2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was new.
The 2000 Chevrolet Silverado has a well-built and comfortable interior. Buyers can choose from two basic interior packages. The base Work Truck (WT), or "pure pickup" interior has few features but durable materials like vinyl seats and rubber floor mats that can be easily hosed down. Chevy also offers a Luxury Truck (LT) or "luxury inspired" interior, which has the option of luxury accents like leather seating and a Bose stereo. Both basic interior packages can be enhanced with individual options as well as option packages, though some reviewers say the competition offers more day-to-day livability in its interiors.
- "In terms of comfort and space, the crew cab's interior is similar to that of the Tahoe. The instrument panel was redesigned last year to give the cabin a more open feeling. Seams are few and the textures are appealing." -- Kansas City Star
- "Chevys have always been known as workhorse trucks happy to take abuse, but up until this latest redesign, they'd also been known for terrible interiors. While nobody will mistake the new Silverado interior for a Lexus, even two years in it still has a purposeful appeal we can appreciate. " -- Jalopnik
- "The interior is well-finished enough, with nicely grained surfaces and a clean overall design. But our top-line LTZ's black interior is more than a little monochromatic and dreary and the tiny control buttons on the center stack are hard to use." -- Edmunds
Reviewers were generally impressed with the seating in the Silverado, though many felt that the backseat of the Extended Cab model left a lot to be desired. The Crew Cab model received better reviews.
- "Ample adult room. Bucket or bench, the seats are comfortable if somewhat lacking in side support." -- Consumer Guide
- "The cloth bucket seats don't look like much, but we drove for nearly five straight hours without getting uncomfortable." --Edmunds
- "The Silverado's front bucket seats are more comfortable than those you'll find in the F-150, though the leather quality isn't quite up to par. It's certainly a step above the vinyl-with-a-touch-of-leather Dodge slaps in the Ram, however." -- Left Lane News
- "The back-seat area in my extended cab test Silverado was cramped, and the seat was too upright for much comfort. Opt for the crew cab version for a more comfortable back seat. " --MSN
Because of the number of trim levels and option packages offered on the Silverado, it's possible to have a pure workday interior or a near-luxury experience. No matter what interior set up or features are chosen, reviewers agree that the interior is well-laid out and built solid, though some complain about the features the Silverado doesn't offer, though competitors do.
- "Classic and elegant, the Silverado's interior is light on trendy chrome and silver-painted plastic. It's a design that will age well, even if it's a little conservative for some buyers today." -- Left Lane News
- "The overall ambience is akin to that of a luxury car." Road and Track
- "The as-tested price of our truck does not include things like extendable tow mirrors, a rearview camera, a fully integrated iPod connection or rear-seat entertainment - which are found on most of the other trucks. Even the Silverado's sliding rear window is an optional extra, and it's the only truck here that doesn't have side curtain airbags." -- Edmunds
Though the base WT model comes with only an AM/FM stereo, upgraded entertainment options are also available. The 1LT model has an upgraded AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player and an auxiliary MP3 player jack, and the top-of-the-line LTZ model has an in-dash six-disc CD changer with auxiliary MP3 player jack and a Bose speaker system. An optional rear-seat DVD player is also available on the Silverado.
A touch-screen navigation system is also available for the Silverado's LT and LTZ trims, but a portable GPS device might offer you similar features with a better bottom line. Check out our GPS reviews for information on the best navigation units from Garmin, Navigon and TomTom.
- "My kids were far too comfortable to be riding in a truck. A DVD player? In a pickup? But then again, I was, too." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman
Though options can quickly inflate the Silverado's price, and aren't always available on the base trims, many of the Silverado's optional features were reviewer favorites. Many reviewers felt that the available remote starter would be a worthwhile option for cold climates.
- "The truck's remote start heated the seats, warmed the cabin and defrosted the glass." --The Detroit Free Press
- "The remote vehicle starter, and heated seats proved indispensable. I barely even got cold. If this is roughing it, the Silverado is for me."-- U.S. News reporter Rick Newman