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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 finishes in the middle of our full-size pickup truck rankings. It has terrific towing capability and a stellar predicted reliability rating, but it isn't as nice inside as some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent towing capacity
  • Powerful available engines
  • Intuitive tech features
  • Terrific predicted reliability rating
  • Less upscale and comfortable inside than rivals
  • Doesn't ride as smoothly as competitors

New for 2021

  • New multifunction tailgate now available
  • Increased towing capacities with turbodiesel and turbo-four engines
  • Some feature shuffling between trims

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Full Size Pickup Trucks category. Currently the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.1
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.6 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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Reliability:
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Is the Chevrolet Silverado a Good Truck?

Yes, the Chevrolet Silverado is a good truck. It offers several potent engines, can tow and haul as much or more than most rivals, and has a spacious interior with easy-to-use tech features. It also earns the highest predicted reliability rating in the class.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Dimensions and Weight

  • Length: 19 feet, 1.5 inches to 20 feet, 1.2 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 3.4 inches to 6 feet, 6.5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,400 to 5,150 pounds
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Should I Buy the Chevrolet Silverado?

There's a lot to like about the Silverado, and its below-average price tag also makes it an enticing value. However, it doesn’t quite measure up to domestic full-size pickup truck rivals like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, especially when it comes to cabin quality.

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2020 vs. 2021 Chevrolet Silverado: What's the Difference?

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado doesn't see a ton of changes from the 2020 model, but there are a couple of things worth noting. One is that the new Silverado has increased towing capacity when equipped with either the turbodiesel or turbocharged four-cylinder engine (though the largest V8 is still the engine that offers the highest tow rating).

The other notable change is that Chevy now offers a multifunction tailgate (MultiFlex) with added abilities. For example, this optional tailgate has a small cutout to facilitate hauling extremely long objects, and it can deploy a step to make it easier to climb into the bed.

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Here are the key changes for the Chevrolet Silverado over the last few years:

  • 2017: Teen Driver system became standard; automatic emergency braking made available
  • 2018: a touch-screen infotainment system and a rearview camera added to standard features list
  • 2019: fully redesigned with updated styling, more available driver assistance features, and an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 2020: increased towing capacity; gained an available turbodiesel engine
  • 2021: new multifunction tailgate now available, and turbodiesel and turbo-four engines get increase in towing capacities

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Silverado, 2019 Silverado, and 2020 Silverado reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cost?

The Silverado sports a starting MSRP of $28,600, which is a little below most other full-size trucks' starting prices. Double Cab Silverado models start at $32,500, while Crew Cab models start at $34,900. At the other end of the trim lineup sits the range-topping Silverado High Country. It starts at $53,400, which is one of the lower top-trim prices in the class.

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus the Competition

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 finishes near the top of our full-size pickup truck rankings every year because it does everything well. It's completely redesigned for 2021, with revamped styling, a revised engine lineup, and an updated features list. The 2021 F-150 hasn't been reviewed yet, but its highlights include a full hybrid powertrain, an all-new SYNC 4 infotainment system, and projected towing and hauling capacities that should be among the best in the class.

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is usually the F-150's main challenger for the top spot in the class rankings. The Ram’s upscale cabin approaches luxury vehicle standards and is a clear step above the Silverado's interior. The Ram offers more in the features department, including a 12-inch tablet-style vertical infotainment display. The Ram can't tow quite as much as the Silverado, but that's about its only downside, and it still tows nearly 13,000 pounds. Both of these trucks have spacious rear-seat room in their biggest cab configurations, but the Ram's seats are more comfortable.

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Silverado 1500 Performance: Powerful with Plenty of Capability

Silverado Engine

The Chevrolet Silverado comes standard with a 285-horsepower V6 engine, and there are several other engines available. They include a 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, a 355-horsepower V8, a 420-horsepower V8, and a 277-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder diesel.

You'll want to skip past the V6. Though it gets the job done for daily driving, it lacks the towing and hauling capability of the optional powertrains. The turbo-four is quicker and better for towing. The turbodiesel also has good towing ability, but it isn't that quick off the line. The V8s are the best all-around engines, as they provide excellent towing capability and authoritative power.

