The old stereotype of pickups as utilitarian work machines that put little emphasis on passenger comfort and convenience went by the wayside quite a while ago, but it's taken Chevrolet a little longer than some to catch up. Consider the field leveled with the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, which boasts an interior worthy of its lofty price tag.
TheCarConnection.com's research turns up quite a bit of positive commentary regarding the seating arrangement inside the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. Chevrolet's first hybrid pickup truck comes only in a four-door, crew-cab body style, which means that you'll find plenty of space inside for passengers. J.D. Power states that "bucket seats will be offered to give customers the choice of 5- or 6-passenger seating," and other reviewers report that the available seats are long-haul comfortable. ConsumerGuide says that, up front, "the seats are comfortable if somewhat lacking in side support." The Detroit News agrees, finding that the "bucket seats could use additional bolstering," but overall they love that the interior is "well laid out with lots of room for a hunting party." Mother Proof reviewers are "surprised by the level of comfort in the interior," and ConsumerGuide points out that rear-seat passengers aren't left out either, as the "rear bench is comfortable and supportive," while the available "headroom is generous."
Practicality, especially in terms of available cargo space, is a major concern for pickup buyers, and the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid doesn't disappoint in this regard. ConsumerGuide reviewers note that "the bucket seats come with a roomy console bin," while the "bench seat is available with a flip-down center armrest that doubles as a large storage bin." The Detroit News also appreciates the "nice use of dead space to create cubbies on the dash," which are perfect for storing items like cell phones and other small objects. On the positive side, The Detroit News is pleased that "the control switches can handle a firm grip and big hands," which means "they can be turned while wearing work gloves." This detail indicates that, despite the extra attention paid to the powertrain and the relatively high sticker price, this truck is built to work.
Unfortunately, Automobile Magazine notes "the space available for cargo in the back of the crew cab is diminished by the battery pack," which runs the entire width of the truck under the rear bench. Out back, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid boasts a six-foot bed that comes with a standard tonneau cover.
Interior materials and build quality are par for the course on the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. ConsumerGuide reports that, "despite [the] ample use of hard plastics, nothing looks especially cheap." TheCarConnection.com's editors agree, praising the upscale feel and excellent fit and finish. One of the primary indicators of build quality is the level of road noise that intrudes into the cabin, and in this regard, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is practically unequaled. The Detroit News finds the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is "extremely quiet at all speeds," while ConsumerGuide says that the "Hybrid is nearly silent at ignition and at rest," and aside from a "subtle electrical whirring noise" during acceleration, "most other noise sources are well squelched."
Ride quality is quite good in the Silverado Hybrid—relative to other pickups. ConsumerGuide calls it "compliant and fairly comfortable, with less reverberation over bumps than in most pickups." MotherProof reports similar findings, claiming the ride was "sturdy but much less bumpy" than expected.