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Rainy Weather Driving Begs for a Big Truck

2015 Chevrolet SilveradoSince I’ve been writing about the automotive industry, I have learned to appreciate a wider variety of vehicles than those that appealed to me as a mere consumer.

For instance, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4-wheel drive LTZ crew cab that was my test model a few weeks ago proved to be a most welcome gift. Admittedly, this would not have been my first choice when I was buying muscle cars or minivans.

But the Silverado was a great blessing with the constant rain and stormy weather that North Texans (and South Texans for that matter) have experienced this spring. It’s great that all our lakes and rivers are at capacity for the first time in many years, but it’s made driving anything smaller than a pickup truck difficult.

There is just nothing better than a large truck like the Silverado to help get you safely through newly discovered potholes in the road, or standing water that could easily drown out the motor on a less substantial vehicle.

With its 4-wheel drive as an added plus, the Silverado was the best possible way to travel from point A to Z. So thank you, Chevrolet, for allowing me to stay safe if not dry, even when I forgot my umbrella.

The Silverado’s powerful 5.3 liter V8 Ecotec3 engine* with 6-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, and Z71 off-road suspension, hill descent control, underbody shield, auto locking RR diferential and mono-tube Rancho brand shocks powered through any kind of weather or road conditions. *The test model’s engine was a larger 6.1 liter added as an option by manufacturer). 

With its White Diamond Tricoat exterior and jet black/dark ash interior, the Silverado looked almost as good as it performed.

Chevrolet’s EZ Lift and lower (and locking) tailgate with wheelhouse liners, body side molding and projector headlamps plus standard 18″ bright aluminum wheels (the test model actually rolled on 20″ wheels, one of several options the manufacturer added) added to the truck’s good looks and efficiency.

The cabin customarily features leather-appointed seats with a 40/20/40 split bench for driver and front passenger, with a 60/40 rear folding bench. Vanity mirrors for the driver and front seat passenger signal the fact that more women may be driving trucks, or maybe men are just becoming slightly more vain?

The MSRP for the Silverado was $45,810 and mileage was estimated from 15 in town to 21 mpg on the highway, for an average of 17 mpg.
Options added by Chevrolet included a larger 6.1 liter V8 EcoTec3 engine, custom sport edition with body color grille with chrome bars, the 20″ chrome wheels, power sunroof, and a driver alert package with front and rear park assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and 6″ chrome assist steps.

Other additions included a BOSE audio system, Chevrolet MyLink audio system with 8″ diagonal color touch and navigation; plus heated and cooled, leather-appointed bucket seats for the driver and front seat passenger.

There was even LED lighting for the cargo box.  The options and destination charges brought the test model’s total price to $57,405. No wonder this Silverado looked so sharp!

Safety features included multiple airbags and head curtains, Stabilitrak stability control with trailer sway control and hill start assist, antilock brakes, daytime running lamps and OnStar with turn by turn navigation.  

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