After driving the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Two-Mode Hybrid, the verdict is in from our friends at Autoblog.
Their conclusion? With a price tag that's almost $43,000, it's priced too high for the frugality of its 21/22 mpg city/highway gasoline-electric powertrain and lack of creature comforts and low 5,900-pound towing capacity.
"General Motors had the opportunity to do something really impressive with the Silverado Hybrid, but what we got instead is a vehicle that has all of the right bones, but none of the follow-through to be really worth it," said Autoblog reviewer Zach Bowman. "While the drivetrain tech is right where it needs to be for this kind of vehicle, the rest of the beast is still a big, heavy, quarter-ton [sic] truck."
We don't entirely disagree with Bowman's opinion, though it's worth nothing this is still bleeding-edge technology, and GM has said it's committed to improving performance and cutting cost out of its next-generation hybrid powertrain. If you want to be an early adopter of this tech, you're going to have to pay a price hopping behind the wheel of the 2010 Silverado Hybrid.
For the full review, head over to Autoblog.