Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2021 – Shadow Gray Metallic
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE23 MPG City / 33 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2993 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a widely respected full-size pickup truck, but it's not quite as desirable as its equally respected domestic competitors. The half-ton Chevy does boast stout towing capacities and an assortment of excellent powertrain choices. The latter is headlined by a 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 that's impressively quick and surprisingly fuel efficient. The Silverado can also be equipped with an array of trailer-assist technologies and several handy features, such as a multi-function tailgate and a camera display in the rearview mirror that gives an unobstructed view of what's behind you. Unfortunately, the Chevy's cheap and uninspired interior as well as its harsh ride quality make it feel less refined than the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. While both of those alternatives offer better value, the 2021 Silverado is still a highly configurable and impressively proficient pickup.
What's New for 2021?
For 2021, Chevy adds a host of new features to the half-ton Silverado. There's a newly available Multi-Flex tailgate that opens and folds six different ways. Models with the diesel six-cylinder or turbocharged four-cylinder receive improved max-tow ratings, with the former up by as much as 1900 pounds (to 9500 total) and the latter increased by up to 2600 pounds (to 9600 total). Likewise, towing with the 2021 Silverado 1500 gets easier with a slew of trailer-assistance technologies that include a jackknife alert that does what its name suggests; a trailer-length indicator that helps the driver change lanes safely when towing; and a cargo-bed viewer that makes it easier to hook up a fifth-wheel trailer. The Silverado lineup also now features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, optional adaptive dampers on the High Country, a wider selection of paint colors, and new special-edition packages.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Work Truck - $32,695
- Custom - $39,695
- LT - $43,770
- Trail Boss - $47,595
- RST - $47,970
- LTZ - $54,220
- High Country - $59,320
ZR2 - $67,920
We recommend the well-equipped LT model with the 5.3-liter V-8, crew cab, all-wheel drive, and the standard-length bed. To make that investment even more worthwhile, we'd add a few options: the Z71 Off-Road package enhances the truck's looks and its trail capabilities; likewise, we'd choose the Safety package that adds front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Among the myriad individual options we'd recommend the heated front seats and remote start for their luxury merits.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The 2021 Silverado 1500 earned a four-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), but the last version that was evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was not named a Top Safety Pick. Still, the Silverado can be equipped with myriad driver-assistance technology, including a host of towing assists that making pulling and hooking up a trailer easier. Key safety features include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Chevy covers the half-ton Silverado with a competitive warranty that doesn’t quite match the lengthy powertrain coverage of the Nissan Titan. However, every Silverado 1500 does get one complimentary scheduled maintenance visit.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit