2009 Chevrolet Silverado LT 1500 Ext Cab 4×4 – Remote Start, 5.3L V8 with Active Fuel Management, 4WD, 4-speed automatic with Tow/Haul Mode, 6-way Power Seat Adjusters, Power Heated Mirrors, Power Windows & Locks, Air Conditioning, CD Player (MP3 Capable) with Aux & 6-Speaker System, lockable storage bin is built into a big 40/20/40-split bench front seat, H.D. Trailering Equipment and Off-Road Suspension Package, Locking Rear Differential, 17” Aluminum Wheels, Leer Cap, Husky Electric Trailer Brake, Step Bars, Imperial Blue Metallic and only 141,000 kms
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a bread-and-butter, all-American pickup with more emphasis on work than on gimmicks. The Silverado shares its platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are some styling and interior differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes.
The popular Z71 Off Road model returns with upgraded shocks, skid plates and special badging. V-8 models are rated to tow around 9,000 pounds with the enhanced trailering package. The Silverado doesn’t offer fancy luxury packages, but rather provides an outstanding foundation to tackle tough chores while giving owners freedom to personalize their truck.
The Ford F-150 may hold the title of best-selling individual pickup in the country, but when you combine the sales of the Chevrolet Silverado with the nearly-identical GMC Sierra, it’s a different story. The General Motors pickups outsell the Ford handily and also outsell all the import label pickup trucks combined. To its credit, the new line of Active Fuel Management-equipped V8 engines offered in the Silverado give it segment-leading fuel economy.
Driving Impressions: Thanks to its rigid frame and advanced construction techniques, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado offers a markedly better ride-and-handling combination than many of its competitors. The newest Silverado platform includes a fully-boxed frame (for more chassis stiffness), coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering, and the result is a surprisingly maneuverable and comfortable vehicle. A lengthy test drive over rough, washboard gravel roads revealed a quiet and composed cabin.
Exterior: With the widest track in its segment, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado is substantial but it eschews the bulbous but juvenile muscularity of some of its competitors. Instead, it looks tailored and subdued front to rear. The handsome horizontal grille is divided by a thick bright metal bar that flanks a bold Chevrolet “bow tie” symbol. Designers also took special pains to integrate the pickup box while at the same time making it taller. Entry to the rear seat/storage area of Extended Cab models is eased thanks to large rear access doors that open 170 degrees, and power-operated rear side windows lower completely into the access doors.
Big knobs: In a welcome bow to those who work hard to earn their keep – and who live in frigid climes – the Silverado has knobs, switches and door handles that can be easily operated while wearing gloves.
Active Fuel Management: The Active Fuel Management system available in V8s cuts the operation of four cylinders when they are unneeded and enhances fuel economy.
Back in “the good old days,” the only folks who had pickup trucks were those who owned horses, trailers, boats or their own construction/home improvement business. Those workhorse rigs were typically bare-bones standard-cab models with a flat vinyl bench seat, manual windows and an AM radio with one speaker in the middle of the dash. Now, however, folks demand a lot more from a truck than just the ability to do grunt work. And among this modern breed, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 proudly stands as a smart choice, if this type of vehicle is truly what you need.