2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

MSRP range: $28,600 - $33,200
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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

  • Several available powertrains for various towing and hauling needs
  • Long cabin provides excellent rear legroom
  • Lots of in-bed tie-down points and massive bed capacity
  • Touchscreen display is attractive and easy to use
  • Interior design and cabin controls look dated
  • Most versions ride a little rougher than primary rivals
  • Quality of some cabin materials is subpar
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now available
  • New multi-configurable tailgate option (available early 2021)
  • Upgraded trailer-towing camera technology
  • Most trims include more standard equipment
  • Part of the fourth Silverado 1500 generation introduced for 2019

For the second year in a row, Chevrolets full-size light-duty pickup truck gets a round of updates designed to add value and make it more appealing in comparison to primary rivals from Ford and Ram. Highlights include a new configurable tailgate (the Multi-Flex) that opens a variety of ways plus upgraded infotainment and trailer-towing technology. There's also an adaptive suspension option for the top trim level that should smooth out the ride quality.

Chevy does give you a lot of choice for the 2021 Silverado 1500. It comes in regular-, extended- and crew-cab styles with a short, standard or long bed. Eight main trim levels are available, including the Trail Boss version that aims to capitalize on the lifted off-road truck trend. Four engines are available too, including a diesel-powered six-cylinder and Chevy's tried-and-true 5.3-liter V8.

Is the Silverado the truck for you? Maybe. The Ram 1500 bests it in our expert evaluation ratings, and Ford's new 2021 F-150 looks like it has the potential to raise the bar for the whole class. But check out our Silverado Expert Rating to learn more about this truck's pros and cons.

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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 represents the status quo for a full-size light-duty truck. Its acceleration and braking performance are pretty average, while comfort and interior appointments are nothing special — at least not special enough to attract new buyers who currently own competing trucks. The Silverado's draw will likely be at the upper trim levels, which benefit from tech upgrades such as adaptive cruise and automatic emergency braking, and there's also an industry-first power up/down tailgate.
We tested a Silverado crew cab (High Country trim) with the 5.3-liter V8, 4WD and eight-speed automatic. Acceleration and braking are average but totally sufficient for daily driving or towing. Our test truck covered 60 mph in 7 seconds from a standstill at our test track. An equivalent F-150 is a little quicker, but there's nothing wrong with the Silverado's power. Around town, the transmission shifts smoothly and makes the most of the engine's low-end torque.

The truck tracks straight on the highway, but the steering effort is a bit too light. Handling is secure, and body roll is held nicely in check as you drive around turns. But midcorner bumps can upset the Silverado pretty easily. Going off-road? A regular 4WD Silverado will do OK, but consider getting the Z71 off-road option package or the Trail Boss trim level to enhance its potential.
The Silverado's seating isn't quite as plush as the seats in the F-150 or Ram 1500, but there's enough padding and support to keep you comfortable on long drives. The ride is relatively smooth on the highway, and the truck ably absorbs most small impacts. But the truck can get bouncy when you drive on roads that have a lot of bumps and dips.

The climate system can easily heat and cool the cabin, but operating it can be a little tricky because a lot of the control buttons are small. We really like the optional ventilated and split-heated front seats (separate settings for the seatback and seat cushion), a GM-exclusive feature. Engine noise is nicely muted until you go hard on the throttle, at which point it gets a bit unpleasant.
The Silverado crew cab has plenty of space for four or five adults, even tall ones. The back seat is absolutely massive and offers lots of legroom. Getting in and out is relatively easy, but the rear doors don't open as wide as we'd like. The power-adjustable seats have enough range of motion to accommodate almost any driver, and the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel offers plenty of adjustment range.

There's a familiar look to the layout of the controls; it's the same basic design Chevy used in the previous-generation Silverado. They're easy to use but don't give off a particularly modern vibe. Another demerit relates to visibility — the tall and broad hood and thick windshield roof pillars impede your view ahead.
The Silverado is available with a lot of high-tech features. But the key word is "available." Systems such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist can only be had from the LTZ trim and up.

