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Undoubtedly, the Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most established nameplates in the half-ton truck segment. The Silverado is known for its durable, reliable truck without unnecessary headaches. Like its rival, the F-150, Chevrolet is creating an all-electric version of their most popular truck.

While impressively capable, not everyone is ready to replace combustion engines with battery packs. Plus, the latest and greatest 2022 Silverado ZR2 is definitely not for buyers on a tight budget.

The second generation of the Silverado (2007-2013) is an excellent option for those looking for a performance package without breaking the bank. However, due to some alarming issues, some model years are best avoided.

Chevy Offers several finishes and engine options for the Silverado. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best configurations and the most affordable editions and find out which model offers the best value today.

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Most Powerful: The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Offers Up To 403 hp

If you’re looking for the best performance available in a second-generation Silverado, the 2013 LTZ should be your go-to option. With the VORTEC 6.2L V8 engine, this truck boasts 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. Chevy paired this powertrain with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity you will get with a 2013 Silverado is 10,700 lbs.

Of course, all that power costs a lot of fuel. According to EPA estimates, you can expect no more than 12 miles to the gallon in the city and 18 on the highway (14 combined) with the 6.2L engine. If you want a more efficient option, you can compromise with about 80 horsepower and opt for the 5.3-liter V8 engine that delivers up to 21 miles per gallon on the road.

When configured properly, a 2013 Silverado LTZ can sprint from idle to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds.

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Most cost-effective: The 2009 Chevy Silverado work truck delivers the essentials for everyday use

While the 2007 and 2008 model years are generally priced lower than the 2009 Silverados, it’s best if you avoid them due to widespread powertrain problems. Many 2007 and 2008 Silverado owners have complained of excessive oil consumption leading to engine failure. In addition, the 2007 model two studies into non-crash fires in the engine compartment and one into defective airbags on the NHTSA website.


The base model of the 2009 Silverado comes with a 4.3L V6 that delivers 195 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission sends the engine power to the rear wheels.

Fuel economy is impressive for a 2009 truck. With the 4.3L V6, the Silverado can get 15 MPG in the city and 20 on the highway (17 combined).

The 2009 Silverado Work Truck provides nothing more than the basics you need to get you started. That means vinyl seats, a disappointing 4-speaker stereo system and 17-inch steel wheels.

According to the Repair Pal website, the 2009 Silverado has a lower cost of ownership than its rivals, the F-150 and Ram 1500. On average, it would cost $658 to service a 2009 Silverado in a year.


You can find a 2009 Silverado Work Truck on the used market for as little as $6,130, although it will depend on the mileage and condition of the vehicle.

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Most Valuable: The 2011 Silverado LT offers an excellent combination of comfort and performance

2011 was a good year for the Chevy Silverado, as it had significantly fewer owner complaints than previous model years. With the 4.8L V8 powertrain, the LT trim gives you great value for money.

The stock engine mounted under the hood of the 2011 Silverado LT is rated at 302 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. While the optional 6.2L V8 still produces about 100 ponies, we believe the stock engine is powerful enough to handle any obstacle. Plus, the first option gives you up to 3 MPG more on the highway.


RWD is standard for the Silverado LT, but we highly recommend going for the 4WD if you plan on going off-road.

Aside from impressive performance, the LT trim gives you 18-inch chrome wheels, a better stereo system and optional leather-trimmed seats.

According to several reputable car websites, a well-maintained 2011 Silverado will have no problem getting 250,000 to 300,000 miles on the odometer with the original engine and transmission. That translates into 17 to more than 21 years of reliable service. However, if you are the third or fourth owner of a 2011 Silverado, it is safer to expect major service around 150,000 miles.