Silverado Gas Mileage

The Silverado's mpg ratings vary pretty significantly. With the turbo-four engine, this Chevy gets 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which are good ratings for the full-size pickup truck class. Opt for the 5.3-liter V8, and ratings sit at 17/23 mpg city/highway. Those are better than the ratings delivered by some rival V8s, as well as the ratings you get with the Silverado's base V6 engine.

Models with the diesel yield the best fuel economy at 23/33 mpg city/highway. That makes it one of the most fuel-efficient powertrains in the class.

Silverado Ride and Handling

This is a big truck, but it's still fairly easy to drive and maneuver in confined areas. It's stable around turns and has surprisingly good handling. The ride is generally comfortable, but you may get bounced around a bit on rougher pavement.

Silverado Off-Road Performance

Every Silverado is available with four-wheel drive, and most trims offer the Z71 package, which includes features like a more rugged suspension and makes the Chevy a more capable off-roader. If you really plan to go off-roading a lot, you’ll want to look to the Trail Boss trims, which are the most capable trucks in the lineup.

Silverado Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Silverado can tow up to 13,300 pounds and haul up to 2,280 pounds. Your engine, drivetrain, and cab choices all affect the Silverado's abilities, but the vast majority of Silverado models can haul upward of 2,000 pounds and tow at least 9,000 pounds.

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Silverado 1500 Interior: Plenty of Space but Lackluster Quality

Silverado Cargo Space

The Silverado is available with a 5-foot-10-inch, a 6-foot-7-inch, or an 8-foot-2-inch bed. Cargo volume is good overall, and there's a long list of standard and available features for increasing utility.

How Many People Does the Silverado Seat?

Regular Cab Silverado models seat up to three, while Double and Crew Cab models seat up to six. Both rows of seats provide gobs of head- and legroom. The front seats aren’t the plushest in the class, but they're comfortable. The rear seats are less cushioned, however.

Silverado and Child Car Seats

Silverado models with a second row have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats, and you might confuse the tether anchors for other hardware.

Silverado Interior Quality

This Chevy feels a step behind the competition when it comes to cabin quality. Not only are the design and styling a little dated, but there are more hard plastics than you expect to find in a vehicle that costs this much. Even the higher trims aren't as luxurious as rivals' range-topping models.

Silverado Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface is intuitive with straightforward menus. The touch screen is easy to see and responds quickly to inputs. There are physical controls for many functions as well, but some of them are hard to reach from the driver's seat.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, two speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker audio system, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, additional USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Other available features: power windows and door locks, remote start, cruise control, a sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Silverado 1500 Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Silverado Reliable?

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado has a stellar predicted reliability rating of five out of five.

Chevrolet Silverado Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Silverado with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Silverado 1500 Safety

Silverado Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2021 Silverado.

Silverado Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane change alert
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Safety alert seat

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Where Is the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Built?

Chevrolet builds the 2021 Silverado in Indiana and Michigan.

Which Chevrolet Silverado Model Is Right for Me?

As with other full-size pickup trucks, you need to select your cab style and bed length before considering a trim for your 2021 Chevrolet Silverado. That's because not every trim is offered with every possible cab/bed combination. You may also want to determine which of the Silverado's five powertrains you want, as most trims aren't available with more than three engine options.

Once you've made these decisions, you can decide which of the Silverado's eight trims works best for you. They are: WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country.

The lowest trim most buyers should consider is the Custom, which has a second row of seats and comes with power windows and door locks, which aren't standard in the WT. The midrange LT trim offers the best combination of features and price for most shoppers. It only costs a little more than the Custom, but it comes with many more comfort and infotainment features.

Below we list the standard features and notable option packages for each trim. Be aware that the option packages typically vary in price not only from one trim to another, but also according to body style.

