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The 2022 Ford Raptor in Denver will arrive this February. Additionally, the new Chevy Silverado Trail Boss is expected any day at local dealerships.
Lake Forest drivers will learn to love towing, thanks to the Chevrolet Silverado’s Advanced Trailering System, which offers up to 15 unique views for easier hitching and hauling. Then tow hands-free from Irvine to Los Angeles with Super Cruise ™ safety technology.
Tech equipment includes a 12.3-inch diagonal driver information center and a standard 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment touchscreen.
The Silverado also includes the Chevy Safety Assist as a standard feature, offering:
The 2022 Ford Raptor has space to hold five people comfortably. On the other hand, the 2022 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss can hold up to six occupants, although the ride can be cramped.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
From the stripped-down Work Truck model to the decked-out High Country, the Silverado can be configured in a multitude of ways. Base models offer nothing but the essentials, including manually adjustable front seats, manual locks and windows, and vinyl seats. However, starting on the LT trim, the cabin is significantly snazzier thanks to a handsomer dashboard design with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a huge center touchscreen. The High Country’s interior looks particularly pretty with its leather upholstery and open-pore wood trim. While the crew cab has an enormous rear seat with generous headroom, we found the cushions back there to be uncomfortable. Still, this is a practical hauler, featuring clever storage cubbies spread throughout the cabin. While the Chevy lacks the carbon-fiber-reinforced cargo bed that’s offered on the half-ton Sierra, it’s now available with a similar multifunction tailgate, dubbed Multi-Flex. Plus, the Chevy’s range of different bed lengths will undoubtedly satisfy traditionalists.
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How big is the Silverado?
It’s huge. But so are all full-size pickups today. There are three cab configurations: a two-door Regular Cab with an 8-foot bed, a Double Cab with four doors and a 6.5-foot bed, and the larger Crew Cab four-door with either a 6.5-foot or a 5.8-foot bed. The Regular Cab measures 229.5 inches from stem to stern, while the Double Cab and the Crew Cab short box are just two inches longer, and the Crew Cab long box tacks on another 10 inches. The off-road ZR2 version is sold only as a Crew Cab with the short box.
The Silverado features higher bed sides than most competitors, allowing Chevy to claim greater cargo volume. You can also get it with GM’s Multi-Flex tailgate shown above left. Payload ranges from 2,130 pounds for the 4×4 Crew Cab to 2,280 for the 4×2 Regular Cab. Buyers who would routinely max out the payload, however, should look instead at the Silverado HD.
The vast majority of Silverados sold are the four-door Crew Cab configuration, which has sprawl-out space in the rear seat. The rear seat cushion also can flip up to help when carrying cargo inside. Access is easy through huge doors, although it’s a climb up to get inside (more so on the off-road-themed variants with their raised suspensions). The Double Cab is less spacious, and its rear seatback is more upright (pictured below left). The Double Cab’s narrow rear doors are a clue that its back seat is meant for occasional use, but at least they’re front-hinged rather than Ford’s awkward clamshell design. You can also see the Silverado’s six-passenger configuration below left, which includes a front middle seat.
Few full-size trucks are as capable as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. When powered by the Duramax® turbodiesel engine, Mission Viejo motorists can tow 13,300 pounds, the pickup’s maximum towing rating. Other powertrains are capable of towing north of 10,000 pounds, with an EcoTec3 V8 engine touting an 11,500-pound towing capacity. Have a heavy payload to haul from Laguna Beach to the other side of Los Angeles? The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is capable, earning a 2,310-pound max payload rating.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Chevy covers the half-ton Silverado with a competitive warranty that doesn’t quite match the lengthy powertrain coverage of the Nissan Titan. However, every Silverado 1500 does get one complimentary scheduled maintenance visit.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit
Specifications 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, rear-/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup PRICE AS TESTED $62,515 (base price: $53,090) ENGINE TYPE turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection Displacement 183 cu in, 2993 cc Power 277 hp @ 3750 rpm Torque 460 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic CHASSIS Suspension (F/R): control arms/live axle Brakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/14.2-in vented disc Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT, 275/60R-20 115S M+S TPC Spec 2369 DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 157.0 in Length: 241.3 in Width: 81.2 in Height: 75.4 in Passenger volume: 139 cu ft Curb weight: 5653 lb C/D TEST RESULTS Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec 60 mph: 7.1 sec 100 mph: 21.5 sec Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.2 sec Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.2 sec Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.2 sec ¼-mile: 15.5 sec @ 88 mph Top speed (governor limited): 114 mph Braking, 70–0 mph: 181 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.77 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY Observed: 23 mpg 75-mph highway driving: 26 mpg Highway range: 570 miles EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/city/highway: 25/23/29 mpg