Is The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Manlier Enough To Take On The Ford F-150?


The Silverado strikes back.

Chevrolet was initially caught off guard by the redesigned Ford F-150. Having just launched an all-new Silverado the year prior, it became evident almost right away that the F-150 was the more technologically advanced full-size truck, mainly due to its extensive use of lightweight aluminum and EcoBoost engines. And now Chevy has struck back with the facelifted 2016 Silverado. We saw one image of the truck a few months ago, but now we have the full skinny.

With its more muscular look (i.e. less chrome up front) the Silverado has a sculpted hood and signature LED lighting accents. Overall we dig the new look up front. All trim levels also feature LED signature daytime running lamps, and LED fog lamps are offered on LT and come standard on LT Z71 trims. Apple CarPlay is also optional as well as a 7-inch MyLink that supports Android Auto. Powerplant options continue with three EcoTec3 engines with direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation, and the 4.3-liter V6 remains standard. Two V8s are offered, a 5.3-liter with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.2-liter with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft.

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But the biggest new feature for 2016 is a new eight-speed automatic transmission, standard on the 6.2 model and on LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and High Country Silverados with the 5.3-liter V8. Is this all enough to take on the mighty Ford F-150? We’ll find out when sales begin in the coming months. Pricing will be released at a later date.