I am not a truck person. No matter how hard I try. There is zero need in my life for a 12MPG giant vehicle with a huge open cargo area in the back...
And yet, I did have fun driving this expensive ($58 000) version of the new Silverado for a week.
Although it is hard to tell, the interior (just like the exterior) is actually "all new". I say "hard to tell" because the 1950's looking column shifter from previous generations is still there.The center console looks the same as before. And these cheap looking chrome dials feels like the 1990's. Basically, an old fashion feel in a new truck. For those who like that...
The drive is also old fashion. No matter how smooth road is, you still move around a lot. Just like you did in trucks from the 2000's. 1990's or 1980's.
And it is pretty much impossible to achieve the promised 15MPG around town. What you will be getting is around 11. 12 at best.
To carry stuff inside, you'll have to lift the back seat. So basically, no matter how huge it is, it's either people or stuff. Not both... Unless you don't mind carrying the stuff outside in the open bed.
For most people, driving the Silverado around is fun. For a week.
It quickly become quite a pain around town. Most parking spaces are just too small for it. Driving down small streets is a chore. And, 12MPG...
Chevrolet Silverado at WB studios
Chevrolet Silverado "too tall" fixed antenna
I also noticed the stupidest design flaw I have seen in many years: the antenna is actually too tall to fit in most modern parking structures. It hits every concrete posts while you are driving around trying to find a spot large enough to park the beast.
I mean really. A super cheap (and too tall) non-retractable antenna on a $58 000 truck. In 2019...
if you really "need" a big truck, the new Silverado is fine. In a very old fashion way. if you don't, get a car. For close to $60 000, you can get something quite amazing these days.
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