2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

The Chevrolet Silverado, a full-size pickup truck, is part of one of the most competitive segments in the new-car market. For 2020, it adds another arrow to its quiver with the addition of a new, fuel-efficient diesel engine.

Chevrolet offers a lot of variety, as the look of the front end changes significantly based on the trim.

The base engine in the 2020 Silverado 1500 lineup is a 4.3-liter V6 engine, which makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet also offers a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which makes 310 hp and 348 lb-ft. The new Duramax diesel 3.0-liter inline-6-cylinder engine, which is available on the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trims, makes 277 horsepower and an impressive 460 pound-feet of torque. It sends power through a 10-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Duramax diesel powertrain is capable of towing 9,300 pounds.

An available 5.3-liter V8 makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, but there’s no beating the available 420-hp 6.2-liter V8. Power is sent to the rear wheels or available 4-wheel drive (4WD) with low range. The base transmission option is a 6-speed automatic. Other trims and powertrains are offered with either an available 8-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission.

The new diesel engine with rear-wheel drive (RWD) returns fuel economy of 23 mpg city, 33 highway, 27 combined. The 4WD diesel pickup returns 23/29/25. These are the two most fuel-efficient versions available to Silverado shoppers. The most fuel-efficient gas-powered engine is the 2.7-liter turbocharged I4 with RWD, which returns fuel economy of 20/23/21.

The interior of the current Silverado feels like a subtle evolution from the previous generation. Trims for the Silverado 1500 include WT, Custom, LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country. The WT is the bare-bones work truck. It has vinyl upholstery, manual seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. The Custom trim adds cloth upholstery, keyless entry, power doors and locks, cruise control, and a 6-speaker stereo.

The LT is one of the more popular trim options. It adds a 4.2-inch digital display in the instrument panel, OnStar, a 4G WiFi hot spot, and two more USB ports. The RST trim features blacked-out mirror caps, daytime-running lights (DRL), and LED headlights.

The LTZ is where the goodies really start coming in. Standard features include a standard bed liner, leather upholstery, a power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, and remote start. The High Country is the true luxury trim, with front bucket seats, a power-sliding rear window, heated and cooled front seats, wireless-device charging, and a Bose premium stereo system. No matter the trim, the Silverado comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For off-roading, Chevrolet offers the Silverado 1500 TrailBoss. Based on either the Custom or LT trims, this rugged trim adds a lifted suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, and an automatic locking rear differential.

The Silverado comes standard with a reversing camera. For 2020, Chevrolet makes adaptive cruise control and a towing camera system optional safety equipment. These join a list of optional features such as forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. You can also get the Silverado 1500 with a head-up display (HUD), front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, and GM’s innovative Safety Alert Seat.

The 2020 Silverado 1500 is already available in select dealerships. The Silverado Duramax Diesel is expected to be available to shoppers in September of 2019.

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From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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