- Smooth ride and crisp handling without payload sacrifices the features of a luxury SUV
- Above-average fuel economy for the class
- No factory-installed bedliner option
- Four-speed automatic has fewer gears than competition
The 2008 Chevrolet Silverado has moved upmarket without forgetting about its work-truck roots.
The Silverado is Chevrolet’s full-size, light-duty pickup truck. It was completely redesigned for 2007, and changes for 2008 are relatively minor. Like most of the other full-size pickup models, such as the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, and Toyota Tundra, the Silverado is available in a wide range of models—including three different cab styles, and two different interior designs—to suit the needs of everyone from contractors and farmers to style-conscious commuters who need towing or hauling ability for the weekend.
The engine range goes the distance to an all-aluminum, 6.0-liter V-8 cranking out 367 horsepower, though the popular 315-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 will offer enough power for most needs and comes with Active Fuel Management to help improve fuel economy. While the Silverado’s engines are fully competitive, its line of four-speed automatics is a bit behind the five- and six-speed competition. But for many shoppers, its steering and handling are at the top of the pack and help make the big truck feel less cumbersome on real streets.
Features are also a Silverado strong point; it can be optioned up with nearly everything that might be available in a luxury SUV.