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Why we haven’t seen a Silverado hybrid + other Chevy questions answered

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Interior

One of the questions we get asked a lot is why the Silverado’s interior isn’t as nice as some other trucks. Tim talks about this in his video.

You asked questions. Tim went to Chevrolet and got answers. In this video, he addresses the first round of Chevy trucks questions. A few of these include: Will there be a Chevy Silverado hybrid? Why does the Silverado have such a bad interior? Why does GM keep reusing names from old vehicles for new cars that don’t quite look like the old ones? (Chevy Blazer, anyone?) And the list goes on.

We don’t cover all the answers in this post, but you will find the answers to these questions — and many more —  in the video.

So, will we see a Chevy Silverado Hybrid any time soon?

While we can’t answer this with 100% authority (we aren’t Chevrolet executives), we’re pretty sure the answer is no.

GM has had hybrids since 2005, and they’ve actually had a hybrid Silverado and Sierra. They even had an electric S-10. So, why no 40 MPG Silverado on the market today?

Fuel economy is No. 1. But you can’t sacrifice No. 2 and No. 3, which are power and payload, for fuel economy. And trucks are heavy, especially crew cab trucks, which is what everyone wants. So even though the hybrid technology is available, they just can’t get the power and payload capacity needed to satisfy the truck buyer. Not yet anyway.

Why is there no short bed, single cab pickup?

CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) and emissions regulations are based on vehicle footprint. So a smaller truck would have to live up to an expected fuel economy and emissions limit and you just can’t do it in a vehicle as heavy as a truck. So there you have it. No regular cab or short bed GM truck.

Why are various engine configurations not offered at certain levels?

A lot of people don’t understand why some engine configurations aren’t available on base-level appearance packages. The truth is, it all comes down to pricing. GM knows how much people are willing to pay for their trucks, and where the pricing for each package needs to be.

You can only cut so much when it comes to features and safety technology, and sometimes you’re left with nothing left to cut and still keep a truck within a certain budget. So, they can’t offer the more expensive engine on every level.

For more answers, be sure to watch the video below.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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  1. Ben January 20, 2021

    I purchased a 3.0 Chevy diesel largely because of your positive reviews. One thing I have not found an answer to is the exhaust break. The Chevy is the only half ton that has a exhaust break function (or something similar to it, flaps that close or something like that) but nobody seems to know how to get it to come on, since there is no button. I’ve heard you must be in tow hall, I’ve heard you must be on cruise control and tow haul. Nothing I’ve tried has worked. If it does work, i can’t feel it.
    Could you do something on the exhaust break function. How it can come on, how it functions and what it accomplishes and what will be felt by the driver?
    I think it is a worthwhile question to dive into as this function is unique to GM 1500s and should have a benefit over all other half tons for towing. Also, no one seems to know the answer to these questions (online forums, Facebook groups, etc).
    Maybe in your discussions with GM you could get a definitive answer.

    1. Tim Esterdahl March 5, 2021

      Hey Ben,

      Sorry about the late reply, I just saw this. An exhaust brake works by slowing down the truck by closing off the exhaust path from the engine, causing the exhaust gases to be compressed in the exhaust manifold, and in the cylinder. Since the exhaust is being compressed, and there is no fuel being applied, the engine slows down the vehicle.

      On the GM diesel, this is done when the truck is in tow haul mode AND going downhill. You’ll hear the louder sound from the engine bay like a louder hum and that is the exhaust brake.

      It works automatically and there is nothing you can do to turn it on or off. It is meant to help reduce the truck’s speed safely without you overusing your brakes.

      Hope that helps.


  2. Fennelle Miller January 8, 2022

    Funny as hell to read this just a year later, with Chevy Silverado trucks now in Hybrids – and all the rage!!!

    1. Erica Mueller January 27, 2022

      Actually, there isn’t a Hybrid Silverado being made right now. There is an all-electric forthcoming, but it’s not out yet and it won’t be a hybrid. It looks like some companies went the hybrid route as an in-between and others held out and went straight to electric.

  3. Matt G. June 30, 2022

    Why would anyone buy a mild hybrid with the largest offered engine and no real electric boost? Had Chevy built the hybrid with a decent torque electric boost and battery capacity attached to the 4.3V6 getting 6 or7 mpg over the base model, they wouldn’t have been able to keep them in stock. Even now, the competion adds the hybrid to their largest turbocharged V6 instead of the smaller 6 or the turbo 4 and gets no better mileage than the gasonly options.


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