Pickup trucks are one of the most popular automobiles on the road today, accounting for 20% of all vehicles being driven and approximately 16.5% of all new vehicle registrations. The popularity of pickups is understandable, given their many versatile uses and modern technology and design. Pickup trucks can be used for anything, from a workhorse for contractors to a family commuter vehicle. Chevy has always been a massive player in the pickup market, and the Silverado is one of its most well-liked offerings. The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is no exception. We can't wait to give you a look at this impressively power-packed truck.
The 2021 Silverado 1500 comes with tons of new features to get excited about, all while continuing its legacy as a robust and reliable truck. The increased functionality of the tailgate and the bed makes it easy to use the Silverado for everything from heavy work to household errands. An improved towing capacity is excellent for those seeking adventure off the beaten path, while high-end technology upgrades are suited for even the most elitist buyers. If you’re concerned about the gas-guzzling reputation of big trucks, you’ll be pleased to learn that the 2021 model offers the most efficient engines ever seen in the Chevy Silverado's history. Let's dive in and take a look at what you can expect from newer models of this old favorite.
The Silverado is indeed a workhorse with several powerful engine options to choose from. The various engine options mean you can select the right fit based on your intended use and needs, rather than having to settle. No matter which option you choose, you can be sure that the Silverado is ready to put in hard work for you. The five possible engine options include four gasoline-based engines and one diesel, leaving plenty of room for customization. There are also three transmissions to go with the engines, each conveniently automatic.
The entry-level engine for the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 that produces 285 hp and is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4.3L EcoTec 3 will provide you with a max trailering capacity of 7,900 lbs. This level of capability should allow you to move most campers and utility trailers with ease. You can put this engine in the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss Trims.
The Silverado’s diesel option is a Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel V6. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission making it capable of 277 hp. This engine is able to tow up to 9,500 lbs. Since diesel is a more efficient fuel than gas, this particular configuration offers 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
The other available engine options for the 2021 Silverado 1500 include a 2.7L Turbo engine that produces 310 hp and can tow up to 9,300 lbs. There is also a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with the option of dynamic fuel management or active fuel management. This engine produces 355 hp, has the option of a 6-speed or 8-speed automatic transmission, and can tow up to 11,500 lbs.
The final engine option for the 2021 Silverado model is the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. This engine option produces the maximum 420 hp coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of towing a max of 13,300 lbs when properly equipped.
While interior amenities don’t always make the top of the list when searching for a truck, the Silverado offers several stunning features to surprise and delight buyers. A spacious cabin is guaranteed whether you go with the regular, double cab, or crew cab models. All cabs boast of a comfortable 43 inches of headroom, 44.5 inches of legroom in the first row, and 66 inches of shoulder room. You will also find a bevy of technological features and creature comforts to make your ride smooth and satisfying.
Several models now come standard with a remote starter, an internal content theft alarm, and rear-window defogger. It also has an EZ Lift power lock and release tailgate, and LED cargo area lighting. A Head-Up display has also been added to project information directly on the windshield so you can keep your eyes on the road.
The new touchscreen in the center console is both good-looking and technologically advanced. Here, you have access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to stay connected as you drive. You can also activate OnStar, make phone calls, utilize WiFi, and change all available vehicle settings from this one screen. In terms of functionality, you can activate trailer lights and view all available cameras. The touchscreen gives you total control over all of your other trailer functions as well.
Safety is a big deal for many drivers, and Chevy doesn’t disappoint in this area. Whether you are using the 2021 Chevy Silverado for a work truck or as your family vehicle, you want to know that it can protect precious cargo on treacherous terrain. The Silverado gives you an excellent bang for your buck with a great suite of available safety features. Many options that were only available on the higher trims previously are now available as standard offerings across the board. Not only will you find all great safety features of the past, but new for 2021, an improved suite of trailering-related safety features have been added to the mix.
Available for all Chevy Silverado trims are advanced driver assistance technologies, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and front pedestrian braking. The automatic emergency braking was previously known as low-speed forward automatic braking. The automatic braking system applies the breaks as needed to prevent potential accidents.
Forward collision alert notifies the driver of a potential collision ahead. A green following icon alerts the driver to a vehicle detected ahead. The amber icon or tailgating alert shows if you are following too closely, and a flashing red alert indicates a collision alert. With a collision alert, you will also receive five seat pulses or eight high-pitch beeps to notify you of an imminent collision. The front pedestrian detection and braking technology utilize a front camera to inform the driver of crossing foot traffic, applying the breaks if necessary to keep you and those around you safer.
As far as the trailer is concerned, a host of new features are available that make it easier to take advantage of the Silverado’s impressive capability. Supported by up to 15 unique cameras (unrivaled by any competitor), the Silverado gives you total control behind the wheel. These cameras allow for rear side view enhancement as well as rear trailer view for a clear glimpse at every angle.
New for 2021 is the trailer length indicator, jack-knife alert, and cargo bed view enhancement. The trailer length indicator shows a red overlay that’s double the trailer's length to let you know when other vehicles are present. The jack-knife alert warns of imminent jack-knifing, and the cargo bed view enhancement helps to align the truck to hook up your trailer. If you’ve struggled with trailering in the past, the new Silverado has your back with a range of added security details.