With 2022 in the rearview mirror, many are looking forward to 2023 with optimism and rejuvenation. Among the many different aspects of a new year that generate excitement and enthusiasm is the knowledge of the upcoming model year. Various manufacturers will present their offerings for the new year with bold new designs, features, and, as is par for the course, a healthy spirit of competition between all parties involved. The competitive nature that exists within the industry is found everywhere, but nowhere are the stakes higher than in the world of the pickup truck.
The big three, Chevy, Ford, and RAM, are always attempting to outdo one another, which means that consumers get to benefit from the hard work involved. The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500, now in its 24th year of production, has long been the cornerstone of the truck market, as it’s continually been awarded the distinction of America’s most popular pickup and has the ability to carry on this celebrated tradition. Today, we offer a look at the prowess and pedigree that the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 has to offer.
When it comes to what consumers look for in a pickup truck, nine times out of ten, it’s what’s underneath the hood that’s on the top of their list. Understandably so, pickups have a wealth of methods in which their owners utilize them. While some have a keen eye on a workhorse, others have a preference for towing prowess, and of course, there are those among us who enjoy taking the path less traveled in the fast-paced world of off-roading. For those who crave versatility, the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 has four distinctive engine options that are unique in the individual advantages they offer.
The powertrain options begin with a 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Despite its diminutive size, its potency is impressive and extends far beyond expectations. Its 310 hp and the capability to generate 430 lb-ft of torque are more potent than some V6 and V8 powertrains in the marketplace. Chevy equips this dynamo with one eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows for an impressive towing capacity of 9,500 lbs. This engine is standard on the base WT trim and proves you can do more with four.
Available on the two introductory trims is Chevy’s venerable and extremely capable 5.3L EcoTec3 V8. Surprisingly, despite its size, the V8 only outclasses the four-cylinder in horsepower and towing capacity. While it allows for a maximum towing limit of 11,300 lbs and propels the Silverado forward with 355 hp, it only manages to generate 383 lb-ft of torque, still an admirable amount but well short of the four-cylinders capability. For an increased towing capacity on the lower trims, this is our pick for above-average jobs in size.
For an increase in performance and towing prowess, Chevy compliments the Silverado 1500 with a slightly larger engine which takes the form of a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8, allowing the vehicle to travel from 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds. The larger of the two V8 powertrains grants the Silverado its beefiest horsepower by producing 420 hp. An equally impressive ability to crank out 460 lb-ft of torque is matched by an impressive maximum towing capacity of 13,300 lbs, making for the ideal gasoline-powered towing tool. But there’s still more to explore when it comes to the unbridled capability of the Silverado.
With so much excitement about the leaps and bounds in technology regarding the current state of the industry, it’s always the biggest surprises that come from the unlikeliest places. In recent years, the diesel-fueled engine has had something of a renaissance, and the cornerstone of this movement has been the series of Duramax engines that Chevy has utilized for their trucks and SUVs.
For those who choose to utilize the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, the best of both worlds is the end result. While having the lowest horsepower of the four engines at 305 hp, it outclasses the other three with the ability to generate a whopping 495 lb-ft of torque and matches the 6.2L engine's towing capacity of 13,300 lbs. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the diesel engine is its conservative fuel consumption. It offers an impressive 24 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.
While the specifications of the four individual engines of the Silverado are quite impressive, the interior of the vehicle and behind the wheel is where you’ll be spending the majority of your time, so that’s where we’ll be looking next.
Getting into the driver’s seat of the 2023 Chevy Silverado for the first time, one immediately takes notice of the compromise between the modern and the rustic. Anchored by an infotainment screen that stretches past 13 inches and an instrument panel that measures past 12, these are accentuated by a wood-paneled trim that’s more than ideal for the rugged outdoorsman.
While the rustic look is present, the Silverado also has the benefit of several features that bring the vehicle into the realm of the modern age. Aside from compatibility with Apple and Android products making a welcome return, integration with google voice assistance and Amazon Alexa all provide a state-of-the-art experience for drivers behind the wheel. Upper trims have additional available amenities, such as a seven-speaker Bose audio system and a 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support. While the Silverado’s sibling, the GMC Sierra, certainly has its fair share of luxury items, the Silverado has taken comfort to new levels for the 2023 model year.
We’ve loomed underneath the hood and gotten behind the wheel, but there will never be anything more important than knowing that you’re safe in your vehicle and on the road. The Chevy Silverado has a long-standing track record when it comes to keeping drivers safe, and the 2023 model year is certainly no exception to this. Once again, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the Silverado an overall five-star safety rating, a testament to Chevy’s predilection for manufacturing safe vehicles.
A major point of contention among many industry critics isn’t the number of safety features that a vehicle can be equipped with but the matter of how many the manufacturer is willing to make standard. With so many leaps and bounds in the development of new technology, it seems odd that the safety of drivers would be limited to those who are willing to shell out more money. Safety shouldn’t come with a price tag, and this year, Chevy rolls out the red carpet in terms of the various features it makes standard on the Silverado 1500.
Some of the standard features, courtesy of the Chevy Safety Assist suite, include a forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, which are both very important to allow for maximum reaction time in the event of a potential collision. Because so many truck drivers are avid fans of towing and trailering, other standard items such as lane change alert with side blind zone alert and following distance indicator are all important for maintaining oversight and keeping everyone we share the road with as safe as possible.
As a matter of fact, one of the few features that’s reserved for the High Country trim is the Super Cruise technology. This semi-autonomous driving feature allows for hands-free operation on 200,000 miles of pre-programmed North American roads. Chevy has also stated that this technology can be utilized while trailering and, when used in conjunction with adaptive cruise control, can elevate the driving experience to new heights.
These features that Chevy has equipped in the 2023 Chevy Silverado are meant to enhance the driving experience and provide an added layer of protection. In no way do they replace the highly effective habits of a responsible driver. Please maintain focus on the road and obey traffic laws at all times.