Who’s the (Trail) Boss?

July 10th, 2020 by

A white 2020 Chevy Silverado Custom Trail Boss, which is popular among Chevy trucks for sale, is parked in the desert near Ennis, TX.

If you’ve ever taken a look at the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 when considering Chevy trucks for sale, then you’ve probably noticed at least one thing: options. Lots and lots of options. No, seriously – the 2020 Silverado has more options and available combinations of features than just about any truck we can remember. That can be a little overwhelming, even though all of these options mean that you can get exactly what you need and want in a Silverado.

Among the many features available – and just so you don’t think we’re exaggerating, the Silverado has six engines and eight different trims to choose from – are two Trail Boss trims that immediately stand out. The Trail Bosses are designed for incredible performance and make for a great option if you are looking for a full-size truck that can handle a lot of work and also take you off-road on the weekend. With so many options available, however, the two Trail Boss packages can get overlooked in favor of flashy trims like the High Country. Today, though, we at Frank Kent Chevrolet are going to take a look at these two trims and learn everything we need to know about the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss packages.

What is a Trail Boss?

So, first things first, let’s take a moment to discuss what, exactly, we mean when we mention a Trail Boss among the various Chevy trucks for sale. Certain terms are used exclusively to refer to trims of trucks. For example, the LT is a trim that you will find on the Chevy Silverado, the Colorado, and both Silverado HD models. Other terms, however, are used to refer to certain packages that might be available on those trucks, like the Trailering Package or a Technology Package, which adds more features to an established trim.

When we talk about the Trail Boss, we’re looking at something that’s sort of a mix between a dedicated trim and a distinct package available on other trims. That’s why you’ll often see it referred to as either a trim or a package. There are two Trail Boss trims available for the 2020 Chevy Silverado, which are essentially variations of two other trims (don’t worry, it’ll all make sense, we promise). First things first, though, as you’re looking at your options when considering a Silverado, just think of this: How important is going off-road to you? Because the Trail Boss is an off-road beast!

Chevy Silverado Custom Trail Boss

When you look at different trims for the Chevy Silverado, you’ll see it starts with the Work Truck or WT, then the Custom, and then the Custom Trail Boss. That’s because the Chevy Silverado Custom Trail Boss is a Trail Boss version of the Custom trim. If you like what the Custom trim has to offer, but you want to be able to hit the trail with it, then the Custom Trail Boss is a great pick for you.

Consider this: the standard Silverado Custom has a 7-inch infotainment system, 4-way manual cloth front seats, and a 6-gauge instrument cluster with a 3-inch monochromatic driver display. It has rear-wheel drive, standard, and an available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s a fine truck, but the Trail Boss version gives you quite a bit more.

Inside the Custom Trail Boss, you get the 7-inch infotainment display, 4-way manual cloth front seats, and the same instrument cluster and driver display. The Custom Trail Boss, however, has an available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine with a 10-speed automatic, which you won’t find on the standard Custom trim. The Custom Trail Boss also comes with the Trailering Package and 4WD standard, along with hill descent control to help you on the trail.

Beyond that, you also get an automatic locking rear differential in the Custom Trail Boss, skid plates to help protect the underside of your truck, and a 2-inch factory suspension lift. The Custom Trail Boss also has the Z71 Off-Road package, an Autotrac 2-speed transfer case, and 18-inch high gloss black aluminum wheels with 18-inch Mud-Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.

Chevy Silverado LT Trail Boss

Much like the Custom Trail Boss, the Chevy Silverado LT Trail Boss is an off-road version of the popular LT trim. To give you a sense of how they compare: the standard LT has an available 5.3L V8 engine with an 8-speed transmission and standard rear-wheel drive. It has an 8-inch infotainment display and a 4-inch color driver information center, along with 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels and all-season blackwall tires.

If you look at the LT Trail Boss when checking out Chevy trucks for sale, however, then you’ll find it has the 5.3L V8 engine standard, with an available 6.2L V8 engine – both come with a 10-speed automatic transmission. You get all of the same great features inside the LT Trail Boss, along with standard 4WD and the Z71 Off-Road package, just like the Custom Trail Boss, which includes a 2-inch factory suspension lift and Rancho monotube shocks.

The LT Trail Boss has a 2-speed Autotrac transfer case, hill descent control, and an automatic locking rear differential, just like the Custom Trail Boss. Where it goes even further than the Custom, however, is by also including a dual-outlet exhaust and an external engine and transmission oil cooler to help keep your powertrain from overheating. The Chevy Silverado LT Trail Boss is an absolute beauty for going off-road and features 18-inch high gloss black aluminum wheels with Mud-Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.

What about Other Chevy Trucks?

If the Silverado is not quite right for you, and you’re looking at other Chevy trucks for sale with hopes of going off-road, then don’t look for the Trail Boss. This package/trim is only used with the standard Silverado, not with any other pickup in Chevy’s lineup. That doesn’t mean you don’t have any other options, however.

The midsize Chevy Colorado is one of the most impressive and beloved off-road trucks on the market in large part due to two of its options: the Z71 trim and the ZR2 trim. If “Z71” seems familiar, that’s because you saw it as an included package with the two Trail Boss trims for the standard Silverado. And it gives you just what you’d expect from that name.

To start with, the Colorado Z71 trim features the Z71 Off-Road suspension, along with an automatic locking rear differential, available 4WD with a transfer case shield, and a 3.6L V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It has a pair of black recovery hooks mounted on the front of its frame along with 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires. This is a solid choice for going off-road, but there’s something even better.

The legendary Chevy Colorado ZR2 is considered, by many, to be the ultimate off-road pickup. It has 4WD standard, an available Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, and the Z71 Off-Road package. The ZR2 also features an AutoTrac 2-speed transfer case, increased clearance, and a Multimatic DSSV suspension damping system to keep you comfortable in even the roughest terrain. So, with that, there are many options when it comes to off-roading with Chevy.

Find Your Next Chevy

So, are you interested in a Chevy? Whether you are looking for an off-road beast or another Chevy vehicle, we at Frank Kent Chevrolet are here to help. We will work our hardest and get you into a vehicle that puts a smile on your face. Call or visit us today and get started on finding the car or truck of your dreams.

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