2007 Chevrolet Silverado Review
Even anti-Chevy guys have to give this one its due
What We Drove
Despite its size and ride height, seeing out of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado is surprisingly easy. That's due in part to the large side mirrors, but the expansive greenhouse and fairly narrow rear pillars do their part, too. With mirrors properly adjusted, small cars stand little chance of getting lost from view when merging, and the tall rear window affords a good look at what's going on behind you; small outboard headrests have no ill effects on visibility. Off-road, one's perspective changes, and that long hood, which is actually raised in the center, makes it very difficult to see where you're going when cresting hills. On more than one occasion, we were forced to stick our heads out the side window for guidance.
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion – Chee
So which is it...Tundra or Silverado? It's a tough choice, thanks to a stunning redesign of Chevy's bread and butter vehicle. In fact, it's almost as if the two have squared off in their own private tug of war, one defined by what truck buyers want most. In this corner, it's Chevy, with a vastly improved interior, a more civilized ride and improved power numbers. That truck goes up against the Tundra, which is built more for work boots and gloves. Think of it this way: the guy with the paychecks, he's driving the Chevy. The dude getting the work done, why, he's probably in a Tundra. Then there's the Ford guy – but he won't be around until 2009, so no worries there...
2nd Opinion – Wardlaw
Chevy's new Silverado is a damn fine truck. It's got one major flaw in my opinion, a complaint frequently registered about the previous model and one that in this new iteration impacts only the 1500-series trucks: Interior design. My gripe has nothing to do with materials. The visual and tactile improvements to the new Silverado are almost stunning. Rather, the control layout is all wrong. Sharing a dashboard and components with the Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, the Silverado's cabin is more like a car than a truck. That's gonna be a problem for people who use it more like a truck than a car. In this upscale LTZ with navigation, just try using the radio station presets while wearing work gloves. I dare ya.
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry