The High Country trim on the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado adds polished metal and embroidered leather.
Our Opinion: I didn’t need to carry anywhere near a ton of stuff — the two main kayaks in back probably added just 100 pounds to your stress on the Silverado’s suspension, but it was cool to grasp that we could. Except for carrying two 9-foot-long boats devoid of trouble, my family and i easily got comfortable inside cooled leather seats from a hot summer paddle. The Silverado is often a tall and large luxury cruiser, but I’d expect nothing less for 60 grand.
The 6.2-liter V8 is usually a throaty, rumbly joy to know, and, yeah, the18 wheeler hustles around properly. The eight-speed transmission also keeps the energy sweet spot nearby, nevertheless it is a thirsty motor, taking premium fuel and stinging the wallet in the gas pump. Unless you have heavy towing needs, the five.3-liter seems the better practical option. And when you’re one of several tiny minority of people that isn’t truck brand loyal, the F-150’s EcoBoost engines put in a decent, although not amazing, gas mileage boost.
This is a type of swan song for any “old-school” Silverado: The next-generation truck, still a full-size pickup, will likely be offered that has a turbocharged four-cylinder as an engine option. That engine will release more power than the outgoing V6, though comes with a eerie feel to barefoot jogging. Overall, this Silverado feels solid, rides comfortably and has now plenty of power, and even off-roading and towing capability.
–Robin Warner, managing editor
Options: Centennial Edition including 22-inch premium painted wheels with chrome inserts, all-terrain tires, heritage bowties, chrome recovery hooks, floor liners, centennial metallic paint ($3,480); 6.2-liter V8 engine ($2,495); enhanced driver alert package including back and front park assist, lane keep help with lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, Intellibeam headlamps, forward collision alert and safety alert seat ($945); LT plus package including power adjustable pedals, Bose speakers and heated controls ($800); heated and ventilated front driver and passenger seats ($650); leather bucket seats w/center console, floor USB ports and wireless charging ($510); 8-inch diagonal touchscreen display screen w/navigation and Mylink ($495); trailer brake controller ($275)