The Hybrid Financial Equation
Does driving a hybrid like the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado make any financial sense? We calculate that in the course of a 15,000-mile year, you'd save roughly 350 gallons of fuel compared to driving any other pickup with a mid-size V-8 and an automatic. You can do the math using whatever the cost per gallon may be when you read this. The payback is certainly better when gas is $4 a gallon compared to when it's $2. With a starting price of almost $39,000, the smart reader is going to ask what part of that price is linked to the hybrid powertrain? The answer is about $4,000 if you do a feature-by-feature comparison. When you do that, you'll see that even the base Silverado Hybrid is loaded with features.

Nearly every automotive expert sees hybrid technology as becoming more common in the next few years. As good as the 2009 Chevy Silverado Hybrid is, we can understand why. Plus, as GM and other manufacturers build more hybrids, the cost will come down and they'll begin offering the powertrain on less expensive models, helping to make the technology more affordable. Now that's something to get juiced about.

Road Test
2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid
Equipment & Specifications

Hybrid-Specific Equipment
6.0-liter V-8 with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation
Electrically Variable Transmission
Electric Power Steering
Electric Air Conditioning
3.08:1 rear-axle ratio
Efficiency IP Gauge
Energy Flow Display (with optional NAV screen)
Tonneau Cover (soft on lower trim level, three-piece hard tonneau on premium level)
18-inch polished aluminum wheels
P265/65R18 low-rolling-resistance tires

Key equipment IncludedIn Hybrid Package
Crew Cab body style
XM satellite radio with CD player and steering wheel radio controls
Dual-zone air conditioning
Cloth bench seats
Locking differential
Heavy-duty trailering
Six airbags
Power door locks with remote keyless entry
Tilt steering column with leather wrapped steering wheel
Tire pressure monitoring
Increased capacity suspension
Spare tire lock
Premium Trim Additions
Leather bucket seats with power driver and passenger seats
Navigation System
Fog lamps
Rear parking assist
Power adjustable pedals
Universal home remote
Rear window defroster