Our Favorite Model Year for Each Chevy Truck
Chevy has produced a number of trucks over the years, and several model years stand out in particular. This is true of the brand’s current crop of pickups. While each of the model years for the Colorado, the Silverado 1500, and the Silverado 2500HD/3500HD are impressive, there are specific years that stick out in our mind.
To see our favorite model years for the current Chevy trucks, continue reading below. That way, when you begin shopping for Chevrolet trucks for sale, you’ll know which years you should be pursuing…
I may be cheating a bit by opting for such a recent model year, but there’s no denying that the 2015 Chevy Colorado was the best in the nameplate’s history. In fact, the vehicle was award Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year award, with the pickup being highlighted for its clean styling, drivability, engine capabilities and fuel economy. This recognition is certainly well deserved, especially since the impressive 2,5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 engine can deliver anywhere from 200 to 305 horsepower. The units can also deliver around a 24 combined mile per gallon fuel efficiency.
“Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement,” said Edward Loh, the editor-in-chief of Motor Trend (via MLive.com). “It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”
Looking for a Colorado? A used 2015 model should cost between $25,000 and $30,000.
Silverado 1500: 2009
By 2009, the Silverado 1500 was a couple years into the second generation. Sporting a new exterior and interior design, suspension system, and driving capabilities, the pickup established itself as one of the top trucks on the market.
We’re particularly fond of the truck for the variety of engine choices. The 2009 models provided an incredible five different engine choices to choose from:
- 4.3-liter Vortec 4300 V6 (195 horsepower, 260 pounds-feet of torque)
- 4.8-liter Vortec 4800 V8 (295 horsepower, 305 pounds-feet of torque)
- 5.3-liter Vortec 5300 V8 (315 horsepower, 338 pounds-feet of torque)
- 6.0-liter Vortec 6000 V8 (367 horsepower, 375 pounds-feet of torque)
- 6.2-liter Vortec 6200 V8 (403 horsepower, 417 pounds-feet of torque)
A used 2009 model should cost you south of $15,000.
Silverado 2500HD/3500 HD: 2000
We all have a soft spot for the initial model year of a particular vehicle, but that’s not the only reason why we opted for the 2000 Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty and 3500 Heavy Duty. It’s also because the pickup was unlike anything we had seen at the time.
The vehicle was an absolute beast, offering a number of impressive engine options, like the LB7 Duramax V8 (300 horsepower, 360 pounds-feet of torque), LB7 Duramax V8 (300 horsepower, 520 pounds-feet of torque), LLY Duramax V8 (310 horsepower, 605 pounds-feet of torque), LBZ Duramax V8 (360 horsepower, 650 pounds-feet of torque), and the Vortec 8100 V8 (340 horsepower, 455 pounds-feet of torque). There were also a number impressive engine options, like the five-speed Allison 100 transmission.
The vehicle offered some incredible towing specs (up to 16,700 pounds), and the vehicle has proved to be incredibly durable.
Both the 2000 2500HD and 3500HD shouldn’t cost you any more than $15,000 on the used market.
These vehicles aren’t only capable and dependable… they’re also inexpensive! This makes them excellent options whether you come across a new version or a used version.