Considering the Silverado's size and weight, the adaptive cruise system follows the vehicle ahead at an unusually close distance in the shortest setting. The surround-view parking camera system is helpful, though the display could stand to be sharper. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. We were able to connect phones quickly and easily access music.

As for the High Country trim's power up/down tailgate, most of our test team thought it little more than a novelty.
We tested a 5.3-liter V8-powered, short-bed 4WD crew-cab truck that had the standard 3.23 axle gearing. This configuration provided an impressive 9,600-pound tow rating. The payload capacity for this truck was a similarly strong 2,060 pounds. As for the bed itself, it's a bit longer, deeper and wider than its rivals, and it has more tie-downs.

The Silverado's boxy center console contains multiple pockets, but we'd expect more space given that this truck has a column-mounted gear shifter. For family duty, the crew cab's back seat has two sets of lower car seat anchors and three top tethers, so child safety seats will fit in any of the three positions. But loading the seats, not to mention the kiddos, might be difficult due to the truck's ride height.
The Silverado High Country we tested had the 5.3-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic and 4WD, which earns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in combined city/highway driving. We found that number to be reasonably achievable in the real world. The best fuel economy for the Silverado comes from the available diesel-fueled six-cylinder.
The Silverado isn't outrageously expensive, but it is priced higher than its key rivals without offering any advantage in features, style or interior quality. The buttons and dashboard plastics are similar to those in the previous-gen truck: sturdy but somewhat cheap-looking. Chevy's warranty coverage is average, though you do get the first scheduled maintenance for free.
Full-size trucks such as the Silverado aren't necessarily fun to drive. But with its commanding view of the road, lots of towing power and a brutish front-end styling, the Silverado can put a smile on your face. However, the interior looks dated and borrows many pieces and design cues from the previous generation. It may or may not be a personality you want.

Which Silverado 1500 does Edmunds recommend?

Chevrolet builds a 2021 Silverado for nearly any purpose, but the LT and LT Trail Boss trims are where style, value, equipment and capability intersect. You can get the LT trim with extended-cab and crew-cab styles, four of the Silverado's most appealing engines, and with a choice between cloth and leather seats. A Safety package adds parking sensors and a blind-spot monitor system with rear cross-traffic alert.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup available in eight trim levels: Work Truck (WT), Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country. Like most full-size trucks, the Silverado is offered in varying cab and bed configurations including two-door regular cab, four-door extended cab (Double Cab), and four-door crew cab with full-size rear doors and generous rear-seat room.

Depending on cab selection, the three available bed sizes are an 8-foot-long bed, a 6.5-foot bed and a shorter 5-foot-8-inch bed. Chevrolet also offers four available engines for the Silverado 1500:

  • 4.3-liter V6 engine (285 horsepower, 305 lb-ft of torque) with a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine (310 hp, 348 lb-ft) with an eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 5.3-liter V8 engine (355 hp, 383 lb-ft) with a 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel six-cylinder engine (277 hp, 460 lb-ft) with a 10-speed automatic transmission

We've noted which engines come standard on the particular trims but note that you can commonly get a different engine as an option. Rear-wheel drive is typically standard, with four-wheel drive being an option. Other Silverado feature highlights include:

The basic Silverado Work Truck has:

  • V6 engine
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Locking tailgate
  • Vinyl seat upholstery
  • Rubber floor covering
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and door locks
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Six-speaker audio system

Custom trim improves the Silverado's appearance and upgrades you to the extended- or crew-cab configuration. It includes:

  • Body-colored trim
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Remote engine start
  • LED cargo bed lighting
  • Power-locking and power-release tailgate with assisted lift
  • Power and heated mirrors
  • Floor carpeting
  • Cloth seat upholstery
  • Satellite radio capability
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Trailering package
  • Hitch guidance lines for backup camera

Custom Trail Boss
The Trail Boss treatment equips the Custom with the look and capability of an off-road truck by adding:

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Z71 off-road suspension package
  • 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Automatic locking rear differential

The Silverado LT builds on the Custom trim with:

  • Turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 8-inch touchscreen

The RST trim adds a sport-truck appearance to the Silverado LT, as well as these features:

  • Body-colored exterior trim
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • LED foglights

Chevy also offers the All Star Edition (possibly named the Texas Edition, depending on where you live) package for the LT and RST that adds a few more standard features.

