2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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$29,895 - $34,495
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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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A robust yet handsome design, best-in-class performance, abundance of standard features, and a luxury touch is what defines the Chevrolet Silverado range. In the market since 1999 and together with the Ford F-series, the Silverado forms the largest chunk of vehicles sold in the U.S every year. Apart from its immense capability and utility, what adds to the Silverado’s sales volume is its immensely diverse line-up. Though it does have medium and heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 range, the light-duty Silverado 1500 remains the best seller amongst its long family tray. Even the Silverado 1500 range can be had in double cab, super cab and crew cab along with multitude of packages.

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Pros

Spacious interiors

Friendly infotainment

Powerful engine options

Cons

Dated interior layout

Ride quality not as favorable as its rivals

Mediocre cabin appointments

What's New?

No significant updates for 2021


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MSRP


2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck

Work Truck

power
710 hp@ 8000 rpm
fuel
Premium Gasoline
mpg
16 combined

$29,895 - $34,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $29,895 MSRP (15/16/19) 710 hp@ 8000 rpm, 3.9 L, V-8, Premium Gasoline
7-Speed Dual-Clutch Gearbox rear wheel drive 2
Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB 4WD (4.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,495 MSRP (16/18/23) 591 hp @ 7500 rpm, 3.9 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
7-Speed Dual Clutch rear wheel drive 4

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However, it's the 1500 regular cab that serves as the entry-passage to the Silverado range, and that's what we are particularly interested in. With a powerful engine, ample cargo bed alongside the strong DNA of its larger siblings make the 1500 regular cab one of the best short-bed trucks in the market. With the fourth-gen redesign in 2019, the popular truck further enhanced its propositions with more muscle, better features and a pleasurable cabin as well.

Even in the following 2020 model year it added some significant features and updates into its tray. However, with an all-new ZRX offroad variant and interior revisions slated for 2020, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab should remain mostly unchanged. With no hard rock to climb, we take a quick look here at what the upcoming 2021 1500 regular cab would look like.


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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

As the base constituent of its family, the current Silverado 1500 regular is offered with just one trim; Work Truck. Its sole-model is most likely to remain the same even for 2021. What else should probably remain constant is its sole powertrain, a standard RWD configuration with options as well as the features and prices. 

Trim

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck

MSRP (RWD)

$28,300

MSRP (AWD)

$32,900

Key Features

12-Volt auxiliary front power outlet

 

Halogen reflector headlamps

 

17-inch Ultra silver-painted steel wheels

 

6 Airbags

 

USB Port

 

2- Speaker audio system

 

Chevrolet Infotainment 3 w/7-in. touchscreen

*2020 data used for reference

Expected Price and Release Date

While Chevrolet is yet to officially announce its arrival, we do have some calculated estimations. With no major changes on the board, it should hit the stores very soon. An expected marginal price bump could not be denied as well. expect the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado regular cab to roll-down the production line, somewhere towards the end of this year with an expected price of $29,000.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine and Performance

To cater its heavy needs, the Silverado 1500 regular cab comes with a sole 4.3-liter V6 engine. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain churns up 285 hp and 305 ft-lbs of torque. While the engine might be the smallest on power among its other siblings, it seems aptly powered and enthusiastic as well.

Be it heavy towing or a quick highway passing, the engine happily accepts and caters to the commands thrown at it. The transmission too is very responsive and shifts with great precision and smoothness. However, if you crave for even more power under your foot, the optional 355 hp 5.3-liter V8 should serve you well. With the V8, the mini Silverado is more swift off the line and more comfortable in highway maneuvers.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2WD (Expected)

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Tradesman

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

MSRP

$28,300

$28,200

$25,025

$29,600

Engine

4.3 Liter V6 engine

3.6 L V6

3.7 L V6

4.3 L V6 with an option of a V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic Transmission

6-speed Automatic Transmission

Automatic Transmission

Power (hp @ rpm)

285 @ 5300

305 @ 6400

302 @ 6500

285 @ 5300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

305 @ 3900

269 @ 4800

278 @ 4000

305 @ 3900

With similar call of duty, all the other trucks in the lot here are motivated by somewhat similarly powered engines. Apart from power, all the cars in the segment are fair;ly competent and potent as well. However, in terms of numbers, the Ram 1500 takes a small lead over the rest with its 305 hp output. Though the Silverado and GMC Sierra with the same engine offer best in class torque output.

How quick is the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab?

The new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 shows enthralling accelerating abilities with a refined powertrain underneath. The massive 4.3 Liter V6 engine’s plentiful low-end torque and a responsive 6-speed Automatic transmission gives it a very good head-start. The pick-up truck can sprint a 0-60 mph in just 7.2 seconds which is very acceptable for its class and character.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2WD (Expected)

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Tradesman

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.2 

6.6

N/A

7.1

Quarter mile (sec)

15.2

14.7

N/A

15.2

Top Speed (mph)

N/A

NA

130

N/A

Engine

4.3 L V6

3.6 L V6

3.7 L V6

4.3 L V6 with an option of a V8

Well, the Silverado 1500’s does seem satisfactory enough, it's not the best sprinter in its class for sure. Among the segment, its corporate twin, the GMC Sierra offers identical sprint-runs, but it's the Ram that takes a lead again. Despite being the heaviest among the lot, the Ram 1500 completes the 0-60 mph run in a class-leading 6.6 seconds.

