Think of a 3-door extended cab full-sized truck as a family sedan with a trunk you could live in. They also offered cruise control and air conditioning. The fuel tank held 34 gallons of gas. The Silverado K1500 extended-cab 4-wheel drive pickup that I recently tested was so equipped, and what a useful option it was. For one, a passenger-side air bag with key-operated deactivation is offered with the latter likely becoming standard as a result of recent fatal accidents to children and small-statured adults. And while it may seem insignificant, Chevy now has single key entry and ignition--a feature long coming. All Chevy truck engines were upgraded for improved power and fuel economy characteristics last year, and the workhorse small-block V8 now has 255 horsepower and 330 lb.
Chevy even has a program to provide financial assistance to people with disabilities for installation of aftermarket adaptive equipment, and extended-cab trucks have room for devices like wheelchair lifts. How can one vehicle be all things to all people? Excluding passengers and cargo, the base model Chevrolet 1997 Silverado weighed in at 4,544 pounds. One of the more recent innovations in pickups is a third door for access to the rear seat of extended-cab models. Even before reading about it in Chev's press kit, I noticed a tighter steering radius as well as lighter steering at low speeds. I told you this baby was loaded.
It made loading people or cargo into the spacious back seat a snap. Four-by-four trucks sit higher than their two-wheel brethren, and a variety of wheels are offered. There were 16 valves total. The column-mounted shift lever increases console space, while the floor-mounted 4-wheel drive lever has direct linkage to the 4-wheel drive system. This was the first truck in the Silverado series that is still in production as of 2011. The vehicle earned 13 mpg while driving in the city. Chrome, in amounts not seen on mere cars in years, abounds from the front bumper and massive egg-crate grille through trim on the sides to the heavy-duty rear bumper.
But the best feature is the third access door that allows easy entry into the extended cab. They even outsell the combined totals of the best-known luxury imports. For entertainment, there was a radio and a cassette player. City and highway traffic present no problems, and a 7500-lb. Side door beams, antilock brakes, front and rear crush zones, and daytime running lights are standard. Form follows function, and the boxy design means good space utilization.
The high stance and large glass area of the cab make for great visibility. For '97, Chevy has not changed their line significantly, but has added a few noteworthy items. In fact, trucks are number one sellers in 23 of 50 states. High-backed leather surfaced bucket seats complete with folding armrests comprise the for section, while an aft folding bench offers marginally comfortable accommodations. The wheelbase of the extended cab was 131 inches and it measured 213 inches long. This truck has as much room inside as many midsized sedans, and a six and a half foot long pickup box that is usefully wide in Sportside or Fleetside styles. Chevy also offers a standard 200 hp V-6, 230 hp Vortec V-8, 290 hp 7.
It seems, upon introduction of thier third door last model year, the buying public took notice. The 1997 Silverado was released in two models. A two-hour ride back there would not be a terrible experience, though. With bountiful car-like amenities, the K1500 rode and handled exceptionally well for a truck. A V-8 engine was at the heart of the 1997 Chevrolet Silverado in both models. The total body length was 236. There are plenty of choices in the bowtie lineup to satisfy any full-sized pickup requirement.
The engine generated a maximum 255 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 330 foot-pounds of torque at 2,800 rpm. Power steering, and a tighter turning circle for 1997, make it easily maneuverable. Copyright 1996— The Auto Channel. I can only believe Chevy had something to do with this truck craze. The 1997 Silverado K1500 was a pickup truck developed by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. The vehicle also had a payload of 1,656 pounds. Chevrolet introduced its version of this feature to the full-sized line in 1996.
Preferred Equipment Group Savings vs. This engine had a displacement of 350 cubic inches. In '95, this line alone outsold the entire Nissan car division in the U. To report errors and other problems with this page, please. The interior of our test truck was very car-like. This one had all of the comforts and conveniences of a large sedan, and the rugged strength and power of a truck. With a payload of 1,634 pounds, the extended cab weighed 4,500 pounds without passengers or cargo on board.
If you prefer the door to be on the driver's side, check out Chevy's S-10 extended cab pickup. The passenger-side third door available on extended-cab models is inconspicuous when closed. Today, pickups are the biggest- selling vehicles in the country. Perhaps some of the reasons for this surge in popularity, despite the fact that 30,000 farmers are disappearing yearly a large market area , is the introduction of third doors into extended cabs, versatility, car-like comforts and car-like pricing. We're talking many, many trucks here. Submit Company releases or Product News stories to. The extended cab Silverado had a 25-gallon fuel tank.
A four-speed automatic transmission transferred the engine's muscle to the Silverado base model's rear wheel drive and to the four-wheel drive of the extended cab version. Chevy placed it on the passenger side as opposed to the driver's side, believing it would be used more for passengers than equipment. The third door makes life so much easier. The front passenger seat can be moved forward for access to the rear bench seat, but why bother? Instruments included a digital clock, tachometer and speedometer. With trim levels for work or family, two or four-wheel drive, different box lengths and styles, gasoline V6 or V8 or turbo-diesel V8 engines, manual or automatic transmissions, regular, extended, or crew cabs, a variety of gross vehicle weight ratings and towing abilities, just about anything is available to configure a Chevrolet pickup to just about anyone's personal or commercial pickup needs. It is hinged at the rear, allowing a wide opening for easy interior access. The extended cab model of the Silverado was equipped with 16-inch diameter wheels; 9.