The Chevrolet brand has been in existence for over 100 years. The manufacturer built its first pick-up truck in the 1930s and later termed the Silverado first as a trim level and in 1998 its own model. Through the years Silverado has remained pretty consistent in its style and standard equipment. However in recent years Chevrolet has added a bit of a luxury spin (with their LTZ line) mixed with additional power options (Duramax engines and Allison transmissions) to give the model a boost within the highly competitive pick-up truck realm. Below is everything one will need to know about the 2013 Silverado 1500 and 2500 2WD Crew Cab LTZ models. Both are fully equipped, provide an amazing ride, (considering their size) and deliver plenty of power. Take a look at the Silverado 2500s engine and transmission options mentioned below and you might be surprised that although the body styles are still the same (hint regarding 2014 models), the engine, power train, and undercarriage features (in the base and upgraded models) have brought the Silverado into a new and exciting chapter.
Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab LTZ
With a Vortec 5.3L V8, 315 hp engine, active fuel management technology, and Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission, the 1500 provided plenty of power to drive this Crew Cab. The tested model of the truck included a great suspension package which more than kept the ride smooth and easy to steer. For the suspension, Chevrolet included coil-over-shock front suspension, multi-leaf rear spring, and Z85 handling/trailering suspension as well as HD trailering equipment, and locking rear differential. The Silverado 1500 can tow up to 9,600 lbs. and includes ideal side power fold mirrors (which are also heated and include turn signal indicator arrows).
When it comes to driver and passenger safety, the 1500 was very well equipped with dual stage driver and passenger airbags, head curtain and side airbags with rollover protection, and seat mounted side impact for driver and right front passenger. There are also automatic daytime running lamps and front fog lamps which provide plenty of light and keep the road well lit. The model also includes Stabilitrak with stability control and trailer sway control, Hill Start Assist, tire pressure monitoring, battery run-down protection, oil life monitoring, and 24 hour roadside assistance. NHTSA awarded the 1500 a four star overall safety rating with five star rating when it comes to front and rear seat side crash results.
The 1500 is also equipped with a full sized spare tire with spare tire lock to keep ones spare from being stolen – stolen spares can be a hefty expense to remedy, especially when stuck on the side of the road.
The Silverado also includes a plethora of entertainment both standard and available for upgrade such as XM, six months of OnStar, navigation, and premium Bose sound system.
Chevy compares the Silverado 1500 to the Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab, Toyota Tundra CrewMax, Ford F-150 2WD.
Pricing for a 2013 Silverado 1500 2WD LTZ starts at $39,000 dollars.
Tested version included the below upgrades;
Touch screen system with navigation, DVD, XM traffic alert $2500
Power sliding sunroof $1,000
20” chrome wheels $800
The remainder upgrades included chrome assist steps, rear camera, wheel house liner and bedrail protectors, sliding rear window and locking tailgate with EZ lift (approximate total for these items) $1770 bringing the total options amount to $5,814.
Chevrolet is currently running a discount on their LTZ (luxury) Crew Cab which deducts $1,000.
Bottom line price including destination is $45,000 dollars.
Silverado 2500 2WD LTZ HD Crew Cab
Base models for this line include a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine. However the tested model was equipped with (upgraded) 6.6 L V8 Turbo Diesel. The 2500 also included the (upgraded option) powerful 6-Speed HD Automatic Allison Transmission which always provided reliable and responsive driving under many circumstances. The Duramax and Allison combo is one of my favorites when it comes to powerful trucks and this large king cab drove like a well engineered machine. Although the truck is quite large, there is nothing bulky or lumberous about it – for a vehicle this size to handle/steer as well as it did gives example to the insight and thought put into the building of the Silverado 2500 HD. The 2500 HDs included suspension package more than keeps the ride smooth and also includes a torsion bar front suspension.
The handling during regular conditions was just as easy as if driving a full sized vehicle. Driving in the rain was a fantastic experience too.. the harder it rained the more overflow we got to drive in and that created for not only a very safe ride without any traction issues, it created for a fun ride as we easily splashed our way down the road. My passenger enjoyed the experience and was very impressed with the comfort, ride, handling and capabilities of the vehicle – I was delighted but not surprised. The Silverado HD 2500 is sturdy, durable and daunting to others on the road. As for the interior we experienced nothing short of a comfortable and secure ride inside the cabin of this highly capable truck. The fully powered front seats and polished wood accents gave the truck an upscale feeling while the rubber floor mats make it easier to clean out. I found the 2500 to be powerful, luxurious, and yet practical.
The model included the same safety features as the 1500 including Stabilitrak, trailer sway control, and hill start assist along with 18” all season tires, and front recovery hooks. There is also a noticeably lighter tailgate which is a feature that has become more prevalent on most new truck models. The (upgraded) power sliding back window was quite handy and a necessity, especially for crew and king cab sized trucks.
The 2500 LTZ also features HD trailering equipment, a locking rear differential and can tow up to 10,000 lbs.
Chevy compares the Silverado 2500 LTZ HD to Ford Super Duty F-250 2WD Crew Cab Lariat, and Ram 2500 2WD Crew Cab Laramie.
Silverado 2500 LTZ starts at $42,670 and the tested model included $15,000 in upgrades such as the very hardy Duramax 6.6 L V8 Turbo Diesel, Allison 6-Speed transmission, touch screen navigation and entertainment packages, power sunroof, chrome assist steps, heated/cooled front seats, back up camera, power rear window, and 5th wheel trailer wiring.
After upgrades and destination, bottom line price is $58,590 dollars.
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