LT Trail Boss
This version of the Trail Boss builds on the Custom variant with LT trim plus:

  • 5.3-liter V8 engine
  • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
  • Heavy-duty battery
  • Bucket front seats with a center console

More upscale than other Silverados, the LTZ builds on LT trim with:

  • 5.3-liter V8 engine
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Power tailgate
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Bucket front seats with center console
  • 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Advanced Trailering System (trailer maintenance reminder and other trailer monitoring features)
  • Trailer brake controller (allows adjustment of a trailer's brakes from the cab)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Higher-definition backup camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)

High Country
For maximum luxury, the Silverado High Country offers:

  • Spray-in bedliner
  • Digital driver information display
  • Navigation system
  • Seven-speaker Bose audio system
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Lane departure warning

Chevrolet increased standard equipment levels for most 2021 Silverado trim levels. Many features offered on upper trim levels are available on the lower ones as packages or stand-alone options. Numerous trailer monitoring systems that allow for trailer tire-pressure sensors or trailer rearview-camera connections are also available.

An optional Safety package (available on LT, RST, LT Trail Boss) adds front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Safety package II (LTZ and High Country only) includes everything in the standard Safety package equipment plus:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Silverado and the car in front)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Silverado back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

The Technology package (LTZ and High Country only) adds a head-up display, a rear camera mirror, a 360-degree parking camera, a bed-view camera and provisions for two trailer cameras.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 0%
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1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.8 stars based on 4 total reviews

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4 out of 5 stars, Room for improvement
RST 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Great truck with the upgraded engine 5.3L and leather bucket seats and advanced trailering . love the Bose system, would be better if GM would let dealers install navigation at their shops . Why did GM discontinue navigation system installs at dealers ?

5 out of 5 stars, 2021 Silverado 1500 duramax 3.0 I6
Luis Rodriguez,
RST 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Truck is surprisingly quiet but you can feel the torque while driving it. It’s different from driving a gas powered vehicle, for mpg and torque it’s awesome.

5 out of 5 stars, Boldly crafted
LT 4dr Double Cab SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Bought a custom Silverado dbl cab with the 2.7L engine, wow.. This thing moves for such a huge vehicle. Space is abundant & cavernous, power is delivered smooth & quick, utility is there. Everything I could want or need in a basic truck is there, I was actually looking into an f150 double cab but to me the blacked out Silverado custom appearance looked way cooler and bigger for some reason. Looking forward to driving this thing for many years to come!

5 out of 5 stars, Huge improvement from previous trucks I've owned..
Custom 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A)

The Silverado is well equipped in even in it's basic trim. The build quality is great, ride and handling are awesome and it feels like you are riding in a luxury car.

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 video

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NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, but since the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Outfitted with a lift kit and more aggressive off-road tires, the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss is built for general purpose off-roading. Carlos Lago explains what you should know about the 2020 Chevy Silverado in general while reviewing the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss.

