Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trims ExplainedJan 2nd, 2019
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is all new from the ground up. But it still has some familiarity to it from the trim levels that carryover along with a few new ones. While there are 8 trim levels in total, they can be split up into 3 categories to make things simpler. High Value, High Volume, & High Feature.
The High Value category consists of the Work Truck, Custom and the new Custom Trail Boss trims. This category of Silverado 1500 trims focuses on providing customers with a capable truck while still checking off the essential features at an affordable price.
Work Truck - The Work Truck (WT) trim is as basic of a Silverado as one can get. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be feature-less. With a starting price of $35,000 for the Double cab 4x2, the WT is equipped with the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine producing 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Standard features on it include a 7-inch touch screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, bluetooth, USB port, backup camera, A/C, Power windows, power locks, tire pressure sensors, 12 tie-down points in the bed, black exterior bumpers and trim, and Chevrolet graphic grille and tailgate. All-in-all, quite a lot of features on a “base” truck.
Custom - The Custom trim builds upon the WT trim by adding body-coloured bumpers, LED taillamps, 20-inch alloy wheels, heated & power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control.
Custom Trail Boss - This is essentially the Off-Road trim for the High Value category. The Custom Trail Boss adds a factory 2-inch suspension lift, Z71 Off-Road package which includes Rancho shocks, hill descent control, skid plates, and a heavy-duty air filter. Further adding to the Off-Road capabilities is an automatic locking rear differential, a 2-speed transfer case, red recovery hooks, and a trailering package with hitch guidance. 18-inch black alloy wheels with Goodyear Duratrac tires are also added.
All of these trims come standard with a V6 engine but the 5.3L V8 is an available option. It produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Both the V6 and V8 are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the Custom trail Boss is only available with 4x4.
The High Volume category consist of trims that most customers will purchase. The LT/True North, the new RST, and new LT Trail Boss trims blend a larger features list but still at a reasonable price.
LT/True North - The LT trim builds upon the Custom trim by adding a brand new 2.7L turbocharged inline-4 engine as the standard engine. It produces 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.The 5.3L V8 engine is still an option but another engine option is an all-new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel inline-6 engine. It produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This new Duramax turbo-diesel engine is available on LT and higher trim levels.
In terms of features, the LT trim adds chrome grille fascia as well as chrome front and rear bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, 4G LTE with Wifi, 2 USB ports, an 8-inch touch screen, and a 4.2-inch colour driver information screen.
Opt for the True North package and it adds dual zone climate control, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, keyless open and start, LED cargo bed lights, power lock and release tailgate with lift assist, a locking rear differential, and the trailering package. The starting price for the LT trim in Double cab 4x2 configuration is $40,900 with the True North package costing an additional $3,295.
RST - The new RST trim adds upon the LT trim, minus the True North package. It adds keyless entry and push button start, body coloured bumpers and door handles, black Chevy bowtie logos, LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, and cargo area lighting. This trim features mostly esthetic changes which is why it is only $3,300 more than the standard LT trim.
LT Trail Boss - Like the Custom Trail Boss trim, the LT Trail Boss adds mainly Off-Road features to tackle the worst that nature has to throw at the Silverado. One of the biggest changes ,however, is that the LT Trail Boss is only available with the 5.3L V8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately this does bump the price for a double cab 4x4 to $52,800, a big jump from the LT’s $40,900 in Double Cab 4x2 configuration.
But if you have a bit of extra money to spend and want a fully equipped pickup truck, the LTZ and High Country trims are the way to go. These two trims come standard with the 5.3L V8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission but a 6.2L V8 producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque is available. This engine is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The new 3.0L inline-6 cylinder Duramax diesel engine is also available as an option.
LTZ - The LTZ trim builds upon the LT trim, minus the True North package, by adding an 8-inch HD touch screen, HD backup camera, driver and passenger power seats, 3-month satellite radio trial subscription, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. On the outside the LTZ gives the Silverado 1500 a premium look by adding a chrome grille along with chrome bumpers and door handles, 18-inch bright painted alloy wheels, heated and power folding mirrors, and rear wheelhouse liners for a quieter ride. The LTZ trim starts at $50,900 for the double cab 4x2 configuration.
High Country - For the ultimate in luxury from a pickup truck, the Silverado 1500 High Country is the one to go for. It is only available with 4x4 and in crew cab configuration but you have a choice of a short bed or a standard length bed.
The High Country trim stands out from all others by adding 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, a unique front grille, body colour bumpers, and a power up and down tailgate. On the inside it adds a navigation system, wireless phone charging, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, Bose premium audio, and an 8-inch driver information screen. It also adds safety features such as rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, blind spot sensors, and front and rear parking sensors.
All of the features on these trims are standard features. With each trim, different packages can be added or stand alone features to make each truck the perfect fit for you and your needs.