The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 RST makes for a great addition to the fourth-generation Silverado lineup, further enhancing many of the standard amenities while also adding new enhancements to the slate. Chevy continues to evolve and improve what comes standard on the Silverado 1500 while also making it more accommodating for those who want to take on everything from daily driving and hauling to plowing and off-roading. The Silverado 1500 RST makes for a fantastic sports truck as it expands on what it has to offer and provides lots of great value to truck shoppers.
The RST is known as a sports-focused trim, and there are some noteworthy changes and updates for the 2023 model year that really highlight the model's capabilities. This includes an overhaul to the very popular Duramax turbo-diesel. The 3.0-liter Duramax has had an increase in its performance, with 10% additional horsepower and 7.6% more torque. Thanks to an overhaul in key engineering aspects, the Duramax is now more durable and powerful than ever before.
Joining the updated performance of the diesel powertrain are two all-new exterior color options. If you were keen on getting the Silverado 1500 RST in a specific color scheme, you now have the option to explore Radiant Red Tintcoat and Sterling Gray Metallic. These two new colors join the already existing slate of colors, which includes Dark Ash Metallic, Northsky Blue Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic, Red Hot, Summit White, and Black.
The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 RST comes standard with a 2.7-liter TurboMax power plant. This high-performance turbocharged engine provides 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque for the Silverado. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission to provide excellent fuel economy that tops out at 19 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. The TurboMax and the rest of the power plants are available in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
The Silverado 1500 RST has access to three additional engines, so you can customize it based on what you need from it when it comes to performance. The 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 is the perfect upgrade for drivers who want more power for their RST, providing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The 5.3-liter V8 is married to a 10-speed automatic transmission and delivers a max fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway.
Moving up on the list, there is the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, which provides you with the most horsepower available for the Silverado 1500. It's excellent if you want to get the most out of the RST, as it provides you with 420 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It's also paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission and delivers up to 16 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway. The 6.2-liter V8 is also only available in a four-wheel drive configuration.
Finally, there is the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel. This inline-six gives you the most torque out of all the available powertrain options for the 2023 Silverado 1500 RST. It produces 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque. The Duramax also offers you the best fuel economy out of the available powertrains, managing an estimated 24 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. No matter which engine you choose, the RST comes standard with an automatic locking rear differential. You also have precision handling and responsiveness thanks to the StabiliTrak system, which provides electronic stability management and traction control.
The big selling point for the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 is how capable it is across a number of tasks. The Silverado 1500 RST offers both performance and capabilities thanks to the slate of built-in features that come standard with the truck and additional features that are available for the trim. Features like recovery tow hooks come standard, while features like a two-speed transfer case are available based on the drivetrain configuration, depending on if you plan on using the truck for a lot of off-roading or heavy towing and trailering.
The Silverado 1500 RST is available with hill descent control and skid plates if you are interested in configuring the truck to head off-road. Twelve cargo tie-downs and cargo bed LED lighting come standard in either the short or standard bed available for the RST. With the short bed, you have 62.9 cu.ft. of cargo volume, while the standard bed affords you 71.7 cu.ft. of cargo volume. The EZ Lift assist tailgate with power lock and release also comes standard, but the highly popular and very functional Multi-Flex Tailgate is available for the RST. This addition offers six different tailgate configurations, including multiple load-stop positions, a tailgate work surface, and a tailgate step to help climb into the box.
You'll be able to pack up to 2,130 lbs worth of cargo in the bed and tow up to 13,300 lbs. This gives you a lot of versatility in how you use the Silverado 1500 RST and what the truck is capable of both on the road and off the road. There are also a lot of convenience elements to the vehicle when it comes to utility, such as the availability of different assist steps, so you have easier access getting into and out of the truck. These range from basic work steps to wheel-to-wheel running boards to off-road high-clearance steps.
The 2023 Silverado 1500 RST can also be paired with a number of different packages if you want to deck it out in a specific look or have certain features made available to personalize the truck to your liking. For instance, there is the Rally Edition, which offers black badging, high-gloss wheels, a spray-in bedliner, and a unique livery. If you want something a bit less flashy that will still stand out from the crowd, the Redline Edition comes with unique red recovery hooks and emblems, along with 20-inch high gloss black wheels with painted red stripes.
The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 RST comes standard with three years of remote access, featuring the ability to unlock and lock the vehicle from your smartphone, as well as check the fuel levels and tire pressure remotely. Chevy Safety Assist is a standard suite of driver-assist features for the RST, featuring Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. You also have OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services for easy access to emergency assistance at any time. Teen Driver also comes standard with the RST, providing report cards and additional safety features when your teen hits the road.
An HD rear vision camera comes standard, so you can get a clear, high-definition view of what's behind the truck. If you're into trailering and towing, the available bed view and auxiliary trailer camera help add a lot of visibility to your travels. There is also optional Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and a rear trailer camera input if you are really serious about trailering in the Silverado 1500. Accompanying trailering apps are available through the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System, featuring a 13.4-inch HD touchscreen powered by Google Built-In, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. An accompanying 12.3-inch HD color driver information center is also standard, offering custom profiles for telemetry and vehicle health.
You have Bluetooth streaming capabilities, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, and the standard inclusion of SiriusXM services. You can enjoy all of these excellent tech features while relaxing in the 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support. Heated driver and front passenger seats, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel, also come standard with the 2023 Silverado 1500 RST. However, if you want to amp up the luxury appeal of the RST, you can take advantage of the available Adaptive Cruise Control and Bose premium surround sound system. This will take the Silverado 1500 to the next level when it comes to offering a feature-rich cabin experience.