2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Styling

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Styling

Largely carried over each year since it went on sale in 2007, the Chevy Silverado could use a style injection. Like its cousin, the GMC Sierra, the Silverado still looks tidy and neat--but in this case, it's maybe a little too neat, as the truck world around it has gone nuts with exaggerated, hypermasculine looks (Ram, F-150, Tundra).

The Silverado's a simple, plain-looking piece. The headlamps grew larger in this generation, and the gold bowtie has too. There's little else to make the Silverado stand out in a full-size crowd. The generic-looking banded grille and plain taillamps are echoes of the straight-edged cabin, and save for some metallic trim here and a deeper chin spoiler there, the entire Silverado lineup backpedals its talents behind an ordinary truck body. All that said, the look is aging well, where we don't think the Tundra and Titan have grown old with much grace.

The Chevy Silverado's good looks can seem pretty quiet and tame when it's parked next to its louder, brasher competitors.
Inside, the Silverado and its GMC Sierra sibling are unique among pickups in that they offer two different instrument panel styles. The "pure pickup" versions have a high dash with low-gloss black plastic and no center console for three-across seating. Upscale LTZ versions get a wide console, bands of wood grain trim, and metallic-painted pieces that look far richer and more appealing—and mimics that of Chevy's Tahoe and Suburban large SUVs. It's almost carlike compared to the more upright design on base versions, which also get larger door handles and controls to make operation easier for big hands with gloves.

Both interiors share large, clearly marked gauges and soft blue backlighting, a meaty steering wheel, and humongous cup holders tucked either into the dash or the fold-down armrest, or molded into the console.

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