Oh dear me. When this truck was delivered my heart skipped a beat. I’d gotten to drive it at a Chevy event a few weeks prior and I’d wanted to take it home. Now here it was, mine, for a week! Before we get to all the technical stuff, I’m going to offer you a word of advice: If you decide to buy a Chevy Silverado, get the High Country Edition, and get the White Diamond Tricoat paint job. Yes, they cost extra, but they’re the icing on the cake that make this truck stand out in a crowd. (And in Texas, the truck-crowd is HUGE!)
Why the Chevy Silverado is a Great Truck for Homesteaders
If you’re looking for a full sized truck that is both a workhorse and a luxury saloon, go with the Silverado. It is strong enough to haul anything, can handle a rough terrain, and still make you feel like you’ve won the lottery. The High Country we drove had an amazing interior in the Saddle colors. I felt like it would hide the Texas dirt and dust from the ranch better than any interior I’ve seen before. The chocolate leather paired with the tan was perfection. Everything about this truck made me want to wear my cowgirl boots and jeans and go check fences on a ranch.
- Starts at $50,850
- 17mpg HWY
- 355 Horsepower
- 5.3L V8 ECOTEC3
- 6 Speed Automatic
- Trailering Equip. Package
- Roomy Interior
- Tough Bedliner
- Cornerstep Rear Bumper
- EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate
- 4-Wheel Drive
- 4G LTE Hotspot via OnStar
Unlike the mid-sized Chevy Colorado, the Silverado would give our family room to grow. The leg room in the back seat was very spacious… my husband’s co-workers rode back there without an issue, even with the front seats all the way back. I rode back there one day with my 6′ 5″ brother in-law in the seat in front of me and I had plenty of space!
When the rear seats are folded up the cargo space is massive. You could keep all your tools and gear and half your personal possessions back there and still see out the windows! I was so impressed with the cab space in this truck.
Made to Haul.
We don’t have a trailer, so I was really tempted to sneak onto the trailer lot at the company my husband works for, hook up, and pull one around for a while. But, I didn’t. This truck comes with a fancy tow package including controls for the lights, brakes, sway control, and hill-start assist. The farm truck I grew up with didn’t have anything like that… we just bought an adapter and plugged in the lights!
Ok, so the High Country edition goes a little further than practicality. It’s more luxurious than that. But, it’s fantastic! I’m a big fan of leather interiors, so I immediately loved that. But, I also enjoyed the little things like the tilt and telescoping steering wheel, memory adjust driver’s seat, and adjustable pedals. (Yes. I’m short.)
This particular truck also had the rear entertainment package, which my boys loved. They never complained about me making a big trip to the meat locker in the next town, or driving the long distance to go see the flooded Red River because they could sit back there and watch Robin Hood the whole time! Happy kids = happy parents.
Things I didn’t love
At first I couldn’t find a single fault with the 2015 Chevy Silverado. I loved it so much that I’d begun making plans to buy one! I think when you don’t have a truck, and you want a truck, it’s easy to be impressed. But, a little time, and getting to drive another brand and having something to compare it to, left me with a few things.
Maybe too fancy?
Driving this truck gave me the urge to don some chaps and round up some cattle. I could see myself driving it all over a ranch, checking fences and herding cows. But, The work ended there. I didn’t feel like it would fit our family’s lifestyle of camping and outdoor adventure. Part of me would always be scared to scratch it up, or ruin the interior. I need something I can take to the lake, or to the river when we go canoeing. I don’t want to be afraid of mud and branches and potholes.
Every. Single. Bump. is felt intimately in this truck. On one hand, it drives like a truck! On the other, oy. I think I should be able to drive over a dip in the road without feeling like I’ve hit a big wave on the ocean. I really didn’t notice this until I drove another truck and the difference in how they drove was staggering. Just one more reason the Silverado would make a great ranch truck, but should probably stay away from the off-road adventure.
What do you think?
Is the Silverado the truck for you?