Our 5 Favorite CPO Silverado Features to Look For

January 14th, 2022 by

A red 2020 certified pre-owned Chevy Silverado 1500LT Trail Boss is shown driving on a dirt road.

When you’re ready to get on the road again, you should consider heading out in a Certified Pre-Owned Chevy Silverado from McCluskey Chevrolet. Not just another used truck, a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Silverado is a truck that can only be sold to you by an authorized Chevrolet dealership like us. In order to qualify as a CPO model, a Chevy Silverado must be from the last 6 model years (so from 2016 or later) and have less than 75,000 miles on the odometer. This means that it should be in better condition than an average used truck. This will also ensure that your truck has more of the latest features and equipment than any old pickup truck. In addition, the truck will undergo a 172-point inspection where every part is checked, repaired, or replaced, and all open safety recalls completed.

Our favorite thing about a CPO Chevy Silverado is the truck’s versatility. No matter which model year, trim, engine, or other feature you choose, you are getting a truck built to do the job. With CPO models, there is a wide array of features you might find, so how do you narrow down your search? What features should you be on the lookout for while you are test-driving?

1. A Comfy Cab

Not every truck driver is looking to use their Silverado for the same purposes. Some folks are just getting a truck for work. Others love driving trucks and plan to use their CPO Silverado as a personal vehicle, whether to commute to work, go out on family trips, or hit the trails. Chevrolet understands this, which is why Silverado trucks come with a choice of three different cab styles.

The Regular Cab has one row of seats and just two doors. This can seat up to 3 passengers while reducing overall vehicle weight. This will maximize the towing and payload capacity, making a CPO Silverado with a Regular Cab ideal for commercial purposes.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Crew Cab. This style provides you with two rows of seats with four full-size doors, so you’ll have no problem fitting up to 6 passengers in your truck. This is also the roomiest cab style, making it perfect if you have a large family or plenty of friends and want to take them out in your CPO Silverado.

The Double Cab provides CPO Silverado drivers with a happy medium. This also has two rows of seats but slightly less legroom than the Crew Cab. It has two full-size doors and two half-size doors, so it reduces overall truck weight, providing it with generally more payload and trailering capability than a similar CPO Silverado with a Crew Cab.

A blue 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is shown driving on an empty highway.

2. A Great Engine

No matter which model year you pick for your CPO Chevy Silverado, you are going to get a great choice of engines, each with its own capabilities. For example, if you buy a 2016, 2017, or 2018 Silverado, you are buying one from the third generation, while the fourth generation started with the 2019 model year. Those third-generation CPO Silverado 1500 trucks came with a choice of a:

  • 4.3-liter V6 gas engine with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.3-liter V8 gas engine with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2-liter V8 gas engine with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque

These trucks could tow up to 9,400 pounds or carry up to 1,840 pounds of payload.

The numbers for the fourth generation Silverado trucks went up, as well as the number of engine options. These CPO Silverado 1500 trucks come with either a:

  • 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-6 with 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque
  • 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 gas engine with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.7-liter Turbo I-4 gas engine with 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 gas engine with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2-liter V8 gas engine with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque

The fourth generation Silverado 1500 trucks have a maximum towing capacity of 13,400 pounds or a max payload capacity of 2,250 pounds.

Interestingly, the third and fourth-generation heavy-duty Silverado trucks maintained the choice of either a gas or diesel engine. However, the later models have a more powerful gas engine, going from a 6.0-liter V8 on the third-generation Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD with 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque to a 6.6-liter direct injection V8 on the fourth-generation models with 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. While Chevy maintained a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 for both the third and fourth-generation Silverado HD trucks, the newer ones have a more powerful engine. As a result, buying a newer CPO Silverado HD will also give you more trailering and payload capability.

3. A Smooth Drivetrain

Just like the cab and engine choices, Chevy gives you the ability to get your CPO Silverado with either rear-wheel drive or 4×4 drivetrain. This goes for practically every trim except for some of the trim levels that are four-wheel drive only. This allows you to decide between the relative benefits of both drivetrains. For example, rear-wheel drive will generally give you better fuel economy on your truck as well as improved acceleration, while four-wheel drive provides better traction and road grip, especially helpful if you have to drive your truck in inclement weather. In addition, if you plan on using your truck for off-roading, then you will need to make sure it has a 4×4 drivetrain. It may also be a good idea to try to get a CPO Chevy Silverado with the Z71 off-road package, which will include special features and equipment to improve your off-road experience.

A man is shown using the back-up camera in a 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country.

4. Now That’s Infotainment!

One of our favorite things about CPO Chevy Silverado trucks is that every one of them will come with some form of the Chevy Infotainment system with a color touchscreen. This will integrate key truck information systems with entertainment and connectivity features, like Bluetooth hands-free phone calling, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Some of the newer and higher trim CPO Silverado trucks will feature premium audio systems and a built-in navigation system. The Chevy Infotainment system is one of the most advanced on the market and helps set the Silverado pickup truck apart from other full-size and heavy-duty pickups on the market.

5. Lights, Action…Cameras!

Every CPO Silverado truck comes with a rearview camera. This will make backing your truck up safer than ever. Putting your truck in reverse can sometimes be the most difficult maneuver for a driver, especially if you are handling a heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD, or one with a trailer. However, Chevy does not stop there, offering additional camera views on many Silverado models available under the CPO program.

A Bed View Camera will allow you to make sure that your cargo is secure in your payload box. The Hitch Guidance Control with Hitch View allows you to safely and easily hook your truck up to a trailer while viewing the process from inside the comfort of your cab. Finally, an HD Surround Vision camera provides more views from around your truck, including views from the trailer, which will improve your safety and those of other motorists when you back up or change lanes.

These Are Just a Few of Our Favorite Things

Just like the song from Sound of Music, this list is just 5 of our favorite things about the CPO Chevy Silverado truck. There are plenty more things to love about these powerful and versatile pickup trucks, including the fact that you can get one at a very affordable price with all the exceptional benefits of the Chevy CPO program. Get behind the wheel of a CPO Chevy Silverado and start finding out some of your favorite things about this exceptional series of trucks.