2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Buyer’s Guide

2020 Chevy Silverado Overview

The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 is a fantastic full-size pickup vehicle. It has a bevy of powerful engines. It also has exceptional towing and hauling capabilities. Furthermore, even if you grew up driving trucks, its quiet and comfortable cabin will astound you.

Trims and which one should you choose

TrimsOriginally MSRP
Work Truck$28,095
Custom Trail Boss$39,295
LT Trail Boss$50,395
High Country$54,895

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available in six different trim levels. The basic equipment on the entry-level Silverado WT is adequate. However, you should consider upgrading to at least the LT trim. It includes common features such as keyless entry and automated climate control.

Furthermore, the Silverado 1500 has five engine options (turbo four, V6, twin V8s, and straight-six turbo diesel), three body designs (Regular, Double, and Crew Cabs), and three-bed lengths (5 feet 8 inches, 6 feet 6 inches, and 8 feet). These configurations, however, are not all interchangeable. As a result, you may have to forego a certain engine or body type if it isn’t available in your preferred trim or vice versa.

Nonetheless, the mid-level LT model with all-wheel drive, crew cab, standard bed length, and 5.3-liter V8 engine could be a perfect match. You can increase the worth of your investment by including a few options. The Z71 Off-Road package improves the truck’s appearance as well as its trail skills. Similarly, the Convenience package adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats,10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, remote start, dual-zone climate control, etc.


The cabin of the 2020 Silverado is serene, spacious, and comfy. It also has a lot of storage space, including underneath the rear seats. You’ll also appreciate the flat floor in the second row of the crew cab. The interior design is conservative, yet this may also be considered an advantage.

On the downside, no trim level has a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel adjustment, and the largest infotainment screen that is offered is an 8-inch touch screen. Although there are numerous cutting-edge safety systems, the trailer’s blind spots are not covered by the blind-spot monitoring system.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT

Engine options

  • 4.3-liter V6 engine
  • 5.3-liter V8 engine
  • 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder

Standard Features

  • Rearview camera
  • 7-inch touch screen
  • Two-speakers stereo
  • Apple CarPlay and Android AutoAuto
  • 17-inch steel wheels

The Double and Crew Cab version also add power windows, a six-speaker stereo, and a rear bench seat.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom

Engine options

  • 4.3-liter V6
  • 5.3-liter V8
  • 6.2-liter V8
  • 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder

Standard Features

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry 

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT

Engine options

  • 2.7-liter turbo-four
  • 5.3-liter V8
  • 6.2-liter V8
  • 3.0-liter turbodiesel straight-six

Standard Features

  • 8-inch touch screen
  • Automatic climate control
  • Additional USB ports
  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST

Engine options

  • 2.7-liter four-cylinder
  • 5.3-liter
  • 6.2-liter V8
  • 3.0-liter diesel straight-six

Standard Features

  • Power locking tailgate
  • Push-button and remote start
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lights

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

Engine options

  • 5.3-liter V8
  • 6.2-liter V8
  • 3.0-liter diesel

Standard Features

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Electrically adjustable front bucket seats along with heating function
  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Locking rear differential
  • HD radio
  • Satellite radio

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

Engine options

  • 5.3-liter V8
  • 6.2-liter V8
  • 3.0-liter diesel

Standard Features

  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Navigation System
  • Wireless device charging
  • Two additional USB ports (six total)
  • Seven-speaker stereo
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Power tailgate
  • 20-inch wheels

Engine and performance


3.0-liter inline-6 turbocharged diesel

  • Power: 277 hp @3,750 rpm
  • Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic transmission
  • EPA Rated Fuel Economy: 23-33 MPG

4.3-liter V6

  • Power: 285 hp @5,300 rpm
  • Torque: 305 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission
  • EPA Rated Fuel Economy: 16-21 MPG

7-liter inline-4 turbocharged

  • Power: 310 hp @5,600 rpm
  • Torque: 348 lb-ft @1,500-4,400 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission
  • EPA Rated Fuel Economy: 20-23 MPG

5.3-liter V8

  • Power: 355 hp @5,600 rpm
  • Torque: 383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic transmission
  • EPA Rated Fuel Economy: 17-24 MPG (all-wheel drive)

6.2-liter V8

  • Power: 420 hp @5,600 rpm
  • Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic transmission
  • EPA Rated Fuel Economy: 14-18 MPG


There are several engine options, so there is a 2020 Silverado 1500 for every need.

The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 produces a remarkable 460 lb-ft of torque at low revs (1,500 rpm), which is suitable for towing and off-roading.

The 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 is the more impressive of the two V-8s. Its 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque outperform not just Ford’s 5.0-liter and Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi but also Toyota’s 5.7 and Nissan’s 5.6.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 6.2-liter engine makes this Silverado faster than its V8-powered competitors. The High Country all-wheel-drive crew cab accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Nonetheless, the 5.3-liter V8 engine also packs plenty of punch. The 6.2-liter V8 has a rumbling exhaust to go along with its added power, but it is not significantly different from the smaller V8. It’s a wonderful choice, but the 5.3 is sufficient unless you want to tow more than 11,600 pounds.

On the other hand, the 2.7-liter four-cylinder offers decent towing capacity. However, it is slower than the 5.3-liter V8 engine in hitting 60mph.

Ride and handling

With a superb ride, the 2020 Chehron Silverado feels smaller than it is. Despite this, there’s a very minute body roll, and the handling is crisp and sure-footed. Everything feels smooth and linear, from steering to braking.

The Silverado was already known for its quiet cabins, but this new version is even quieter.

Towing and Payload Capacity

The 2020 Silverado 1500 can tow up to 13,400 pounds when properly equipped, which is 1200 pounds more than the most powerful outgoing model.

The Chevy pickup truck’s cargo bed can carry a payload of up to 2000 pounds as well.


The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Standard driver aids:

  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Rearview camera

Available driver aids:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview mirror with an integrated camera display
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • A surround-view parking camera system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Head-up display
  • Safety alert seat 


The estimated dependability rating for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is 85 out of 100.

A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 81-90 is considered great. 



  • Powerful engine options
  • Composed handling
  • Excellent towing capacities
  • Hushed and spacious cabin 
  • Intuitive infotainment system


Very few standard safety features

  • Not very high-end in luxury
  • Ram 1500 feels more refined


The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers good towing and hauling capabilities, smooth driving, ample passenger room, and a simple infotainment system, but it skimps on interior quality and standard safety features.


How is the 2020 Silverado truck different from the 2019 model? 

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado received a few updates the 2019 Chevy Silverado, the most notable of which was the addition of an adaptive cruise control system and a turbo diesel 3.0-liter engine. 

Should you buy a used 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck?

Yes, it is a great choice if you are eyeing a used full-size pickup truck. The cabin is large, and the vehicle handles well for its size. It also features powerful engine options and impressive towing and hauling capabilities. However, the cabin appears and feels cheap, and many of the Silverado’s active safety systems are confined to higher versions.