Engine: 3-liter Duramax turbo-diesel
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Torque: 460 lb.-ft.
EPA rating: 22/city, 26/highway, 24/combined
Base price: $45,700
As tested: $55,565
Overview: The 2021 Chevy Silverado is a full-size pickup truck that features eight trim levels — everything from a two-door work truck to some seriously luxurious trucks — plus seven powertrains, three cab sizes, three bed sizes and lots of standard and optional features. Our test driver was the crew cab LT with the Duramax turbo-diesel and this review focuses on that model.
Walkaround: The Silverado, like its GMC Sierra sibling, sports a boxy design. It appears GM doubled down on the boxy look, styling it tall, wide and basically square front and rear. The only things round are the wheelwell arches, which accommodate wheels from 17 to 22 inches in black, chrome or metallic finishes. The rear bumper has a large integrated step-up to the bed and 12 fixed tie-down locations, plus power outlets. New for 2021 is an optional six-way configurable power tailgate.
Interior: The Silverado cabin showcases big, easy-to-use controls across a dashboard that features large dials and buttons for climate and audio controls, vertical vents, a two-tiered glovebox and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Our test driver was trimmed in contrasting leather with wood accents. The Silverado’s heated-and-cooled, leather front seats are power adjustable, road trip comfortable and wide enough to provide easy relaxation for larger people. The center console does not marry up to the dashboard, creating extra room on the front floor as well. Our test driver offered 43.4 inches of rear leg room, with flip-up seats revealing hidden storage.
Behind the Wheel: Our 2021 Silverado test driver was equipped with GM’s most efficient powerplant — the 3-liter turbo-diesel V6. It delivers 277 horses and 460 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm. Married to a 10-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive, it can tow 9,500 pounds and get 33 mpg on the highway — however, not at the same time. The Silverado rides and drives like a pickup truck. There’s lots of bounce in the rear with the bed empty, thanks in part to its leaf-spring suspension. The steering feel is good and large brakes give the Silverado strong stopping power.
Bottom Line: The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup offers a huge range of choices to truck buyers. The turbo-diesel delivers good acceleration and is husky enough for good all-around capability — on and off-road.