The K2XX is the best pickup ever made. I bless my soul for living in this year of our Lord.
The Great Book of Time will record this as the year when GM took the competition to pickup school.
1. Styling unambiguously refers to the '73-'80 C/K series with its bold, right angles, flat hood and clean straight lines. The perfect proportions and the brawny new standard 8" wheels combine with large fender flares to emphasize the purposeful new look. GMC offers a completely different front fascia, headlights and grille shape, different fender flares and wheel well shapes for a compelling alternative. Both are strikingly beautiful, but the Silverado particularly is Clean Clean Clean - yet with plenty of shapes, textures and angles to discover. I'm impressed with the way the LT grille evokes past models while remaingin contemporary. This is how it's done - good taste combined with 'arresting' and eye catching flare. If you don't like the styling you don't like pickups.
Verdict: Based on the best styled pickup to this point - but improves on it.
BEST STYLED PICKUP IN HISTORY.\
2. The balance shaft 262cid V6 re-captures the original magic of the Vortec in 1985: The V6 with V8 power. Now with a substantial improvement in smoothness, the engine is, once again, a fine replacement for a larger V8 and can easily power any 1/2 ton configuration. It will likely make 25mpg - matching a Dodge that needs two extra gears, three more cams and double the valves. This alone might be rembered as a turning point, but then there is the 325cid V8 which will match Ford's more expensive turbo dohc V6 and 305cid dohc V8 in power - *and* match V6 turbo MPG ratings. But it will be cheaper to buy, cheaper to run and cheaper to maintain or repair than either one. Thanks to a lower friction and simpler design, it is inherently stronger and more durable.
Verdict: A Strong Value. It vastly improves on the best engine in pickup history: The Chevrolet V8.
BEST PICKUP ENGINES IN HISTORY.
3. Best Interior in History. The new interior features a standard six guage instrument panel - that alone is an enormous stride. But Chevrolet's Vanguard of Value didn't stop there. Now all trucks will get power windows and power door locks, along with 'premium' type door panels standard. Particularly for the WT level, Chevrolet changed the game with a standard 4.2" infotainment screen interface. In getting rid of the cheap WT interior, it's a 'game changer.' Also in using the same dashboard/instrument panel for all vehicles, GM shrewdly decreases build costs. Plenty of options ranging up through heated and cooled seats, massive console and 8" infotatinment screen are there for affluent buyers, but in eliminating a 'super cheap' WT interior with roll up window door panels, and big gaps in the dash/instrument panel, Chevrolet will gain a reputation as a more plush series overall, and one that gives more luxury for the money.
Verdict: Game Changing interior with mid-grade type features on value models.
BEST PICKUP INTERIOR IN HISTORY.
This is only a partial list. Why do YOU think the K2xx Silverado is The Best Pickup in History?