2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

MSRP $21,235 - $30,470

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Built for extreme utility, the Silverado 1500 Regular Cab is one of the best-selling trucks from the house of Chevrolet and for the 2011 model year, it gets a few minor updates electronically and stays with the design language and engine options of the outgoing model. Based on GM’s T1 platform, the Silverado is a full-size pickup truck powered by three engine options and offers a decent interior experience. 

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Pros

Excellent interior comfort.

Smooth handling and ride quality

Strong V8 performance.

Cons

Base trim feels bland.

Efficiency

Difficult maneuverability 

What's New?

OnStar 9.0 System now available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30170

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

293 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

305 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

transmission

4 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

119 in.

length

205.6 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

73.8 in.

curb weight

4707 lbs.

ground clearance

13.1 in.

capacity

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1693 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/18 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Work Truck$21,235 onwards

  • 17-inch painted steel Wheels
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Vinyl Seat trim

LT$26,810 onwards

  • 17-inch x 7.5-inch styled steel wheels
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Premium cloth Seat trim

Colors and Styles

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in Deep Ocean Blue Metallic color
Deep Ocean Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.4

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.8

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab can be had in only two trims- Worktruck and LT. The truck has a starting price of $21,235. The 2011 Silverado 1500 has quite a competitive price tag where it rivals the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, and Toyota Tundra


8.0/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.4/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.8/10
Safety


2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

8.0/10

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab is available in just two trims- Work Truck and LT. However, the story does not end here. Both the trims have separate engines. Similarly, there are two drivetrains on offer and 2-different bed sizes come with them. It starts at a base price of $21,235. Talking about the features, it gets all the basics and nothing spectacular like the higher trim which not only do you get improved features, but also a more upmarket feel. 
 

Trim

Work Truck

LT

MSRP (SB) (RWD) 

$21,235

$26,810

MSRP (LB) (RWD)

$21,625

$26,935

MSRP (SB) (4WD) 

$24,475

$30,170

MSRP (LB) (4WD)

$24,775

$30,470

Key Features

4.3-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

Adds/upgrades from the WT

 

Tilt-adjustable steering wheel

Satellite radio

 

Single zone front air conditioning

Auxiliary audio input

 

Front reading lights

Adjustable speed-sensitive volume control

 

Vinyl trim

Premium cloth

 

17-inch steel wheels

Power steering

 

Heated mirrors

Powerful 4.8-liter V8

We Recommend

Though the LT is priced a bit higher than the base trim, we would recommend it because of its higher engine power, and a lot of added features like premium cloth and leather trims inside the cabin, etc. However, if you have budget constraints, the base variant will also satiate all your needs, adequately.

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine and Performance

8.3/10

As standard, there are two engines on offer that power this beast of a truck. The base engine is a 4.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 which belts out quite low 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of maximum torque. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission system with a rear-wheel-drive setup. The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab LT on the other hand possesses a much more powerful 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine under the hood. The engine is capable of producing up to 302 staggering horses and a maximum torque of 305 lb-ft kicking at 4600 revs. Similar transmission has been fitted to this engine like the base one. 

In real-world accelerations, the truck does perform the way it is meant to. Now, we can all agree that trucks are not about drag races and are praised for their torquey nature while carrying a lot of weight. The Silverado with the base engine takes its sweet time to accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.3 seconds and a quarter of a mile in just 17.4 seconds. The higher-powered V8 engine accelerates quite faster and is a second faster in the 60 miles an hour acceleration and about 2 seconds faster in covering a quarter-mile than the base engine.

Models

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

2011 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2011 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

MSRP

$21,235

$21,235

$22,790

$24,435

Engine 

4.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.0-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

4-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed shiftable automatic

Power 

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

302 hp @ 6,500 rpm

236 hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

278 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

266 hp @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

10.3

10.3

7.9

8.6

Quarter mile (sec)

17.4

17.4

16

16.7

Top Speed (MPH)

122

122

127

110

The GM brothers have the same engine and both the Chevrolet and GMC have similar timings in each test. The Ford impresses the competition with its supreme engine power of 302hp and 278lb.-ft from its standard V6 engine, which also differentiates it from the rest of the trucks. It does accelerate quickly too, taking 7.9 seconds to the 60mph mark, and is closely followed by the Toyota truck that takes 8.6 seconds.

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Not the best-in-class in terms of fuel economy, but the 2011 Silverado 1500 does deliver around 15 miles per gallon in the city, 20 miles per gallon on the highways, and a combined economy of 17 miles per gallon. With a decently large fuel tank capacity of 26.0-gallon, the combined range is as high as 442 miles. The figures are not good considering what the competition is capable of. The figures fall two more miles down with the V8 engine, while the tank size remains the same. 

