The 2024 Chevy Silverado 1500 is what happens when performance means practicality: a no-nonsense pickup truck with exceptional capabilities for its price range. If you're looking for a full-size pickup with generous bed sizes and the best tech available, you'll love the 2024 Silverado 1500. This workhorse sits between the midsize Chevy Colorado and the heavy-duty Silverado HD series in Chevy's pickup lineup, and it stands as the second-best-selling model in America because of how well it provides high performance at a fair price.
The 2024 Silverado is available in nine trims, making it one of the most customizable pickup trucks on the market. These nine are returning favorites, with the most recent addition being the off-road-focused ZR2. The other eight trims for the 2024 Silverado 1500 are the Work Truck (WT), Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and the High Country.
The 2024 Silverado 1500 engine has four powertrain options. The first is the 2.7L TurboMax I-4 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There has been a turbocharged 2.7L I-4 engine available for the Silverado 1500 for years, but it was with the 2022 model that it was upgraded to a high-output turbocharged engine and became standard over the 4.3L V6 engine of previous models.
Removing the V6 engine also meant the elimination of the passable six-speed automatic transmission, leaving the excellent eight-speed automatic transmission as what you'll get on the base model. Making the turbocharged I-4 the fount of the standard powertrain was a clever move by Chevy, and that's because the Silverado 1500 now outperforms the Ford F-150's base model. The base Silverado 1500's turbocharged 2.7L I-4 outputs 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, with a towing capacity of 9,500 lbs, while the F-150's base 3.3L V6 engine has 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, with a towing capacity of 8,200 lbs. The TurboMax I-4 in the 2024 Silverado 1500 also has a payload capacity of 2,260 lbs, which is 15% more than the standard F-150's payload capacity.
It's not a Chevy if it doesn't have some large V8 engines, and the 2024 Silverado 1500 delivers graciously. It has two options for V8s that haven't changed, meaning you can still choose either the 5.3L or 6.2L of yesteryear. Both are paired with an immaculate ten-speed automatic transmission; the smaller of the two is extravagantly performant, with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, a towing capacity of 11,300 lbs, and a payload capacity of 2,180 lbs. The 6.2L V8 engine is the off-roader's choice for the Silverado 1500; this powertrain, including the 6.2L V8, only comes with 4WD, unlike the other three powertrains which come standard in RWD and are available in 4WD. A 2024 Silverado 1500 equipped with the 6.2L V8 engine has 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, and the towing capacity of this Silverado 1500 reaches its best at 13,300 lbs.
The 2024 Chevy Silverado 1500 is available with a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine, which is important to note because Ford doesn't offer drivers a similar solution in the F-150. Chevy's decision to retain the diesel powertrain on the Silverado 1500 was met with praise, and that's because you not only keep the 13,300-lb towing capacity but will outperform all of Chevy's other engines with a shattering 495 lb-ft of torque. This Turbo-Diesel engine is a great choice for 4WD because this type of drivetrain is known to eat at fuel efficiency, and diesel-powered engines are fuel-efficient by design.
The 2024 Chevy Silverado has all the necessary tools, hardware, and software built in to help maximize your workflow. Chevy builds trucks for those hard workers who could benefit from a vehicle that puts forth equal effort, and the 2024 Silverado 1500 is capable enough to cater to any workflow you throw at it.
One of the features that make the Silverado 1500 more capable than your average pickup truck is the Multi-Flex Tailgate. If your 2024 Silverado 1500 comes with the Multi-Flex Tailgate, instead of only opening the tailgate downward, you'll have six adjustment points, so this tailgate can be shapeshifted to offer an extra step into your truck bed, or you can fold part of it for easier access to your cargo, or you can form an impromptu work surface, or you can prop up a load stop that not only extends your bed size by several inches but prevents cargo from sliding out of the bed while driving.
Some Chevy Silverado trims are better suited for adventuring than others, but there's no better way to reveal and explore the true capabilities of the Silverado 1500 than to see what is possible with the right trim level. The best trim for off-roading with the Silverado 1500 is the ZR2. The Silverado 1500 ZR2 is safer for off-roading because of its proper equipment, like front and rear electronic locking differential, Multimatic DSSV dampers, and huge 33-inch all-terrain tires, among other features that lend it off-roading dominance amongst its peers.
A truck that can't tow is a truck that's not capable. Fortunately, the 2024 Silverado 1500 is not only ready for your daily towing tasks, thanks to powerful engines like the two V8 powertrains, but it has tech features that aid you with towing. Some of the 2024 Silverado 1500 trims—like the LTZ and High Country, for example—are suited with eight cameras; these not only each have a viewport you can see through your infotainment center display, but an additional six camera angles are available through software that stitches camera angles together to form new ones, like a birds-eye camera, which are the most common and versatile angles for these types of camera systems.
Also, Chevy's Super Cruise system comes with the High Country trim, but what differentiates it from other applications you've seen of it elsewhere is trailering support, so your Silverado 1500 won't only accelerate, decelerate, and steer on supported roads, but it does so with your trailer in mind.
Between entertainment, versatility, reliability, and utility, there are features within the 2024 Silverado 1500 for countless situations. Entertainment and connectivity are among the most important pillars in the modern-day automotive market because that's something many people want. Multimedia capabilities evolve fast, and it's with features like infotainment centers that you can host your media from, but staying connected with colleagues, friends, and family is the perfect way to stay on top of your schedule by integrating your pickup truck into your daily life.
The 2024 Silverado 1500 comes with a 7.0-inch infotainment center as it had before, but some of the more premium trim levels bring back the 13.4-inch infotainment center. Having a larger screen is beneficial in ways like accessibility, but it's also a more modern take on the truck's center console, making it look more like a current pickup truck than the models with the base infotainment center.
The 2024 Silverado 1500 comes with Chevy Safety Assist. Chevy Safety Assist is a safety suite that utilizes innovative technology to reimagine on-road safety. Numerous features come standard with Chevy Safety Assist, and more are available on higher-tier trims, but what makes it a truly compelling safety suite is its standard installation on base-level Silverados. Chevy Safety Assist adds reliability-altering features like Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking, along with useful everyday assistive technologies like Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and more.
Because the Silverado 1500 is a Chevy vehicle, it also includes Chevy Teen Driver mode, the tool you should use if you're lending the keys to the newly licensed driver in your house. Letting your child borrow the car keys is one thing, but if it's in a vehicle as hearty as a pickup truck, it doesn't hurt knowing how they're doing on the road. You won't have to take their word for it either: you'll know how they did with the vehicle's post-drive report cards; best of all, your young one can't break the rules you set on the app beforehand, like speed limits, maximum volume control, and so on.