2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 review

When talking trucks, performance always comes first. These are practical machines, and so tow ratings and cargo capacity are the most crucial figures — but that’s no longer enough. Today’s truck needs to haul people just as well as it hauls cargo while providing plenty of modern comforts and conveniences along the way.

In those regards, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 might just have the competition licked. Look at the numbers and you’ll see the Chevy can tow more than any of its half-ton competition, but it wasn’t until we lived with the truck for a few days that we realized this thing’s real charm isn’t its figures, it’s in the near-faultless ride quality.


Looking the part

As you’d expect, you can configure your 1500 10 ways to Sunday, but if you’re looking for an understated yet bad-ass visual effect, you might consider the Z71 Redline edition that you see pictured here. With this, everything from the bowtie on the grille up front to the wheels at all four corners has been blacked out, with red lines painted all over the place to give a bit of visual flair — red lines everywhere but on the tachometer, curiously.

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