Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI Flex Fuel, 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive, and 4WD. Won't last long! Hold on to your seats! In a welcomed nod to those who work hard for their keep, Chevy presents the Silverado 1500. A Consumer Guide Recommended Buy for 2008. This is a hardworking rig. New Car Test Drive said it was "...designed to continue its reputation among owners as the strongest, most dependable and longest lasting truck on the road..."