Why America’s Love Affair With Chevy Trucks Is So Strong
People love their pickup trucks. This love affair dates back as far as anyone can remember, and it shows no signs of stopping. Pickup trucks engender a different kind of loyalty from their owners than other categories. For example, if you’re a Chevy truck guy, you’ll likely be one for life, so when it comes time to replace your truck, you’ll find yourself asking, “Okay, so where is the Chevy dealer near me?” And after that, it’s a fun process of deciding what you want. And while with many manufacturers, there is no longer the option to purchase a simple work truck, Chevy still makes a work truck. And this allows every driver to get what they are looking for.
That said, if you’re the Chevy person who is looking for your next work truck, boy do we have good news for you! Chevrolet’s 2020 lineup of Silverado simple work trucks and other strong trucks are robust and rugged while also offering a lot of surprisingly luxurious interior comfort and styling options, giving truck buyers a wide range of solutions for their particular needs.
And if it’s time for you to buy, check out this guide to all things Chevy pickup trucks. We at Frank Kent Chevrolet are focus on work trucks, utility, towing capacity, and other important features that are at the top of the list for truck buyers. We’ll also share our thoughts on how the Chevrolet line of Silverado trucks ticks all of the boxes, leaving buyers with a feeling great about choosing Chevy as their truck brand of choice. Let’s take a closer look.
Powertrains and Capability
The 2020 line of Chevy trucks includes the half-ton 1500, which may be the smallest but still packs a punch. The 1500 offers a max trailering capacity of 13,400 pounds and a max payload of 2,250 pounds. That’s a lot of hauling capability. Its max cargo capacity of over 70 cu.ft. is also impressive.
In the powertrain category, the 1500 can achieve a max torque rating of 460 lb-ft, a massive amount of power that helps the truck accelerate briskly and handle heavy payloads with ease. Even with its high torque rating, the Silverado 1500 is the most fuel-efficient pickup on the road today when equipped with Chevy’s Duramax 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine. With an EPA-rating of 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway for 2WD models, the 1500 impresses even more.
Overall, Chevy offers five different motors for the 1500, including the 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel, which puts out 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque; the 6.2-liter EcoTec3, providing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, considered best-in-class; a 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec3 engine with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque; a 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6, offering 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque; and a 2.7-liter turbo engine that puts out 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. Plenty of options to choose from depending on how you intend to use your truck.
Beyond performance, from the start, the Silverado has an aggressive curb appeal, showing itself off as the workhorse it is. You’ll know just by looking at it that this truck means business, yet it also conveys a distinctive Chevy style that conveys a pride of ownership that only Chevrolet truck owners can truly understand and appreciate.
The cargo bed has seen numerous upgrades for 2020, including an increase in size. It is 6.75 inches wider than before, which gives it 20% more cargo volume. Chevy builds the cargo bed with a sturdy steel floor and gives buyers plenty of customization options for accessory tie-downs. There is even LED cargo area lighting available for added visibility at night. And let’s talk about the amazing power up/down liftgate, which provides a modern, convenient way to access the truck bed. The bed also contains a 120-volt outlet right near the tailgate for added utility. Overall, the exterior is useful and has looks that play the part.
The Great Interior
The inside of the 2020 Silverado 1500 is also great and can be configured with some of the industry’s most luxurious touches, like leather seating surfaces, infotainment options, and even a WiFi hotspot so you can take your office with you! All 2020 1500 models offer more interior space than earlier models, so that bigger cabin equals added comfort.
The rear setback storage feature is unique to the Chevy Silverado. This hidden storage is built into the rear setbacks and accessible via a hinged door cleverly built into the seat back and virtually undetectable unless you know it’s there. As any truck owner knows, storage is at a premium, so this added extra space is a great feature.
The Silverado’s infotainment screen offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an available 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot, and access to the myChevrolet mobile app that can communicate with the truck and keep tabs on maintenance issues or other diagnostic needs. This touchscreen infotainment system allows drivers to easily stream music or podcasts, and even display GPS directions via the smartphone connectivity technology.
If your plans include purchasing a larger, heavier work truck, the HD line of Silverado trucks is where you should focus. These heavy-duty options include the 2500HD and the 3500HD. And there are two powertrains that offer incredible performance and power: the 6.6-liter V8 gas engine and the Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8.
These are either matched up with Chevy’s new 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver what large truck owners demand, or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The V8 gas engine puts out 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, and a max towing capacity of 17,370 pounds. The Duramax diesel motor offers 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, giving the 2500HD up to 18,500 pounds of towing capability, and the 3500HD up to 35,500 pounds.
Both the 2500HD and the 3500HD come in five different trims: High Country, LTZ, LT, Custom, and, of course, Work Truck. Buyers looking for a little luxury with their workhorse will want to focus on the High Country. But the Work Truck trim is perfect for those looking for a simple and useful truck to use for, well, work!
The same great interior features you’ll find on the 1500 are present in the HD versions, including a beneficial and convenient head-up display for the driver, that nifty rear seat storage, and greater cabin space, which is achieved via the longer wheelbase. In fact, cabin space on the HD is best-in-class for front headroom and legroom. Infotainment options are consistent, too, giving drivers more control over their environment and allowing them to stay connected while on the road.
Chevy Trucks: Delivering on All Levels
As you can see, the Chevrolet lineup of light-duty and heavy-duty work trucks delivers on all levels. The capability of these trucks will satisfy any work demands, but just as important, Chevy puts an emphasis on comfort and convenience, so buyers don’t have to compromise comfort for performance. It’s no wonder there are so many Chevy lovers out there – the round of 2020 trucks doesn’t disappoint. In fact, with all of the features and benefits, it’s more likely that Chevy will grow its legion of loyal owners to include those that may have purchased competitive trucks in the past. Chevy trucks have everything to offer.