Models

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

2011 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2011 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

MPG (City)

15

15

17

16

MPG (Highway)

20

20

23

20

MPG (Combined)

17

17

19

18

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26

26

26

26.4

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

390/520

390/520

442/598

422/528

Ford again impresses with its outstanding fuel economy for a truck, despite its brawnier engine, and is followed by the Toyota averaging 19 and 18 MPG, respectively. The similarities between the Chevrolet and GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab extend even to their fuel efficiency and the subsequent range that they cover. The 2011 F-150 also leads in terms of mileage covering a staggering 442 city miles and 598 highway miles. 

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior

8.4/10

The interiors of the 2011 Silverado 1500 are well-built with a good fit and finish but the comments can be made only to the higher trim as the base trim packs huge blocks of cheap plastics all around the cabin which makes the overall experience bad. The blacked-out dashboard has a spacious glove box on the right, the infotainment system on the center, and a steering wheel that comes leather-wrapped on the higher trim. The instrument cluster offers enough information to the driver and is quite big. The seats are comfortable mostly but the vinyl seats are not the best for the base trim. The premium cloth ones offered on the LT are better. 

The cabin can fit up to 3 people and has a lot of head and legroom on offer, making it an apt fit for both taller drivers and passengers. However, the middle seat can be reclined if not in use and has three cup holders for added convenience. The bed behind the cabin is capable of holding up to 60.7 cubic feet of capacity which are impressive numbers and can tow up to a whopping 9,100 pounds.

Models

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

2011 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2011 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.5/65.2/41.3

41.5/65.2/41.3

41/66.6/41.4

40.2/66.7/42.5

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

60.7

60.7

65.5

N/A

All four trucks offer impressive spaciousness with the 2011 Toyota Tundra Regular Caboffering slightly better legroom. Both Ford and Toyota have a slightly better build quality than the Chevy and GMC. The 2011 Ford F-150 Regular Cab once again steals the show with a slightly bigger cargo capacity than the competition that can hold a total volume of 65.5 cubic feet. 

Standout interior features:

  • Cruise control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Simulated alloy on the dash and door panels
  • Single-zone front air conditioning
  • Premium cloth seats
  • Front reading lights

How intuitive is the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab’s infotainment unit?

The OnStar 9.0 system has paved its way to the 2011 Silverado 1500 quite smoothly and makes the overall experience so much better. While the base Work Truck trim only has a few functionalities like a 4-speaker audio setup, AM/FM radio, etc. The LT gets a few additions to the list with the OnStar system for better connectivity and entertainment and that includes satellite radio, an optional navigation system, etc. 

Standout infotainment features:

  • 4-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • MP3 player
  • Bluetooth connectivity

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Exterior

7.0/10

With a traditional pickup truck stance, the 2011 Silverado 1500 Regular Cab looks bulky and tough and looks similar to the other American trucks in the competition. The front has squared double halogens on both sides and a relatively huge intake grille divided horizontally. The rear is kept minimal with boxy taillights, a rear bumper, and an exhaust cutout. The truck’s overall design ensures its capability for high load tasks and is not bound to on-road limits. 

Talking about the dimensions, the 2011 Silverado is on par with the competition when it comes to length, width, and height. The curb weight is set at 4,463 pounds, while 7.7 inches of ground clearance is on offer. The wheelbase is quite long at 133.0 inches. 

Models

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

2011 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2011 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4686

4463

4685

NA

Length (in.)

205.6

205.6

213.2

NA

Width (in.)

79.9

80

79.2

79.9

Height (in.)

73.6

73.6

74.8

75.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.7

7.7

8.2

10.2

Wheelbase (in.)

119

119

125.8

126.8

Ford and Toyota weigh the same but the latter is considerably bigger than the competition and is 213.2 inches long. The Silverado and GMC share similar dimensions except for the fact that the latter is lighter weighing 4,463 lbs. The Toyota Tundra Regular Cab is most suitable for hardcore offroading because of its higher ground clearance of 10.8 inches and longer wheelbase of 126.8 inches than the competition. 

Standout exterior features:

  • Chrome wheels. (Optional)
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Rear-window electric defogger

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Safety

7.8/10

While there are a lot of safety features on offer with the 2011 Silverado 1500, the safety ratings provided by the federal agencies do give mixed feelings about the truck. The NHTSA has rated the truck with a 4-star overall crash resistance rating which is decent but the IIHS has rated the same with average scores that include “Good” in the moderate overlap front category, “Adequate” in the side crashworthiness, and “Marginal” for the roof strength. 

Standout safety features:

  • Emergency braking assist
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Stability control
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Final Verdict

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab is a good truck on a budget and offers decent value with a few features, adequate performance, optional specifications, etc. But, it is not the best in the market as it has its caveats. At a few hundred dollars more, the 2011 Ford F-150 offers everything you need from a truck and that starts with incredible engine power and refinement. 

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