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2001 Silverado LS Vs. LT

by Rob Wagner

The 2001 Chevrolet Silverado two- and four-wheel drive pickup trucks came in three trim levels: the base truck, the mid-range LS and the high-end LT. The base version was a no-frills work truck, while Chevy loaded the LS and LT versions with standard equipment and option packages. Cab styles were regular cab, extended cab and the four-door crew cab. The cargo boxes measured 6.5 or 8 feet. Wheelbases ranged from 133 to 167.1 inches.

LS vs. LT Comforts

The 2001 Silverado’s mid-range LT trim featured a standard bench that could seat up to three passengers in the regular cab and a 60/40 split for the extended and crew cab models. The crew cab version could seat up to six people. The bench upholstery was premium cloth. The LT had significant upgrades. It featured front bucket seats with the crew cab accommodating five people. The leather seats had 10-way power adjustments, as well as a driver and front passenger heated cushions and seatback. The regular cab had a full bench seat.

LS vs. LT Conveniences and Interior

Standard conveniences on the LS models included a compass, cruise control, panic alarm and anti-theft device. The LT version had the same conveniences, but also two-stage power door locks. Interior appointments on the LS featured tachometer, water temperature gauge, voltage gauge, low fuel warning, oil pressure gauge, vanity mirrors, seatback storage pockets, tilt steering wheel, radio clock, cup holders, underseat ducts and plastic/rubber gearshift knob. The LT version had the same interior standard equipment, plus an auto-dimming day-night rearview mirror and leather steering wheel. The Silverado’s near identical sibling, the GMC Sierra, had similar standard equipment and options.

LS vs. LT Power and Exterior

The base engine on the 2001 Silverado 1500 LS models was a 195-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6. An optional 285-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 was available. The 5.3-liter V-8 was standard on the LT trim models. The 2500HD and 3500HD LS and LT models received a 300-horsepower 6-liter V-8 engine. The LS model came with a standard five-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The LT came with a standard four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. All four-wheel drive versions had an electronic four-wheel drive unit. The LT model’s body featured colored moldings, chrome inserts, chrome bar on the grille, tinted windows, heated door mirrors, soft tonneau cover, fender flares, dual daytime running lights and 16-inch chrome-style steel wheels. The LT version’s exterior was similar to the LS. Its most significant difference was the LT’s 16-inch alloy wheels and darker window tinting.

LS vs. LT Entertainment

Standard entertainment equipment on the 2001 Silverado LS were an AM/FM audio system with seek-scan, single-disc CD player, six speakers, automatic equalizer and automatic speed-sensitive volume control. The LS model received the same standard equipment, plus a cassette player along with the CD player.

About the Author

Rob Wagner is a journalist with over 35 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. His experience ranges from legal affairs reporting to covering the Middle East. He served stints as a newspaper and magazine editor in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wagner attended California State University, Los Angeles, and has a degree in journalism.

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