As one of the hottest selling trucks in the US car market, the Chevy Silverado 1500 has consistently delighted buyers over the years with its raw power, stylish design, and utility. Chevrolet has brought back its leading truck for the 2021 market. Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why you should go out and buy one.
Powerful Engine Choices
From the base V-6 engine that generates 285 horsepower to the massive 6.2-liter V-8 with a class-leading 420 horsepower, you have a wide range of engines to put under your hood. If you plan on doing a lot of towing, you may want to select from the 355 horsepower V-8 or 420 horsepower V-8, which provide the most power in the lineup. However, the six-cylinder turbo diesel and the turbo-four, which manage 277 and 310 horsepower respectively, cope well with rugged driving needs.
Your engine choice may be influenced by the Silverado’s fuel economy, which can vary substantially. The best of the bunch is the six-cylinder diesel with 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The turbo-four is also pretty good for fuel efficiency, achieving 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The smaller V-8 engine manages 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway—better ratings than many rival V-8 pickups.
Great Towing Capacity
The Chevy Silverado can tow up to 13,300 pounds when equipped with the most powerful V-8 engine and other advanced towing features. Even in base trims, the pickup tows well over 7,000 pounds without any problems. In addition, most Chevy Silverado trims can haul over 2,000 pounds. This makes the Silverado ideal for moving heavy cargo, whether it’s work materials or your family’s luggage for the next vacation. The Chevy’s cargo boxes are available in different sizes, beginning with the standard box at 5 feet 10 inches long.
For more cargo, you can opt for a cargo box with 6 feet 7 inches of length or upgrade to an 8 feet 2 inches-long bed.
If passenger space is a key consideration for you as a truck buyer, the 2021 Silverado has you covered. With the double and crew cab options, you can add a second row of seating that provides sufficient space for adult or child passengers. There are two complete sets of latch connectors on the outermost rear seats to help you install child seats, and you’ll find an upward tether in the middle seat.
If you plan on using the rear rows of seats for adults, the crew cab is an ideal option. It has even more leg room for second-row passengers than the double cab. It replaces the half-size rear doors with full-size doors. On the other hand, if you’re more concerned with maximizing cargo space, you may want to stick to the single-row Silverado cab, which still offers ample space for three passengers up front. The longest cargo bed is only available in combination with this smaller regular cab.
Versatile Off-Road Capabilities
Off-road enthusiasts have the Chevy Silverado’s Z71 package, which comes with an improved suspension that’s designed for rough terrain. You can access additional features with the trail options of Custom and LT trims, including skid plates, off-road tires, and a hill descent control. Whatever you choose, the Silverado is available with four-wheel drive, which gives you added power and control to manage off-road conditions.
User-Friendly Infotainment and Technology
Chevrolet’s 3 Plus infotainment system was designed with ease of use in mind. It includes straightforward menus and a touch screen. The standard infotainment package has a 7-inch screen, two speakers, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It has two-USB ports. If you want an upgrade, try the 8-inch infotainment screen, six-speaker sound system, and the navigation system. You can also get additional-USB ports so everyone can keep their electronics charged while a hot spot gives you wireless internet.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, or automatic emergency braking. If you spend a lot of time cruising on the highway, you can use lane keep assist, lane change alert, and lane departure warning. Chevy also offers assistance when it comes to parking your pickup. Parking sensors and surround-view cameras guide you in and out of tight spots. If you have student drivers, consider teen driving mode, which comes standard. This allows you to impose speed limits and other restrictions on the use of your Silverado.
Chevy Silverado buyers get appearance packages, giving you options that customize your truck. The Dark Essentials package gives you black Silverado and trim nameplates, a black bowtie on the front, and black decal lettering on the tailgate. With the chrome package, you can add a polished exhaust tip and recovery hooks. With the Rally Edition, you get black nameplates, tailgate lettering, rally stripes, a spray-on bedliner, and black assist steps. Finally, the Midnight Edition gets you black dual exhaust tips, black trim level, and Silverado badging.
You now know more about the Chevy Silverado’s best features and why it’s one of the most popular pickups. Do you still have questions about any of its features and specs? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Huffines Chevrolet Plano. We’ll be happy to answer any of your queries. Better yet, take a look at our online Chevy inventory, and choose the truck or trim model that best suits your needs.
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