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STYLING | 7 out of 10
“The elegant binnacle and console setup straddles the line between minimalism, and techie-modern.“
“Its new interior not only has a more modern design, it's comfortable and functional, too.”
The Silverado was completely redesigned for 2007, and while the back end of the truck looks very familiar, the front end sports a completely new look. It shares elements—including the steeper windshield—with the full-size Tahoe SUV, but this time the Silverado takes a slightly different tack in front, including “vertically-stacked headlamp elements, heavily flared front fenders, and the largest Bowtie badge that we’ve ever seen on a Chevrolet,” according to Autoblog.
Four Wheeler noted that the Silverado’s styling is now significantly different than that of its mechanically identical sibling, the GMC Sierra, with different front ends, headlamps, and taillights along with different bedsides and box designs. “To our eye, the GMC looks stockier and brawnier than in the past, the Chevy perhaps a bit sleeker and aerodynamic,” Four Wheeler said.
Car and Driver criticized the Silverado’s “cheesy mirrors,” which always occupy space in the driver’s peripheral vision. But Autobytel complimented the mirrors as very useful: “With mirrors properly adjusted, small cars stand little chance of getting lost from view when merging, and the tall rear window affords a good look at what’s going on behind you.”
Inside, the new design is more radical—for a pickup. The Silverado offers two different interiors: a luxurious one on the LTZ, or the work-oriented Pure Pickup setup on the WT or LT. Both interior setups won favor with reviewers. The LTZ’s interior found critical praise for its carlike setup, though some pointed out that those with work gloves on would have to remove them to use some of the controls.
Consumer Guide summed up the difference as follows: “The Pure Pickup interior places radio and climate controls high on the dashboard, just out of easy reach. The available luxury interior mimics that of Chevy's Tahoe and Suburban large SUVs, with controls mounted lower but in easy reach."
GM doesn’t stray much from its safe zone in styling, but offering two different interiors should be enough to satisfy everyone.