Although the new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado comes with a myriad of features and powerful powertrain options, many would prefer to compromise on the latest technology in the truck for a better price.
Chevrolet introduced the third-generation Silverado in 2014 and ran into 2018. Compared to previous models, the third-generation Silverado was quieter, more fuel-efficient, and much more responsive. Therefore, the third generation Silverado is an excellent choice for those looking for a reliable truck that offers great value for money.
With all the designs and options available, choosing the right configuration can be overwhelming. Let’s take a look at some notable models to make truck buying easier.
Most Powerful: The 2018 Silverado High Country can boast up to 420 horsepower
If you want the most powerful third-generation Silverado, the 2018 High Country should be your go-to choice in the used market. The standard engine on this model is a 5.3L V8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
However, if you opt for the optional 6.2-liter V8, those numbers go up to 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet paired this engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission that can send power to all four wheels. When configured properly, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country can tow up to 12,000 pounds.
It is clear that an engine of this high capacity does not perform well in terms of fuel economy. According to EPA estimates, the 6.2L High Country provides 15 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway. With a 26.0-gallon fuel tank, you can expect up to 546 miles after the truck’s tank is filled.
With the 2018 High Country Edition, Chevrolet offers heated and ventilated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power-adjustable pedals.
MOST COST-EFFECTIVE: The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Work Truck Edition provides the essentials for everyday use
Although the Silverados 2014 used is generally priced lower, it is best avoided due to widespread and costly issues. According to the Auto Complaints website, the 2014 Silverado has the highest number of registered owner complaints.
The 2015 Silverado Work Truck comes standard with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough for everyday light work. On top of that, you can expect a towing capacity of 8,700 pounds.
Since the Work Truck features a relatively smaller powertrain, you can expect better fuel economy compared to higher models. With the base engine, the 2015 Silverado produces 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The Work Truck offers nothing more than the basics needed to keep you running. For the 2015 model, Chevrolet offers vinyl seats, 17-inch steel wheels, and a 4.2-inch infotainment screen.
Based on RepairPal estimates, the 2015 Silverado has an annual cost of ownership of $714, slightly less than 2014.
According to Kelley Blue Book prices, you can find a 2015 Silverado Crew Cab Work Truck on the used market for well under $20,000.
BEST VALUE: The 2016 Silverado LT offers a lot of bang for your buck
Last but not least, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado LT is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a reliable, feature-packed truck that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg. Compared to the third generation Silverados, the 2016 model was one of the least problematic.
For the LT model, Chevrolet offers a 285-hp V6 and a 355-hp V8. Although the V6 is powerful, we recommend sticking with V8 models with all-wheel drive if you plan to take the truck off the curbs.
The 2016 Silverado LT offers an 8-inch touchscreen in the center of the instrument cluster and a 4.2-inch driver information display in the instrument cluster.
According to various vehicle sources, the 2016 Silverado has no problem going over 250,000 miles with the original engine and transmission. So, if you find a used one on the market that recently hit six-digit numbers on the odometer, you can still expect roughly 10 to 14 years of reliable service from it.