2000 Silverado 1500 New Car Test Drive
Silverado, the new Chevrolet pickup truck design, is a great achievement, better than the old truck in every respect. It rides better, it handles better, it stops quicker, it's faster and more powerful, and it's more comfortable. The Silverado ranks as one of the most luxurious pickup trucks we've ever driven. Chevy's new-generation pickup has caught up with Ford and Dodge: It finally offers an optional four-door cab design in addition to the previous two- and three-door cab designs.
Where Dodge and Ford broke new ground in truck design with their Ram and F-150 pickups, Chevrolet has chosen a conservative design for its Silverado.
Chevrolet customers are so happy with their trucks and so loyal to the brand that they don't mind if the new trucks look similar to the old ones. They realize that underneath its conservative looks is a great truck that has almost nothing in common with the old one.
Like all full-size pickups, Silverado comes in two- and four-wheel-drive versions, in 1500, 2500 and 3500 weight ranges, in short-and-long-bed bodies, with fendered (Fleetside) and nonfendered (Sportside) beds, two-, three, or four-door cabs in base, LS and LT trim levels. There are three V8 engines and one V6 to choose from with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
Wheel flares are now available for 1500 series 4X4 models, a tonneau cover is available for all models, and the two smallest V8 engines have more power for 2000.