Vehicle Profile: The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado


Capable, dependable and tough
The all-new 2013 Chevy Silverado is sure to make an impression on truck buyers with its range of body styles, fuel-efficient powertrains, dependability, towing capacity and comfort. These features make the 2013 Silverado a truck that can handle any job. Whether you’re hauling equipment, transporting a crew or towing a family camper, the Silverado will exceed your expectations.

Chevrolet understands that buyers value low ownership costs, and the Silverado (MSRP starting at $23,590) has the awards to prove it. The automotive ownership cost analysts at Vincentric said the Silverado has the “Lowest cost of ownership of any full-size pickup in its class,” and declared that the Silverado has “the lowest true cost to own.”


The well-rounded engine options on the Silverado include a 4.3-liter Vortec V6 rated at 195 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque, a 4.8-liter Vortec V8 with 302 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque, a 5.3-liter Vortec V8 rated at 315 hp and 335 lb/ft of torque, and a 6.2-liter Vortec V8 with 403 hp and 417 lb/ft of torque.

The Active Fuel Management (AFM) system and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) further optimize efficiency and all V8 engines can run on E85 FlexFuel, a fuel mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Drivers can expect up to 22 mpg on the highway from the Silverado XFE, and even up to 21 mpg highway from the 5.3-liter V8.

New for 2013, all the six-speed automatic transmissions include Powertrain Grade Braking, which downshifts transmission gears. This reduces the need to apply the brakes on extended downhill grades and reduces the rotor temperatures to prevent brake failure and overheating.

The powerful engines and automatic transmissions deliver a smooth ride and easy handling without compromising power. The regular-duty Silverado has an impressive maximum payload capacity of 1,937 pounds and a 7,000 pound maximum towing capacity.

Optional features include an integrated trailer brake controller which aides the driver while towing, a Max Trailering Package with an upgraded towing rating of 10,700-pounds, and a rear vision camera.

Trim Levels

The Silverado comes in a range of trims to meet a wide variety of needs. Buyers can choose Work Truck (WT), LS, LT, XFE or LTZ models, as well as a hybrid. The Silverado Hybrid is still the only full-size hybrid pickup truck on the market. Silverado 1500 pickup trucks are available in Standard Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab styles. The truck also comes in three cargo box lengths: Short (five feet, eight inches), Standard (six feet, six inches) and Long (eight feet).


The 2013 Silverado features a chiseled exterior and broad stance. The extended width of the truck lends extra stability, even when towing large loads. The body includes flared rear fenders, vertically stacked headlamps and a power-dome hood, giving the Silverado a contemporary look.


IMN1374U2The rear seat of the Silverado features a 60/40-split/folding design, with a center folding armrest on Crew Cab models. The one-handed controls allow for uninterrupted loading. Comfortable seats and a low step-in height make drivers and passengers happy. On Extended Cab models, the rear access doors open 170 degrees so passengers can enter and exit easily, and power-operated rear side windows lower completely. The very deep list of standard and available features and equipment for the Silverado––everything from rubberized vinyl floor covering and an automatic locking rear differential to leather-covered heated seats, Bluetooth and USB connectivity––means you can have as much utility and/or luxury as you want in your pickup.

Chassis and Suspension

Silverado pickup trucks include several key features, such as a fully boxed hydroformed frame that is incredibly strong and durable. The design allows for fewer welds, strengthening the Silverado frame. Coil-over-shock front suspension, Hotchkiss rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering are also included. There are five suspension systems available on the Silverado, Z83, Z85, Z71, Z60, and NHT which are able to accommodate different driving conditions and needs, including Heavy-Duty Handling/Trailering, Solid Smooth Ride, Off-Road and High-Performance.

All models come equipped with StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control linked to the four-channel Antilock Brakes. This minimizes trailer sway and provides superior hill-start assist on inclines greater than five percent. The StabiliTrak system minimizes the chance of a rollover crash by applying throttle and braking as necessary to keep the Silverado on the intended path.


The 2013 Silverado features a strong, high-strength steel body structure built to absorb crash energy in an accident to protect passengers. Six airbags come standard on the Silverado, which includes head-curtain side airbags with rollover protection, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for thorax and pelvic protection and roof-mounted head-curtain airbags for unmatched rollover protection and superior occupant containment in the event of a crash.

Other safety features are safety-belt pretensioners that minimize forward movement in a collision, along with load-limiting retractors. A standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System warns you when your tires are getting low on air and Remote Keyless Entry allows quick access into the truck. A high-capacity brake system with four-channel antilock brakes also standard.


Six months of OnStar service come standard when purchasing a Silverado. OnStar has many useful emergency and convenience functions, such asAutomatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Remote Door Unlock and Vehicle Diagnostics. There is also a RemoteLink Mobile App, which allows you to control Silverado functions, access vehicle info and send directions to your truck. A new service, FamilyLink, allows family members to track vehicle location.

The Chevrolet Silverado is the most reliable truck on the road. Every truck comes backed by a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and a three-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Limited warranty, so Silverado owners can enjoy peace of mind.

Performance, options, durability and a rock-solid reputation for quality come together to create the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. Stop by to see and drive one today.

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