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2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD Interior

This interior review was written when the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD was new.

Overall, reviewers feel that the Silverado HD’s interior is acceptable, but lags behind the competition. They say that the base trims of the 2500HD and 3500HD make them pure work trucks, because they have few standard features and are fitted with lots of hard plastic. On the other hand, premium trims can be optioned to levels of near-luxury. The auto press also likes the simple dash layout and the intuitive navigation system on higher trims.

  • "Cabin materials are solid and sturdy overall, though there is plenty of hard plastic. Ambiance ascends from bare-bones functional in the WT trim level to upscale passenger-car pleasant in the LTZ.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "While functionality is roughly equal, the other guys -- most notably Ford -- have moved ahead on the cabin environment." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "We loved the current interior a few years ago, but now even the HD truck market is evolving at an incredible rate… We just want to point out something is askew in the world when Dodge has the nicest interior in the segment.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • “We noted sharp edges and a low rent feel to the textured plastic, particularly the instrument panel.” -- AutoGuide.com

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Seating

Reviewers don’t have much to say about the Silverado HD’s seats, but those who mention them say they’re comfortable. Leatherette (vinyl) seats are standard on the base 2500HD LT, with a no-cost option to choose cloth-covered seats instead.

  • "The seats are wide and fairly comfortable -- the side bolsters flanking your hips to lend a quasi-armchair experience.” -- AutoGuide.com
  • "Beyond the quiet, the crew cab was exactly that -- with second-row seat room big enough to accommodate three adults in comfort.” -- Autoblog
  •  “Legroom is ample in crew cabs, but tight in extendeds with the front seat more than halfway back. Extended-cab seats have an uncomfortably upright backrest; crew cab's backrest is set at a more comfortable angle. As in front, high step-in complicates entry and exit.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “The cloth seats should be improved to provide better lower back and hind support.” -- PickupTruck.com

Interior Features

The Chevy Silverado HD is as well-equipped as the other heavy-duty work trucks. Reviewers note that the optional navigation system is particularly intuitive and easy to use. Standard features include air conditioning, an adjustable steering wheel and AM/FM radio. However, many features that shoppers these days expect to get standard, like Bluetooth connectivity or a CD player with MP3 playback, require a package or options upgrade of $480 and $170, respectively. Some common features like power windows and a power driver’s seat are not even available on the base 2500HD WT trim. In order for them to even be available, you have to upgrade to the LT trim, a $2,845 price bump. However, this is typical in a class where many consumers are more concerned with what’s under the hood than what’s in the cabin.

  • "Instrumentation is simple and logically laid out, even on the LTZ trucks with their added center stack features.” -- AutoGuide.com
  • "Gauges are clearly marked and well-lit. Controls are straightforward and most are within easy reach. The available navigation system is intuitive and simple to use.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "To be clear, GM offers virtually all the same equipment as the other two big trucks -- navigation, Bluetooth, leather seating, and upgraded stereos are all on the options list, but the material qualities and fit and finish are lacking in comparison.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Also the switchgear is small, particularly on the center stack, with lots of same-sized buttons in close proximity. Tiny air-conditioning icons highlight our growing need for bifocals, and the control switch for that excellent exhaust brake has a status indicator light that's impossible to see in daylight. There's room for improvement here." -- Edmunds
  • "While functionality is roughly equal, the other guys -- most notably Ford -- have moved ahead on the cabin environment." -- Popular Mechanics

Cargo

The Chevy Silverado HD trucks have lots of room in the cabin to stow small items like binders and electronics that can’t go in the truck bed. Chevrolet says that long bed models have a cargo capacity of 75.5 cubic feet and standard beds can hold 60.7 cubic feet. The automaker has not released interior cargo capacity numbers, but the rear seats in Extended and Crew Cabs fold up to create a flat load floor.

  • "Small-items storage is ample overall and varies somewhat by model and equipment. Some have dual gloveboxes and dual door-mounted cupholders. Bucket-seat Silverados have gigantic center-console bin; bench-seat models have handy partitioned console storage in the fold-down center backrest. Rear seat-bottom cushions fold up for additional cargo versatility.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seat on these cabs also folds up, to facilitate loading bulky items like toolboxes or even flat screen TVs.” -- AutoGuide.com
  • "And for those times when extra protected storage was required, the rear seat cushions flipped up to provide a flat load floor.” -- Autoblog
Review Last Updated: 5/26/11

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