2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review: Our expert's take

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

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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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


My Last Truck...maybe

Transmission has problems. Started at 18K miles and getting worse. Probably be another fiasco. Standard transmissions should be "standard". GM is losing my favor....quickly! The End


Best truck owned.

I use my truck to pull a 9000 lb+ 34 ft travel trailer. I have the 3.0 diesel LT 4x4. I get 10 - 12 mpg towing. Once I get to the campsite it's like having an economy car that gets 25 - 30 mpg not towing. I don't ever plan on selling the truck, it is a keeper.


3.0 Duramax is awesome

I’ve had many silverados in my years, all 1/2 tons since ‘77. Enjoyed most of them. Can’t say much about the 700R4 transmission in the 90’s however. But this 2020 Silverado RST little max is the trophy of them all. It’s a fuel sipper with plenty of torque, which is awesome for towing. It averages 12 mpg towing and 30-34 mpg non towing. The 10 speed transmission performance is so smooth shifting, the performance of the little 3.0 is engineering at its best. I traded a 2016 Silverado Z71 5.3 for this truck. Wow, it puts that old ‘16 to shame. The truck is simply the best of the best in the 1/2 ton class. I have driven it 20k now and the only issue I’ve had was the my link freezing up several times in a couple weeks time frame. Took it to the dealer in Biloxie as I was on a road trip and they reflashed the system. Whatever that did, that was a couple months back and issue has not reappeared. It has all the bells and whistles with the first Bose system I’ve ever had in my 70 years. This is a phenomenal truck and I expect it will be my last. I can’t imagine parting with it. I never hesitated buying this truck after my initial test drive in Lubbock, Texas. I was not able to make a deal in my hometown here and was able to make a deal over the phone with a Chevrolet dealership in Farmersbranch, Texas. It’s sad another Chevrolet dealership 400 miles from my home can make a much greater deal than my local dealership. That’s free enterprise however and for what this truck cost, you have to shop your best deal. I feel like I got a great deal and absolutely no regrets. The all around ownership experience of this Silverado has exceeded my expectations. The best in its class

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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