Deep Dive into the Chevy Silverado LT 4WD

July 22nd, 2019 by

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A Chevy Silverado LT 4WD is the perfect truck whether you need it for work, if you want to take it for some light off-roading, or both. If you want, you can even lift it to have an amazing off-roading experience. Let’s look at the features and specifications of the Chevy Silverado LT 4WD.

The body design of the truck is lighter and more spacious than most of its competitors and it has better towing and handling capabilities than its predecessors. The cabin follows industry standards and while it has decent towing capacity we will get into later if you need a vehicle purely for towing then the Chevrolet HD models will be the best option.

This model is currently the second best selling truck in the US. All of the features you get in it are very competitively priced.

The Chevy Silverado LT 4WD Features

Improvements

This iteration is about 450 pounds lighter than its older counterparts were due to an innovative light-weighting process that involves a mixture of different metals. The hood and many other parts of the truck consist primarily of aluminum while the load-bearing structure remains a hardy steel mixture. This fourth-generation vehicle is also noticeably quieter and offers a much smoother ride. Even when the load bed is completely empty it has the appropriate amount of damping and the handling is perfect. This is an important feat that many other manufacturers fail to achieve given that many people use their trucks as transportation and not purely to haul.

Engines

There are three V6 engines. First, there is a 305-horsepower 285-pounds-per-foot 4.3-liter V6. Also a carryover engine from the previous line is the 355 horsepower 383-pounds-per-foot 5.3-liter V8. This engine has been tweaked and fitted with Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM). Finally, there is a 420-horsepower 460-pounds-per-foot 6.2-liter V8 with AFM.

The two base engines are mounted on regular six-speed automatic gearbox transmissions but the 5.3-liter DFM equipped engines will have an eight-speed automatic transmission while the 6.2 liters will get a ten-speed automatic transmission.

Two diesel engines are also available.

When testing the engine it immediately becomes apparent that the 450-pound weight reduction has made an incredible difference! Even the lowest specced base model has a noticeable increase in speed, breaks away much more quickly and has increased passing ability, all the while using less fuel while doing so. This goes all the way up to five percent better fuel efficiency in the DFM-equipped versions. This also means that the trucks can pull up to fourteen percent more payload and they can pull five percent more through their tow hitch.

Design

The redesign focused on several key areas and Chevy was able to maintain its classic silhouette while also managing to give more space to the load bay and cabin. There are three more inches of legroom in the crew cab models. For the first time, the truck beds have remote controlled lowering and raising and can hold twenty percent more cargo. Other than that, all of the classic design choices and styles are largely the same from previous models. As the saying goes, why fix what’s not broken. However, it IS able to hold some more people. The front central armrest can turn into a seatback for a central third front passenger.

Features

These trucks come with a multitude of features and add-ons. The LT gets a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 310 hp and 348 pounds per foot of torque, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has LED headlights, alloy wheels, audio controls on the steering wheel, tailgate damper and an upgraded driver information display. It has 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as OnStar and an eight-inch touchscreen.

Safety

Driving is the most dangerous thing you do every day in most people’s cases. With that in mind, vehicle safety could arguably be the most important aspect of getting a new vehicle. You can rest easy knowing that you will not only feel safe when you are in your new Chevy Silverado LT 4WD, but that you will be in a NHTSA five-star overall safety rated vehicle.

The NHTSA is a world-renowned safety rating agency and Chevy is extremely proud that they are able to meet their standards and specifications closely enough to attain a five-star rating.

The truck’s overall front star rating is five stars for both front driver side and front passenger side impact tests. The frontal barrier test result is also five stars and that test simulates a head-on collision between two vehicles that are similar to each other and moving at 35 MPH. IIHS is another industry standard safety rating group and the Silverado LT passed all of their tests in a similar fashion.

Towing

In regards to towing, the Chevy Silverado for sale at Zeck Chevy dealership is an impressive contender. It can tow a good amount even with the axle in the standard configuration. Testing was done on a Chevy Silverado LT 4WD with a 5.3-liter eight-cylinder engine, a short bed, and a standard 3.2 axle gearing and this gave us a 9,600-pound tow rating. This is very respectable for this class! This is an amazing feat for a truck with a standard axle ratio! The tow rating could go up to as much as 11,400 pounds with the optional axle ratio package, and if you step up engine class to the 6.2-liter eight-cylinder engine, you can get as much as 12,100 pounds.

The Silverado’s short bed is a little deeper, wider, and longer than its rivals are, and it has more tie-downs. Chevy has twelve tie-downs, each rated for 500 pounds, which is much improved from previous models. The max hauling payload in testing was about 2,000 pounds.

When lifted, these trucks show ample ability to traverse fallen logs, they can pull themselves up out of and through mud, and do almost everything you could want while off-road. It beautifully handled all the terrain that was thrown at it in testing even when made challenging. All in all this truck is an off-road workhorse made for the Purcell, Oklahoma City, Moore, and Norman (OK) roads.

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