There’s no mistaking the Silverado for any added auto truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 does a lot of things well. The latest bearing of this half-ton barter drives bigger than abounding midsize pickups and offers some of the best powertrains in the articulation and, of course, its towing and carriage numbers are excellent. But admitting all these positives, it’s a rig that’s riddled with head-scratching choices and analytical omissions. In short, it’s a barter that leaves me with added alloyed animosity than the Game of Thrones finale.
My Silverado analysis assemblage is dressed in Custom Trail Boss trim and appearance an extended-cab anatomy with a 6.5-foot bed. That burden box is apparently the best able in the business. Engineers confused the ancillary walls out to admission carriage aggregate and threw in a abundance of tie-down hooks.
GM’s chip bonanza accomplish and stake-bed handholds accomplish it abundant easier to ascend into this pickup’s animated bed and annihilate the charge for fiddly drop-down or fold-out steps. Conveniently, the tailgate additionally lowers at the advance of a button. You still accept to manually abutting it on my tester, but there’s abounding abetment there so it’s about fingertip-light.
As configured, this Silverado can handle a best of 1,618 pounds of burden while its tow appraisement acme out at 9,300 pounds. These are not segment-leading figures, but they’re absolutely good. GM’s trailering advice sticker on the driver’s ancillary aperture arbor is a achievement of genius, giving you burning admission to these admired figures.
A whopping seven altered powertrain combinations are offered in the 2020 Silverado, including assorted flavors of V8, a turbocharged four-cylinder and a abject V6. Depending on the engine, three altered automated transmissions are offered. Keeping things simple, my analysis barter is adapted with the range-topping drivetrain, a ambrosial 6.2-liter V8 commutual with a 10-speed automatic.
This agent is absolutely lovely, affidavit absolute that abracadabra happens back two banks of four cylinders allotment a accepted crankshaft. Not alone is it smooth-running and burly-sounding, abounding a advantageous boom back you accord it the spurs, it’s additionally potent, carrying 420 appliance and 460 pound-feet of torque. Whether you’re announcement off from a standstill or casual slower-moving traffic, those abstracts are added than abundant to accomplish the Silverado feel absolute quick, its dispatch aided by an appropriately bland and acknowledging gearbox. This 10-speed manual was co-developed with Ford, but at atomic in this accurate GM appliance it seems smoother and added discerning, alive imperceptibly and readily auctioning ratios back added dispatch is required.
Helping addition efficiency, that big ol’ V8 is adapted with both absolute ammunition bang and capricious valve timing, but that’s not all. Additionally, it appearance a chic technology alleged Dynamic Ammunition Management. Anticipate of this as next-generation butt deactivation. Rather than shutting aloof bottomward four of the engine’s pots beneath ablaze loads, this adjustment has the adeptness to attenuate about any cardinal of cylinders based on active conditions, with 17 altered activation combinations. Thanks to able engineering and affluence of computer code, this adjustment is seamless. You never feel or apprehend back it’s active on beneath than all eight cylinders. It’s absolutely arresting how absolutely bland it is, and how able it seems to be.
The EPA ante my barter at 14 afar per gallon burghal and 18 highway. Combined, it’s estimated to acknowledgment 15 mpg, a rather alarming score; however, in real-world, alloyed driving, the computer readout says I’ve been accepting appropriate about 18.7 mpg, an absorbing ammunition bake amount for article with about as abundant aboveboard breadth as a two-car garage. Undoubtedly, the engine’s silky-smooth stop-start adjustment helps in this area.
Here it is, 6.2 liters of fury!
No one expects a full-size barter to drive like a BMW M3, but this one comes afterpiece than you ability expect. With your archetypal body-on-frame architecture and a alive rear arbor accurate by alongside blade springs, the Silverado is congenital like a barter and still feels like one, but it’s accidentally active and balmy mannered.
My analysis truck’s ride affection is firm, but it never leaves you activity aged or bruised. Handling is accidentally secure, with analytic brittle council feel and basal anatomy roll. In comparison, an F-150 seems beneath dialed in, and the Silverado feels appreciably abate than a commensurable Ram 1500. This auto is alike bigger to pilot than the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger midsize trucks I afresh tested. It feels abate than the Toyota and far added buttoned-down than the wallowing Ford.
Aside from affluence of blacked-out exoteric elements, Trail Boss models affection a 2-inch abeyance lift and the Z71 off-road package. This includes drift plates for attention astute underbody hardware, a locking rear cogwheel to enhance off-road absorption and Rancho monotube shock absorbers. You additionally get hill-descent ascendancy and 18-inch auto belted by a set of rugged, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires.
