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STYLING | 7 out of 10
like Clapton and the guitar, this truck is iconic for a reason
probably the most honest interpretation of the term "truck" on the market right now
[Hybrid] biggest complaint from the driver's seat is with the steering, which feels as numb as a dental patient after a quadruple dose of Novacaine
The Silverado hasn't changed much at all since this generation first went on sale, in 2007, and while GM definitely got the style of these trucks right—and hasn't messed with a good thing—they're starting to look a bit dated and arguably a little bland next to increasingly bold and detailed rivals.
Like its cousin, the GMC Sierra, the Silverado 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 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 grille remains as generic as can be, and the plain taillamps are echoes of the straight-edged cabin. On the other hand, except for some of the detailing (the lower bodywork, for example), we think that the Silverado lineup has aged really well, in a class where models (like the Toyota Tundra) can look dated surprisingly quickly if other automakers don't follow bolder details.
On the inside, the Silverado and its GMC Sierra sibling offer two different instrument panel styles, making them a standout among trucks in this respect. "Pure pickup" versions come with a high dash fitted with lots of low-gloss black plastic and no center console, for three-across no-nonsense seating—like getting out to worksites, for instance. 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. These versions are quite carlike inside, and the pick for those who plan to use the Silverado as a daily commuter or luxury vehicle. Across both models—even though the materials and some of the switchgear are different—you get a simple, businesslike gauge layout and soft blue backlighting, plus plenty of cupholders.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado is conservative, and possibly a bit dated, next to bold, brash rivals; but it's still handsome.