Silverado wins 2015 Light-Duty Challenge

Updated Jan 6, 2015
2015 Chevy Silverado towing horse trailer by Bruce W. Smith/Randall-Reilly

6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 with 8-speed transmission outperforms the competition

The 2015 Silverado 1500 with the available 6.2L Ecotec3 V-8 and 8-speed automatic transmission finished first in the 2015 Light-Duty Challenge, the website announced today.

A team of five truck experts put five new light-duty pickups through a full week of testing, including performance, payload and fuel-economy evaluations, and trailering on the legendary Davis Dam grade. 

The trucks were scored on six key categories: Overall Performance, Ergonomics, Tech & Entertainment, Suspension & Ride, Interior/Exterior, Visibility, and Value.

“This was one of the most punishing and competitive tests we’ve ever done, and nobody was quite sure how the trucks were going to finish,” said Mark Williams, editor.

“The Silverado with the new powertrain is an impressive example of both brute strength and refined comfort,” said Williams. “No matter what kind of heavy loads we threw at the truck, the ride and road feel were smooth and confident.”