. While the Silverado is perfectly capable of handling heavy loads and towing, the primary purpose was to make iteasy enough to drive that the average person wouldn’t mind using one for the daily commute. For the most part, Chevrolet succeeded (unless you have to park in a tight space, in which case any pickup truck is out of the question), and the option of a hybrid model makes it a welcome addition to the GM truck lineup.
On the outside, the 2009 Silverado hasn’t changed that much from last year’s model. The styling is virtually identical. That is not a bad thing by any means, however. Chevy’s engineers spent a lot of time developing bodywork that would have the squared-off character of a work truck, but at the same time provide enough visibility and spacial awareness to the driver that one wouldn’t feel uncomfortable bringing the Silverado down a narrow road. So, the lack of change is a good thing.
The cabin arrangements also haven’t changed since last year. There are two door, full cab, and crew cab models available, and varying flatbed lengths to mate them to. The LT option is arguable the most versatile. It has a crew cab that has a fairly roomy backseat, and the seats themselves can fold down. This is a great feature when you have to carry something large but the weath is bad so you can’t put it in the bed.
Chevrolet also offers a transmission option for the 2009 Silverado. You can stick with the basic four-speed automatic or try out the six-speed automatic. The six-speed has buttons that allow you to change the gear for upcoming conditions. For example, if you see a steep hill coming up, you can initiate a downshift before the transmission would on its own, thereby helping to conserve your momentum and get up the hill easier.
The mileage ratings for the 2009 Silverado with a 5.3-liter V8 are 14 mpg city and 19 highway, which is about standard for the size and power. There is also a 4.3-liter V6 engine option, as well as 4.8-liter, 6.0-liter, and 6.2-liter V8s. The 5.3-liter V8 is what most people will likely end up with, as it provides decent power and still has mileage ratings in the teens. Also the 5.3, 6.0, and 6.2 liter engines are the only models that can have the option of the abovementioned six-speed transmission. All others get the four-speed.
The Silverado has been known as a great pickup truck for a few years now, and the 2009 model is no exception. It is comfortable enough for a daily commute or even a long road-trip, and it’s got enough power under the hood to handle any work you throw at it.