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2020 Chevy Silverado Review

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One of Detroit’s “big three” pickup makers, Chevrolet’s 2020 Chevy Silverado is a light-duty, half-ton pickup with a standard V6. Already in its second model year of a redesign rolled out in 2018, Silverado crew cab sales are up 12% from last year. Silverado competitors are the Ford F-150, upping the ante with planned hybrid and all-electric versions, and the Ram 1500, also redesigned for 2019 with a 2020 model on Chrysler lots.

2020 Chevy Silverado pricing

The least expensive 2020 Silverado has a manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) of just under thirty grand, $29,895, including freight charges. But if you want to go all out, that price can go up to $58,395 and higher, which we’ll explain below. If you’d like a truck priced somewhere in between, don’t worry, Chevrolet offers 41 price configurations between the various combinations of two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) and three types of cabs and truck beds.

There’s also a wide variety of engines, but we kept each trim at the base engine without any further add-on packages or features. That means you could tack a diesel engine on to the top trim — the 4WD High Country, crew cab and standard bed— and the price tops $60,000. With all add-on packages and accessories, and a fully-loaded Silverado could run close to $70,000.

Silverado 1500 vs. heavy-duty Silverados

As if that weren’t confusing enough, there are actually three different Silverados. The one we focus on here is the “All-New Silverado,” also known as the Silverado 1500, which has the lowest pricing and is the most common. The two other Silverados are the “All-New Silverado HD” with a $53,300 base MSRP and the “Silverado HD” with a base MSRP of $53,195. HD stands for heavy duty.

What about sales pricing? You do not necessarily have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Depending on when and where you shop, you may be able to find a 2020 Chevy Silverado for less than MSRP due to dealership sales or manufacturer rebates. Shop around and use industry guides such as NADAguides or Kelley Blue Book to see what the fair market price is in your area.

What’s next? Once you pick out the truck you want, an auto loan is next. Potential lenders include Chevy financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, depending on your creditworthiness.

2020 Silverado: Regular Cab, Long Bed $29,895 – $34,495

Chevy Silverado: Regular Cab, Long Bed
Trim WT
2WD MSRP $29,895
4WD MSRP $34,495

The lowest price could get you a Silverado with a regular cab (two doors, one bench seat) and a long bed (98.1 inches). If you don’t need such a big space or, if you have a smaller budget, you could look at the best compact trucks.

As it is the lowest-priced, it has some pretty Spartan features, such as the manual windows and locks. But if you don’t mind rolling down the window and clicking the locks by hand, it could be a good option, Adding four-wheel drive though shoots the price up to $34,495.

2020 Silverado: Double Cab, Standard Bed $33,795 – $47,895

Chevrolet Silverado: Double Cab, Standard Bed
Trim WT Custom Custom Trail Boss LT RST LTZ
2WD MSRP $33,795 $36,195 NA $38,495 $40,395 $44,595
4WD MSRP $37,095 $39,495 $41,095 $41,795 $43,695 $47,895

A double cab gets you four doors and two rows of seating, but be warned the backseat isn’t the best to transport long-legged adults, although it might serve in a pinch. The standard bed is 79.4 inches long, about a foot and a half shorter than the long bed.

For information on each trim, skip to the trim section below.

2020 Silverado: Crew Cab, Short Bed $36,195 – $58,095

Chevrolet Silverado: Crew Cab, Short Bed
Trim WT Custom Custom Trail Boss LT LT Trail Boss RST LTZ High Country
2WD MSRP $36,195 $38,595 NA $40,895 NA $42,795 $46,995 $54,595
4WD MSRP $39,495 $41,895 $43,495 $44,195 $50,095 $46,095 $50,295 $58,095

The crew cab provides four doors and two rows of seating, both with enough legroom for most adults to be comfortable. The short bed is 69.9 inches long, about nine inches shorter than the standard bed.

For the lowest trim, the WT trim on the crew cab, short bed, the truck does come with power windows and locks.

And this is the first Silverado configuration on which you can go all the way up to the High Country trim, which includes premium features such as leather seating, wireless phone charging, navigation and a premium sound system. For more details on the trims, see the trim section below. If top-of-the-line features interest you, check out the best luxury trucks.

2020 Silverado: Crew Cab, Standard Bed $36,495 – $58,395

Chevrolet Silverado: Crew Cab, Standard Bed
Trim WT Custom Custom Trail Boss LT LT Trail Boss RST LTZ High Country
2WD MSRP $36,495 $38,895 NA $41,195 NA $43,095 $47,295 $54,895
4WD MSRP $39,795 $42,195 $43,795 $44,495 $50,395 $46,395 $50,595 $58,395

The crew cab, standard bed could offer the best of both worlds: plenty of inside and outside room. The cab has four doors and two rows of seating with decent leg room, plus a 79.4-inch-long truck bed.

Again, the lowest trim, the WT, does have power windows and locks as this configuration is a crew cab. The other end of the spectrum, the highest trim, the High Country, offers luxury features. Peek at the trim section below for further details on trims.

2020 Chevy Silverado trims

The lowest-priced trim on all configurations of the Silverado is the WT trim and the highest possible trim is the High Country, which is only available on crew cab configurations.

Each trim includes or improves upon all the features of the trim(s) that came before it, with few exceptions. For example, the Custom trim still has the 4.3 L EcoTec V6 engine, 7-inch diagonal touchscreen, etc., but replaces the 17” wheels with 20” inch wheels.

2020 Chevy Silverado Trims
Trim Standard Features
WT 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6 Engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, 6,800 GVWR, USB Port, Teen Driver, Manual Locks and Windows on the Regular Cab, Long Bed / Power Windows and Locks on the Double Cab and Crew Cab, 7″ Diagonal Touchscreen. Bluetooth, 17″ Wheels, 2 Speakers, Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Custom 20″ Wheels, LED Tail Lights, Locking Tailgate, 6 Speakers, Cruise Control, Remote Keyless Entry, Rubberized Floor Mats
Custom Trail Boss 6,900 GVWR, External Engine Cooler, High Capacity Air Filter, Hill Descent Control, Skid Plates, Electronic Power Steering Assist, Mud Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Tires, 18″ Wheels
LT 2.7L Turbo Engine, 6,800 GVWR, Automatic Stop/Start, Carpet Floor Covering, 8″ Diagonal Touch Screen, Tailgate with EZ Lift and Lower Assist, Wifi Hotspot Capable. 2 USB Ports, Rear Bumper Corner Step, Heated Exterior Mirrors, LED Headlights, 12 Fixed Cargo Tie Downs
LT Trail Boss 10-Speed Automatic Transmission, 7,000 GVWR, External Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler, External Engine Oil Cooler, High Capacity Air Filter, Hill Descent Control, Skid Plates, Electronic Power Steering Assist, Mud Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Tires, 18″ Wheels
RST Black Accent Styling, 6,800 GVWR, LED Cargo Bed Lighting, LED Fog Lights, Rear Air Vents, Rear Window Defogger, Theft-Deterrent Unauthorized Entry System, Deep-Tinted Glass
LTZ 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 Engine with Dynamic Fuel Management Technology, 6,800 GVWR, 18″ Wheels, Chrome Accent Styling, Driver Seat Memory, HD Radio, HD Rear Vision Camera, Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Keyless Start, Remote Start
High Country 6,900 GVWR, Leather Seating, 10-Way Power Front Seats, Bose Premium Sound System, Navigation, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Ventilated Front Seats, Wireless Charging, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist,  Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert

*Standard Features refers to amenities included in each trim level for no extra cost. It is not an exhaustive list. It does not include any optional packages that may be available on the vehicle.

2020 Chevy Silverado safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado with an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn’t yet tested the 2020 model at the time of publication, but passed the 2019 version with top marks on most crash tests though it noted several weak spots. Those weak spots include the second-lowest possible rating, “marginal”, for the passenger side front crash test. It earned the same low grade for ease-of-use of its child safety seat system and the lowest grade possible, “poor,” for the quality of its headlights.

What about advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)? ADAS are optional technology features on most vehicles, such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot warnings and park assist. All trims of the 2020 Silverado include a backup camera. Higher trim levels have more features available or included.

2020 Chevy Silverado Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Trim Included and Available ADAS
LT Included: Rearview Camera, Teen Driver System.

Available: Bed View Camera, Front and Rear Park Assist, HD Rear Vision Camera, Hitch Guidance, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Trailer Tire Pressure and Temperatures Sensors, OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services

RST Included: Seat Reminder, Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Available: All other available LT features

LTZ Included: Seat Reminder, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Hitch Guidance with Hitch View Camera.

Available: Following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, HD Surround Vision, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, plus all other available RST features.

High Country Included: Seat Reminder, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Hitch Guidance with Hitch View Camera, Front and Rear Park Assist.

Available: All other available LTZ features.

Be aware that no matter how many safety features the vehicle has, you should still practice safe driving methods. If you do plan to face harsh weather and off-road environments, check out the best off-roading SUVs and trucks.

2020 Chevy Silverado competitor comparison

A competitor comparison can be rather difficult to do for pickups because there are so many variations, not including optional packages, such as towing.

To keep it simple, here are the Chevrolet Silverado’s main competitors and how they stack up on their least-expensive crew cab models.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado vs. Competitors
Vehicle 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Crew Cab, Short Bed 2019 Ford F-150, SuperCrew, Short Bed 2019 RAM 1500 Classic, Crew Cab, Short Bed
Base MSRP $36,195 $34,695 $34,145
Expert Scores 4.3 4.3 4.4
Standard Features 4.3L V6 Engine, Teen Driver System, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, Power Windows and Locks, 7″ Diagonal Touchscreen. Bluetooth, 17″ Wheels, 2 Speakers, Tire Pressure Monitoring System 3.3L V6 Engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, 3 Drive Modes (Normal, Tow-Haul, Sport), Dynamic Hitch Assist, 17″ Wheels, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, SOS Post-Crash Alert System 3.6L V6 Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror, Power Windows and Locks, USB Port, 17″ Wheels, Tire Carrier Winch, Heated Exterior Mirrors, Spray-In Bed Liner
Fuel Economy Combined/City/Hwy 14/15/19 MPG 22/20/26 MPG 20/17/25 MPG

*Chart data is for 2019 and 2020 base models, when available. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings as available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is as defined by the EPA.

The bottom line on the 2020 Chevy Silverado

The 2020 Silverado is highly customizable with eight trims and a slew of configurations for the bed, cab and engine like the new 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel. And that’s not including other engine choices or greater towing capability and safety and technology features. But the Silverado doesn’t come cheap — even a base version with manual windows and locks is close to $30,000. If you’re not sold on the Silverado yet and still want to shop around, look at the best pickup trucks.

 

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