Chevy Silverado Z71 Vs. 1500

by Mary Lougee

Chevrolet's full-size 1/2-ton truck is the Silverado 1500. Chevrolet also produces an off-road package that is available on this model called the Z71.


The Chevy 1500 series of trucks are 1/2-ton rated for light duty hauling. When the Z71 package is included it becomes a more versatile truck.


The Z71 package includes four-wheel drive for off-road driving. This also gives the truck a higher suspension to have more ground clearance and work better in muddy or wet conditions.


The 1500 is available with a V6 or V8 engine and your choice of a regular, extended or crew cab. The Z71 package has a V8 engine and gas shocks, which decrease the rough ride associated with a four-wheel drive. It also has stabilizer bars, which help keep the vehicle in an upright position when climbing or going down uneven surfaces.


The Z71 package can be identified by the fog lamps on the front below the headlights and also by a sticker on the bed, which has the Z71 logo and is usually in red.


The Chevy 1500 gets high ratings for crash tests and gas mileage, but when adding the Z71 package with four-wheel drive, you will sacrifice some fuel economy. If you like to go off-roading and mudding then the Z71 package is a good value.


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