2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Preview

Jeff Youngs | Feb 22, 2013
  • Three new colors: Deep Ruby Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat and Blue Topaz Metallic
  • New all-terrain tires replace on/off-road tires
  • Power sunroof no longer available on Extended Cab
  • Electronic Autotrac transfer case with rotary dial controls available on 1WT and 1LS trims


The Silverado is Chevrolet's basic light-duty, full-size work truck. With the exception of some luxury and styling features it is equivalent to the GMC Sierra. It competes with the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and the Toyota Tundra, among others. Parent company General Motors has been producing work trucks since 1930, introducing the Silverado name as a trim level in 1975 and adopting it as the badge for its standard truck in 1999. The Silverado 1500 is available with several conventional engines and in a hybrid version.

Exterior Features

In anticipation of an extensive redesign for 2014, the Silverado 1500 is little changed for the 2013 model year. The 1500 is available with a regular, Extended, or Crew cab. Payload capacity with the optional MAX Trailering Pack is 1,937 pounds for the Crew Cab and 1,908 pounds for the Extended Cab; with that pack, the Crew Cab model can tow 10,600 and the Extended Cab, 10,700 pounds. An off-road package is also available. The Silverado 1500 is available in five trim levels: Work Truck (WT), LS, LT, LTZ, and XFE. The base trim features a black front bumper and grille, 17-inch steel wheels, black door handles, and chrome rear step bumper. The LTZ trim has a body-colored grille with chrome mesh. The Silverado 1500 is available with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive.

Interior Features

The WT trim offers vinyl seats, AM/FM radio, daytime running lamps, and cruise control. The LS trim upgrades to cloth seating. The LT trim further upgrades the seating fabric, features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and adds a stereo with CD player, speakers, driver-side seat adjuster, and more power features. The LTZ trim adds an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, fog lamps, remote vehicle starter system, rear-window defogger, power and heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators. Interior amenities on the LTZ include automatic dual-zone climate control and power, heated leather-appointed front bucket seats.

Optional Features

Options for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 include the dealer-installed On The Job package, which is designed to protect the cargo box and make it easier to secure cargo. It includes a skid-resistant, ribbed bed liner, molded bed rail protectors, and flush-mounted tie-down hooks. The White Diamond Edition of the LTZ includes the White Diamond Tricoat exterior finish, factory-installed chrome mirrors, caps and door handles, and bodyside moldings with chrome accents. Other packages include Chrome Essentials and other appearance packages, as well as trailering and off-road options. Heated and cooled front seats are optional with the LTZ trim.

Under the Hood

The Silverado 1500 offers a variety of powertrains, starting with a 4.3-liter V-6 engine delivering 195 horsepower. The standard is a 302-horsepower, 4.8 liter V-8 that produces 305 lb.-ft. of torque. The available Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine generates 315 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque. The premium 6.2 liter V-8 engine delivers 403 horsepower. All of the V-8 engines can operate on E85--up to 85% ethanol.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are:

  • Silverado 1500 with 4.3-liter V-6 and 2WD: 15/20 mpg (city/highway)
  • Silverado 1500 with 4.3-liter V-6 and 4WD: 14/18 mpg
  • Silverado 1500 with 4.8-liter V-8 and 2WD: 14/19 mpg
  • Silverado 1500 with 4.8-liter V-8 and 4WD: 13/18 mpg
  • Silverado 1500 with 5.3-liter V-8 and 2WD/4WD: 15/21 mpg
  • Silverado 1500 with 6.2-liter V-8 and 2WD/4WD: 12/18 mpg
  • Silverado Hybrid: 20/23 mpg


Standard safety features on the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 include driver- and passenger-side air bags, Stabilitrak, tire-pressure monitoring, and daytime running lamps. A rear-vision camera is also available.

In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with rear-wheel drive received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars: 4 stars for frontal impact; 5 for side impact; and 4 for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Silverado 1500 received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset crash protection; an "Acceptable" rating for side-impact crash protection, and a "Marginal" rating for roof crash protection.


A Tow/Haul Mode modifies the Silverado 1500's automatic transmission shift schedule for heavy-duty pulling and hauling. Auto grade braking helps control the vehicle on steep downgrades and saves wear and tear on the braking system, and an integrated trailer brake controller is available. OnStar with vehicle diagnostics is standard for a 6-month trial period. OnStar automatically runs hundreds of diagnostic and maintenance checks and sends results to the owner via e-mail. The MyChevrolet mobile app permits remote start and temperature adjustment, locking and unlocking, and much more through a mobile phone.
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