Chevrolet Silverado Powertrain Options:

  • Base engine: 4.3-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque; starts at $28,600 (available in WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss)
  • Available engines:
    • 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque; starts at $30,390 (available in all trims)
    • 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque; starts at $31,255 (available in WT, Custom, LT, RST)
    • 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque (435 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque with the Performance package); starts at $40,800 (available in Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, High Country)
    • 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel with 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque; starts at $39,600 (available in LT, RST, LTZ, High Country)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-, eight-, or 10-speed automatic, depending on engine and trim level

Chevrolet Silverado Appearance Packages:

  • Dark Essentials package (prices start at $425): Black Silverado and trim nameplates, a front black bowtie, black tailgate decal lettering, and black engine badges when ordered with 6.2-liter V8 or turbodiesel engines
  • Chrome package (prices start at $275): chrome recovery hooks and a polished exhaust tip
  • Rally Edition package (prices start at $2,415): black Silverado and trim nameplates, black Chevrolet tailgate lettering, black rally stripes for hood and tailgate, black assist steps, a spray-on bedliner, 20-inch black painted aluminum wheels, black bowties on steering wheel horn pad and front grille, and a black chrome exhaust tip
  • Midnight Edition (prices start at $1,265): black Silverado badging, black trim level badging, and black dual exhaust tips

Chevrolet Silverado Work Packages/Options:

  • Work Truck package (prices start at $175; available in WT): a high-capacity air filter and skid plates
  • Assist Step and Tonneau Value Package I (prices start at $995; available in WT, Custom): black work steps and a soft roll-up tonneau cover
  • Assist Step and Tonneau Value Package II (prices start at $1,395; available in Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ): a tri-fold soft tonneau cover and choice of chrome 4-inch round assist steps or black 4-inch round assist steps
  • Diesel Off-Road package (prices start at $1,595; available in Custom Trail Boss, LT): 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac blackwall tires, a tri-fold hard tonneau cover, and 6-inch chrome assist steps (Crew Cab only)
  • Performance Upgrade package (prices start at $1,875; available in LT, RST, LTZ, High Country, Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss): a performance air intake and a cat-back performance exhaust
  • Z71 Off-Road and Protection package (prices start at $2,095; available in LT, LTZ, High Country): a Z71 Off-Road suspension, Rancho twin tube shocks, hill descent control, skid plates, a heavy-duty air filter, and upgraded wheels and tires (select trims)
  • Z71 Off-Road package (prices start at $350; available in WT, LT, High Country): a Z71 Off-Road suspension, Rancho twin tube shocks, hill descent control, skid plates, a heavy-duty air filter, a two-speed transfer case, a locking differential, and upgraded wheels and tires (based on trim)
  • Trailering package (prices start at $395; available in WT, Custom, LT, RST): a trailer hitch and platform, a 2-inch receiver hitch, and hitch guidance
  • Advanced Trailering package (prices start at $490; available in LT, RST, LT Trail Boss): an in-vehicle advanced trailering system, hitch guidance with hitch view, and a trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring system
  • Max Trailering package (prices start at $850; available in Custom, LT, RST, LTZ, High Country): Trailering package features, plus an automatic locking rear differential, a Handling/Trailering2 Suspension package, an enhanced cooling radiator, revised shock tuning, heavier duty rear springs, a 3.42 axle ratio, and a trailer brake controller
  • Custom Max Trailering package (prices start at $3,970; available in Custom): a 3.73 axle ratio, outside power-adjustable vertical trailering mirrors, 6-inch chrome rectangular wheel-to-wheel assist steps (Crew Cab models), a spray-on bedliner, tiered storage, a tri-fold hard tonneau cover, and cargo tie-down rings
  • Snow Plow Prep package (4WD models only, prices start at $400; available in WT, LT, LTZ): heavy-duty front springs, skid plates, a 220-amp alternator, a high-capacity air filter, and an auxiliary transmission oil cooler

Chevrolet Silverado Trims:

Chevrolet Silverado WT

The Silverado WT, which stands for work truck, carries a base price of $28,600. It features a 285-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, manually adjustable seats, a rearview camera, the Teen Driver safety system, a 7-inch touch screen, two speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

This is the only trim that's available with the Regular Cab. Double Cab models start at $32,500, while Crew Cab models start at $34,900. You can upgrade to a 355-horsepower V8 engine, a 310-horsepower turbo-four engine, and four-wheel drive, though prices vary depending on which cab you select.