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: This is a 2020 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss. And it's a pretty rad truck. Now, the Silverado was redesigned and all new for 2019. But for 2020, there's been a couple of updates and changes. In this video, we're going to talk about what those are, and what you should know, and also review this specific truck. Now for the sake of coming clean, I own a 1972 Chevy C10. That's the truck that led to this one about 48 years ago. If that pegs your personal bias meter, you can deal with that now. But for the rest of you, like, comment, subscribe, and visit Edmunds.com to find more information about vehicles like this. Hi, there. Modern trucks are really big, really tall. So Silverados for 2020 now have 6 available engine choices. You start with the base V6. And then there's, yes, a turbocharged 4-cylinder just like you would get in a compact economy SUV. But it's got 310 horsepower, that 4-cylinder, which is more than what my C10 made with its 350 V8 back in '72, so don't laugh. Now, most Silverados will actually have a 5.3 Liter V8. And that engine comes in a few different flavors. And then, for 2020, Chevy has also introduced the 3 Liter Turbo Diesel Duramax. This, though, is the 6.2 Liter V8. It's the top dog and probably the most desirable engine out of all the Silverados unless you really are in the diesels. So it's the top dog, so we should probably first talk about fuel economy. And in this configuration, with the crew cab, shortbread, you get about 17 mpg combined. And if you line that up against the offerings from Ford and RAM V8 crew cab, short bed, same configurations, four-wheel drive, the few economy is about the same. And that's kind of surprising, because Chevy's touted this Silverado as a very fuel-efficient truck. It's got cylinder deactivation. It's got stop-start. In fact, there's like 16 or 17 different patterns of cylinder deactivation that can happen inside these engines. All save fuel. Why isn't the fuel economy better? Well, it's because this engine is powerful, 420 horsepower and 460 or 480 pound feet of torque, somewhere around there. And that's more than what you get out of the comparable V8s in the Ford and the Ram. Ford has a more powerful Twin Turbo V6 in the Raptor, but that's a different truck. We're talking about V8s. And also there's a new F-150 about to be announced. We're filming this before that announcement comes out, so all this may change when that news comes out. Now, what you need to remember is that, with that power becomes some additional requirements. And the key thing is, you have to run premium fuel in this engine. The owner's manual actually recommends, for top performance, that you run 93 octane. If you live in a state, like me, where you don't have access to 93 octane-- the best we get in California and some other states around here is 91-- you can do that. Just don't expect the most power out of this engine. But it'll be fine. Still worth it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Full size trucks come in a ton of different varieties and configurations. This is the LT Trail Boss, right, which is Chevy's off road offering. It's close in terms of capability add price to the Ram Rebel and F-150 FX4 Depending on how you configure it, it's going to be about $50,000. We have it here as the Crew Cab Short Bed configuration. Now, what makes it the offroad offering? Well, you get a 2 inch lift kit. You get Rancho shocks. You get skid plates. You get hill descent control. You get a 2 speed transfer case. That's gives you low range for crawling. And you get an automatic locking rear differential. Now, this truck is black on black because it has the Midnight package. And that gives you black wheels and black paint and black badges, except for the 6.2 liter badge on the hood, because you opted for the engine. And you still want to show that off. Now, as this truck sits here, the MSPR, including destination, is about $60,000. [MUSIC PLAYING] Before we talk about wheels and tires, I want to comment on design. When the Silverado came out in 2019, when this generation of it did, we were all kind of surprised and confused by the design. I've got to say, though, in this configuration, this black with the red tow hooks, this has actually kind of grown on me, the way it looks, with this lift, too. Now, wheels and tires, when you get the Trail Boss package, you get the Z71 package, because Chevy option codes are very confusing to understand. Here's what you need to know. You get 32 inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracs. They're 275/65-18. This is an on-road off-road dual purpose tire. And the tread blocks are actually pretty meaty. So that's a nice thing to see on an off-road intended truck. And also, if we were to turn the wheel and look behind here, you would actually see the Rancho shocks, which is pretty neat, because they're bright red and white and have the word Rancho on them. And when you pay for upgraded hardware, you want to be able to see it when you show it off to your friends. Get your money's worth. Now, it's also cool to see, because that 2 inch lift is what gives this truck really generous approach and departure angles. Now, what's an approach and departure angle? Well, imagine it like this, if you're approaching a hill that's at a specific incline, the more aggressive the incline, the more aggressive the angle of that hill, that means that chances are, you're going to touch the hill with your bumper before you touch it with your tire, unless you have a really high approach angle. And that means this bumper is going to get out of the way and let the tire climb up. I mean, think about it like a line like that. The departure angle is the same for the rear. Now, in the case of this Trail Boss, those figures are actually better than what you get on the F-150 and the Ram. The departure angle is actually the same on the Ram. But it's still competitive. And that's impressive, because the Ram Rebel has an air suspension that can raise and