2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 review: When good isn’t good enough

It really is a excellent-hunting truck in RST trim, at minimum.

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The Chevrolet Silverado is a excellent truck, nevertheless it truly is nevertheless an underdog in the entire-size pickup entire world. Capable and snug as it might be, Chevy just cannot contend with the extravagant-trousers Ram 1500 and do-it-all Ford F-a hundred and fifty. But even so, the Silverado’s myriad configurations and distinct structure give it some real attraction.


  • Easy diesel motor
  • A lot of trailering tech
  • Plentiful charging options

Do not Like

  • Minimal driver-help tech
  • Lousy interior
  • Past-generation infotainment

The Silverado is readily available with no less than seven motor and transmission combinations, almost everything from a foundation 4.3-liter V6 and six-velocity automatic to a six.two-liter V8 with a ten-velocity vehicle. The midrange 5.3-liter V8 is readily available with six-, 8- or ten-velocity automatics, and you can find a two.7-liter turbo I4 on give, as properly. Further than the underhood configurations, the Silverado is offered with solitary-, double- or crew-cab body types. You can pair people with a 70-inch limited bed, seventy nine-inch normal bed or 98-inch prolonged bed. 3 axle ratios are offered and you can decide on among two- and four-wheel generate.

For this overview, I have obtained what is arguably the very best blend of the bunch: a 3.-liter Duramax turbodiesel I6 with a ten-velocity transmission and 4 wheel drive. I cannot overstate how considerably I love this motor. Pushing out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-ft of torque, you can find plenty of oomph to get this entire-size pickup off the line quickly. Highway lane-changes are effortless-peasy many thanks to gobs of midrange torque, and this truck will hum alongside at highway speeds efficiently and competently.

With the diesel motor and four-wheel generate, the Silverado 1500 is estimated to return 22 miles for every gallon in the city, 26 mpg highway and 24 mpg mixed. With the crew-cab body, the Silverado has a 24-gallon gasoline tank, so I could conceivably go 576 miles among fill-ups. The frequent-cab truck receives a larger sized fuel tank, and it’ll do almost seven-hundred miles in a person stretch.

Commonly speaking, the Silverado handles as properly as any other truck. The brakes experience strong and linear less than my foot, and the steering has a great sum of bodyweight and comments. But Chevy could find out a number of matters from Ram when it arrives to journey excellent. The Silverado is floaty over bumpy pavement and every pothole is a jarring encounter. You can get adaptive dampers, but only on the tippy-top rated Silverado Significant Nation. A entire air suspension, like the Ram’s, would seriously do a lot to make this truck extra livable day to day.

3 cab configurations and 3 bed lengths are readily available.

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In terms of truck things, the Silverado is on the weaker aspect of competitive. When adequately configured (two-wheel generate, prolonged box), max payload is two,280 lbs ., whilst towing can get as substantial as 13,three hundred lbs . (four-wheel generate, double cab, normal box, six.two-liter V8). The Ram can haul up to two,three hundred lbs . in its bed and tow a max of twelve,750 lbs .. In the meantime, the Ford F-a hundred and fifty can go as substantial as 3,325 lbs . payload and 14,000 lbs . of towing capacity, despite the fact that, frankly, if you happen to be likely to be towing that considerably on the frequent, you happen to be greater off stepping up to a weighty-duty truck.

My diesel-powered crew-cab tester can haul two,060 lbs . in its limited bed and tow nine,000 lbs .. A equally spec’d Ram 1500 with the 3.-liter EcoDiesel handles one,800 lbs . of payload and nine,710 lbs . of towing, many thanks to a 3.ninety two:one rear axle ratio (the Silverado’s diesel motor only goes to 3.23:one). The larger the rear axle ratio, the extra minimal-conclude grunt you get. Ford’s 3.-liter PowerStroke diesel in SuperCrew configuration can haul one,805 lbs . in the bed and someway nets a twelve,a hundred-pound tow ranking with 3.55:one gearing.

Nevertheless, the Silverado has a bunch of new know-how for 2021 to make towing less difficult and safer. You will find a jackknife notify that helps whilst cornering and a trailer size indicator makes lane changes less difficult. A cargo bed camera makes it a cinch to hook up a fifth wheel trailer, and if consumers put in a camera on the rear of their trailer, they can see a powering-the-trailer check out with rules and angle indicators ideal from the truck’s infotainment display screen. Fantastic as these are, however, the Silverado’s corporate twin — the GMC Sierra — presents extra camera sights. Nevertheless, Ford and Ram cannot match Chevy listed here.

