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Avg. Price Paid: $25,547 - $31,676
Original MSRP: $38,725 - $48,205
MPG: 20 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Interior

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The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid’s interior is almost identical to the regular Silverado’s, save for gauges that are specific to the Hybrid model. This isn’t a bad thing since most reviewers praise the interior for its design, build quality and materials. While 1HY models come nicely equipped with standard features such as dual-zone climate control, the 2HY adds such niceties as leather seating and a navigation system.

  • "The interior is clean and well laid out with lots of room for a hunting party." -- Detroit News
  • "Despite ample use of hard plastics, nothing looks especially cheap." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Silverado tested was the volume version. No luxuries such as leather seats, sunroof and navigation system on the option list. This pickup is for those who need a truck for work and don't want to spend $6,000 for the premium upgrades." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "To be fair, that expensive HY2 version I drove was pretty nicely equipped, with leather, a navigation system, satellite radio and some respectable truck parts." -- PickupTrucks.com
  • "The plastics are a uniformly somber black, and the functional but rudimentary switchgear doesn't exactly exude class. That's not a problem for a regular Silverado, but considering the Hybrid's elevated price, it'd be nice to have the prettified dash at least as a stand-alone option." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is only available as a crew cab, which gives the truck a full-size back seat, that some reviewers say is roomy. Overall, most reviewers are positive about the Silverado's seating, saying there is plenty of space and comfortable seating.

  • "The seats are comfortable if somewhat lacking in side support. . . . Headroom is generous. Ditto for legroom. The rear bench is comfortable and supportive." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Depending on the Silverado Hybrid's seating configuration, the crew cab can seat five or six people." --  Cars.com
  • "The rear seat is roomy and comfortable, as it should be in a crew cab, though the seatback angle is a bit stern." -- Edmunds
  • "A back seat comfortable for three adults," -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Interior Features

No matter the model, reviewers say the interior of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is nicely laid out and shows good build quality. The HY1 trim is more basic, with cloth seats and a basic stereo. The HY2 trim is more expensive, but adds features like navigation and leather seating, as well as an auxiliary input jack.

As in most hybrids, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid has a gauge that gives the driver instantaneous information on fuel efficiency, allowing the driver to adjust his or her driving for maximum miles per gallon. Some reviewers express confusion over the gauges readings. On the upper trim, the fuel efficiency information can be displayed on the navigation screen, an amenity that some reviewers say is worth springing for. Other features include standard satellite radio and OnStar. 

  • "To help with eco-driving, there is a gauge at the left of the IP that encourages drivers to stay within a "green" zone. Too much acceleration is wasteful, as is too much braking (the EVT's regenerative capabilities can't capture the maximum amount of energy during quick stops). The gauge helps drivers realize that long coast downs and extended soft braking maximize mileage. If you get the navigation system option, more hybrid system information can be displayed on the LCD monitor that sits atop the center stack." -- Automotive.com
  • "The Hybrid's navigation screen features a helpful energy flow display that indicates the status of the vehicle's gas/electric system. It also incorporates, but doesn't complicate, audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There are no AC plugs as on the General's large hybrid SUVs, but we were told the hybrid trucks could be used as mobile power generators anyway through the help of aftermarket inverters. Leave the truck in "on" mode, and it will start the engine periodically to charge up the batteries when it senses the voltage is dropping too far. This is useful not only on the job site but also for recreational purposes, one example being tailgating -- the pre-sporting-event variety." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

Interior cargo space is one area where the Silverado Hybrid differs from the regular model, though the differences aren't all that great. While the Silverado Hybrid has the same glove box and front center seat storage bins as the regular Silverado, the hybrid's battery pack rides under the rear seat, taking up some usable in-cab storage space.

  • "Losing a little space under the back seat is the only noticeable difference inside the Silverado hybrid." -- Detroit News
  • "The only minor downside we noticed about the Hybrid was that the 300-volt battery pack takes up all of the room under the second-row rear seat, which is a prime location for a speaker enclosure. On a non-hybrid Silverado, this seat flips up against the rear of the cab to open up lots of cargo room on the floor. When you flip up the seat on the Hybrid, there is a large black case that contains hundreds of battery cells. You can load cargo on the battery case, but there is less overall room." -- Automotive.com

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