2013 Chevrolet Silverado
by Dave Stall

2013 Chevrolet SilveradoBefore running out to a Chevy dealer to test drive the all-new 2014 GMC/Silverado, cool those heels a little. The trucks have not arrived, but when they do I know drivers will be impressed. I’ll follow up more about this on KCBQ AM 1170 Saturday evenings from 7 to 9 pm and Sunday 7 to 10 pm.

So about the 2013 Chevy Silverado, Chevy likes to say, “Hood to Hitch, the most refined, best engineered Silverado ever.” The 2013 and 2014 do share a few things, like the all new EcoTec3 engines designed for more power and efficiency.

According to GMC, the GMC Sierra is considered the most powerful, most advanced and most refined truck in the brand’s 110 year history. Both trucks use Cylinder Management that gives V8 performance plus 4 and 6 cylinder efficiency.

Other noteworthy items are the rear step bumper with a grab hold in the top of the bed, and under bed rail lighting. Chevy and GMC said their customers wanted solid steel front and rear bumpers, and now they have them.

One thing I was impressed with was the fact the trucks do not look alike as both have different front ends. GMC uses a LED single headlight that looks as if it’s full of rare jewels. Chevy did a fine job as well using a two stacked headlight system.

The interiors are very driver friendly. Designers paid a lot of attention to ergonomics. All major controls in the center stack are high for better visibility and use rubberized knobs for glove handed work.

Engine choices include: 4.3 liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and the big boy, and a 6.2-liter V8, all EcoTec with fuel mileage in the mid-20s. Al trucks come with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission.

Both trucks will come in all the old configurations, 2 wheel drive, 4 wheel drive, 2 door, club door (with forward opening) and of course the 4-door version. Beds have been extended, new colors added, and there are many of the creature comforts expected in a high line truck.

These two trucks may have buyers helping to bring back the economy.

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