The Duramax diesel motor is smooth and potent.

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The Silverado receives its own version of GMC’s MultiPro tailgate for 2021, known as Multi-Flex in Chevy-talk. But even with no this, the normal tailgate is light-weight and opens little by little. There are lower-out actions in the bumper to make climbing in and out of the bed less difficult, and my tester has a 120-volt, four hundred-watt outlet again there, in addition to twelve tie-downs and entire LED lights.

Exactly where the Silverado seriously cannot maintain up with Ford and Ram is with driver-help systems. On the Chevy, adaptive cruise regulate is only offered on the really top rated trim, and matters like ahead-collision notify and lane-departure warning are optional throughout the board. Ram presents a lot extra attributes, and you should not even get me commenced on the F-a hundred and fifty, which has all the driving aids you can believe of and can electric power an overall tailgating occasion if essential.

Interior tech falls limited, too. A 7-inch infotainment display screen is normal whilst an 8-inch display is optional. Luckily, Chevy’s Infotainment 3 software package is very simple to use, and you can include wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But check out out the spectacular functionality of the twelve-inch shows offered by Ford and Ram, and the Chevy just appears to be old by comparison.

This cabin is seriously dated.

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At minimum the charging options are excellent, with a person USB-A, a person USB-C, a twelve-volt outlet and an AC outlet up entrance. You will find a different USB-A and USB-C inside of the middle armrest, and supplemental USB-A and USB-C ports for rear seat passengers. Wireless charging is readily available, too.

But you fellas, the Silverado’s interior is quite horrible total. This might as properly have been lifted out of a 2015 Silverado. Tough plastics are in all places and even the home button for the infotainment tech feels icky. It really is all just so affordable. Spend 5 minutes inside of a Ram 1500 and you can wonder why Chevy isn’t really hoping harder.

There is, however, a ton of storage house. I can match a pair of bottles in the doorway pockets, a wallet in the doorway deal with, a pill in the cubby on the transmission tunnel and my mom’s gigantic purse in the middle armrest. You will find a position for modest things just ahead of the cup holders and a very little cubby on the sprint, as properly. Travellers get a twin glove box, despite the fact that the upper box is not really deep and it would seem matters would conveniently fall out on opening. The rear seat bottoms flip up to match larger sized things in the again of the cab, too.

Pricing for the 2021 Silverado operates any where from about $thirty,000 on the foundation conclude to almost $70,000 for a loaded Significant Nation. My truck is a tremendous-strange spec: a RST (which stands for Rally Activity Truck), paired with the Z71 off-street package and the diesel motor. Like, why would any individual consider to blend a sporty on-street truck with an off-street package that adds Rancho shocks, hill-descent regulate and an upgraded air filter? It really is so weird.

The Silverado just cannot maintain up with Ford and Ram.

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If you want off-street capacity, go for the Silverado Trail Boss, which has a two-inch lift, automatic locking rear differential and meaty 32-inch tires. You cannot get that trim with the diesel motor, however, and off-roading with a entire-size pickup is quite challenging — unless you go for a Ford F-a hundred and fifty Raptor or Ram 1500 TRX. Individually, I might just snag a diesel-powered Silverado LTZ with a number of tech options, which places me in the mid-$fifty,000 assortment. When it arrives time to spec a entire-size pickup, the entire world is quite considerably your oyster.

Oh, and if you happen to be read this far and wonder why I haven’t mentioned the two other fifty percent-ton pickup options, the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra, it truly is because they completely can’t contend in terms of utility, know-how and powertrain options. I am not seriously certain why you would acquire either of people.

Then all over again, I am not seriously certain why you would pick a Silverado over the Ford F-a hundred and fifty and Ram 1500. Hell, even its GMC Sierra twin is greater-hunting and a very little nicer inside of. Guaranteed, the Chevy has a good diesel motor, nifty trailering tech and plenty of interior storage house, but it truly is a number of actions powering the competitors in all places else. Until finally the Silverado receives a reboot, it truly is not the truck I might suggest.