Chevrolets all-new Colorado has plainly been the headline grabber for the companys truck line in 2015. It made its mark on our personnel as well, as awarded it the victor of Off-Road. coms Mid-Sized Truck Shootout last month. However its simple to forget that simply in 2015 Chevy presented a brand new Silverado that was granted the title of 2014 North American Vehicle of the Year at the North American International Vehicle Program in Detroit. The Colorado owes a good deal of its success in the lessons learned from the Silverado. In that vein, we thought it was an excellent idea to review the newest-generation Silverado in 2015, specifically when you think about Chevy didnt quit wanting to enhance the truck by adding an optional eight-speed transmission. So we wanted to get a concept where it stands in the ultra-competitive full-sized market. When the all-new Silverado was presented in 2014, it was supplied with a triad of EcoTec3 engines that are based directly on the original Little Block Chevy V8.
These contemporary engines return once again in 2015, as well as each deal a various level of performance but all preserve essential qualities to help in enhanced efficiency and also performance, consisting of the use of direct gas shot, cylinder deactivation and continually variable shutoff timing. The Silverado uses one V6 choice, the EcoTec3 4.3-liter, which Chevy says “supplies the most torque of any standard V-6. ” The V6 is rated to generate 285 horse power (@ 5300 rpm) and also 305 lb.-ft. 3900). There are 2 EcoTec3 V8 alternatives for the Silverado, consisting of a 5.3-liter that creates 355 horsepower (@ 5600 rpm) and also 383 lb.-ft. 4100), and also a bigger 6.2-liter V8 that creates 420 horse power (@ 5600) and also 460 lb.-ft. As we previously kept in mind, Chevy added an all-new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed transmission in 2015 (that well be checking in the coming weeks), which will certainly be readily available on top trim degrees featuring the 6.2-liter V8. Basic tools on the 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 is the six-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 6L80 transmission. The Silverado is available in a variety of taxicab setups in both two- and 4×4.
Chevy still uses a normal cab option (readily available with a 6’6″. or 8-ft. bed), a prolonged taxi (avail. just with a 6’6″ft. bed) and also full four-door team cab (make use of. LS and also LT. The extended taxicab variation is offered in WT, LT, LS as well as LTZ trim degrees, and the team is offered in WT, LT, LS, LTZ, High Country and also Z71 trim degrees. While the brand-new eight-speed transmission leads the headlines of new features in 2015, Chevy also has actually made its spray-on bed lining available on all models this year. For our examination, we got our hands on a four-wheel-drive Silverado 1500 Z71 Staff with the LTZ package. When Chevrolet upgraded the Silverado in 2014, it did so from scratch. The half-ton Silverado features a totally boxed frame, as well as two-thirds of the whole truck is created of high-strength steel. Chevy does maintains the trucks weight down with using aluminum-alloy in the engine, front suspension parts, hood and also various other locations. Fibrous wheel liners aid lower roadway sound, as well as Chevy utilizes shear-style body installs to lower up-down and side-to-side noises.
Our examination vehicle included the Z71 Off-Road Package that offers upgraded monotube Rancho shocks for added off-road performance and also smooth on-road handling. Its risk-free to claim that a lot of full-sized vehicles have actually come a long way in recent years in terms of their on-road performance, and the Silverado is most definitely a smooth operator around town as well as on the freeway. Its electric variable-assist power steering makes u-turns and car park navigating effortless, and its rear back-up electronic camera assists stay clear of those hard-to-see risks. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes offer sufficient quiting power, as well as the soft feeling of the brake pedal enables the motorist to pleasantly alleviate into braking. Although our fully equipped Silverado features power seats for the chauffeur as well as traveler, it additionally features an added level of motorist convenience in the LTZ bundle through the power adjustable pedals. The telescopic steering wheel gives that degree of change for driver convenience also. In order to assist improve aerodynamics on the Silverado as well as aid in gas economy, Chevy installs an air damn on many of its trucks.
When we examined the 2015 Colorado in our Mid-Sized Truck Shootout, the truck was delivered to us without the part installed considering that wed be spending a lot of time off the freeway. This time, our Silverado was supplied with the air dam installed, so before we spent much time in the lorry, we chose to remove it. Chevy claims the air dam can supply approximately 1 mph boost in gas economic situation, however our complaint with its incorporation in the Z71 plan is that it significantly lowers ground clearance– a large issue for owners that in fact utilize their truck off roadway. We pulled out the tool kit as well as eliminated the air dam, which mightve taken no more than 10-15 minutes if it werent for two extremely hard-to-access bolts that made the elimination challenging. We kept the air dam off for every one of our on-road screening as well as off-highway, just to obtain accurate fuel economy numbers with the very same setup. For our off-highway screening, we headed to our off-road examination loop in Southern California, jonesing for the chance to engage the transfer case right into four-wheel drive.