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2001 Chevy Silverado Motor Trend’s 2001 Truck of the Year

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While shopping for a new pick up truck I discovered a real find, the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. Ford may have been the best selling pickup in the United States, but more and more Americans are turning to Chevrolet to meet their hauling needs. While Dodge and Ford are making drastic changes to their full-size pickups’ appearance, Chevrolet has decided to stick with more traditional styling. During my research to find the best truck for the best value, I used a couple of outstanding web sites. They provided me with excellent information. The web sites used were: index.htm and


Price Range

The 2001 Chevy Silverado Extended Cab price ranges from $22,537 to $32,778 ( There are several packages, options, trim levels, and engines to choose from. That’s why there is a more than $10,000 difference from the standard model to the loaded model.


The 2001 Silverado model that caught my eye is the 1500 extended cab. The 1500 model comes in eleven appealing color schemes, from a bright Summit White to a deep Indigo Blue Metallic.

The extended cab feature allows for additional passengers, which is great for my family of four. Even though the Silverado has the most rear-seat legroom of any other GM extended cab pickup, the legroom for the rear seat would be uncomfortable for adults on a long trip. The rear seat can be folded up to allow for additional storage space, a convenient option for those who go shopping on a rainy day.

The extended cab comes with a term known as Fourth Door. Fourth Door pertains to the fact that there are actually four doors that can be opened. Each rear door can only be opened after the door in front of it is opened. This could be a slight inconvenience because the rear passengers are unable to exit the vehicle until the front passengers have opened their doors.

Silverado Extended Cab Interior View


The 1500 model comes standard with the 4.8-liter V8 small block Vortec engine. This engine puts out an impressive 270 horsepower. However, with the horsepower comes an additional price to pay at the gas pump. The 2001 Silverado gets sixteen miles to the gallon in the city and twenty-one miles to the gallon on the open highway. To me the power is worth the price. VORTEC engines are known for their power and dependability. With an engine like this, it’s safe to say that you would have no worry pulling a load weighing up to 7300 pounds.

4.3 liter V8 Vortec


No matter if you’re on a long trip or just going around he corner, being comfortable is important. The 2001 Silverado keeps comfort in mind. It comes standard with rear-seat heat ducts in order to provide every passenger with heat on the coldest of days. A nice item for those who live in the New York area.

The Silverado has integrated safety belts that move with the seat. These safety belts don’t need constant adjusting and they don’t rub on your neck.

Reclining seats used to be found only in cars. Not anymore. Reclining seats are standard for both the driver and passenger in the 2001 Silverado.


The 2001 Chevrolet Silverado comes standard with a few important safety features. These features allow you and your family to travel with peace of mind.

The Silverado comes with daytime running

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