lower. And this doesn't, so that lift gets a lot of that work done mechanically without the need for an air suspension. That's a really cool thing to have from the factory on your truck. The Silverado, just like the F-150 and the Ram, comes in three bed sizes. And this is the smallest one at 5 foot 8 inches. Of the small bed offerings of all the major pickup trucks, this is actually the biggest by virtue of it being longer and taller than what you get with the small beds on Ram and F-150. Now, that has pros and cons. Pros, you can fit more stuff. The con is that when the bed gets even taller with the 2 inch lift, it gets harder to throw stuff in. I'm 5 foot 10. The bed is basically up to my shoulder. If you're shorter than me, that could be a problem. I do like, though, on the back of the Silverado, the tailgate. It's not fancy folding or anything like that, but it is power release. And you can do that with the key fob and inside the cab, too. That's really nice and controlled. We can also take a minute to admire the cup holders, right here, very nice. But also, this is really light. That makes it really easy to lift up and put back. Now, as we get back here, we can also talk towing and payload. Chevy touts a max tow rating of the Silverado for about 13,400 pounds and a max payload of 2,250 pounds. The reason you shouldn't care too much about those numbers is because getting them requires getting a specific cab, bed, engine, option package, all that stuff. Most trucks won't actually have those figures. Most Silverados don't. This particular truck, in this configuration, has the max trailer tow package. And that's what gives you the trailer hitch and the connectors, right here, which is nice and cleanly integrated. And as this truck is equipped, the max tow rating is 9,300 pounds and the max payload is about 1,500 pounds. The first thing I noticed when I hopped in this truck was the column shifter. That's great. I love it. It's how all automatics should be. The thing you'll probably notice when you hop in this truck is this center screen. It looks kind of small, doesn't it? Especially when you compare it to what you get in the Ram, the optional 12 inch screen, which is like-- takes up that much space in that truck center stack. This screen just looks small. It's actually 8 inches, which shouldn't be too bad. But I think it's just the way it's positioned on the dash, which makes it look the way it does. The software behind it works fairly well. I had no trouble with it during my drive. And it also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which I'm plugged into too. And that works flawlessly when you get it all plugged in and set up, ready to go. And in terms of power ports, you've got two USB here, USB-C, traditional USB or the older USB right next to that, 12 volt, 110 volt, and then, in the storage bin here, you have two more USB ports and AUX port as well, nice array of things to plug into. And much like the screen being not the most aesthetically pleasing but functional, the interior is pretty much the same way relative to the Ram. This is a highly functional interior. Everything is laid out in terms of the way you would expect, it just doesn't have that sense of refinement or polish that you get in the higher end versions of the Rams, the Rams that cost about this kind of money. Storage is totally adequate. You get double glove boxes. You have a big center bin here. But again, versus the Ram, the center console in the Ram is a little bit better thought out, because it's got trays that slide up and down and back and forth. This just has a deep bin and kind of a shallow bin. And this storage for your phone, right here, that's not going to contain Arnie. He'll fall over as soon as I accelerate. Let's talk about a few things I like about the Silverado though. And that's when you get heated seats, you can opt to seat back and seat bottom or just seat back. That's nice. Get a heated steering wheel, too. And I also like the additional controls you get on the back of the steering wheel, volume up and down on this side and, I think track forward and back on the other side. That's also a thing that, I think, Ram did first. But, hey, if it works, why not do it in this truck too. As we get into the backseat, you see there's a ton of space back here. It's really, really spacious in this back seat. For the three adults that you could fit across the back, what are they going to face in terms of comfort and usability? Well, you got two more USB ports here, again, a USB-C and an older type right next to it, 12 volt power outlet right there, two cup holders with a little gap here for stuff, and then, in the center, you've got this flip down armrest that has two cup holders and, it looks like, another phone holder. Let's do another Arnie containment test. Arnie has been contained. Now, what I like about the storage in this truck is that the seat bottoms on both sides flip up really easily. That's pretty nice. And they drop down just when you pull it. Makes that storage really easy to access. Though there's no under floor storage, what you do have on both outboard seat backs is a little container right there that's definitely not for contraband. Stay safe, kids. Now, these seats don't recline, but there's enough space where any average sized adult is going to be plenty comfortable back here. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is not a serious off-road test. What we're doing is to illustrate the effects that you get in a Trail Boss. I am in low range. I am in first gear. I've got stability control off. So we found that the breakover angle is compromised by the running boards. If you want a little bit more space to navigate over obstacles, don't get running boards, or pull them off. That's going to give you a little more space. And over these bumps, right now, what I want to demonstrate is how the rear differential truck works. A rear differential locks the two wheels together, so they spin at the same rate. And a lot of-off road trucks, that is activated manually. You press a button to turn it on. In the Chevy truck-- and it's been like this for a long time-- this rear differential automatically locks. You don't need to hit a button or anything. As soon as it senses slip in one wheel, it starts engaging clutch packs to make sure the two wheels turn at the same speed. And that's can be good and bad, depending on your preference. On one hand, it takes your input out of it. It just does it automatically. And on the bad side, it takes your input out of it and does it automatically, whether you like it or not. It's kind of up to you. