Full-size pickup trucks today range from utilitarian work trucks to posh luxury vehicles. But few are as posh as Chevrolet’s Silverado High Country edition. It’s posher than most and in fact may be the poshest of all.
The Silverado was redesigned a couple of years ago, and the 2016 model got a refresh. For 2017, it gets a capless fuel filler, new exterior color choices and a Teen Driver feature that allows parents to check on how the truck is being driven.
The Silverado is offered in a wide variety of trims in regular cab, double cab and crew cab body styles, in 2WD and 4WD. The Work Truck is the base trim, followed by LS, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country, which was my test truck for the week.
When you climb up into the cab of this premium truck and settle into the leather bucket seats, you find yourself cocooned in comfort and quality. The heated and cooled seats have contrasting stitches, and the High Country mountains are embroidered on the read rests.
“The Silverado High Country is the essence of luxury,” said Gerry Lane Chevrolet’s Mike Venable. “It’s designed with all the tough and rugged qualities of the Silverado with equal amounts of luxury.”
Venable said Gerry Lane has a good selection of Silverados on the lot, including 2017 models.
Standard equipment in the High Country includes driver’s seat memory, remote start, power windows including the rear glass, dual zone air, two USB ports, two 12v outlets, a 110v power outlet, LED projector headlamps, a spray-in bed liner, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, a tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, MyLink connectivity with Bose sound and an 8-inch color touch screen, navigation, satellite radio and Bluetooth. The High Country premium package ($1,095) adds an enhanced driver alert package, automatic headlights, a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, a trailer brake controller and a sunroof. My test truck also had power retractable running boards that made it easy to climb into and out of the cab. And the new LED taillamps in back are really cool.
The test truck, a 2016 4WD crew cab, had a base price of $52,340. The bottom line, including $1,195 in freight, was $61,155. That’s a lot of change to plunk down on a truck, but truck owners in South Louisiana spend an awful lot of time working and playing in their trucks. And this is one loaded pickup with all the bells and whistles.
And it’s got plenty of capability, too.
The Silverado will keep its three engine choices for next year, a 6-cylinder and a pair of V8s. The 4.3-liter V6 develops 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, the 5.3-liter V8 has 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 6.2-liter V8 kicks out 420 horses and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. A diesel is not offered. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic.
Chevy says the 6.2-liter V8 is the most powerful gasoline offered in any light duty pickup. The bonus is that at highway speeds, the engine switches to 4-cylinder operation, which is part of the reason the test truck is rated at 21 mpg on the highway. In the city, it’s 15 mpg.
At up to 230 inches long and weighing more than two and one-half tons, the Silverado is a large pickup truck. My garage is currently filled with assorted flood leftovers so I couldn’t pull the truck inside. But I got out the tape measure and discovered that I could close the garage door with a few inches to spare.
Properly equipped, the 2106 Silverado 1500 will trailer up to an SAE-certified 12,100 pounds, which puts this truck at the top of its class. Payload is 2,070 pounds for 2WD and 2,010 for 4WD.
The High Country comes with dynamite 20-inch wheels and an EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate.
With six airbags, the required stability and traction control systems and a host of available safety technology, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado gets 5-stars overall in the government’s safety tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the truck good scores in all but the difficult small overlap front collision test, where it scored “margainal.”
2016 Chevrolet Silverado
High Country Crew Cab
$52,340 ($61,155 as tested including freight)
EPA mileage estimate:
15 mpg city/21 mpg highway/17 mpg combined
Estimated highway range: