Inside The Chevy Silverado

The Silverado is Chevrolet’s flagship pickup truck, the bigger brother of the Colorado, and the descendant of the Chevrolet C/K pickup trucks, which date all the way back to the 1950’s.  The Silverado was all new for 2019, with aggressive front styling that is a bit of a departure from the more conservative boxy previous bodystyle.

Powertrain

Under the hood, the Silverado has a great many engine options to choose from. Standard is a 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6 with a 6 speed auto transmission. A 355-hp iron block 5.3 V-8 mated to an 8-speed automatic and an even larger 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 with a whopping 10-speeds are upgrades.  With GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management technology, these large engines don’t have to gulp gas, as the motors are able to run on fewer numbers of cylinders unless it needs more.  For the non-conventional truck buyer, there is also a 310-hp turbo-four which packs plenty of punch.  And for diesel enthusiasts, there is a 3.0 liter six-banger with a whopping 460 pound feet of torque for your towing and miles-per-gallon needs (unless you need to tow more than 9,300 pounds at a time).

Trims

The trucks handle surprisingly well on the road for vehicles of such large size.  There is a dizzying array of trim options, including the following:

The Work Truck (WT)

This lowest-priced model comes standard with the 4.3 liter V6.  Though it is “just the necessities,” that doesn’t mean it’s bare bones, including 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, touch screen interface with Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, a USB port, a 6 speaker audio system, and a tilt-wheel. 

Custom

The Custom is the next step up, adding 20 inch wheels, power mirrors, tow hooks, and keyless entry.  The Custom Trail Boss is a 4wd special model, with sleek black wheels and the Z71 handling package. 

LT

The LT comes standard with the 2.7-liter turbo four-banger.  It has an 8 speed auto, alloy wheels, steering-wheel audio controls, heads up display, a larger touch screen, and super cool looking LED headlights, which are menacing at night.

RST

This sporty looking trim have a power tailgate, a rear window defroster, and cool trim and decals.

LTZ

The LTZ has the 5.3 V8 plus all the stuff that comes with the RST.  In addition, there are power folding mirrors, telescoping wheel, auto climate control, a navigation system, leather seats, memory power seats, and HD radio.  So, the LTZ is a luxurious truck indeed.

High Country

Not to be outdone by the LTZ, the cream of the crop is the High Country.  It adds to the LTZ 20 inch chrome wheels, a Bose audio system, heated seats in the back, ventilated seats in front, power rear window, lane departure warnings, and other safety features.  It also has a spray on bedliner to protect your investment.  The High Country is better suited to the foreman than the workman, as you will not want to risk damaging your sixty thousand dollar pickup.

In Conclusion

To figure out which trim is right for you, it might be best to go for a test drive and speak with the dealership.  Given the complications of visiting dealerships presently, be sure to submit online requests for information beforehand, to learn what various dealers have in terms of inventory, pricing, and wiggle-room to negotiate. If you do a little homework beforehand, it can make your trip to the dealership easier, more painless, and most importantly, quicker, to provide for your safety. Be sure to consider competitor models such as the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-Series as well.

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