Everybody knows that the 2021 Chevy Silverado is a fantastic pickup. It’s won numerous awards already, and all you have to do is visit our Chevy truck dealership and see it for yourself to understand how impressive it is. What a lot of people don’t fully appreciate, or might have not yet noticed, is the incredible level of customization and flexibility the Silverado 1500 has to offer. It’s easy to look at specs on a page, see the impressive performance it delivers, and assume that it just all comes down to those numbers.
Beyond things like more than 13,000 lbs of maximum towing and 2,000 lbs of maximum payload, however, there’s another story to tell with the latest Silverado model. Every truck out there has impressive towing and payload numbers – it’s what sells for a lot of people – but what many other models lack is the kind of options you can pick with the Silverado 1500. In particular, what we’re talking about today is the number of configurations, engines, and trim levels that you have to choose from with a new Silverado 1500. Just how many? Well…
We’ll start off simply with the configurations that are available because, in a moment, we’ll have a lot more options to pick from. This is pretty simple as you can choose from four options based on the cab size and bed length that you want. You can get a regular cab, which has seating in one row and a small compartment area behind it, with a long bed that measures about 98 inches. There’s also a double cab available that has a second row of seating and comes with a standard bed measuring almost 80 inches long.
You can also pick between two different options for a crew cab, which also has two rows of seating and a much larger, more comfortable back row. The crew cab is available with the same standard bed as the double cab or a short bed that measures about 70 inches in length. This gives you great flexibility in getting the cab size you need along with a bed that’s long enough for whatever you plan on loading in it.
Six Different Engines
Here’s where things get a bit more intense in terms of the kinds of freedom and options you have when looking at the Chevy Silverado 1500. We absolutely love that so many engines are available because it really lets us work with our customers and figure out exactly what level of performance they need. While you certainly don’t want to come up short with less power than you require, it’s also unnecessary to go overboard and get more truck than you’ll ever use.
The starting engine is a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 that delivers 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, which comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. There are also two different 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engines available, both of which offer 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. They’re both available with either dynamic fuel management or active fuel management for differing levels of fuel economy. The major difference between these two is that one comes with a 6-speed automatic, while the other comes with either an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 10-speed automatic depending on the trim you choose (more on those below).
You can also choose an available 2.7L Turbo engine that offers 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed automatic and really crisp performance. The most powerful gas-engine option is a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 that delivers an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, which comes paired with a 10-speed automatic for a fantastic driving experience. Finally, there’s a Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine available, which provides you with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque with the impressive 10-speed automatic.
Eight Trim Levels Available
If your head’s not spinning yet from all of these options available to you, don’t worry, there are plenty more to come. Six different engines to choose from far surpass what you’ll find with a lot of similar pickups on the market. Some competitors have just one standard engine and no flexibility, but if you’re really looking to customize your truck, then the numerous options for the trim level you can pick for your Silverado 1500 should really whet your appetite.
You can choose from eight different trims, including two options that are both fantastic for taking off-road. We’d be here all day if we tried to detail everything these different trims have to offer, so we’re going to keep this pretty brief. But trust us: there’s a lot more involved with each of these than we can get into right now. The trims available for the 2021 Silverado 1500 include:
- WT – This is the starting trim for the Silverado and has all of the standard features, but not much in terms of extras. It comes with the 4.3L engine standard, along with a 7-inch infotainment display, vinyl seating, and a 3-inch monochromatic driver display.
- Custom – You get some better features and options on the Custom, though it starts with the same engine and infotainment screen. The Custom has 20-inch wheels, remote start, and Chevy’s Trailering Package, all standard.
- Custom Trail Boss – This is a version of the Custom trim that’s designed for going off-road. It has many of the Custom’s features, plus a 2-inch factory suspension lift, Chevy’s Z71 Off-Road package, and comes with four-wheel drive (4WD).
- LT – The LT is the next step “up” from the Custom and has a number of upgrades. These include an 8-inch infotainment display, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
- LT Trail Boss – If you like the features of the LT and want an off-road option, then this is the one for you. It has the Z71 Off-Road package, 2-inch factory suspension lift, and the luxury and tech features of the standard LT, with 4WD standard.
- RST – Next up, the RST is a stylish choice with numerous upgrades, including keyless open and start, LED lamps across the exterior, and heated front seats. You also get dual-zone automatic climate control and more comfort features standard.
- LTZ – As the penultimate trim for the Silverado 1500, the LTZ features chrome details all over the exterior, including the grille, center bar, bumpers, and mirror caps, along with 20-inch wheels. You also get perforated, leather-appointed front seating and a 4-inch driver display in the LTZ.
- High Country – Finally, we have the High Country, the ultimate expression of luxury for the Silverado. This trim features exclusive exterior details, along with a wireless charging pad inside and a Bose 7-speaker premium sound system, plus 10-way power driver and front-passenger seats as well as heated front and rear seating.
Not sure which is right for you? Well, don’t worry, we can help.
Choosing the Right Silverado 1500
As you can see, there are a lot of options available for the Chevy Silverado 1500, and we’ve really only touched on the tip of the iceberg. There is also a wide range of safety features and options available across the different trim levels, and your choice of trim impacts which engines you can choose from. Trying to look at all of these options and figure out which Silverado configuration best meets your needs all on your own can be exhausting. That’s why you deserve to have one of our knowledgeable and friendly salespeople by your side to walk you through all of your options and help you pick exactly the right one.