What makes something perfect? If one were to ask what defines perfection, what would you hold up as an example? If perfection could take the physical form of the pickup truck, it would likely be the 2024 Chevy Silverado 1500. Ever since this model first rolled off assembly lines in 1999, it's been capturing the hearts and imaginations of critics and consumers alike. For those always in need of a prolific workhorse, the Silverado 1500 satisfies with towing prowess and performance that exhibits all of the qualities that make GM America's most trusted brand.
For those who favor the path less traveled and embrace off-roading as a lifestyle, there's no other brand they trust more. With a recent redesign and bold new accomplishments, the 2024 Chevy Silverado 1500 is poised to make its mark once again, inspiring shock and awe from everyone who encounters it. Buckle up and start your engines—a new chapter in capability and prowess is about to be written.
While the design of the pickup truck has greatly evolved over the past century, a few things have remained consistent. Among these is the necessity for a formidable powertrain that can pull weight, propel the vehicle forward, and handle the rigors and challenges of both work and play. A great many drivers utilize the Silverado 1500 for a variety of reasons; no matter what yours might be, there's a powertrain setup and trim that can adhere to them with minimal difficulty.
The base offering for the Silverado 1500 is proof that big things exist in small packages. This 2.7L TurboMax I-4 propels the Silverado 1500 forward with the benefit of 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, and it's more than capable of holding its own against the competition. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, this engine can muster a towing capacity of 9,500 lbs and a payload weight of 2,260 lbs, proving that you can still accomplish a lot with just four cylinders. In all-wheel drive, this configuration will get 20 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.
But fear not—for those who have heavy-duty jobs to accomplish, there are still two available V8 powertrains that push capability to the absolute limit. The 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 yields 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque; this engine, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, nets a maximum towing capacity of 11,300 lbs and payload weight of 2,180 lbs. This engine is rated at 16 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.
To take things further, the 6.2L V8 elevates the grit up to 420 hp and brings 460 lb-ft of torque to the road. Also paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, this beastly engine achieves a tow rating of 13,300 lbs, with a payload limit of 1,980 lbs. You can expect a fuel economy of about 16 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway. Despite this figure, the 6.2L V8 is the most powerful engine you'll get on the Silverado—outside of the Turbo-Diesel, that is.
The most impressive offering of the four is the turbocharged diesel engine from long-time GM collaborator Duramax. While it has the least amount of horsepower out of the collective, at 305 hp, the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-6 makes up for it with the capability to generate an impressive 495 lb-ft of torque—particularly useful for crawling speeds when towing gargantuan loads. The Duramax Turbo-Diesel matches the 13,300 lb towing capability of the 6.3L V8 and gets a comparable payload limit of 1,970 lbs. It, too, pairs with a ten-speed automatic transmission, although the Duramax takes it one step further, possessing the best fuel efficiency of the lot at 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
The redesign of the Silverado has done wonders for the vehicle's exterior. As a matter of fact, this design is so far removed from the boxy bodies of a few decades ago that it looks like a whole new vehicle. The first thing one notices is the new front end, which demands attention even from far away. As is to be expected with any makeover, these stark attributes extend to the vehicle's interior.
Depending upon how decadent you want your cabin, the Silverado 1500 comes in various trims that range from the spartan to the sensational. What impresses us the most is how the interior balances two different schools of thought in its presentation. Anchored by a stylish infotainment screen that spans out to 13.4 inches, this futuristic element balances itself against the rustic-wood paneled trim that really brings drivers back to the older days of the pickup segment—but the illusion of the old days is merely that, an illusion; there are plenty of modern attributes here that enhance the driving experience.
By all accounts, the infotainment center is focused on being user-friendly, which is excellent news. It grants the driver access to Apple and Android compatibility and a Wi-Fi hotspot. OnStar is now available across all trim levels, giving you peace of mind should you wish to have that guardian angel in your back pocket. Upper trims have advanced features that enhance the overall experience, such as Alexa integration and voice-activated assistance by Google.
In terms of cargo, the 2024 Silverado 1500 can come in three configurations. The shortest is a five-foot, eight-inch bed, yielding 62.9 cu.ft. of space. The largest is eight feet, two inches long, and can hold 89.1 cu.ft. of cargo. Between them is a six-foot, six-inch option with a 71.7 cu.ft. capacity. Note that, if you're not using a tonneau cover, you can stack loads far greater than these volume measurements suggest.
Every year, the industry's announcements about new and improved safety and driving assistance features always cause a great deal of excitement. This is where the present meets the future. Whether you're an average consumer or someone who follows the world of technology with a great passion, there's always something that captures the imagination. When it comes to the 2024 Chevy Silverado 1500, an abundance of features—both new and returning—are here to enhance the driving experience and give you the elevated peace of mind you're entitled to.
For the 2024 model year, Chevy is rolling out the big guns regarding safety assurance, making the Chevy Safety Assist suite standard on all trim levels. This comprehensive suite of driver assistance features includes many beneficial items. The Following Distance Indicator is a proactive tool displayed in the instrument panel; it will keep you aware of how close you are to the vehicle ahead of you. Forward Collision Alert relies on these same sensors to detect if the vehicle ahead of you is coming to an abrupt stop. Front Pedestrian Braking will alert you if an object is entering your path from the side, while Automatic Emergency Braking will engage if either Forward Collision Alert or Front Pedestrian Braking is not heeded appropriately.
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert will ping if something in your periphery impedes your side-to-side travel, as with merging on the highway. IntelliBeam automatic high beams will engage in low visibility scenarios and will dim upon detection of oncoming traffic, so as not to blind other drivers. Other available features include Front and Rear Park Assist, which is always good to have when parking in the city.
Items making their debut this year include GM's highly renowned Super Cruise technology, now available on the High Country trim. This semi-autonomous hands-free driving technology has hundreds of thousands of pre-programmed miles from North American roads. The High Country will also come standard with Adaptive Cruise Control, which manages the speed of your vehicle depending on the traffic patterns of the other drivers. It's an excellent way to have some extra oversight for your reaction time.
Please note: Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance.