It is a handsome truck in RST trim, not less than.
The Chevrolet Silverado is an efficient truck, but it is nonetheless an underdog within the full-size pickup world. Succesful and comfy because it is likely to be, Chevy simply cannot compete with the fancy-pants Ram 1500 and do-it-all Ford F-150. Besides, the Silverado’s myriad configurations and distinctive design give it some real enchantment.
Clean diesel engineLots of trailering techPlentiful charging choices
Do not Like
Restricted driver-assistance techLousy interiorLast-generation infotainment
The Silverado is on the market with no fewer than seven engine and transmission combos, every part from a base 4.3-liter V6 and six-speed computerized to a 6.2-liter V8 with a 10-speed auto. The midrange 5.3-liter V8 is on the market with 6-, 8- or 10-speed automatics, and there is a 2.7-liter turbo I4 on provide, as properly. Past the underhood configurations, the Silverado is obtainable with single-, double- or crew-cab physique kinds. You possibly can pair these with a 70-inch brief mattress, 79-inch normal mattress or 98-inch lengthy mattress. Three axle ratios are provided and you may select between two- and four-wheel drive.
For this overview, I’ve received what’s arguably the most effective mixture of the bunch: a 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel I6 with a 10-speed transmission and 4WD. I am unable to overstate how a lot I really like this engine. Pushing out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, there’s sufficient oomph to get this full-size pickup off the road rapidly. Freeway lane-changes are easy-peasy because of gobs of midrange torque, and this truck will hum alongside at freeway speeds easily and effectively.
With the diesel engine and four-wheel drive, the Silverado 1500 is estimated to return 22 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 26 mpg freeway and 24 mpg mixed. With the crew-cab physique, the Silverado has a 24-gallon gas tank, so I may conceivably go 576 miles between fill-ups. The regular-cab truck will get a bigger fuel tank, and it will do almost 700 miles in a single stretch.
Typically talking, the Silverado handles in addition to every other truck. The brakes really feel stable and linear below my foot, and the steering has a pleasant quantity of weight and suggestions. However Chevy may be taught a couple of issues from Ram in relation to experience high quality. The Silverado is floaty over bumpy pavement and each pothole is a jarring expertise. You will get adaptive dampers, however solely on the tippy-top Silverado Excessive Nation. A full air suspension, just like the Ram’s, would actually do quite a bit to make this truck extra livable day after day.
Three cab configurations and three mattress lengths can be found.
By way of truck stuff, the Silverado is on the weaker aspect of aggressive. When correctly configured (two-wheel drive, lengthy field), max payload is 2,280 kilos, whereas towing can get as excessive as 13,300 kilos (four-wheel drive, double cab, normal field, 6.2-liter V8). The Ram can haul as much as 2,300 kilos in its mattress and tow a max of 12,750 kilos. In the meantime, the Ford F-150 can go as excessive as 3,325 kilos payload and 14,000 kilos of towing capability, though, frankly, if you are going to be towing that a lot on the common, you are higher off stepping as much as a heavy-duty truck.
My diesel-powered crew-cab tester can haul 2,060 kilos in its brief mattress and tow 9,000 kilos. A equally spec’d Ram 1500 with the three.0-liter EcoDiesel handles 1,800 kilos of payload and 9,710 kilos of towing, because of a 3.92:1 rear axle ratio (the Silverado’s diesel engine solely goes to three.23:1). The upper the rear axle ratio, the extra low-end grunt you get. Ford’s 3.0-liter PowerStroke diesel in SuperCrew configuration can haul 1,805 kilos within the mattress and by some means nets a 12,100-pound tow ranking with 3.55:1 gearing.
Nonetheless, the Silverado has a bunch of recent expertise for 2021 to make towing simpler and safer. There is a jackknife alert that helps whereas cornering and a trailer size indicator makes lane adjustments simpler. A cargo mattress digital camera makes it a cinch to hook up a fifth wheel trailer, and if clients set up a digital camera on the rear of their trailer, they will see a behind-the-trailer view with pointers and angle indicators proper from the truck’s infotainment display screen. Nice as these are, nevertheless, the Silverado’s company twin — the GMC Sierra — presents extra digital camera views. Nonetheless, Ford and Ram cannot match Chevy right here.
The Duramax diesel engine is clean and highly effective.
The Silverado will get its personal model of GMC’s MultiPro tailgate for 2021, known as Multi-Flex in Chevy-speak. However even with out this, the usual tailgate is gentle and opens slowly. There are cut-out steps within the bumper to make climbing out and in of the mattress simpler, and my tester has a 120-volt, 400-watt outlet again there, along with 12 tie-downs and full LED lighting.
The place the Silverado actually cannot sustain with Ford and Ram is with driver-assistance applied sciences. On the Chevy, adaptive cruise management is simply provided on the very high trim, and issues like forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning are optionally available throughout the board. Ram presents much more options, and do not even get me began on the F-150, which has all of the driving aids you’ll be able to consider and might energy a whole tailgating get together if wanted.
Inside tech falls brief, too. A 7-inch infotainment display screen is normal whereas an 8-inch show is optionally available. Fortunately, Chevy’s Infotainment 3 software program is straightforward to make use of, and you may add wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However try the spectacular performance of the 12-inch shows provided by Ford and Ram, and the Chevy simply seems to be previous by comparability.
This cabin is admittedly dated.
Not less than the charging choices are good, with one USB-A, one USB-C, a 12-volt outlet and an AC outlet up entrance. There’s one other USB-A and USB-C inside the middle armrest, and extra USB-A and USB-C ports for rear seat passengers. Wi-fi charging is on the market, too.
However you guys, the Silverado’s inside is fairly horrible general. This would possibly as properly have been lifted out of a 2015 Silverado. Onerous plastics are in all places and even the house button for the infotainment tech feels icky. It is all simply so low-cost. Spend 5 minutes inside a Ram 1500 and you may surprise why Chevy is not attempting more durable.
There may be, nevertheless, a ton of space for storing. I can match a few bottles within the door pockets, a pockets within the door deal with, a pill within the cubby on the transmission tunnel and my mother’s gigantic purse within the middle armrest. There’s a spot for small objects simply forward of the cup holders and somewhat cubby on the sprint, as properly. Passengers get a twin glove field, though the higher field is just not very deep and it appears issues would simply fall out upon opening. The rear seat bottoms flip as much as match bigger objects at the back of the cab, too.
Pricing for the 2021 Silverado runs anyplace from about $30,000 on the bottom finish to just about $70,000 for a loaded Excessive Nation. My truck is a super-weird spec: a RST (which stands for Rally Sport Truck), paired with the Z71 off-road package deal and the diesel engine. Like, why would anybody attempt to mix a sporty on-road truck with an off-road package deal that provides Rancho shocks, hill-descent management and an upgraded air filter? It is so unusual.
The Silverado simply cannot sustain with Ford and Ram.
If you’d like off-road functionality, go for the Silverado Path Boss, which has a 2-inch elevate, computerized locking rear differential and meaty 32-inch tires. You possibly can’t get that trim with the diesel engine, although, and off-roading with a full-size pickup is fairly powerful — until you go for a Ford F-150 Raptor or Ram 1500 TRX. Personally, I’d simply snag a diesel-powered Silverado LTZ with a couple of tech choices, which places me within the mid-$50,000 vary. When it comes time to spec a full-size pickup, the world is just about your oyster.
Oh, and if you happen to’re learn this far and surprise why I have not talked about the 2 different half-ton pickup choices, the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra, it is as a result of they completely can not compete when it comes to utility, expertise and powertrain choices. I am probably not certain why you’d purchase both of these.
Then once more, I am probably not certain why you’d decide a Silverado over the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. Hell, even its GMC Sierra twin is better-looking and somewhat nicer inside. Positive, the Chevy has a fantastic diesel engine, nifty trailering tech and plenty of inside space for storing, but it surely’s a number of steps behind the rivals in all places else. Till the Silverado will get a reboot, it isn’t the truck I might suggest.