2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 review: Still hit-and-miss

Matthew N. Henry

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

You will find no mistaking the Silverado for any other pickup truck.

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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 does a great deal of matters well. The latest technology of this 50 percent-ton truck drives superior than lots of midsize pickups and features some of the ideal powertrains in the section and, of system, its towing and hauling quantities are great. But in spite of all these positives, it’s a rig that’s riddled with head-scratching decisions and curious omissions. In brief, it’s a truck that leaves me with extra combined inner thoughts than the Game of Thrones finale.


  • Thundering V8 motor
  • Fantastic highway manners
  • Versatile bed

Really don’t Like

  • Where’s the driver-support tech?
  • Center console doesn’t open up
  • Utterly lackluster inside

Truck stuff

My Silverado test unit is dressed in Personalized Path Manager trim and characteristics an extended-cab system with a six.five-foot bed. That cargo box is in all probability the most versatile in the organization. Engineers moved the side walls out to maximize hauling volume and threw in a heap of tie-down hooks.

GM’s built-in bumper techniques and stake-bed handholds make it a great deal less difficult to climb into this pickup’s elevated bed and eradicate the will need for fiddly drop-down or fold-out techniques. Conveniently, the tailgate also lowers at the force of a button. You still have to manually close it on my tester, but there is sufficient support there so it’s virtually fingertip-mild.

As configured, this Silverado can manage a optimum of one,618 lbs of payload although its tow rating tops out at nine,three hundred lbs. These are not section-major figures, but they are definitely great. GM’s trailering info sticker on the driver’s side door jamb is a stroke of genius, giving you quick entry to these beneficial figures.

A dynamite drivetrain

A whopping seven unique powertrain combos are supplied in the 2020 Silverado, like a number of flavors of V8, a turbocharged four-cylinder and a base V6. Depending on the motor, 3 unique computerized transmissions are supplied. Maintaining matters basic, my test truck is fitted with the assortment-topping drivetrain, a scrumptious six.two-liter V8 paired with a ten-velocity computerized.

This motor is totally attractive, evidence beneficial that magic takes place when two banking institutions of four cylinders share a common crankshaft. Not only is it easy-jogging and burly-sounding, emitting a balanced rumble when you give it the spurs, it’s also powerful, delivering 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. No matter whether you might be blasting off from a standstill or passing slower-going traffic, those figures are extra than adequate to make the Silverado come to feel downright quick, its acceleration aided by an equally easy and responsive gearbox. This ten-velocity transmission was co-developed with Ford, but at least in this individual GM application it seems smoother and extra discerning, shifting imperceptibly and readily dumping ratios when added velocity is needed.

Serving to increase performance, that massive ol’ V8 is fitted with both of those immediate gasoline injection and variable valve timing, but that’s not all. Additionally, it characteristics a nifty technology named Dynamic Gasoline Management. Assume of this as subsequent-technology cylinder deactivation. Alternatively than shutting just down four of the engine’s pots below mild hundreds, this process has the ability to disable nearly any amount of cylinders based mostly on driving disorders, with 17 unique activation combos. Many thanks to intelligent engineering and a good deal of pc code, this arrangement is seamless. You by no means come to feel or listen to when it’s jogging on much less than all 8 cylinders. It is really rather extraordinary how totally easy it is, and how effective it seems to be.

The EPA fees my truck at 14 miles per gallon metropolis and eighteen highway. Combined, it’s believed to return fifteen mpg, a fairly scary score however, in serious-environment, combined driving, the pc readout claims I’ve been acquiring right all over eighteen.seven mpg, an extraordinary gasoline burn price for a little something with about as a great deal frontal spot as a two-car or truck garage. Without doubt, the engine’s silky-easy halt-start off process can help in this spot.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

Below it is, six.two liters of fury!

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Unexpectedly qualified dynamics

No a person expects a whole-dimension truck to push like a BMW M3, but this a person comes closer than you could possibly expect. With your regular system-on-body construction and a stay rear axle supported by parallel leaf springs, the Silverado is built like a truck and still feels like a person, but it’s unexpectedly nimble and moderate mannered.

My test truck’s trip high-quality is business, but it by no means leaves you feeling battered or bruised. Managing is unexpectedly secure, with fairly crisp steering come to feel and minimum system roll. In comparison, an F-150 seems significantly less dialed in, and the Silverado feels appreciably scaled-down than a equivalent Ram 1500. This pickup is even superior to pilot than the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger midsize vehicles I a short while ago tested. It feels scaled-down than the Toyota and considerably extra buttoned-down than the wallowing Ford.

Apart from a good deal of blacked-out exterior components, Path Manager styles characteristic a two-inch suspension elevate and the Z71 off-highway deal. This incorporates skid plates for safeguarding sensitive underbody hardware, a locking rear differential to enhance off-highway traction and Rancho monotube shock absorbers. You also get hill-descent control and eighteen-inch wheels enveloped by a set of rugged, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires.

