How does the 2023 Chevrolet drive?
Let’s break this common misconception, that huge trucks = instant comfort.
First of all, there is the constant battle of making sure you stay in your lane – literally. It’s so big, and over 3 weeks of combined Truck driving in the US it became slightly easier but no less natural.
Parking sucks too, as you can imagine. No amount of parking aids will make it easier to fit into parking garages, or park anywhere remotely busy.
Then there is the on-road comfort supported by leaf spring suspension in the rear. To be fair to the Silverado, we had no weight in the back except for some small rocks left in the rear by the last renter.
At low speeds, the Silverado is comfortable, no doubt. It soaks up road bumps, and is remarkably quiet for a work vehicle.
It’s at highway speed where you start to feel the vibrations setting in from the jittering of the rear leaf spring suspension. It is great for work and holding heavy loads – in this case 2500lb or 1133kg – but it does make for a less than ideal ride at highway speeds.
To be fair, the 250kg heavier Australian spec LTZ may perform differently, so we will reserve final judgment until we can review one.
The engine has a surprisingly sweet note to it, which you can hear in our full in-depth YouTube review, but it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of performance.
We clocked the 0-60mph at 8 seconds, which is amongst the slowest of American Trucks.
Worst of all was the Fuel economy. Yes, it will always be bad in a 2.5 tonne Truck shaped like a brick, but this was next level bad. 14MPG is laughable, but understandable since the poor engine has to rev to its limit to get enough power to shift the Truck.
Handling is surprisingly good though, with manageable body-roll around the American back roads.
I may sound harsh, and maybe I am to an extent, but the point here is that bigger does not always mean better – a Ford Ranger rides better, for example.