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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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$28,500 — $57,100 MSRP
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17-21 MPG
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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight and Rally editions are coming back for the 2020 model year, and both made their public debuts at the 2019 State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Watch the video to see what they bring to the Silverado lineup.

By Brian Normile

Most significant changes: New-for-2020 turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder now available on LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models; 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed automatic now available on Trail Boss and RST models; 5.3-liter V-8 now paired with 10-speed automatic and standard on LT Trail Boss and available on High Country; 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can be had in Custom trims; trailering tech that debuted on 2020 Silverado 2500/3500 now available on the 1500

Price changes: Base WT starting price increases by $100, but price changes vary depending on powertrain chosen for trim level

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020. With all the new tech and more powertrain options from top to bottom, a 2020 should be the easy choice unless you’re looking for an absolutely bare-bones work truck.

Chevrolet’s Silverado lineup may have slipped to third place in pickup sales for the 2019 calendar year, but the updates offered for the 2020 1500 model may be enough to help the Bow-Tie brand reclaim its usual second-place spot in the truck sales hierarchy.

Related: 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year Nominees

The most significant powertrain update is the all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter baby Duramax as an option for LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trims. We’ve driven the new diesel and like it, even if it may not always be able to meet its EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 23/33/27 mpg city/highway/combined (in 4×2 configuration). We liked it so much, in fact, that the diesel-...

Most significant changes: New-for-2020 turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder now available on LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models; 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed automatic now available on Trail Boss and RST models; 5.3-liter V-8 now paired with 10-speed automatic and standard on LT Trail Boss and available on High Country; 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can be had in Custom trims; trailering tech that debuted on 2020 Silverado 2500/3500 now available on the 1500

Price changes: Base WT starting price increases by $100, but price changes vary depending on powertrain chosen for trim level

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020. With all the new tech and more powertrain options from top to bottom, a 2020 should be the easy choice unless you’re looking for an absolutely bare-bones work truck.

Chevrolet’s Silverado lineup may have slipped to third place in pickup sales for the 2019 calendar year, but the updates offered for the 2020 1500 model may be enough to help the Bow-Tie brand reclaim its usual second-place spot in the truck sales hierarchy.

Related: 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year Nominees

The most significant powertrain update is the all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter baby Duramax as an option for LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trims. We’ve driven the new diesel and like it, even if it may not always be able to meet its EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 23/33/27 mpg city/highway/combined (in 4×2 configuration). We liked it so much, in fact, that the diesel-powered 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel is one of our 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year nominees.

Significant changes have also been made in powertrain availability. Chevy is expanding the number of choices for shoppers who may want more power for their pickup without the more luxurious interiors of the LTZ or High Country trims — or their higher prices — by making the 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed available in the lower Trail Boss and RST trims. Also available for the 6.2-liter is a Performance Upgrade Package ($1,875) that adds a higher-flow air intake and cat-back exhaust and increases horsepower from 420 to 435 and torque from 460 pounds-feet to 469. The 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will also be available on the Custom trim level (it’s standard in the RST and LT). The 5.3-liter V-8 is now paired with the 10-speed automatic as standard equipment on the LT Trail Boss and available as an option on the four-wheel-drive High Country; the 5.3-liter V-8 with an eight-speed is standard on the LTZ and High Country and available on the LT and RST.

Chevrolet’s advanced trailering technology — one of the reasons the 2020 Silverado 2500/3500 is one of our Pickup Truck of the Year nominees for 2020 — is now available for the smaller Silverado 1500, including the “transparent trailer” feature that uses cameras to provide a rear view when trailering as if the trailer weren’t there. Trailering side mirrors, a lower-tech way to make trailering safer and easier, are also available.

The last camera trick Chevy has up its sleeve is the availability of an adaptive cruise control system that uses a camera mounted behind the rearview mirror to keep the truck at a safe following distance. This feature will be available on LT, LTZ and High Country models.

As for pricing, the base 2020 WT trim level starts at $29,895 (all prices include destination) — $100 more than the 2019’s $29,795. But as shoppers go up the trim levels and standard powertrains change (and choices are added), prices between model years could change significantly.

With all the new technology and increased choice for consumers, the 2020 Silverado 1500 is an easy choice over the 2019 — depending on the budget.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
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Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Very happy with my purchase.

by #loud2ss from Columbia , SC on October 14, 2020

I was in the market for a basic truck. The silverado 1500 4x4 custom trim was the right choice for my needs and fit my budget. Has some great extra for standard equipment such as the tow package, wifi... Read full review

(3.0)

Not a good start with a New Pick up truck

by RT21BORI from Austin on October 14, 2020

Brake system and electrical problems. I don't trust this vehicle to have my family with me. Brakes ABS engage while the vehicle was going 60 miles an hour. Am blessed that I didn't have a crash or ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Silverado 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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