2016 Silverado: Used Car of the Week
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado looks brand-new, after its redesign. The grille, headlights, hood, and taillights break away from the handsome-but-bland styling of the past couple of years, and it gives the Silverado the double-take good looks it needed. But there’s more under the surface in the form of 8-speed automatic transmission, and it’s also available with the 5.3-liter V8 engine.
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a quiet ride, and it has composed handling, even when it has a heavy load. It gets sufficient power from the base V6, and it delivers excellent power from the V8 engines, and they are well-suited for towing, as well. The rear-wheel-drive comes standard in the 2016 Silverado 1500, but there is also an available four-wheel drive.
The Silverado has a comfortable ride, and it navigates imperfect roads with much ease. And if you’re wondering if it can maneuvers well in tight quarters, not to worry, it does. The Silverado has a base engine of 285-horsepower V6, and it also has a 5.3-liter V8 which produces 355 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 which puts out 420 horsepower.
Both V8s are available in the Double and Crew Cab models. The standard six-speed automatic transmission downshifts slowly. The eight-speed automatic a better transmission and its superior gear ratios and timelier shifting are optimal for the vehicle.
The exterior styling is easily the most noticeable change. The 2016 Silverado has a new grille, but the design itself changes from trim to trim. The LTZ trim gets a chromed-up look, while the standard Silverado has a more subdued look.
A lot of people are particularly fond of the vehicle that sports a body-color insert in the grille instead of more chrome. Regardless, the bluff-faced look is sharp, especially with the LED-enhanced headlights. The hood also has more contouring than its previous year, giving the driver a more dramatic outward view.
The regular cab Silverado models can seat three (with two with available bucket seats), and the Double and Crew Cab models can seat six (with five available bucket seats). The vinyl upholstery is standard, but cloth and leather are available. There are power-adjustable front seats, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, which are also available. There is plenty of room that the front and rear seats offer, and the front seats feel luxurious when fully upgraded.
The standard features in the 2016 Silverado are a four-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch display and a USB port. Available features include satellite radio, wireless device charging, HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, a seven-speaker Bose system, active noise cancellation, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, voice-activated technology, OnStar with 4G LTE and there is also a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot that is available. The MyLink infotainment system, which is available, and the touch screen are responsive and user-friendly.
How Safe Is It?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a five-star safety rating, and it gave five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and it has four stars in rollover testing. As for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, they gave the Silverado a score of Good – which is the highest rating offered and a four out of five in the crash test category. It received a Marginal rating – the second-lowest – in the small overlap front test.
The 2016 Silverado 1500 is available with several advanced safety features. The Enhanced Driver Alert package adds front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat (which vibrates to warn drivers of a potential hazard). A rearview camera is also available.
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