It can be used for personal transportation, work, or play. The Chevrolet line shows this well, with a model for nearly every need. Of course, since a pickup is designed to carry a load, compromises for that fact are unavoidable. More horsepower and torque, longer service intervals, and lower exhaust emissions are the orders of the day. Acceleration is good, load capacity is plentiful at 1600 pounds, and it can tow over 6000 pounds. For the traditionalist, a pickup is one of the few ways to still get a vehicle with a big V8 engine and rear-wheel drive. Once inside, it could be a car, though.
With over 8 inches of ground clearance even urban potholes need not be feared. They can do anything a car can do and plenty that a car can't do. . Needless to say, there is no performance deficiency. They can be configured as a basic work vehicle, luxury transportation, or anything in between.
Ever wonder why Chevy trucks sell so well? And it had the extended cab which features a new second passenger-side door for easier access. The Silverado trim level includes power-operated windows, door locks, and mirrors, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and extra soundproofing. Modern trucks have all of the comfort and safety features of cars. Well, there is some concession to fashion. It makes loading and unloading of rear seat passengers or cargo much easier. We recently spent a week with a extended-cab K1500 Silverado 4x4 with the Z71 off-road package.
Remote keyless entry is an option, as is leather upholstery. And the full-sized Chevrolet pickups are perennially near the top in sales figures. The K1500 is no exception. Suspension damping and control borrow from modern automotive technology to give a good, comfortable, and secure ride. With a camper shell over the bed, a pickup can be a great alternative to a sport-utility or even recreational vehicle. As a result, pickups are a little bouncy unloaded. A very good contoured split bench seat provides most of the comfort and support advantages of bucket seats and all of the 3-passenger usefulness of a bench.
There is a Chevy pickup for just about any pickup need. With the aggressive tires, Bilstein shock absorbers, and a skid plate, the Z71 is also a good poor-condition and off-road performer. A lot of things for work or play can fit in a pickup bed. The shifter is column-mounted and the 4-wheel drive lever is on the floor, so that third person can fit. Just put a couple of haybales, or a motorcycle, or a camper shell in the back - whatever fits your lifestyle - and the ride quality will improve.
And the pickup truck is one of the most useful, versatile vehicles made. With the Z71 graphics all that makes for one stylin' truck. It could be because of the wide range of available models - everything from a 2-wheel-drive V6-powered C1500 to a mammoth 4-wheel drive, six- passenger crew cab K3500 with a big-block 454 cubic inch V8 or 6. . . . .
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