The 2012 Chevy Silverado Hybrid is anything but a typical hybrid vehicle. In fact, it has incredibly torque, supreme off-road capabilities and an intimidatingly powerful overall stance. Starting at $39,890 This hybrid truck is anything but cheap. Then again, as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. And consumers will certainly end up getting a lot out of this truck. This Chevy creation is also available to consumers in 9 stunning and highly flattering colors, ranging from Black to Summit White. The The Mocha Steel Metallic paint is especially striking with the powerful body frame and bold, hard exterior lines. The front of the truck has bi-xenon headlights with Chevy’s signature grille. The side mirrors are also heated, so as to ward off condensation that can make for hazardous driving conditions. In Kelley Blue Book the 2013 Chevy Silverado Hybrid received an 8.7/10 consumer rating. This hybrid truck is available in 2 models, the 1HY and the 2HY; both are available in 2WD or 4WD. Essentially, the 1HY is the more simple, plain version of the 2HY. The 2HY has more of the bells and whistles, you might say.
Inside the cabin there are standard carpet floor mats, although there is an available upgrade option on both models for all-weather floor mats. The 2HY comes with an all-in-one AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3/GPS touchscreen system that can blare out tunes or provide detailed turn-by-turn directions. The 1HY has everything but the touchscreen navigation system. Instead it has an audio navigation system from OnStar. As far as the speakers go, the 2HY is far more equipped with a Bose premium speaker system, through which consumers can play a free subscription to Sirius XM satellite radio. Consumers who opt for the 1HY will enjoy a 6-speaker audio system with a 3-month free trial of Sirius XM satellite radio. The seats in the 2HY are leather, while the 1HY has comfortable cloth seats. The rear seats in each model are highly cramped and passengers will nearly have to sit sideways on the bench seat, if they are a tall individual. The serious lack of legroom in the rear is one of the constant complaints from consumers, however it is one of the only complaints. Besides, most truck owners don’t own a truck because they plan on carrying multiple occupants around all the time.
Now for the really good part about this hybrid truck; what’s under the hood. Both the 1HY and 2HY models sport a powerful 6.0-liter V8 SFI engine with Variable Valve Timing and a dual-mode hybrid propulsion system, while still attaining 23 MPG highway and 20 around town. The hybrid automatic transmission comes standard in both models, however each truck model comes with an available upgrade of an electronic transfer case, from Autotrac. The innovative suspension system is also identical in each model. It has a heavy-duty automatically locking rear differential with a handling and trailering suspension package. Safety is added with Electronic Stability Control, provided by StabiliTrak. 4 anti-lock disc brakes further add to the safety.
Both the driver and front passenger have front and side airbags to protect them in the event of a crash. Both the front and back come with side curtain airbags. The 2013 Chevy Silverado Hybrid also comes with a tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver when the tires are becoming unsafe to drive on. The 2Hy also has a camera mounted in the rear. The picture of what is behind the truck is then displayed on the screen in front of the driver. This allows the driver not only to see what’s behind them without really turning their head, but also will let them know about any low objects that they may not have otherwise been able to see. This hybrid truck also has automatic daytime running lights. This allows other oncoming drivers to see the truck up to a quarter mile sooner than they normally would, without lights on. So if you are interested in a powerful, durable, capable and reasonably fuel efficient truck, then the 2013 Chevy Silverado Hybrid certainly has to be at the top of your Christmas list. Who knows, maybe Santa will think you’ve been really good this year.