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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“could be the best interior in its class”
“we drove for nearly five straight hours without getting uncomfortable. There are luxury cars we can't say the same about”
“the Chevy Silverado's front seats are uber comfortable”
New features on the 2009 Silverado include: 18- and 20-inch chrome-clad wheel designs, Bluetooth phone connectivity, XM Satellite Radio with new NavTraffic feature, OnStar 8.0 with Turn-by-Turn navigation and Destination Download, and Black Granite Metallic and Imperial Blue Metallic exterior colors.
The LTZ model offers a more carlike interior and many features not always seen among full-size pickups, such as remote engine start, a touch-screen navigation system, a fold-down rear entertainment system, power-adjustable pedals, and power-adjustable leather seats. Options include a power sliding rear window, big 20-inch alloy wheels, and a rear parking-assist system.
Several reviewers criticize the lack of a bedliner, but kind words are otherwise lavished on the cargo area. Jalopnik calls the flat loading floor “one of the coolest features on the truck.” Autoblog also notes the deeper cargo box, along with the load-assist torsion bars in the tailgate, allowing it to be closed with one arm. Car and Driver points out that the Silverado’s storage spaces lack organizing dividers and aren't as innovative as those of competitors. (The work-oriented Pure Pickup interior has separate upper and lower glove boxes, while the luxury version featured in the LTZ only has the lower one.)
In top-of-the-line LTZ trim, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado piles on luxury extras but lacks the innovative storage features that would make it an obvious winner.