The Chevy Silverado 1500 has remained consistent in quality and reliability since its 1998 debut – one of the reasons it’s the second best-selling selling light-duty pickup truck in America.

What began as a higher trim level classification soon became the successor to the widely-popular Chevrolet C/K line.  And while sharing the many of the same design elements as the GMC Sierra, there are a number of features that set the Silverado apart. 

While the 1500 designation identifies this Silverado as the light-duty model – there are slightly more variations within the brand.    

The standard Silverado 1500 offers three different cab lengths, three different cargo beds and a V8 engine.     

The light-duty pickup’s luxury High Country trim has amenities like LED lighting, power-articulating running boards, an electronically controlled 8-speed automatic with overdrive, Tow/Haul modes, cruise grade and powertrain grade braking, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Proactive Roll Avoidance and Traction Control, 20-inch chrome wheels, 7-speaker Bose sound system, heated steering wheel, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation and 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen display and wireless charging pad.         

And for those pickup lovers that needed a vehicle offering greater towing for high-weight cargo, in 2001, Chevy came out with the HD version of the Silverado.

Much like a three-quarter ton truck, the Silverado 1500HD had similar capabilities and construction. It also had a four-door crew cab body style, a rear-wheel drivetrain option, heavy duty transmission and a more powerful suspension and rear axle. 

The Chevy Silverado 1500 HD boasts a towing capacity of 10,300 pounds while hauling 3,129 pounds in the truck’s bed. 

Since then, the Silverado has had a number of redesigns, increases in engine power and improvements in fuel economy. It’s no wonder this light duty truck was named North American Truck of the Year at the NAI Auto Show in 2007 and Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year.                      

In June of this year, Silverado sales’ increased 1.7 percent from June 2016 to June 2017. According to the brand, this was the pickup’s best month of the year due in part to incentives offered by Chevy.  This included a 17 percent discount off MSRP or over $8,000 on various Silverado 1500 models. Silverado  buyers also have the option of choosing a no-interest, 60 month loan on their vehicles. 

Those of us here at your Fox Lake, IL Chevy dealer believe that with attractive new incentives and Silverado's reputation of dependability and performance, this pickup is set to give its competition a run for their money.