How well does the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab brake?

When it comes to heavy-duty pick-up trucks, braking is equally important as hauling and towing capacity. Accordingly, Chevrolet has equipped the Silverado 1500 regular cab with a decent braking apparatus. The mini 1500 gains its stopping prowess from ventilated discs and ABS at all four corners along with emergency braking assist. With this strong assistance, the Silverado 1500 regular cab stops from 60 mph to 0 in 129 feet. 

Model

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2WD (Expected)

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Tradesman

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

Brake Front (in)

13.6

14.9

13.8

13.0

Brake Rear (in)

13.5

14.8

13.7

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

2713/1889

5232

2675/2010

4510

60-0 MPH (ft.)

129

125

127

130

With a mammoth weight to tame down, the brake pedal does take some time to actually start engaging the brakes into action. However, the overall braking procedure in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 regular cab does feel responsive and firm nonetheless. Among its rivals though. the Ram 1500 turns out again as the most-blessed. With the latest set of discs both up and front, the Ram takes just 125 feet to come to a halt from 60 mph.

How well does the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab handle?

Handling the abilities of a pick-up truck is one of the most crucial areas to look upon. As these trucks usually travel cross country, handling and ease of driving are very important aspects. Fortunately, the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab does good in this area, offering toughly tested suspensions as well as design optimization. Interestingly and thankfully so, its dynamics have significantly improved with its newer sixth-generation.

Despite its visible bulk, the Silverado 1500 regular cab actually delights with its energy and enthusiasm. Not ideally a corner-hunter but it remains firm and planted on the move. With a lighter body than its previous generation, wider tires, electric steering and retuned suspension, the sixth-gen Silverado 1500 regular cab feels swifter and more agile from behind the wheel than what its proportions suggest. The refined RWD configuration ensures good traction as well as maximum power extraction at all road conditions. Also, there is an optional All-wheel-drive system which further ensures its capabilities off the road.

Towing Capacity

Owning a truck is very likely and frequent though that you might be pulling some trailer down to the warehouse or a boat to the beach. Therefore, a strong towing capacity is one of the most desirable aspects from a pick-up truck. Well, on that front, the Silverado 1500 regular cab performs very well with a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. 

Model 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2WD (Expected)

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Tradesman

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

Towing Capacity (lbs)

10,000

9,240

12,100

10,000

Among its rivals though, even with an almost similar power band, there is a variation in the towing capacities on tap. While the GMC Sierra offers similar towing capacity to the Silverado, the Ram takes a hit with the lowest 9200 lbs towing in its class. What shines over everything else in the class is the Ford F-150 regular cab with its best in class towing capacity of 12,100 pounds. 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Unfortunately, the pick-up truck segment does not get much traction on the fuel economy turf. Packed with massive engines, heavy weight, poor dynamics and heavy-duty character, these robust machines are great gas-guzzlers. Economy is such an aspect in the truck band that even a small variation can turn out to be a deal-breaker. As far as the Silverado 1500 is concerned it gets the essence of the subject pretty well and returns an acceptable 17 mpg combined economy. However, its relatively smaller fuel tank than rivals, Does limit its driving range. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2WD (Expected)

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Tradesman

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

MPG (City)

16

17

16

16

MPG (Highway)

21

23

21

21

MPG (Combined)

17

19

17

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

24

26

24

28

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

384/504/408

442/598/494

384/504/408

448/588/476

Compared with rivals, the Silverado’s economy figures seem to be in line with its class expectations. In fact, the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra offer the exact 17 mpg combined economy as the Silverado. However, the Ram 1500 surprises again with its best in class economy of 19 combined mpg. Moreover, with the largest fuel tank, the Ram also offers a better driving range than the others.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior

Pick-up trucks are not that popular when it comes to interior fitments. and the Silverado 1500 regular cab is no exception. The interior is laid out in a plain and basic fashion which aptly reflects its exterior utilitarian profile as well as character. The cabin does feel very spacious but its layout is on the old-fashioned side where modern trucks are exploring the luxury boundaries. A boxy central piece on the dashboard and a sea of hard plastic is what the cabin is all about.

Though the high seating position offers a commanding view of the road ahead, the overall outward visibility does get hampered by its thick pillars. Speaking of the seats, they are composed of vinyl and all you have is 4-way manual adjustment on tap. Don't look around for sheer comfort though. Moreover, the seats can be split into 40:20:40 ratio for extra space and convenience, if needed. 

