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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

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The overwhelming array of body styles, bed lengths, and drivetrains is enough to make a Silverado shopper weary before they set foot in a dealer. Ah, but it doesn't end there--the Silverado's features list spans just as much of the automotive realm, with work trucks lining up on the same order sheets as $50,000 hybrid trucks with real-time traffic and DVD entertainment systems.

The basic Silverado's a spartan workhorse, though. It comes with few creature comforts: the windows wind up by hand, the locks lock that way too, the bench seats are covered in vinyl, and the AM/FM radio goes away if you want to save a hundred bucks. That's one extreme. The other extreme--with lots of steps between SL and SLT between--piles on luxury hardware like satellite radio with NavTraffic; navigation; OnStar; leather seating; a power sunroof; a power sliding rear window; Bluetooth; a USB port for media players; and of course, dozens of cargo-securing features, down to the bedliner itself.

The 2012 Chevy Silverado runs the gamut from luxury family pickup to bare-bones work appliance.

Options and features are more selective on the Hybrid edition. The base version has cloth seats; steering-wheel audio controls; a USB port; and remote keyless entry. The upscale edition has leather; Bluetooth; navigation; and satellite radio.

Last year, GM updated the Silverado's OnStar system to version 9.0. It now includes automatic crash response, crisis assist, and stolen vehicle slowdown, with a one-year subscription to the Safe and Sound plan.

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