This Silverado’s inside is largely hushed, nevertheless the knobby rubbers do like to sing on pavement. Tire noise is about the only racket that’s pronounced inside this truck, aside from a slight whistling sound the exhaust helps make below hefty acceleration. 

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is a higher-riding rig.

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Cracks in the armor

This whole-dimension Chevy is enjoyable to push and has an great powertrain, but these critical pros are offset by a few major weaknesses. The recent-technology Silverado has been broadly criticized for its lackluster inside, and that’s still the case here, in particular when when compared with the Ram 1500, which easily has the segment’s nicest cabin.

My tester’s internal sanctum is rather stark, with just about each individual area manufactured of underwhelming really hard plastic. The coloration mixture does it no favors, both. It is really black on black with a sprint of grey and a sprinkle of charcoal, which helps make matters about as dour as a massive round of layoffs.  

The Silverado’s inside ain’t terrific, but I really like this rather stark illustration extra than larger-finish styles for the reason that the expectations are reduced. Economic climate-quality plastics and an acute absence of characteristics are a very little less difficult to stay with when you might be paying $45,000 rather of, say, 60 grand or extra.  

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

If you like bulk quantities of unremarkable really hard plastic, you might be confident to enjoy this Chevy’s inside.

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Placing the ‘no’ in technology

Another draw back to this Silverado is its absence of characteristics. You will find no adaptive cruise control or blind-location checking. It is really not fitted with reversing sensors, lane-holding aid or an built-in navigation process. Automated higher beams are nowhere to be identified, ditto for rear cross-traffic inform, forward collision warning and even computerized unexpected emergency braking. But here is the kicker. These characteristics aren’t even optionally available on the Personalized Path Manager trim, which is nuts because Honda, for occasion, nearly presents you all this stuff in a base Civic.

Luckily, this predicament is switching considerably for the 2021 model calendar year. Chevrolet is tweaking the Silverado’s trim and solutions construction. Work Truck, Personalized and Personalized Path Manager styles will be available with a basic safety deal that incorporates characteristics like computerized unexpected emergency braking, forward collision inform and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, among the other matters. Also, both of those wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Car will be conventional on larger-finish styles and available on some lesser trims.

My test Silverado’s dearth of written content is evinced by a bunch of plastic block-offs. There are many on the reduced portion of the center stack together with a pair dummy switches, and there is one more obtrusive filler piece on the righthand steering-wheel spoke, a massive, sq. chunk of injection-molded sadness that’s unattainable to dismiss. It is really also really hard to neglect the nonopening center console, which limitations inside storage area, the outdated-fashioned adhere-and-twist keyed ignition or the injection-molded steering wheel that nearly screams rental car or truck.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

The Silverado’s conventional infotainment display actions seven inches.

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The Silverado’s tall, expansive dashboard is largely flat, which helps make its conventional, seven-inch infotainment display seem even scaled-down. Higher-finish styles arrive with a somewhat larger sized 8-inch exhibit, but that’s still rather cramped, in particular when compared with the 12-incher you can get in Ram pickups these days. A little bit of great information, Chevy’s infotainment process is simple to use and about as responsive as anything else you can get in a truck these days, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Car are both of those conventional, nevertheless a tuning knob is not. There are bodily buttons to transform stations or tracks.

At least my test truck’s front seats are supportive, wrapped in a handsome material that feels like it can brush off yrs of abuse without the need of remaining any even worse for don. Like an oasis in a desert, the woven headliner is also unexpectedly quality. 

Considering the fact that fashionable pickup vehicles are utilized for family members-hauling duty extra frequently than they are for precise operate like towing trailers whole of scrap steel or hauling chunks of broken concrete, this Silverado characteristics an extended-cab system. A larger sized crew-cab configuration is supplied, but I’m pleased to report the backseat here is extra spacious than you could possibly expect. I fit rather nicely and identified it relaxed, even if the backrest is a skosh far too upright. Expanding its versatility, the rear cushion flips up so you can slide larger sized cargo right into the Silverado’s backseat. 

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

This whole-dimension Chevy is a combined bag.

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Is this Chevy a sensible acquire?

Out the door, this test truck stickers for $45,310, a value that incorporates $one,595 in place expenses and a few solutions. That six.two-liter V8 provides $two,495 to the bottom line, the Personalized ease deal is truly worth $800 and an generally-appreciated spray-in bedliner expense a affordable $545. Past all that, a pair other minor matters flesh out the massive amount. 

This Silverado Personalized Path Boss’ dynamics are surprisingly welcoming and its powertrain is amongst the ideal you can discover in any 50 percent-ton pickup. A extremely versatile bed and snappy infotainment process are welcome pros as well, but that dearth of characteristics and unspectacular inside make it a little bit tough to suggest. I still feel the Ram 1500 presents a extra relaxed, quality working experience and even the grey-haired F-150 still has a leg up in excess of this Silverado.

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