The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid is a full-size 1/2-ton hybrid pickup truck. The unique 2-mode powertrain utilizes and electric motor and a 6.0L V8 which generates 332 hp. This system, linked to a four-speed automatic transmission, helps push the Silverado 1500 Hybrid to an EPA estimated 21 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway which is quite impressive for a full-size truck.Read more Read less
The Silverado 1500 gets a number of changes aimed at improved fuel efficiency. The 4.8- and 5.3-liter V8 engines offers improved fuel economy through new variable valve timing, while the 5.3-liter versions get a taller 3.08 axle ratio and fuel-saver mode, along with a 6-speed automatic transmission, to increase EPA ratings. All three engines now have E85 Flex Fuel capability. On the safety side, side-curtain airbags, seat-mounted side bags and Stabilitrak stability control are now standard on all Silverado 1500s, while the interior door trim has been redesigned for better side safety. Feature content has been upped a bit, too. All models but the base Silverado now offer a USB connector for audio devices and gadget charging, and a rearview camera system is more widely available. Taupe Gray Metallic and Sheer Silver Metallic are new colors for the lineup.
Top-notch interiors to suit work or luxury use; extensive features and options; fuel economy; strong tow ratings
Although the full-size trucks from Ford and Dodge have both been more recently redesigned than the Chevrolet, the Silverado is one of the most refined, best handling full-size trucks. EPA ratings for 2010 go as high as 22 mpg highway for the Silverado XFE version. Full-size trucks are used in such a wide range of situations--from construction fleets to long-distance driving--and the two different interiors offered in the Silverado and the nearly identical GMC Sierra help satisfy shoppers better than most other competing models. LS and LT models are probably the best fit for buyers who need the sturdy, get-messy capability of a pickup at least some of the time, but the LTZ is the choice for those who need a pickup but won't compromise luxury. And for those who need a pickup but want to make a greener choice, with even lower operating costs, the Silverado Hybrid has 25-percent better fuel economy without sacrificing much towing or hauling ability.