A lot of improvements were aimed at making it a better work truck, too, like movable cargo tie-downs, LED lighting in the cargo area and steps carved into the rear bumper corners that make it easier to climb up into the bed.
Still, what makes the Silverado stand out is its carefully refined driving feel, something even noticeable on my task-oriented test truck.
The Silverado that Chevy brought me wasn't the fancy-pants High Country edition with embroidered seats and Cadillac-like gadgets, but instead it was more of a working man's truck with the Z71 off-road suspension package, four-wheel drive and rubber floor mats.
Even with that setup, it's still the quietest pickup I've ever driven. I like the fact that Chevy quieted down all the versions of this new truck, not just the high-end, super-expensive ones.
It can drive as comfortably as a car, but it can still work in the pine forests if need be. And that, to me, is remarkable.
Derek Price is an independent automotive columnist. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.