The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 gives light-duty truck enthusiasts all new reasons to appreciate one of the most awarded, respected, and long-lasting pickup truck brands on the market. Returning with a quality lineup of performance-ready powertrains and improved towing and trailering ratings, the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 has taken everything you expected from the light-duty pickup and improved it to not only match but exceed your expectations. This truck offers everything you need to get the job done in an easily customizable package.
The 2021 model year Silverado is available across eight different trim formats (plus special editions) with six different powertrain configurations, including the base Work Truck trim, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trim. The trims all favor different types of truck shoppers and their budgets while also containing a lot of standard feature-rich amenities, infotainment, and driving safety aids. The 2021 Chevy Silverado is also available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations. So, if you are looking for a light-duty truck that allows you to do it all, then you need to check out the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 sports six different powertrain configurations to bolster the best model year performance of the light-duty pickup thus far. These options include the 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 310 horsepower with 348 pound-feet of torque. This engine is designed to give the Silverado plenty of gusto without sacrificing fuel economy, as evident by the fact that it comes with the auto start/stop technology to reduce fuel expenditure. The 2.7-liter 4-cylinder comes standard on the LT and RST trims and is available for the base Work Truck trim, as well as the Custom trim.
The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 delivers 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, making it an excellent selection for those who want a light-duty pickup truck that respects your wallet and still manages to gain respectable performance on the road with the 6-speed automatic transmission and active fuel management. The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 is standard on the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims. Even though this is the "weakest" engine in the lineup, it still offers outstanding capability.
Drivers in need of additional horsepower and torque will find that the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 delivers additional performance for the 2021 Chevy Silverado. The V8 provides drivers with pointed acceleration thanks to the 8-speed automatic transmission and auto start/stop technology. You can expect to make use of the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 across the LTZ and High Country trims as a standard powertrain setup or opt to pair it with the LT and RST trims.
An alternative powertrain configuration is the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 that comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission instead of an 8-speed automatic transmission. This particular combination is available as an optional powertrain setup for the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims. No matter which version of this engine you choose, you can expect to get 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
For anyone desiring maximum horsepower and towing capacity, the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with dynamic fuel management boosts the 2021 Chevy Silverado's horsepower to 420 with 460 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission for maximum fuel efficiency and maximum standard towing/trailering capabilities. You can find the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 as an available option on the Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims.
For the ultimate in fuel economy management and torque output, the Duramax 3.0-liter turbo-diesel delivers performance and towing capabilities while also offering massive fuel-saving properties. While delivering 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the 3.0-liter Duramax shines by providing up to 23 miles per gallon in the city and up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway, thanks to a reduction in gear-scavenging with the 10-speed automatic transmission and highly optimized compression ratios. The Duramax is available as an optional powertrain for the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trims.
The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is the truck to rely on to get the job done with excellent tow ratings and offering some of the best-in-class towing features on the market. The 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder can now tow up to 9,300 pounds when configured as a rear-wheel drive with the Crew Cab Short Box design. When configured with the Regular Cab Long Box model, the 2.7-liter is capable of achieving a 9,600-pound tow rating. The 3.0-liter turbo-diesel Duramax can tow up to 9,500 pounds with a rear-wheel drive configuration when equipped with the Duramax. For maximum towing and trailering capacities, the 2021 Silverado 1500 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 provides the best results, allowing for a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds when equipped with 20-inch wheels, configured as a Double Cab with a Standard Box format, and has the Max Trailering Package installed.
Cargo capacity has also been increased for the Silverado 1500 to make use of all new tailgate and bed functionality. You can now haul up to 2,280 pounds in the Chevy pickup, as well as make use of the Multi-Flex Tailgate that offers drivers up to six unique bed and tail functions, 12 fixed tie-downs, a 120-volt outlet, LED lighting, and a reinforced structure to hold cargo in the revamped Silverado Durabed. The 2021 Silverado 1500 offers versatility that you won't experience from other trucks on the market.
Enhanced trailering technology has also been made standard for 2021 Chevy Silverado models. This includes the 15 unique camera views so you can always see how the trailer is attached to the truck, where the truck is positioned in relation to the trailer, and whether the truck and trailer are aligned on the road. New trailering features such as the trailer length indicator and jack-knife alert also inform drivers whether the truck is entering into a jack-knife position or where the trailer is aligned when making turns. Cargo bed view enhancements and both rear and rear side-view enhancements also offer guidelines and viewing angles of the truck and trailer, so drivers have increased visibility of attached trailering equipment.
The 2021 Chevy Silverado comes in a number of different cab and bed formats, including a Regular Cab, a Double Cab, and a Crew Cab. The options for the rear box feature long and short beds. Configured in the Crew Cab format, various Silverado trims can seat up to 6 people, while other configurations can net you a total bed cargo volume of 89.1 cubic feet of space. Standard and available 10-way power driver and front passenger seats provide the ultimate in comfort thanks to additional power lumbar support. Leather-wrapped steering and available leather-appointed seats can provide additional cabin luxury.
Access vehicle information and apps using the 8-inch diagonal, digital Driver Information Center, which features multiple page views, fuel data, trailer views and settings, as well as customizable and personalized driver profiles. This is part of the standard inclusion of the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with a color touchscreen, which also includes Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming across compatible smart devices and voice command with pass-through to smartphones and tablets for making calls and giving voice commands while in the cabin. Standard inclusion of the widely popular Apple CarPlay and Android auto happen to be integrated across every trim, along with a 6-gauge instrumentation cluster, so you're always aware of the vehicle's health status.
A suite of safety features also ensures that you're always driving with confidence in the 2021 Chevy Silverado. Some of the safety features include 6 airbags throughout the cabin for all trim variations, along with standard inclusion of the highly regarded StabiliTrak system, which is a collection of electronic stability and traction control utilities that help to keep the Silverado on the road and maintain traction even on slippery or wet surfaces. Hill Start Assist and trailer sway control also come standard with StabiliTrak, so you can tow and trailer with assurance.
The availability of driver assists also makes the Silverado a great full-size pickup that keeps your safety in mind, with features such as Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Safety Alert Seat, and Adaptive Cruise Control. With the standard inclusion of Teen Driver mode, you can be sure that any teens driving the Silverado will have to go through a number of safety checks before they can take the truck onto the road. Teen Driver also comes complete with report cards, so you know how well your teen is doing on the road.