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now, as we get to the driving section of this review, I'm going to come to a complete stop, because there's one thing that's got to be very important with this 6.2 Liter V8 in this truck. And that is acceleration. Full stop. I'm going to stomp it. Let's see how it feels. [ENGINE REVVING] That feels good. That sounds good, too, as it should, because when you pay for the engine upgrade, you should be rewarded with the engine upgrade every time you stomp on the gas. And I'll say, at idle, this engine's actually fairly quiet, disappointingly so, maybe a little bit. But when you step on the gas to make a pass, when you step on the gas on an on ramp or just at a red light, you get rewarded with that sound. And that's very delightful. Now, when it comes to other aspects of drivability on this truck, really, the only thing you've got to be aware of is the road noise that you get from these tires. When you go towards a more aggressive offroad tire-- not that this is the world's most aggressive offroad tire, but one that has some off-road purpose-- you get a little bit of tire noise. And that's just the name of the game. You can kind of hear it. I don't know if you can right now through this microphone, but it's more pronounced than you would get through a normal street tire. But that's just what happens. Now, drivability, ride comfort, handling response are all fairly well-controlled for this kind of truck. Now, the Ram has a smoother ride, because it has a rear coil spring suspension. These are on leaf springs for a traditional truck set up, but it's far from uncomfortable. It feels like what you would expect from a truck. Whereas, the Ram, it feels more like you would expect from a car-- an SUV. I don't know. Something like that. This feels quite nice, though, for a truck. Visibility is also fairly strong even though the dash is tall-- the dash is quite tall. And I have the seat as low as it gets. And I could still have a fairly clear view through all the angles that I want to look. That being said, this is still a comfortable and smooth driver. We haven't talked a lot about the 10-speed automatic, because most of the time, you don't even notice that it's there. And that's exactly what a good transmission should do. 10 speeds sounds like a lot of gears, because it is. The transmission in my C10 is a 4-speed, of which I use probably two gears, three gears maybe, because first is the granny gear, really short gear. 10-speed is a lot to take in. And that doesn't give you an incredible ratio range. What it gives you are really tightly spaced gear ratios. Downshifting from 10th to 9th gear is so slight, it's almost imperceptible. What's nice, though, is when you're driving casually around town, the shifting isn't something you notice. I have no idea what gear I'm in right now, when I'm in drive. If I roll in the gas, there's a downshift. But I have no idea what downshift it was to. That's nice for driving around town. That's nice for freeway use, because why do you want to pay attention when you're just commuting, when you're just driving for pleasure or out of necessity. Now, when you put it in manual mode or low mode, you can row through the gears just like you would expect using the column. But why do that when you're just cruising? Like some other modern trucks, the 4-wheel drive selector in this is interesting. If you haven't been in one of these trucks recently, let's give a brief explainer. The truck keys up into 4-wheel drive auto. It doesn't keep into 2 high. What is 4-wheel drive auto? Well, it's basically all wheel drive. This truck essentially has a center differential that can control torque split so that it doesn't start like jerking around when you have it in 4-wheel drive. When you put it in, you still have access to 2 high, 4 high, 4 low. When you put it into those modes, it basically locks that center differential up and acts like a traditional 4-wheel drive system. And it tends to give you the best of both worlds. New, for this year, on the Silverado is adaptive cruise control. But this specific truck doesn't have it, so can't really comment on that. Tough, but oh, well. Overall, the drivability in this truck is very strong. The comfort is fairly solid. And I could totally, daily drive this thing, no problem. Just wish it had a more sophisticated exterior camera system for parking. That'd be nice in Los Angeles. Probably no something that people living in Idaho or Texas need to care about, but, hey, it is what it is. Now, we currently have the Silverado ranked behind the Ram in our full size truck ratings. And that's because, for the same money, the Ram has, in our minds, a better looking and more functional interior, also a better ride, thanks to its rear coil spring suspension. Now, in the Silverado's corner, it has a 6.2 Liter V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission that simply kicks butt. I want that. I want this combination in the Ram. And though this interior isn't as attractive, and slightly less functional, it's not bad. It gets the job done. So the question is, if you're looking at one of these trucks, what is important to you? If you don't care about interior richness, and you don't need that extra degree of interior functionality, this truck will certainly get the job done. And when you find the place to use it you get to listen to that V8, which I'm going to do shortly. [ENGINE REVVING] That's a real good sound. That's a real good sound.

