Vehicle shopping isn't always easy, but it's much simpler through comparison shopping. Keep reading to learn the best ways to compare new Chevy trucks for great results.
Research New 2016 Chevy Trucks
Begin by going to the Chevrolet website and surveying all the available trucks for the year. Besides looking at the models, be aware that there are trim levels within each of the models, and those will likely have features you might want in your new truck too. You can also broaden your research process by asking friends who have Chevy trucks. Friends are often among the greatest resources for unbiased facts about things to buy, because they don't want to give unreliable information that makes you feel as if they have let you down. You may even find that you have a friend who is willing to let you drive their Chevy truck for a weekend, so you can enjoy an extended test drive. Even if that's not the case, see if you can ride along with them during one of the trips they take in the truck. That way, you'll be able to see how the vehicle feels as it handles the curves of the road and goes over bumpy terrain.
Think About Your Lifestyle
As you compare 2016 Chevy trucks, consider your lifestyle carefully, and how it connects with ways you might use the truck once you've purchased it. For example, if your daughter competes at horse shows, you might want a truck that has great towing capacity so it can easily pull a horse trailer, even in mountainous areas. The Chevy Silverado is available with a braking package that not only helps you stop your truck, but the trailer, too. On the other hand, maybe you have a modest income, so want the most affordable Chevy truck. In that case, the vehicle for you is the Colorado.
Visit Your Nearest Dealership
There are some differences between Chevy trucks that will be hard to appreciate unless you are seeing them in person. For example, if you're interested in a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, but think you may want to buy the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD instead, your nearest dealer can help you take a test drive and compare the two vehicles by paying attention to the way they feel when you are behind the wheel. As you might have guessed from the name, the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD is the heavy-duty version of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. It has more powerful motor options, and a greater capacity, among other things that make it a hardier truck when comparing these two models. If you are not well-versed in automotive specifics, ask a more knowledgeable friend to come with you as you compare new Chevrolet trucks. That person is more likely to know the right questions to ask so you get the correct details about the trucks you are most interested in purchasing. Consider that, although you shouldn't fear that a dealer might lie to you, that person's goal is to sell you a vehicle, so they may purposefully minimize possible downsides about certain Chevy trucks.
Look at Spec Sheets for Your Preferred 2016 Chevy Truck
New 2016 Chevy trucks have detailed spec sheets that have statistics about horsepower, torque, seating capacity and more. Once you have found a 2016 Chevy truck that you think is your top choice, download the spec sheet for that vehicle. It will usually be offered on the manufacturer's website as a PDF file, making it easy to download whether you are on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Spec sheets are particularly useful resources if you are very concerned with technical details, because all of them will be spelled out in that document. If you have still not picked one Chevy truck as your top pick, it's a good idea to print out spec sheets for several models and compare them side by side.
Certain specifics, such as those related to fuel economy, may be difficult to compare unless you have the spec sheets printed out in front of you. In case you're curious, the Colorado gets an estimated 31 MPG/highway, while the Silverado gets approximately six miles less than that. To make things even easier, figure out what your must-have features are, and get a highlighter marker so you can draw attention to those areas on the spec sheet. If one truck gets much greater horsepower than another and horsepower is a top priority for you, you'll probably pick the one that has better horsepower.
Check for Expert Reviews
One great thing about living in the modern era is that, thanks to the internet, details about almost anything imaginable are at your fingertips. As you continue comparing Chevy truck models to determine which ones are most attractive, don't forget to visit automotive websites. They'll likely include buyer's guides, detailed reviews, safety ratings and other pertinent details. The Chevrolet website even has a section that compares its trucks with those of other vehicles. Those are particularly helpful when you want to see how Chevy trucks match up with those that are offered by other leading car makers. Expert reviews are usually quite reliable, especially if they're from a blog or other website that is very well-known. In the same way your friends usually don't want to steer you wrong because they know your opinion of them is on the line, expert reviewers hesitate to offer reviews that are less than honest, because they know their own reputations, as well as the reputations of their respective websites, are at risk if they are not truthful.
Don't Forget About Optional Features
You may find that it seems like your preferred Chevy truck is almost perfect, but you think it's still missing a few features you'd like. When in doubt, always check with your dealership, or review manufacturer information to be sure. For example, although the Chevrolet Silverado does not have on-board Wi-Fi as a standard feature, it's available optionally. When possible, have some room in your budget to splurge on certain optional features, especially if you know they would greatly enhance the enjoyment you'd get from your truck.