2020 Chevy Silverado Trim Levels Buyers Guide
In the Chevy lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs, the Silverado is one of the most recognized and accomplished vehicles for the brand. In 2020, there is no shortage of options in the Silverado family. In fact, when you factor in the 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD Silverados, in addition to the 1500’s special edition trucks, it starts to look more like a Chevy fleet of trucks. And though we think pickup diversity is a great thing, it can be a bit overwhelming keeping everything straight. The perception that “no two Silverados are the same” is not a coincidence, by the way. This is Chevy’s purposeful strategy to make the truck buying process fun, interesting, and different from other car manufacturers. But have no fear––if you’re looking for Chevy trucks for sale, you’ve come to the right place.
The Silverado 1500 trucks are the most popular and versatile, more for the everyday pickup drivers. The 1500 is smaller than the 2500 HD and 3500HD and is the ideal Silverado for both cruising around town/running errands and moving/hauling/towing. For the Chevy Silverado 1500, there are eight available trims: the WT (Work Truck), Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and the High Country. There are also two special editions available, the Rally Edition (available on the Custom and RST) and the Trail Boss Midnight Edition (available on Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss). The Midnight Edition gives the Silverado a sleek and stealthy all-black look, as the Rally Edition gives it a sporty look with black stripes on the hood and tailgate matched against the color of your choice.
Under the hood, you will find six different engine types. There are changes to this year’s 1500 trim that involve efficiency upgrades, in the engineering sense––a frame that is almost 90 lbs lighter and a wheelbase that is up to 450 lbs lighter than the 2019 version.
In addition to the lighter drag of the truck itself, there is the (available) Advanced Trailering Package. It is an extensive package with too many features to list in entirety, but they include an Advanced Trailering System, an in-vehicle app that customizes trailer profiles, Hitch Guidance with Hitch View (an advanced camera feature), electric parking brake hookup assist, trailer theft alert, and trailer tire pressure monitoring.
Cool new safety features include a safety alert seat that gives you the option of getting directional vibration pulses from the driver seat. Also, an adaptive cruise control camera will adjust your speed based on safe gaps from the car in front of you (both features available in LTZ and High Country).
The Z71 Off-Road Package is available on every 1500 model except the Custom and provides amazing off-road capability with several performance and safety features. These features include an Autotrac 2-speed transfer case, automatic locking rear differential, twin-tube Rancho shocks, and a metal underbody shield and a heavy-duty air filter. The Custom Trail Boss and the LT Trail Boss suspension system is lifted an additional two inches for off-roading, and the wheels are fitted with 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires (remember the Trail Boss trims are eligible for the Midnight Edition as well).
The High Country is the top of the line in luxury for the Silverado 1500 with the “industry-first” power up and down tailgate, high-intensity discharge LED headlamps, 20-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, three different engine option, Bose premium 7-speaker sound system and the most safety and entertainment features of any 1500 trim.
The Silverado’s new Durabed is the “most functional bed of any pickup” according to Chevy. They are referring to the stronger, lighter, and more durable steel floor with more space, twelve standard tie-downs (nine more available), and a larger CornerStep rear bumper for stepping up under the gate. Two other awesome bed features have to be mentioned, although they are by no means standard for the 1500s: the 120-volt outlet (standard on the LTZ) and the Chevy-exclusive power tailgate that you can raise and lower with a key fob (standard on the LTZ and High Country).
As previously mentioned, the Silverado 1500 can come equipped with one of six engines. The first engine is 2.7L Turbo engine that gets up to 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available on the Work Truck, Custom, LT, and RST trims.
The second available engine is a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine that can get up to 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This powerful engine is available on the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country.
The third engine offering is a 285 horsepower 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine that gets 305 lb-ft of torque. The engine is available on the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss.
The fourth and fifth engine choice is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. One version of the 5.3L engine comes with Dynamic Fuel Management, and the other is equipped with Active Fuel Management. One of these engines is available on the Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims.
The sixth engine choice is a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine that gets up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available on the Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims.
Silverado 2500 and 3500 (HD)
The 2500HD comes in one of five trims, the Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. The 3500HD has only four available trims, the Work Truck, LT, LTZ, and High Country.
Chevy declares the 2020 HD trims as “the strongest, most capable Silverado ever.” This is great news for prospective buyers since the 2019 Silverado HD won a JD Power award for best large HD truck in initial quality. Pretty much all of the features that apply to the 1500s also apply to the HD trucks; they are just bigger and more powerful. The Silverado High Country 3500HD, for example, combines the most luxurious with the most powerful to make one hulk of a nice truck.
The Advanced Trailering (with all of their awesome cameras), Autotrac 2-speed transfer, and the Durabed are all the same as in the 1500s. But one package that is only available in the HDs is the Power Takeoff package (PTO). It works by transferring the power from the engine to another piece of equipment like a generator, pump, or hydraulic crane, which is an awesome benefit for a working truck.
The differences between the 2500HD and 3500HD models is pretty straightforward; it just depends on how big and powerful you want your truck to be.
A 6.6L V8 comes standard on all 2500HD and 3500HD models. This engine gets up to 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. The second engine option is the big towing 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 that is available on 2500HD and 3500HD models. This engine gets up to 445 horsepower and offers an incredible 910 lb-ft of torque.
If you are looking for towing power, either option is model is a great choice. The 2500HD can tow up to 18,500 pounds when it is properly equipped; however, the 3500HD can tow an unbeatable 35,500 pounds.
Find Your Next Silverado At Frank Kent Chevrolet
At Frank Kent Chevrolet, we love the Chevy lineup and are quite fond of the Silverado. It offers the best of everything a vehicle should have: great safety features, space for the family or friends, technology that puts the competition to shame, and the ability to work hard when you need it to. When you are ready to test drive one of these powerful work horses, visit us at 401 S. Interstate 45 in Ennis, TX.