Features & Specs

Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB features & specs
Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB
4.3L 6cyl 6A
MPG 16 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower285 hp @ 5300 rpm
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Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
4.3L 6cyl 6A
MPG 15 city / 20 hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower285 hp @ 5300 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Silverado 1500 safety features:

Forward Collision Alert
Warns the driver of an imminent front collision and can apply the brakes at low speeds.
Safety Alert Seat
Buzzes the driver's seat when driving assistance systems determine the driver needs to pay closer attention.
Teen Driver
Records how younger members of the household drive the vehicle and provides a report card to parents upon their return home.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. the competition

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 out-tows and out-hauls the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. And we're talking about last year's truck. Completely redesigned for 2021, the all-new F-150 takes its workday capabilities to new heights while upgrading the truck's cabin and technology for added comfort and convenience when owners are clocked out. Plus, efficient yet powerful hybrid and electric versions are coming soon.

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra 1500 is the same thing as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, but with different styling and packaging that is supposed to position it as a premium choice. The GMC shares the same list of pros and cons as the Chevy, but it's available with an exclusive carbon-fiber composite cargo bed that you can't get on a Silverado. Otherwise, choosing between the two boils down to your personal styling preferences.

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Ram 1500

With the Ram 1500, Fiat Chrysler has been nipping at the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's heels in the annual sales race. That's for good reason. From its mild hybrid powertrains and useful RamBox storage to its multifunction tailgate and sophisticated technology, the Ram 1500 is a truck to be reckoned with. And Chevy has nothing like the new Hellcat-powered Ram TRX in its arsenal. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Ram 1500.

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Is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Silverado 1500 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.2 out of 10. You probably care about Chevrolet Silverado 1500 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Silverado 1500 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500:

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now available
  • New multi-configurable tailgate option (available early 2021)
  • Upgraded trailer-towing camera technology
  • Most trims include more standard equipment
  • Part of the fourth Silverado 1500 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Silverado 1500. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Silverado 1500's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Silverado 1500 and gave it a 7.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Silverado 1500 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,600.

Other versions include:

  • Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $28,600
  • Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $33,200
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the next question is, which Silverado 1500 model is right for you? Silverado 1500 variants include Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), and Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Silverado 1500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is offered in the following submodels: Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, Silverado 1500 Regular Cab, Silverado 1500 Double Cab. Available styles include LT Trail Boss 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Custom 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), RST 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A), Custom Trail Boss 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Custom 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Custom 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), LT 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), RST 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), RST 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Custom 4dr Double Cab SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), High Country 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A), LT Trail Boss 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Work Truck 4dr Double Cab SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Custom Trail Boss 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), LT Trail Boss 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Custom Trail Boss 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A), RST 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), LT 4dr Double Cab SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), High Country 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A), Custom 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), High Country 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.6 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 6.6 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Silverado 1500 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Silverado 1500.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Silverado 1500 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,295. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $4,579 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,579 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,716.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is 11.7% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 2 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,955. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) is trending $4,121 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,121 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,834.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) is 11.8% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 1 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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