The Work Truck Value package adds power windows and door locks, cruise control, an EZ Lift power lock and release tailgate, and hitch guidance. The WT Convenience package includes power windows and door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, and power outside mirrors. The WT Safety package adds front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, and rear cross traffic alert.

Chevrolet Silverado Custom

The Silverado Custom starts at $35,900 for the Double Cab and $38,300 for the Crew Cab. In addition to the base trim's features, the Custom comes with power windows and door locks, remote start, cloth upholstery, hitch guidance, the EZ Lift power lock and release tailgate, cruise control, a rear-seat reminder, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

You can upgrade to the 355-horsepower V8 engine or the 310-horsepower turbo-four, along with four-wheel drive.

Chevrolet Silverado LT

The Silverado LT has a starting MSRP of $39,600 for Double Cab models and $42,000 for Crew Cab models. The LT features the 310-horsepower turbo-four engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. On top of the lower trims' features, the LT comes with a locking rear differential, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, and additional USB ports.

The Safety package adds front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

You can upgrade to a 355-horsepower V8 engine with cylinder deactivation technology, a 277-horsepower six-cylinder turbodiesel (this is the lowest trim to offer the diesel), and four-wheel drive.

Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss

The Custom and LT trims also offer subtrims known as the Trail Boss. These four-wheel-drive models come with many additional off-road-oriented features but are largely the same as the base Custom and LT models when it comes to comfort and infotainment.

The Custom Trail Boss (starting MSRP is $40,800) adds a Z71 suspension with a 2-inch lift, a two-speed transfer case, a locking rear differential, hill descent control, and skid plates. You can upgrade to either the 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 engine.

The LT Trail Boss (starting MSRP is $50,600) has all those features as well, but instead of the V6 engine, it comes with the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 with cylinder deactivation technology and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LT Trail Boss also only comes in the Crew Cab body style, and you can upgrade to the 420-horsepower V8.

Chevrolet Silverado LTZ

The Silverado LTZ only comes in the Crew Cab body style, and its starting price sits at $49,100. The LTZ boasts the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine with cylinder deactivation technology. Standard features in the LTZ include a trailer brake controller, an in-bed power outlet, genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, HD Radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

You can upgrade to the turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive. In 4WD models, you can also upgrade to the 420-horsepower V8.

The LTZ Premium package adds navigation, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, and wireless device charging. The Technology package adds a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, Rear Camera Mirror, and a bed-view camera. The Safety Package II includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a safety alert seat.

Chevrolet Silverado High Country

The Silverado High Country starts at $53,400. The High Country comes with an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and wireless device charging.

You can upgrade to the turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive. In 4WD models, you can also upgrade to the 420-horsepower V8. Other options and packages are mostly the same as in the LTZ trim.

Which Silverado Cab Style Is Right for Me?

The Chevy Silverado is available in three cab configurations: Regular Cab, an extended Double Cab, and a full-size Crew Cab. Most people will want the Double or Crew Cab body style because they have rear seats and can fit up to six people, whereas Regular Cab models only seat three people on a front bench seat. And unlike in some rivals, you can't opt for bucket seats in the Regular Cab.

The Double Cab provides enough rear-seat space for most adults, but taller folks may wish for more room. This cab style has a little more than 35 inches of rear legroom. That's less space than the Chevrolet Cruze – a compact car – and about as much rear legroom as the Chevy Colorado – a compact pickup truck – has in its larger Crew Cab variant. What's more, getting into and out of the back can be tough because of the truck's half-size rear doors.

The Silverado Crew Cab should be the choice for those seeking a family vehicle or those who regularly travel with adults in the back seat. You get 43.4 inches of rear legroom in this cab, which is more space than you would get with any of Chevy's other utility vehicles. Midsize SUVs like the Blazer and Traverse, along with large SUVs like the Tahoe and Suburban, all offer around 40 inches of second-row legroom.

