Rugged and Durable: The 2017 Chevy Silverado
Not all trucks are built like the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500. While other leading trucks are going lighter and leaner with aluminum frame materials, the new Silverado is steadfast with its rugged steel construction for unmatched durability in all conditions. Want a pickup that gets your boat to the lake, hauls large furniture or pulls your camper or horse trailer? If so, then it’s hard to not be impressed by what the Silverado 1500 has to offer. In this article, we’ll review the top trims of the new Silverado and what you can expect in the way of engines and features. If you’re thinking about getting behind the wheel of one of these trucks, then you’ll want to read on and learn more about the 2017 Chevy Silverado.
First, let’s review the WT trim. This trim level is designed for more utilitarian needs. On the outside you’ll find 17-inch wheels and revised front-end styling with a black grille that matches the bumper and door handles. Under the hood you’ll find a 4.3-liter V6 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that generates LKSDF horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Features of the Chevy Silverado 1500 WT include power locks and windows, cruise control, a six-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch color display, a front bench seat, a rear-folding bench seat, daytime running lamps and cargo lighting. The WT also gets six standard air bags and a roadside assistance plan. This is a great truck for drivers who need the essentials.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 LT trim is a step up with features. On the outside and under the hood, not much separates the LT from the WT. Inside, however, the upgrade in features is noticeable. The color display controls a CD or MP3 player, and the audio system is also Bluetooth compatible with USB and auxiliary jacks (which are also in the WT). Buyers also get a free trial for satellite radio and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which lets you take the Internet on the road. The wheels are upgrade to stainless steel, and the grille and bumpers are also replaced with chrome. Other features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an automatic locking rear differential, heated and power-adjustable mirrors and more.
Step up to an upper trim level and get additional power as well as comfort. We prefer the Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ, which is a bit less expensive than the posh High Country trim. The LTZ comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that gets 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, which is a noticeable bump in performance from the lower-trim models. In addition, this beefier trim comes with a larger color display, remote start, power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone climate control, a rear-view camera and more.
The 2017 Chevy Silverado is a top-selling truck for a reason. With a rugged style, a sterling reputation and a durable frame, this rig remains an attractive option for drivers who are serious about wanting a do-it-all pickup.