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2021 Chevrolet Silverado Review: All the Truck You Need, and Little More

Chevrolet's full-size pickup remains a back-to-basics workhorse.

Painted an appealing shade called Northsky Blue, our Silverado LTZ test vehicle looked terrific with its chrome detailing and polished, 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Christian Wardlaw

Chevrolet is in the fight of its life. Long the second-best-selling vehicle in America, the Chevrolet Silverado lost its stronghold to the Ram pickup at the end of 2019, though it managed to eek out a small edge by the end of 2020.

Now, you might think ranking second or third among all vehicles sold in the U.S. would still be a very good thing for Chevrolet, but ranking second or third in the full-size, light-duty pickup truck segment—for which the top three are also the top three selling vehicles in the US overall—essentially means Silverado is in the thick of the class’s fight for best of the rest in terms of sales, behind F-150.

To combat Ford and Ram, Chevrolet makes a handful of updates to the 2021 Chevy Silverado. The turbocharged engines, one gas and one diesel, tow more weight than before, and a new, Multi-flex tailgate design adds utility. Increased standard equipment for lower trim levels improves value, while appealing, special-edition bundles are available at a discount. Wireless smartphone projection is now standard, and the Silverado’s luxurious High Country trim level is available with a new adaptive suspension option.

When buying a 2021 Silverado 1500, you select a cab style (regular, double, or crew), decide whether or not you want 4-wheel drive (4WD), and pick between WT, Custom, LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trim levels. With 4WD, Trail Boss off-road packages are available with Custom and LT trim. Base prices range from upper-$20,000s to mid-$50,000s, not including the destination charge.

Chevrolet offers no fewer than six engines for the 2021 Silverado 1500. Our test truck had the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder, a torquey, fuel-efficient engine option for the LTZ Crew Cab. Add Chevrolet’s LTZ Premium Package, the Technology Package, a spray-in bedliner, and a destination charge, and the test truck’s sticker price climbed to just above $60,000.

Silverado 1500 Features

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Highlights

When buying a 2021 Silverado 1500, you select a cab style (regular, double, or crew), choose 2- or 4-wheel drive, and pick between WT, Custom, LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trim levels. 4WD Trail Boss off-road packages are available on some trims.

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Consumer Ratings and Reviews of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 from KBB.com

3.8

★★★★★

Overall Consumer Rating

Comfort

3.8 out of 5

Performance

4.0 out of 5

Quality

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.7 out of 5

Styling

4.3 out of 5

Value

3.8 out of 5

Based on 42 consumer ratings for the 2019 - current models as of 03/30/2021.

5.0 out of 5 stars
★★★★★

Major improvements for 2019!

07/29/2019

I traded up from a 2017 (which was already a great truck!) to a 2019 and wow what an improvement! I have the 5.3 with 8 speed tranny, which is smooth shifting, super quiet ride, etc, etc. Chevy as the controls and buttons all figured out nicely for easy of use. The backseat of this crew cab is even bigger than the previous model; its so big the kids can almost play football back there. Definitely another great value from Chevy. Minor irksome points include the goofy tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The previous model had a simply stalk that allowed easy up/down but the 2019 uses a goofball 'Japanese style' system, which is ery annoying and cumbersome to use. Also missing the ashtray (not for smoking but for storing small items like trailer keys, chapstick, and stuff). Also, they took away the third cup holder in the front/center, which is also annoying since I always have two different drinks while my passenger also has her own. But everything else is awesome and absolutely love this truck!
4.0 out of 5 stars
★★★★★

This is my first Chevy truck owned. I'm happy with

09/05/2020

The truck is comfortable and has more power than I’ll ever use. It’s 11,000 tow capacity is excellent and my fuel economy without a trailer is 23.5 mpg. This is running 72 mph on the interstate. Couldn’t be happier with this truck.
4.0 out of 5 stars
★★★★★

A solid truck

02/28/2021

The quality of all vehicles is steadily decreasing. Chevrolet is no different. Parts seem cheaper with every Silverado I buy. Overall however, I’ve had no issues so far in the 16k miles I’ve put on it. I’ve driven in good and bad (snow) conditions without any issues. It pulls like a champ with the 5.3L. The payload seems almost double that of previous models. It does seem to handle heavier loads. I’ve had a couple things pop up on the dash that disappeared after a restart so that concerns me but so far so good. As with my 2017, the 2019 shift patterns are very poor in my opinion. Lots of hesitation if you don’t get on it.

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