What’s New for 2016:
- Bold horizontal elements on front, sculpted hood, and LED lighting
- HID projector headlights with LED signature on some trims
- High-performance LED headlights with LED signature on some trims
- New grille design with specific appearances for different versions
- LED taillights standard on LTZ and High Country
- Available remote locking tailgate
- Power-articulating assist steps available on High Country
- 8-speed transmission available with V-8 engine
- Black Out Edition (late availability)
- New exterior colors: Siren Red Tintcoat, Red Hot, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that’s offered with a long menu of trim levels, options, and specialized equipment. It competes against the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, and the Nissan Titan. Its stablemate is the GMC Sierra 1500.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2016 Silverado 1500 is available in regular, double, or crew cab, with 4-wheel drive (4WD) available on all configurations. Models and trim levels include the WT and LS (available on all three cab styles and configurations); LT (offered in 1LT and 2LT trims; 1LT available on all three cab styles and configurations, and 2LT available only with 4WD); LTZ (offered in 1LZ and 2LZ trims on double cab and crew cab; 1LZ offered in 2WD and 4WD; 2LZ offered in 4WD only); and High Country (offered exclusively on the crew cab, with 2WD or 4WD).
Regular cab models are offered with a 78-in. or a 96-in. pickup box. Double cab models are available exclusively with the 78-in. box, while crew cabs are available with a 68- or 78-in. box. All Silverado 1500 models are available with features engineered for serious towing, including the available NHT max trailering package, which features a 9.76-in. rear axle, heavy-duty rear springs, unique shock tuning, enhanced cooling, and an integrated trailer brake controller to optimize capability and comfort when trailering. Properly equipped, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,000 lbs.
The main features of the 2016 lineup include new front-end designs with bolder, more sculpted appearance; expanded use of the 8-speed automatic transmission; available remote locking tailgate; and power-articulating assist steps available on Silverado High Country. Silverado also offers the distinctive Black Out Edition on the WT trim, featuring blacked-out trim and black-painted 20-in. aluminum wheels.
The most elaborate trim, High Country, features a unique chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars, LED projector headlamps, 20-in. chrome wheels, and body-color front and rear bumpers. The saddle brown interior includes heated and vented premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests, High Country-logo brushed metal sill plates, Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8-in.-diagonal touch screen and navigation radio, Bose premium audio, wireless phone charging, color-keyed carpeted floor mats, and front and rear park assist.
Under the Hood
The 2016 Silverado offers a choice of three engines: a 4.3-liter V-6 (285 horsepower, 305 lb.-ft. of torque); 5.3-liter V-8 (355 horsepower, 383 lb.-ft. of torque); or 6.2-liter V-8 (420 horsepower, 460 lb.-ft. of torque). Each features direct injection, fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing, to make the most of power, torque, and efficiency. A 6-speed automatic transmission is matched with the 4.3- and 5.3-liter engines in WT, LS, and LT trims. Silverado LTZ and High Country with the 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8 engine get the 8-speed automatic.
According to the EPA, depending on the configuration and trim, the 2016 Silverado will get from 15 to 18 mpg city, 19 to 24 mpg highway, and 17 to 20 mpg combined, using regular fuel. Numbers are lower if E85 flex fuel is used.
Safety Features and Ratings
Lane-keep assist, which helps keep the truck in its lane with subtle steering enhancements, and high-beam assist headlamp control, which automatically adjusts the high beams for oncoming traffic, have been added to the available Enhanced Driver Alert package for 2016.
In government crash testing, the 2016 Silverado received an overall rating of 5 stars (out of a possible 5) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2016 Silverado its top rating of "Good" in front overlap tests.
Chevrolet MyLink allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation and hands-free messaging through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Android Auto is standard on a new 7-in. radio at the start of production and is planned for 8-in. radios later in the model year. Wireless phone charging is included on Silverados with front bucket seats.