FINDING THE BEST PACKAGE FOR YOUR CHEVY TRUCK
Buying a truck is an important step in owning a multi-purpose vehicle. Many Americans own trucks for different reasons, and sometimes those reasons change or alter based on the equipment packages that can be equipped with select trims. The importance of packages changes depending on the kind of Chevy trucks for sale you’re considering when shopping in the truck market.
So what is the best Chevy truck package? Many consider the Max Trailering Package the best Chevy truck package for the Silverado, while the standard Trailering Package is the best for the Chevy Colorado. Why these packages in particular? Well, there are a number of reasons why people would consider them the best packages, but it also depends on the trims they’re attached to. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two and how they can enhance your Chevy truck driving experience.
What Is the Best Chevy Silverado Package and Trim?
The Max Trailering Package combined with the LT trim is one of the best combinations you can get when it comes to the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500. This is because the light-duty pickup’s LT trim is highly versatile and very customizable, and you can have it configured either in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. When you combine the LT trim with the Max Trailering Package and the 6.2-liter V8 or 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel, you can take advantage of the Chevy Silverado’s max trailering capacity of 13,300 lbs.
The Max Trailering Package for the 2023 model year also changes some of the equipment configurations on the Silverado, such as configuring the rear axle to a 3.42 ratio with the V8 or a 3.73 ratio with the Duramax. This enables the Silverado to make better use of its torque output for improved towing and trailering. The Max Trailering Package also includes an integrated trailer brake controller, 220-amp alternator, revised shocks for increased handling performance, and heavy-duty rear springs. The Max Trailering Package is only available for the LT, RST, and High Country trims for the 2023 models; however, the basic Trailering Package is available for the WT trim and comes standard on the LT and above. The basic Trailering Package comes with a trailer hitch and 7-pin and 4-pin connectors with integrated Hitch Guidance.
What Is the Best Chevy Colorado Package and Trim?
The 2023 Chevy Colorado is a midsize pickup with access to slightly different package offerings than the Chevy Silverado; hence, the Max Trailering Package is unavailable for the Chevy Colorado. However, the Advanced Trailering Package is available for the 2023 Chevy Colorado, and you can have it paired with select trims for the model year line-up. However, for the 2023 models, the basic Trailering Package comes standard with the ZR2 model and is available for every other trim. The base Trailering Package contains a trailer hitch, 7-pin and 4-pin connectors, an automatic locking rear differential, and a 4-way sealed connector.
Many people like to combine the Chevy Colorado LT trim with the Advanced Trailering Package, which includes an Eaton automatic locking rear differential, integrated trailer brake controller, in-vehicle trailering app, and everything from the basic Trailering Package. The Colorado must be configured in specific trims to access the Advanced Trailering Package for the 2023 model year. The WT, LT, Trail Boss, and Z71 can all be configured with the Advanced Trailering Package.
Why the Trailering Packages Are a Great Way to Enhance Your Chevy Truck
If you’re looking to buy a Chevy truck with the intent of using them for work purposes, most people want work trucks that can handle heavy loads. While using the truck’s rear bed box for hauling cargo is useful, a lot of times, those who use trucks for work and recreation also need the trucks for towing or trailering, and in that regard, having a truck already outfitted for towing makes a lot of sense. For the Chevy Silverado, truck owners often want a light-duty pickup that can handle up to, around, or just over 10,000 lbs worth of towing capacity. Having the Max Trailering Package installed makes it easier to make the most of the Silverado’s towing capabilities.
For the Chevy Colorado, even if it’s not used chiefly for work, having the midsize truck capable of handling workloads with the Advanced Trailering Package installed makes it easier and more convenient for those who plan on using the Colorado for work-related tasks. Additionally, if you plan on using the Colorado for recreation, such as taking jet skis to the lake or motorbikes to a dirt trail, the Advanced Trailering Packages ensure you have all the standard equipment you need to load up your trailer and gear.
What Are Some Other Great Packages for the Chevy Silverado?
It all depends on what you plan on using the trucks for. Once again, if you plan on using the Silverado 1500 for work purposes, such as plowing snow, then the Snow Plow Prep Package would be the next best package for the truck for the 2023 model year. It offers a power feed backup and roof emergency light, along with a 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty air filter, and heavy-duty front springs. And given that snow can often pile up quite high, it comes standard with skid plates to protect the undercarriage. The Snow Plow Prep Package is only available for the WT and LT Silverado trims but is well worth it for those who use their Silverado for seasonal snow plowing.
Another popular package for the Silverado is the Z71 Off-Road Package. This package has been around for many years and offers Silverado drivers improved off-road suspension, standard inclusion of Hill Descent Control, a heavy-duty air filter, and automatic locking rear differential with the 2-speed AutoTrac transfer case. Like the Snow Prep Package, the Z71 Off-Road Package also comes equipped with skid plates. However, you get additional Z71 badging, dual-outlet exhaust tips, 18-inch Bright Silver-painted aluminum wheels, and all-terrain tires. The Z71 Off-Road Package for the 2023 model year is available for the LT, RST, and LTZ trims. Unfortunately, the Z71 Off-Road Package is not compatible with the Max Trailering Package.
What Are Some Other Great Packages Available for the Chevy Colorado?
The 2023 Chevy Colorado has many different packages available depending on how you want to customize the truck. Beyond the Trailering Package, you also have various Convenience Packages, a Safety Package, and a Technology Package. The Convenience Packages are available for select trims, including the WT Convenience Package, the LT Convenience Packages, the Trail Boss Convenience Packages, the Z71 Convenience Packages, and the ZR2 Convenience Package.
The Convenience Packages include a range of upgrades for the select trims, such as LED lighting and additional storage compartments for the LT, or power driver seats with lumbar support, tailgate keyed cylinder lock, Stowflex Tailgate, and the EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate for the Trail Boss and Z71. If you want more comfort and convenience features from the 2023 Colorado, then the Convenience Packages for the select trims are perfect. If you’re into off-roading, the ZR2 Desert Boss Special Edition package might be your preferred package, as it contains 17-inch beadlock capable wheels, an underbody camera, a roof-mounted light bar, updated front bumper, and unique “Desert Boss” badging and decals4.
Can You Combine Chevy Truck Packages With Special Editions?
Some special editions of the Chevy Colorado and Chevy Silverado can be combined with other packages. However, you can talk to our sales team at Richard Lucas Chevrolet to find out which special editions and packages can be combined. For instance, the 2023 model year Chevy Silverado trucks are available with the Rally Edition, Realtree Special Edition, Midnight Edition, and the Redline Edition. But not all of those special editions are compatible with every available package, and some of them already come equipped with specific packages, such as the Convenience, Safety, or Leather Packages.
In the case of the Silverado, there are also trim-specific packages, such as the Custom Value Package and the Custom Convenience Package, which combine certain features from other packages specifically for the Silverado Custom trims. Packages like the WT Safety, Value, and Convenience Packages also add basic features and options specific to the WT trim, whereas some other packages may not be available for the WT. There are also High Country and LTZ packages, adding more premium features and content, but some are not entirely compatible with other special edition trims.
Another example is that you can’t cross-combine the Texas Edition or Texas Edition Plus with the All-Star Edition or All-Star Edition Plus packages. Those can only be equipped separately. Once again, you can contact us at Richard Lucas Chevrolet to find out more about which packages are available for which trucks and how you can get the most out of the packages for the Chevy truck you want to buy.
Which Chevy Truck Packages Are Right for You?
Feel free to contact us at Richard Lucas to learn more about the package options for the available Chevy Silverado and Chevy Colorado model years on sale. Just because some packages are available for the current crop of Chevy trucks for sale doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the right packages for you. Just the same, depending on if you’re using the truck for work, recreation, or daily driving, it’s important to find out which packages can help improve your work-life productivity and make driving both easier and more useful. You can contact us today to find out more about which packages are currently available and which packages are right for the kind of truck you want to drive. We look forward to working with you and helping you find the right package to enhance your truck driving experience.