Which Silverado Bed Length Is Right for Me?

The Silverado is available with three bed lengths. Unfortunately, you can't just pick your preferred bed length and pair it to your preferred cab style. The longest bed measures 8 feet, 2 inches, and you can only get it with the three-person Regular Cab. A 6-foot-7-inch standard bed is available with both Double and Crew Cab models. The shortest bed is 5 feet, 10 inches, and it is only paired with the Crew Cab.

If you just want a work truck, then you want the Regular Cab with the long bed. A Crew Cab model with the midrange standard bed offers the best combination of passenger space and cargo capacity. However, that’s the longest possible configuration of the truck, coming in at more than 20 feet long.

Which Silverado Model Is Best for Towing and Hauling?

When properly equipped, the Silverado can tow up to 13,300 pounds. To achieve that number, you need a Double Cab model with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. You'll also need to spring for the Max Trailering package.

In general, Regular Cab models tow slightly more than Double Cab and Crew Cab models when equipped with the same engine, though there are a couple of exceptions, and not every engine is offered in Regular Cab models. The same is true of rear-wheel-drive models compared to four-wheel-drive models.

Towing capacity with the base V6 ranges from 7,200 to 7,900 pounds, depending on cab style and trim level. With the turbo-four engine, that range is 9,000 to 9,600 pounds. With the smaller, 5.3-liter V8, towing capacity checks in at 9,300 to 11,500 pounds. The larger, 6.2-liter V8 unlocks towing capacities of 9,100 to 13,300 pounds. Finally, the turbodiesel lets you tow from 9,000 to 9,500 pounds.

Payload capacity is more dependent on body style than which engine you want. Drivetrain is also a factor, as 4WD models typically can't haul quite as much as RWD models. Regular Cab models can haul the most, up to 2,280 pounds. That number sits at 2,190 for Double Cab models and 2,180 for Crew Cab models.

Hauling capability is pretty similar throughout the lineup, as almost every model other than the Trail Boss can haul at least 2,000 pounds. Trail Boss models check in around 1,800 pounds.

Which Silverado Model Is Best for Off-Roading?

You can probably guess based on the names, but the best Silverado models for off-roading are the Trail Boss trims. There are two of them – Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss – and they build off the regular features of the Custom and LT trims. Unique off-road elements to Trail Boss models include a 2-inch suspension lift, an automatic locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, off-road tires, hill descent control, and a two-speed transfer case.

Shoppers who want good off-road capability but don’t want to pay the higher prices for Trail Boss models can instead add the Z71 Off-Road package to many trim levels. This package upgrades the truck with a Z71 off-road suspension (no lift), hill descent control, skid plates, a two-speed transfer case, an automatic locking rear differential, and all-terrain tires.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is a good truck that would look a lot better if the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 didn't exist. That's because although this Chevrolet has very few shortcomings, the Ford and Ram still surpass it in most respects. Still, this is a full-size pickup truck worth considering because it's spacious, capable, and gets a perfect predicted reliability rating, and its below-average price makes it a decent value.

Don't just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 represents the status quo for a full-size light-duty truck. Its acceleration and braking performance are pretty average, while comfort and interior appointments are nothing special – at least not special enough to attract new buyers who currently own competing trucks." -- Edmunds
  • "The Silverado is Chevrolet's popular full-size truck. Revamped just two years ago, it still feels quite fresh and is more than ready to battle it in the competitive half-ton truck segment that includes the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, not to mention the Toyota Tundra and the Chevy's GMC Sierra sibling. That's strict competition for sure, but the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado remains an alluring choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a widely respected full-size pickup truck, but it's not quite as desirable as its equally respected domestic competitors. The half-ton Chevy does boast stout towing capacities and an assortment of excellent powertrain choices. … Unfortunately, the Chevy's cheap and uninspired interior as well as its harsh ride quality make it feel less refined than the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. While both of those alternatives offer better value, the 2021 Silverado is still a highly configurable and impressively proficient pickup." -- Car and Driver
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