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A red 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trailboss is parked on a salt lot.

Exploring The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500

Why Shop Chevy?

When you’re shopping for a new truck, there’s no reason why you should settle for any form of mediocrity. If your needs for a vehicle involves an immense amount of power and durability to get tasks done, they involve heavy cargo plus a stunning amount of maximum available trailering capability, then we must suggest you turn your attention to 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500.

One of our favorite things about the Silverado 1500 is the incredible amount of customization it has to offer, including eight trims as well as six engines to choose from, making this truck a perfect fit for you to tailor to your liking. The Chevy Silverado is a product built with over a century of Chevrolet experience, and the 2020 Silverado is not only lighter, bigger, and stronger than previous renditions, but are quoted as the “most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road.”

Chevy knows all of the ins and outs regarding truck design and capability, and the 2020 Silverado 1500 is no exception. With a maximum towing capacity of 13,400 lb, 2,250 lb of maximum available payload, a maximum of 460 lb-ft of torque depending on the outfitted engine, and its spacious 89.1 cu.ft. of cargo space make this truck a workhorse for anything you have planned.

Choice of Engines

A birds eye view of a Duramax engine inside of a 2020 Silverado 1500 is shown.

As previously mentioned, the Silverado 1500 offers an expansive list of six engines to choose from, meaning you can customize your vehicle with enough power to suit your lifestyle. Your choice of engines begins with the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 with Active Fuel Management and offers 285 hp with 305 lb-ft of torque using a 6-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, you can expect you see 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

The next engine you can get with your Silverado 1500 is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with the option of Dynamic or Active Fuel Management. The 5.3L V8 is the most versatile engine in the bunch because of its three different transmission choices, a 6-speed, 8-speed, and 10-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque on an 8-speed automatic transmission which achieves 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway unless you decide to go with Active Fuel Management, your engine will have a 6-speed automatic transmission which gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. There is a 10-speed automatic variant that comes with the LT Trail Boss and High Country 4×4 trims, which is something to consider when selecting your trim. The 10-speed transmission variant of this engine gets 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. This engine also utilizes Auto Stop/Start technology, which dynamically controls the fuel management of your engine when you come to a complete stop.

You may also fit your Silverado 1500 with a 2.7L turbo engine with Active Fuel Management, which can produce 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque on its 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine also utilizes the aforementioned Auto Stop/Start technology to further its fuel-saving measures.

If you’re more interested in a Diesel option, Chevrolet has you covered with the Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel I-6 engine, which produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque with its 10-speed automatic transmission. You will get 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with this engine plus a capability of towing a maximum of 9,300 lbs, and the addition of Auto Stop/Start technology. Chevrolet describes this engine as powerful yet quiet and comes as an option for three of the featured trims.

Lastly, Chevrolet offers a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management and offers a best-in-class maximum towing capability of 13,400 lbs as well as V8 horsepower and torque which are 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque respectively. This engine features a 10-speed automatic engine and will net you 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Simply put, this is the ideal engine for your Chevy Silverado 1500 and is an option found on a multitude of trims.

Choosing Your Trim

When it comes to deciding which trim you’d like to customize your Silverado 1500 with, Chevrolet doesn’t slack. As we’ve previously mentioned, there are eight trims to choose from, each one conveying stylistic designs, wheel upgrades, and engine choices. Your selection of trims begins with the High Country featuring an eloquent bronze and chrome finish and 20-inch wheels. The High Country comes standard with the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and can be upgraded with either the Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel or the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8.

The LTZ is a rather nice looking trim with its chrome finish and 18-inch Bright Silver-painted aluminum wheels. It is certainly a great choice for any driver who likes both style and substance. With the LTZ, you can expect to find the 5.3L V8 engine standard with the option of upgrading to either the 3.0L turbo-diesel or 6.2L V8 engines.

If you opt for the LT as a trim, you will be treated to chrome mirror caps, bumpers, and a center grille bar with body-color matching door handles. This makes this trim quite intriguing with its classy design, especially when paired with its 17-inch aluminum wheels. With the LT, it comes standard with the 2.7L turbo 4-cylinder engine with the ability to upgrade to the 5.3L V8, 3.0L turbo-diesel, and the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 giving you more choice than average when it comes to customizing this trim.

The LT Trail Boss is a trim that comes with some serious power. Not only is it highly capable of some intense off-roading, but it also grants the exterior a dual-outlet exhaust and an auxiliary external transmission oil cooler. The LT Trail Boss comes standard with the 5.3L V8 and may be upgraded with the 6.2L V8 engine, both are fine choices when it comes to the power this machine deserves.

A white 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country is driving on a dirt road next to a lake.

The next trim, the RST, is quite beautiful with its all-around body-color matching design that makes your bumpers, center grille bar, and door handles match your desired color. You will also receive some high-quality 18-inch Bright Silver-painted aluminum wheels. The RST comes equipped with the 2.7L turbo 4-cylinder engine with the option to upgrade to any of the three higher-tier engines. The RST also comes with an EZ Lift power lock and release tailgate as an added bonus.

The Custom is a trim that deserves your attention with its deep-tinted glass and body-color matching center grille bar and bumpers. You will also receive some incredible 20-inch Bright Silver-painted aluminum wheels that are as quality as the trim itself. The Custom also leads the way for another trim variant known as the Custom Trail Boss, which comes with a 2-inch lift to the suspension and comes with both the Autotrac 2-speed transfer case and the Z71 Off-Road Package making it the ideal trim for any off-roading adventures. Both the Custom and Custom Trail Boss come standard with the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine with the Custom having the choice of swapping it out for the 2.7L turbo 4-cylinder engine.

The Work Truck (the base model) is a trim that people love because of its power and the large ‘Chevrolet’ name that you will find stamped onto the tailgate and grille. This truck from a design viewpoint alone looks absolutely beastly and is deserving of anyone’s attention, especially since it is the base model. The Work Truck comes standard with the 4.3L V6 with the option of replacing this with the 2.7L turbo or the 5.3L V8, all of which give the Work Truck the power it needs to get its point across.

Beyond The Trims

Once you have decided that you are ready to dive into the world of Chevrolet with the 2020 Silverado 1500, you can rest assured that in terms of performance and durability, you can expect nothing but the absolute best from Chevy. Beyond the capabilities of the engines and trims on display, you will find a stunning amount of features built into your vehicle, including the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus state-of-the-art safety features such as external views from 15 different angles to assist with parking and maneuvering.

Chevrolet continues to impress us every year with top of the line light-duty trucks and constantly pushes the limit of what these vehicles used to be in terms of performance and durability. Among an extensive lineup of some amazing cars, we believe any one of these offerings deserves your consideration as your next vehicle, but we certainly give the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a recommendation, and we believe after you’re behind the wheel, you will too.

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