Here at Future Motoring, we review vehicles for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes, it’s a week-long review to see what a vehicle is like to live with day-to-day. We go grocery shopping in it, visit friends, and go to the park. Other times, a vehicle loan comes with a particular purpose. For the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, it was to take us to Indianapolis to attend one of Chevrolet’s #FindNewRoads driving events.
Putting a couple hundred miles on a vehicle in one sitting is a good way to get to know a truck. Things that wouldn’t bother you at all around town become huge issues out on the highway, when you can readily pull over and switch cars. Even vehicles that feel quite comfortable day-to-day suffer on the long road trip.
For its part, the Silverado is a quite good road trip truck. It’s 6.2L V8 engine runs in 4-cylinders to save fuel, and GM has been making small-block V8s forever. That means they’ve also figured out how to make them fuel efficient.
Additionally, there’s plenty of power on hand for overtaking and getting up to highway speed. To save even more fuel, there’s a 5.3L V8 that’s also very good.
I want to, for a moment, just wax poetic about V8 engines for a moment. They are, as a whole, going away. The largest truck manufacturer in the United States still offers the V8, but more trucks come with turbocharged V6s than anything else.
The V8 just feels right in a pickup truck. The sound, although muted over trucks of previous generations, still sounds great. There’s a certain appeal to a big V8 pickup truck that you don’t get driving anything else.
But I digress.
Our LTZ 4-wheel drive truck was very well equipped. We had LED headlights, leather seats, and Chevrolet’s MyLink system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. OnStar was on-board with its 4G LTE hotspot. There’s even wireless charging for your compatible cell phone.
There are some negatives, though. Our particular test truck was equipped for the max towing, meaning it had revised springs and the power-folding towing mirrors. While the mirrors gave us no issue, the stiffer springs do make the truck bouncier than other Silverados I’ve driven in the past. It’s not a deal-breaker, but our recommendation is that if you’re going to do a lot of towing near the maximum of the 1500, pay the extra few bucks and spring from a 2500 HD.
The only other thing missing is something you can’t even equip at all to the Silverado; adaptive cruise control. The truck has the ability to see a vehicle in front of you and warn you of an impending collision, so the hardware is there. It just doesn’t control the speed of the vehicle with the cruise control set to pace the traffic in front of you.
Again, for many it’s not a deal breaker. But if you spend a lot of time on the highway, once you’ve driven a car or truck with adaptive cruise control you don’t ever want to take a long journey without it again.
The beauty of the Silverado is that it delivers exactly what the customer wants. GM loyalists are loyal for a reason, and the new 2017 Silverado delivers exact what their customer expects. While I’d personally like to see a tad bit more technology, I can’t argue with the truck’s capability or performance. And if you like V8 power, no truck maker currently gives you as many V8 engine options as Chevrolet.