1996 Chevy Silverado Specsby Molly Park
Chevrolet used the Silverado name from 1975 to 1998 to designate the top level trim of its C/K pickup line. The entire pickup line took the Silverado name for the 1999 model year when General Motors upgraded the decade-old GMT400 platform to the GMT800 platform. The 1996 Silverado was the top Chevy pickup in 1996, and it was the first GM pickup with the new Vortec V8.
The 1996 Silverado was equipped with a driver's air bag, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with discs in the front, daytime running lights, front and rear crush zones, and a safety-cage body design.
The 1996 Silverado came with a 5.7-liter Vortec V8--the first Vortec V8 after a decade of Vortec V6s and four-cylinder Vortecs. The 5.7-liter Vortec engine was tuned to generate 250 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque. That gave the 1996 Silverado power to tow 6,000 lbs.
Th 1996 Silverado's 5.7-liter Vortec V8 used unleaded fuel. Its gas tank could hold up to 25 gallons. EPA fuel economy ratings for the four-wheel-drive K1500 were 12 miles per gallon city and 16 mpg highway.
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