Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior
The Silverado’s cabin is where reviewers tend to notice its age most. While many appreciate that the design is highly functional and generally well-assembled, they say the design looks bland and doesn’t have as good of a fit and finish as competitors like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. Critics find the Silverado’s front seats comfortable and spacious. In back, they say that crew cab models are likewise comfortable and spacious, but extended cab models are a bit cramped.
- "The Work Truck trim level is still notably dull compared to the more inviting interiors seen in base models of the Ram and Toyota trucks." -- Edmunds
- "Interior fit, finish and features lag behind Ram and Ford pickups." -- Cars.com
- "To make the cab feel more spacious, Chevy engineers mount the instrument panel low and far forward and, on Silverado Crew Cab pickups, the rear-seat area is made almost as welcoming as on some full-size SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
- "Despite its work-truck intentions, the materials on Silverados with the pure pickup interior don't look bargain basement. The luxury interior has dressier materials. Despite ample use of hard plastics with the luxury interior, their texture lends substance not found with the pure pickup trim." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Regular cab models seat three, while extended and crew cab models can seat up to six. Critics say that the Silverado’s front seats offer ample comfort, and find it easy to obtain a good driving position. The base work truck trim comes standard with vinyl seats, though cloth is optional. Cloth is standard on the middle trims, and heated leather front seats are standard on the top LTZ trim.
Reviewers suggest that the extended cab’s seats are more for those who don’t regularly carry lots of passengers, as the space is not all that roomy for passengers. If you often carry multiple passengers, the crew cab is your best bet. However, take note that the crew cab is only available with the short 5-foot-8-inch bed, unlike the extended cab, which is available with the longest 8-foot bed.
- "Ample adult room. Bucket or bench, the seats are comfortable if somewhat lacking in side support. Visibility is generally good, though the extended cab has wide rear pillars that block the view to the back corners. Available power-adjustable pedals are a boon for shorter drivers." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "On Silverado Crew Cab pickups, the rear-seat area is made almost as welcoming as on some full-size SUVs. Up front, the big 40/20/40 split-bench seat features a lockable storage bin with a built-in 12-volt outlet. Incorporating stadium-style seating allows the rear-seat passengers a better view forward." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The heated and ventilated bucket seats are offered only on the LTZ trim level, but otherwise it's easy to get in a comfortable driving position with the available power-adjustable pedals. Crew cab models feature comfortable rear 60/40-split bench seats with flip-up seat cushions that provide a nearly flat load floor." -- Edmunds
The Silverado 1500 ranges from minimally-equipped in the base work truck trim to lavishly-equipped in the top LTZ trim. The base model comes standard with manually-operated windows and mirrors and a simple four-speaker AM/FM stereo. By checking off option boxes or selecting higher trims, you’ll have access to Bluetooth, power windows and mirrors, a backup camera, satellite radio, an USB/auxiliary input jack and CD player. The top LTZ trim is the best-equipped model, with standard heated leather bucket seats, a Bose stereo and an optional navigation system and power sunroof.
While the design of the interior may not be as modern or as finely fitted and finished as those of the newer Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 interiors, critics praise the functionality of all the components. They say that the navigation system responds quickly and is easy to read. They also appreciate the Silverado’s use of knobs to control the radio and climate controls, which are simpler and easier to use than a complicated touch-screen interface.
- "The navigation system offers an easily read display and quick response times" -- Edmunds
- "In a welcome bow to those who work hard to earn their keep - and who live in frigid climes - the 2013 Silverado pickup has knobs, switches and door handles that easily can be operated while wearing gloves." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Pure Pickup interior places radio and climate controls high on the dashboard, with placement that might be out of easy reach for some." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Reviewers aren’t overly impressed with the Silverado’s interior storage capability, with most deeming it adequate. They do note that the floor in the back of extended and crew cab models is nearly flat, which is a boon to interior storage. All but the top LTZ trim have dual gloveboxes. Base WT and LS trims have an open storage bin in the front center armrest. LT models have closed armrest storage in the front, plus a lockable bin underneath the front middle seat cushion. The LTZ trim replaces the front middle seat with a center console.
- "Interior storage is merely adequate, with small cupholders and haphazard center console organization." -- Edmunds (2011)
- "Up front, the big 40/20/40 split-bench seat features a lockable storage bin with a built-in 12-volt outlet. The bin is large enough to accommodate a laptop computer." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
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