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Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2WD

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Tradesman

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

2

3

3

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

43.03/66.02/44.53

40.9/66/45.2

41/65.9/41.4

42.40/66.73/45.27

Since not much can be expected on the interior front in the segment, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 regular cab doesn't look like a grouse. It's aptly spacious with plenty of room around the front seats for taller occupants. However, it's not as spacious as its corporate sibling, the GMC Sierra. Furthermore, to up its game in the segment, the Silverado 1500 regular cab desperately needs an interior refresh. Thankfully though, we know the fact that a major design overhaul of the mini Silverado is due for 2022. Aptly rich in cabin utilities, the cabin also gets front door-pockets, front cupholders, deep glove-box and a large center-console slack bin.

Interior Features

  • Reverse HD camera
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise Control
  • 12-Volt auxiliary front power outlet
  • 4-way manual and 40:20:40 split front seats

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab?

With the interior refresh slated for 2022, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado regular cab would feature the same infotainment setup as seen on its 2020 model. No fancy stuff and the popular mini-truck gets a basic 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a 3.5-inch monochromatic information display in the gauge cluster. 

Thankfully, the system does get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Running on Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 system, the screen is mediocre in quality with average graphics and sharpness. However, its clear interface and large icons make it easy to navigate through. Responses to inputs though can be sloppy at times. Some of the highlights of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 regular cab are listed below.

Infotainment features:

  • Bluetooth
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Compass
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • USB connection

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Exterior

5.0/10

Take a look at the exterior of the current Silverado 1500 regular cab and you instantly notice the familiar underpinning of its larger siblings. The overall look and stature is bold and extremely rugged that looks like a Chevrolet Colorado in a de-sized version. Look straight into its eyes and its family genes get more visible. A large blacked out rectangular grille flanked by Halogen headlamps seems to have just been picked from Chevy’s larger trucks.

Thanks to the black bar at the front with Chevrolet embossing, that bifurcates the grille and the headlamps for an aggressive face. The high chin at the front, straight lines on the bonnet integrate beautifully with the rear profile giving it a dynamic and robust profile. The heavy-duty stance is further highlighted by raised lower side-body creases alongside large wheel arches housing the 17’ inch steel rims. At the back, things are kept pretty minimal with vertical LED tail lamps, chrome badging on the rear gate and black rear bumpers. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 2WD (Expected)

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Tradesman

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4520

5232

4069

4510

Length (inches)

213.7

232.9

213.2

229.6

Width (inches)

81.24

82.1

79.2

81.15

Height (inches)

75.49

77.5

74.8

75.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.89

NA

8.2

-

Wheelbase (inches)

147.43

144.5

126

139.56

Overall, the Chevrolet Silverado regular cab looks just how a heavy purpose truck should. It's clean, robust, aggressive and muscular, that's all that one could say about its exterior profile. However, this is not the case only with the Silverado. The other three cars in the lot here have a similarly furious coat on their sleeves. And why not, you cannot decorate a vehicle that can tow 10,000 lbs with low ground clearance and gentle styling elements. 

Some highlighted exterior features are:

  • Halogen Headlights
  • LED Tail lamps
  • Black front-grille and bumpers 
  • 17’ inch standard steel rims
  • 4" Round Black Assist Steps
  • Electric Rear-Window Defogger
  • Deep-Tinted Glass
  • LED Cargo Area Lighting

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Safety

Chevrolet has always taken care of the safety of its fleet with robust yet light material usage and cutting edge manufacturing methods. The sixth-gen Silverado 1500 gets the latest safety amenities and driver assistance aids to ensure the complete safety of the passengers as well as cargo. Few highlighted safety features are:

  • 6-airbags package
  • Rearview HD Camera
  • Front and Rear parking assist
  • Daytime running lights
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring system
  • Hitch guidance

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Competition

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab vs Ram 1500 Regular Cab

Performance numbers for both the trucks are almost at par. The exterior design of the Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular Cab is bolder and sportier than the Ram 1500, the magic is done by the chrome-finished detailing. Interior space is also similar to the latest range of infotainment and connectivity options and plush seating.

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab VS Ford F-150 Regular Cab XL

The one with the widest wheelbase and plethora of advanced features, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is definitely on the top list of pick-up trucks. Though, the F-150 also shows at par performance and better interior features with upgraded tech amenities and comfortable seating arrangement.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab VS GMC Sierra Regular Cab

In terms of performance, both cars show incredible numbers with high power output and great towing capacity. The fuel economy of the GMC Sierra is better than the Silverado, giving it a commercially upper hand. The exterior design of the Silverado is more compelling with chrome finishing and LED headlights.

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Final Verdict

The detailed review shows all the aspects of the new 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab. With two box size options and a spacious cabin, passenger space is no longer a problem in the latest model. Packed with the latest infotainment range and connectivity options, it sets a new benchmark in the segment. Also, the build quality of the car is top-notch with sturdy material selection and new design concepts. The front is much more aerodynamic and the sides are sleeker.

The performance of the new Silverado 1500 is commendable with the best-in-class torque output and a towing capacity of over 7900 pounds. It houses a massive 4.3 L V6 engine and a 6-speed transmission system with rear-wheel drive configuration. A highly agile movement gives you the confidence to further push the truck to its limits. Overall, a wholesome experience can be felt in the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab.

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