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HybridCars.com got their hands on a new 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and put it through its paces. Except for improved voice recognition of the truck's OnStar telematics system, everything remains largely unchanged from last year's model, which we reviewed here.

The Silverado Hybrid packs a whopping 6.0 Liter V8 mated to GM's Two-Mode Hybrid System. When combined with the twin 60-kilowatt electric motors, the drivetrain churns out 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. The truck comes in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions, and both net a 20 mile per gallon city and 23 mpg highway EPA rating. Combined, that's good for 21 mpg.

Starting at $38,725, the Silverado Hybrid certainly costs a pretty penny but, as HybridCars notes, you get a lot of standard features and are only paying about $3,500 extra for the hybrid powertrain versus the standard version. Compared to a Silverado 1500 LT, which gets 13 mpg city and 18 mpg hwy, you would be looking at saving close to $900 a year in fuel costs (assuming 15,000 mi/year with gas at $4.00/gal). That could mean a payback time of less than four years, which sounds great to us.

[Source: HybridCars]


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's pretty freaking impressive. Finally, a GM hybrid that makes sense! I hope they sell these by the bushel.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Nope i had no idea. I have spent about maybe 1 hours of my life total thinking about truck fuel efficiency. :)
          letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          And certainly many more about wasteful bicyclists.
        letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        You do realize the Silverado Hybrid two-mode been on the market since 2009, and that it continues this year essentially unchanged. http://www.allcarselectric.com/review/1020931_2009-silverado-hybrid-1500-4wd-crew-cab-full-review
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      no silverado at all will instantly boost your intelligence and save you a lot of money.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Assuming you don't buy a truck for that broke-back mountain effect, that you actually USE the truck, you can save: $21,538 over a 200,000 mile life. If you drive it more, you save more. Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid 200,000 miles / 13 mpg * $4 = $61,538 fuel expense. 200,000 miles / 20 mpg * $4 = $40,000 fuel expense. Over a 200,000 live you save $21,538 dollars.
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Which returns you more then 50% of the price of the truck. If you're in the trades, and actually drive those miles that adds up to PROFIT.
      GeorgeS
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I love the Silverado Hybrid, if the Ford Eco boost does what Paul says 22 MPG then that's pretty good too.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Besides, going from 14mpg to 21 is a much bigger improvement than from 40 to 47mpg.
        Phos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        (21-7)/14 = 50% improvement. A car getting 40mpg would have to go to 60mpg to have the same improvement. That's quite the improvement for those needing that big a truck. Of course those who would need it is those with HEAVY cargo or required towing capacity. I'd like to see the MPG with a thousand pounds of cargo or pulling a 4 ton trailer. It might actually be a bigger percentage increase. If the trailer itself could have hydraulic regenerative breaking the HP requirement for the towing vehicle could be reduced. This might have a greater affect on the MPG.
      GeorgeS
      • 3 Years Ago
      ....and as an after thought, lets put the Ford ICE and the GM tranny together and see what kind of MPG we can make!!
        GoodCheer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeorgeS
        Or even, someone.... anyone, make a compact pickup again.
      GeorgeS
      • 3 Years Ago
      For anyone who is into sophisticated transmissions go to wikipedia and study this one. It's pretty hard to understand. It makes the Prius or Volt transmission seem like child's play.
      FunkyBanana
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is really impressive and for anyone that uses a truck for a business, a great option to have. Landscapers, contractors, roofers, etc. I am sure they drive plenty of miles and this kind of savings would be a huge boon for them. Some of those guys drive upwards of 30k miles a year. We all benefit from them using less gas to do thier jobs and they benefit from saving some money! Only problem I see is why not have a stripper version with the hybrid? Work trucks dont need all the standard features. Maybe a V6 model with the Hybrid and minimal options for $25K?
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yup, it's been around a while. Only 436 sales so far in 2011, plus 83 for the GMC Sierra. In 2010:1,871 and 522 respectively. Truck buyers are staying away, I'm not sure why. Autoblog.com called it all "swing, all miss" but were stupid enough to claim 5.5mpg isn't a big boost (addition and multiplication are different operations!) and Edmunds said "overpriced curiosity". $5 gasoline will change things.
      miles
      • 3 Years Ago
      so how does it compare to the ecoboost F150?
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miles
        According to fueleconomy.gov, the Hybrid Silverado will save you $666/yr in fuel over a comparable F-150 Ecoboost. I compared the 4wd versions of each.
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miles
        2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost rated at 16 city, 22 highway. So it is slightly worse on the highway, way worse in city.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what a 8-speed auto tranny, cylinder deactivation, start-stop, hybrid system and the EcoBoost would achieve. Perhaps 24mpg combined?
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