This Silverado’s autogenous is mostly hushed, admitting the asperous rubbers do like to sing on pavement. Tire babble is about the alone agitation that’s arresting central this truck, abreast from a slight whistling complete the bankrupt makes beneath abundant acceleration.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is a high-riding rig.
This full-size Chevy is affable to drive and has an accomplished powertrain, but these important advantages are account by a few cogent weaknesses. The current-generation Silverado has been broadly criticized for its blah interior, and that’s still the case here, abnormally back compared with the Ram 1500, which calmly has the segment’s nicest cabin.
My tester’s close atelier is absolutely stark, with aloof about every apparent fabricated of underwhelming adamantine plastic. The blush aggregate does it no favors, either. It’s atramentous on atramentous with a birr of gray and a baptize of charcoal, which makes things about as bleak as a big annular of layoffs.
The Silverado’s autogenous ain’t great, but I absolutely like this adequately abrupt archetype added than higher-end models because the expectations are lower. Economy-grade plastics and an astute abridgement of appearance are a little easier to alive with back you’re advantageous $45,000 instead of, say, 60 admirable or more.
If you like aggregate quantities of accustomed adamantine plastic, you’re abiding to adulation this Chevy’s interior.
Another downside to this Silverado is its abridgement of features. There’s no adaptive cruise ascendancy or blind-spot monitoring. It’s not adapted with abandoning sensors, lane-keeping abetment or an chip aeronautics system. Automated aerial beams are boilerplate to be found, akin for rear cross-traffic alert, advanced blow admonishing and alike automated emergency braking. But here’s the kicker. These appearance aren’t alike optionally accessible on the Custom Trail Boss trim, which is basics back Honda, for instance, about gives you all this actuality in a abject Civic.
Fortunately, this bearings is alteration somewhat for the 2021 archetypal year. Chevrolet is tweaking the Silverado’s trim and options structure. Assignment Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss models will be accessible with a assurance amalgamation that includes appearance like automated emergency braking, advanced blow active and council wheel-mounted audio controls, amid added things. Also, both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be accepted on higher-end models and accessible on some basal trims.
My analysis Silverado’s absence of agreeable is apparent by a agglomeration of artificial block-offs. There are several on the lower allocation of the centermost assemblage forth with a brace copy switches, and there’s addition audacious accompaniment allotment on the righthand steering-wheel spoke, a big, aboveboard block of injection-molded anguish that’s absurd to ignore. It’s additionally adamantine to discount the nonopening centermost console, which banned autogenous accumulator space, the ancient stick-and-twist keyed agitation or the injection-molded council caster that about screams rental car.
The Silverado’s accepted infotainment awning measures 7 inches.
The Silverado’s tall, all-embracing dashboard is mostly flat, which makes its standard, 7-inch infotainment awning assume alike smaller. Higher-end models appear with a hardly beyond 8-inch display, but that’s still appealing cramped, abnormally compared with the 12-incher you can get in Ram pickups these days. A bit of acceptable news, Chevy’s infotainment adjustment is accessible to use and about as acknowledging as annihilation abroad you can get in a barter these days, additional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, admitting a affability bulge is not. There are accurate buttons to change stations or tracks.
At atomic my analysis truck’s advanced seats are supportive, captivated in a handsome bolt that feels like it can besom off years of corruption after actuality any worse for wear. Like an haven in a desert, the alloyed amateur is additionally accidentally premium.
Since avant-garde auto trucks are acclimated for family-hauling assignment added generally than they are for absolute assignment like towing trailers abounding of atom metal or carriage chunks of burst concrete, this Silverado appearance an extended-cab body. A beyond crew-cab agreement is offered, but I’m blessed to address the backseat actuality is added ample than you ability expect. I fit absolutely accurately and begin it comfortable, alike if the backrest is a skosh too upright. Increasing its versatility, the rear beanbag flips up so you can accelerate beyond burden appropriate into the Silverado’s backseat.
This full-size Chevy is a alloyed bag.
Out the door, this analysis barter stickers for $45,310, a amount that includes $1,595 in destination fees and a few options. That 6.2-liter V8 adds $2,495 to the basal line, the Custom accessibility amalgamation is account $800 and an always-appreciated spray-in bedliner amount a reasonable $545. Beyond all that, a brace added accessory things beef out the big number.
This Silverado Custom Trail Boss’ dynamics are decidedly affable and its powertrain is amidst the best you’ll acquisition in any half-ton pickup. A awful able bed and abrupt infotainment adjustment are acceptable advantages as well, but that absence of appearance and unspectacular autogenous accomplish it a bit boxy to recommend. I still anticipate the Ram 1500 provides a added comfortable, exceptional acquaintance and alike the aging F-150 still has a leg up over this Silverado.