2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado has some tough competition within the full-size truck arena.

The Ford F-150 at the moment is the technology and fuel-economy leader—at least against non-Hybrid GM models, and the F-150's turbo V-6 engines and voice-controlled navigation systems are hard for personal-use truck buyers to ignore.

The Nissan Titan is the least changed truck in this group, over its lifespan, but it still has Nissan's rorty "Endurance" V-8 to recommend it, along with better handling than the usual truck.

Toyota' Tundra has been a half-flop in its latest form, but it's staggeringly capable as a towing and hauling machine, even if the spacey styling is a turn-off.

And the 2013 Ram 1500 is without hesitation at the top of the list for 2013, with a handsome, retouched exterior and lavishly appointed updated interior; it already had one of the best interiors in the business, and for 2013 it's gotten even better.

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The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado lineup appeals to truck traditionalists, offering a straightforward package that isn't as bold or fashionable as rivals but delivers in every way a truck should.
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Muscular but lower in fat thanks to turbo V-6 power, the 2013 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.
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Among increasingly bold full-size trucks, the 2013 GMC Sierra is simple in looks and strong in performance—with the Sierra Hybrid remaining a fuel-efficient standout.
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The 2013 Nissan Titan provides strong performance, with a brash style, but it's simply fallen to the back of the pack in many respects.
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The 2013 Toyota Tundra is tough and able, but its overwrought styling, subpar interior appointments, and unimpressive fuel economy could be cause for hesitation.
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The 2013 Ram 1500 leads full-size trucks in interior quality, gas mileage, and handling; it adds infotainment to the list this year, but we're mixed on its new air suspension, and towing capacity is down.
MSRP From     
$23,590$24,070$23,590$29,270$25,455$23,100
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD King Cab SWB SReg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (GS)2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
333633
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Reg Cab 6.5' WidesideRegular Cab PickupReg Cab PickupKing CabReg CabRegular Cab Pickup
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic