2016 Silverado and GMC Sierra
New front-end designs with a bolder, more sculpted appearance differentiate the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra from previous models.
And there’s a new grille design for the Silverado base model, Elevation, SLE, SLT, All Terrain and Sierra Denali.
V-8 engines are a feature of both 1500 pickups. The company says they have the best V-8 fuel economy available in a pickup – 23 mpg in 5.3L models – plus the most powerful V-8 in a light-duty truck at 420 hp with the 6.2L engine.
Properly equipped, the 6.2L V-8 can handle a 12,000-pound trailering load. Additional changes and updates for 2016 include expanded use of the 8-speed automatic transmission for some 5.3L models and a number of new and enhanced technology, safety and connectivity features.
Phone integration is through Chevrolet MyLink and the companion GMC Intellilink, which enhances connectivity and promotes safer driving. It allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation, hands-free messaging, through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Safety is enhanced with Lane Keep Assist, which helps keep the truck in its lane with subtle steering enhancements, and IntelliBeam (high-beam assist) headlamp control, which automatically adjusts the high beams for oncoming traffic. Both are in the available Enhanced Driver Alert Package
Power steps are available on Silverado High Country, which makes entry and egress easier. They swing back at the tap of a switch to provide easier access to the front of the cargo box. There’s also an available remote locking tailgate.
Returning for 2016 is the Sierra Denali. It is unique in offering Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping, and along with the available 6.2L V-8 and 8-speed automatic transmission and new connectivity features, it retains its position as the most refined, technically advanced truck on the market.
Available on both brands are regular cab, double cab and crew cab body styles, all with optional 4WD. Models and trim levels at Chevy include Work Truck (WT), LS, LT, LTZ and High Country.
Regular cab models are available with a 6-foot-6-inch or 8-foot box. Double cab models have the shorter box, while crew cabs are available with a 5-foot-8-inch box or the 6-foot-6-inch box.
The GMC Sierra lineup is SLE, SLT and Denali. The off-road-inspired All Terrain package is offered on double cab and crew cab models with SLE or SLT trim and includes off-road suspension.
Silverado HD and Sierra HD
For 2016, the Silverado HD and Sierra HD pickups feature digital steering assist power steering on some double cab and crew cab models to add stability when trailering or heavy hauling.
There’s also a new gooseneck/5th wheel trailering package, with a spray-in bed liner that equips these models to tow larger trailers right from the factory. Now available, it features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or 5th wheel hitch mounting brackets, as well as a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness.
Silverado HD’s MyLink and the companion GMC Intellilink systems are enhanced for 2016, offering greater connectivity choices. They include a new radio with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Additional new features for 2016 include available wireless phone charging and an available remote locking tailgate.
Silverado and Sierra HDs’ trailering ratings are aligned with SAE J2807 standards, with maximum 2500HD conventional trailering rating of 14,500 pounds and 5th wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 18,000 pounds.
Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating is 15,000 pounds, with a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 17,500 pounds. Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating is 20,000 pounds with a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 23,200 pounds.
These ratings are with the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 6-speed transmission.
Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the line, and 2500HD and 3500HD regular cab models are matched with an 8-foot box. The 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are available with 6-foot-6-inch or 8-foot boxes. Silverado and Sierra 3500HD double cab has an 8-foot box, while 3500HD crew cabs are available with both. Dual-rear-wheel configurations are also available on 3500HD.
Chevrolet trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. Sierra has a base model (1SA trim), as well as SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels.
−By Steve Sturgess, stevesturgess.com