As one of America’s most popular pickup trucks, the new 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is back yet again to blow the competition out of the water. As a light-duty model with a full-size build, this truck is ideal for work and play. You can perform demanding tasks like construction or agriculture work, and you can also get the kids to school or soccer practice. With more customizability options than ever before, the new Chevy Silverado 1500 is going to be one of the best trucks this year.
2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 Highlights
For this new production run, the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 has been tweaked to near perfection. Several cabin/trim combos have been retired to make room for new paint colors, wheels, tires, packages, and special editions. The new special edition packages include the Texas Edition Plus, the All-Star Edition Plus, and the LTZ Premium Texas Edition, not to mention the LT Trail Boss Midnight Edition, RST Rally Edition, and the Custom Rally Edition. There is also a new innovative tailgate design known as the Multi-Flex Tailgate. So, if you’re ready to get into the details, continue reading.
The Texas and All-Star Edition Packages
The Texas Edition Plus is a great new package for the 2021 Silverado. Available only on the LT and RST trims, this edition adds a power-sliding rear window, a universal home remote, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Advanced tech features include an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, HD radio, satellite radio, a 120-volt power outlet, and multiple USB ports. For comfort, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped/heated steering wheel are also included. Keep in mind that this special edition vehicle is only available in Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.
Optional for the LT and RST trims, the All-Star Edition Plus is essentially the same as the Texas Edition Plus. It includes the same packages and upgrades; the only difference is in the badging. It will also be available at dealerships nationwide.
The final special Texas-themed edition Silverado for 2021 is the LTZ Premium Texas Edition. Only offered on the LTZ model, this comes with many of the aforementioned Texas Edition Plus features and a few extras. It has a power sunroof to bring a bit of nature inside, and it adds ventilation to the heated seats. Crew Cab models get heated seats in the back too.
The Safety Package II has been added as well. This includes a following distance indicator, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. All of these systems work together to help prevent accidents and keep your loved ones safe. Additionally, rear cross-traffic alert, side blind zone alert, lane-change alert, and rear park assist are included. As for infotainment, this advanced model also gets a navigation system along with a wireless charging pad and a Bose stereo.
The Other Special Editions
The Silverado also includes the option of three other special edition packages: The LT Trail Boss Midnight Edition, the RST Rally Edition, and the Custom Rally Edition. These special editions offer bolder and more exciting looks and features to an already amazing truck. Select your package of choice and turn heads with envy.
The LT Trail Boss Midnight Edition gives the whole vehicle from bumper-to-bumper a blackout appearance. 18″ high gloss black-painted aluminum wheels add to the dark look, and the high-intensity LED headlamps will help you pierce the darkness you are trying to blend in with. Round this powerhouse out with the 6.2L EcoTec 3 V8 engine and leave the day drivers in the dust.
Next up is the RST Rally Editon and Custom Rally Edition. Both of these models will have a black hood and rally stripes. You will also find both with black assist steps, badging, tailgate lettering, and exhaust tips. The RST Rally Edition will get you 22″ black-painted aluminum wheels, a black RST emblem, and a choice between the 2.7L, 5.3L, and 6.2L engines. The Custom Rally Edition will have 20″ black-painted aluminum wheels, a black bowtie emblem, and a choice of the 2.7L or 5.3L emblem.
New Bed Features
If you opt for a 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, you will have the option to select a short 69.9″ bed, a 74.9″ bed, or the large 98.1″ bed. Which one you choose depending mostly on your needs. However, if you need the maximum payload capacity of 2,280 lbs, you may want to opt for the long bed. The Chevy Durabed is designed to help you get everything done, no matter what size it is. You will also find LED lighting for the box area, a 120-volt power outlet, and 12 cargo tie-downs.
The newest feature concerning the bed is the addition of the Multi-Flex Tailgate. With six available functions, you can quickly and easily load cargo into the back of the truck. You could even configure the tailgate to serve as a standing workspace. There is also a full-width step that can hold up to 375 pounds to help you climb in the back. Plus, you can operate the tailgate using the buttons on the tailgate or using the key fob.
When you think of a pickup truck, you probably imagine that it’s powerful. Well, this year’s Chevy Silverado is not here to disappoint. With five incredible engines to pick from, you can find the one that is best suited to do your bidding. Fuel economies will vary greatly depending on which powertrain and trim level you choose. We’ve broken it down to make it easier to sort out.
The standard engine is a 4.3-liter V6 motor coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and RWD (4WD is optional). Generating 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, you’ll get about 17 MPG combined. Please note that 4WD models also get 17 MPG combined, which is unusual.
The second powertrain uses a larger 5.3-liter V8 engine. The interesting thing about this motor is that it can be paired with a 6, 8, or 10-speed automatic transmission. You can also choose whether you want RWD or 4WD. Pumping out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, the fuel economy is about 18-19 MPG combined for both drivetrain models.
Next, the spunky 2.7-liter I-4 turbocharged engine is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission and your choice of RWD or 4WD. Generating 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, the RWD model gets about 21 MPG combined. If you prefer 4WD, you can expect to get an average fuel economy of 20 MPG combined.
Then, we have the power-producing 6.2-liter V8 motor. Paired with a 10-speed automatic and 4WD, this engine produces a staggering 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It also gets 18 MPG combined, which is still pretty good considering how much power this engine produces.
Finally, if you prefer diesel, there is an engine just for you. It’s a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel motor coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission and RWD or 4WD. It has the highest fuel economy in the lineup. RWD models get around 27 MPG combined, and 4WD models drop down to about 24 MPG combined.
There Is a 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 for You
The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is available in countless configurations and options, so you can build a truck that is perfect for your life, needs, and wants. You can add style and flair with one of the many special edition package options, or you can amp up the power with one of the 5 engine choices. So, go wild and create the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 of your dreams.