2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Its Competition

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD Crew Cab 143.5" 2HY Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Full-size pickups have been hit hard by the recession and new fuel-economy rules.

No brands are more aware of this than Toyota and Nissan.

The Toyota Tundra was new for 2008 and hasn't sold well; its unusual styling debuted not much before the financial crisis unfolded and killed half of all truck sales.

Nissan's Titan simply failed to launch-introduced a few years back, sales are tottering below 20,000 units, despite its rorty V-8 engine and factory-outfitted bed options.

The real competition for the big Chevy is GM's own, nearly identical GMC Sierra; the Dodge Ram, which rides smoothly and has a standout style, inside and out, to go with hugely capable towing and hauling numbers; and the Ford F-150, which claims to have the highest towing numbers in the land, though they're teamed to a dullsville look that's relieved somewhat by a luxe interior.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado offer strong engines and comfortable interiors to complement impressive toughness and towing/hauling ratings, while the Hybrid model is the most fuel-efficient big pickup on the market.
8.2
All-new engines across the 2011 Ford F-150 model line finally give these full-size trucks strong (yet efficient) performance to match their macho looks.
7.4
The 2011 Nissan Titan performs well and has a comfortable interior, but its appeal is more limited than the full-line full-size trucks from the Big Three and Toyota.
8.0
The interior may be a letdown in quality, but the 2011 Toyota Tundra is every bit as big and tough as the other full-size trucks.
8.2
The 2011 Ram 1500 vies with the latest Ford F-150 as the most desirable full-size pickup truck you can buy.
MSRP From    
$21,235$22,790$27,410$24,435$20,810
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD King Cab SWB SReg 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (Natl)2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
33633
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Reg Cab 6.5' WidesideReg Cab PickupKing CabReg CabReg Cab 6.3' Bed
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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