Nothing says “Texas” quite like a truck — especially if that truck is a Chevy. The 2018 High Country edition of the 1500 checks all of the boxes for us. From looks, to towing capacity, to comfort there’s little this truck can’t deliver.
The High Country edition comes with every luxury imaginable from the factory, and it shows. The cabin is well-appointed and about on par with the King Ranch offerings from Chevy’s longtime rival. The stunningly chrome wheels might make it obvious to your day job friends that yeah, you like to get out on the weekends. Indeed, the High Country Silverado is the mall-crawler and dinner-getter that you’d want in place of a full-size luxury sedan — albeit one with a 6.2-liter V8, eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
But don’t mistake it for said sedan. No, if you do need to do any work, the High Country can handle it. The 6.2-liter V8’s 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque should let you haul just about anything short of a semitrailer — around a ton of payload and close to 18,000 pounds of trailer, depending on configuration. Power delivery is linear and pulls through the rev range, falling off only after hitting peak numbers at 5,600 rpm. It’s not a substitute for your ‘Vette or your Camaro, but if you had to haul some plywood and still want something that hauls the mail, this can do it.
Between the cushy seats and relatively soft suspension, driving this Silverado feels a bit like driving a ’70s full-size sedan. You might not glide over every bump, but most won’t make you spill your coffee, and there’s only a minor shudder through the frame. Corners result in predictable body roll, but everything is well-controlled.
The rub is this truck’s nearly $70K price tag. Sure, it’s nice — and it does all the things you’d want your upscale SUV to do and has the option to haul a quad or a motorcycle, but it’s still a pricey rig. Heck, you could find a less luxe 2500HD for about the price of this half-ton, but with much more utility.
Then again, if you’ve only got space for one vehicle or insist that your luxury car have a pickup bed, the Silverado High Country delivers a classy solution.
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