2007 Silverado Classic Vs. 2007 Silverado

by Andy Joseph

General Motors brand Chevrolet redesigned the Silverado 1500--the half-ton pickup that it introduced in 1998--for the 2007 model year. The company also retained the model from 2006. Also named the 2007 Silverado 1500, Chevrolet affixed the word "Classic" to it to differentiate it from the redesigned version.


The trims of the 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 Classic were Work Truck, LT1, LS, LT2, SS and LT3. The LT3 and SS were eliminated and the LTZ was introduced for the redesigned model. Also, the high-level "Heavy Duty" (HD) versions that were available in the Classic line-up were eliminated from the redesigned line-up. Several trim combinations were available, consisting of cab size (regular, extended and crew cabs), box size (short or long) and drivetrain options between the two/rear-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD).

Engine, Transmission and Fuel Economy

The 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 Classic had five engines: the 4.3-liter 195-horsepower V-6, 4.8-liter 285-horsepower V-8, two 5.3-liter V-8s with 295 and 310 horses, and the 6-liter 345-horsepower V-8. For the redesigned model, Chevrolet whittled down the number of 5.3-liter engines to one with 315 horses, and gave the 6-liter V-8 22 more horses. Also, the company eliminated the five-speed manual transmission, thus making the four-speed automatic as the only available gearbox. With either 26- or 34-gallon gas tanks, the Classic got 14 to 16 miles per gallon (mpg) for city driving and 17 to 23 mpg for highway driving. For the redesigned version, the range was 15 to 17 mpg for city driving and 19 to 22 mpg for highway driving.


Standard features on both trucks included anti-lock braking, driver and passenger air bags, tilt steering and stereo system. While Chevrolet made vehicle anti-theft systems a standard safety feature in all Classic vehicles, it only did for a few trims of the redesigned version. Trip computers, tire inflation/pressure monitors and telematic systems, however, were included for the newer truck.


While the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic rode on 16-, 17-, or 20-inch wheels, the redesigned version had only 17-inch wheels. Also, the Classic was generally a lighter and smaller truck. Automatic headlights, daytime running lights and interval wipers were some of the standard exterior features that both vehicles shared.


The original manufacturer's suggested retail price of the 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 Classic was $15,840 to $36,515. The price of a regular 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 was slightly higher, at $16,915 to $38,090. As of 2010, Kelley Blue Book estimates the price value range of the vehicles from $12,000 to $29,000.

About the Author

Based in the D.C. area, Andy Joseph works full-time as a data analyst and technical writer. He has been writing articles about technology, health, politics, music, culture and automobiles since 2007. His work has appeared in The Express, Congressional Report and Road & Track. He has a master's degree in journalism and technology management.