The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado takes a different durability approach than what Ford is doing with the 2015 F-150. You could call it more traditional, if you wanted, as the 2015 Silverado isn’t afraid to hide that it still uses steel panels and welding, in place of rivets, adhesives and an aluminum body.
“Every element in the Silverado is designed to get the job done for our customers, year after year after year,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “We’ve engineered new technologies to take Silverado to higher levels of capability and efficiency, but never at the expense of the trust owners have put in it.”
1. Fully Boxed Frame
This fully boxed frame is built from high-strength steel and has a rigid base to handle all the towing and hauling you throw at it. It also incorporates the General Motors pioneered hydroformed side rails for a more dependable frame.
2. High-Strength Steel-Reinforced Body Structure
Throughout the body structure, General Motors has added high-strength steel where it can help improve durability and increase crash safety. The new 2014 Chevy Silverado uses approximately 67 percent of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel on pillars, rocker panels and underbody.
3. Roll-formed Box and Reinforced Tailgate
The Silverado has a roll-formed box which provides two benefits. First, it is lighter than conventional steels. This helps reduce the overall weight and improves the MPG. Second, it is stronger than conventional steels since it doesn’t need to be stamped and engineers can use a higher grade of steel.
Along with the box, the tailgate has been designed with dependability in mind. It is so strong, it underwent and passed a load bearing test where a 400-pound load was dropped on one concentrated area of the tailgate.
4. Advanced Small-Block Engines
Chevrolet’s latest generation of Small Block engines provides the best fuel economy with dependability. These engines have been at the heart of Chevy trucks for 60 years and are a big reason why Chevy has more trucks still on the road than any other brand.
5. Duralife Brake Rotors
Being dependable doesn’t mean skipping out on key features. This is why every Chevy Silverado comes with long-lasting Duralife Brake Rotors. These rotors may cost a little more, but they are the right way to do business and insure the Silverado stays on the road.
While the “best truck” race seems to be focused on fuel economy, dependability will always be a top customer request. With these features, the Chevy Silverado is one of the most dependable on the market.