What do our experts think of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado? We take a look at the powertrain, safety features, and more in our review.
The big news for 2024 regarding the Silverado lineup is the addition of the electric version. The combustion-powered trucks also see a few small changes. The ZR2 trim is now available with a diesel engine, the black-out Midnight package is available on the High Country trim, and there are new paint colors too. The base 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now dubbed the “TurboMax” and every Silverado, regardless of trim, comes with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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A powertrain for everyone
Serious off-road capability
Great infotainment system
Expensive across the board
Limited standard safety features
Poor fuel economy
Chevrolet can now count itself as one of the very few companies offering gas, diesel, and all-electric powertrains in a full-size truck in 2024. The base power plant in the lineup is the same 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine from last year but now it’s dubbed the “TurboMax” for whatever reason. It makes 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque and gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway and does so with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Above that is a 5.3-liter V8 that gets just 16 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway but makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Then there’s a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It’ll only get, at best, 16 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway but it is by far, the most engaging internal combustion engine in the family. Both V8s use a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The two outlier Silverado power plants go in very different directions. The first is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that makes 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque. It gets the best fuel economy of the combustion group with an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. It also uses a 10-speed automatic. All combustion-powered Silverado engines can end up in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive trucks. For the best towing possible, go with the 6.2-liter V8 which can pull up to 13,300 pounds. That’s a bit ahead of RAM’s 1500 but a bit behind the Ford F-150.
Finally, 2024 marks the beginning of the Silverado EV which comes with a gigantic 200 kWh battery at launch. It’ll make up to 754 hp in the RST trim but even the base WT trim will produce 510 hp. Chevrolet has yet to begin delivery of either EV trim but others will come online throughout the 2024 calendar year. The automaker says these trucks will have an estimated driving range of 450 miles and can charge fast enough to add 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes provided one is at a charger that can pump that type of energy that fast.
Many GM products of the past suffered from very clear badge engineering and parts bin sharing. Over the past few years with vehicles like the Chevy Trax and the GMC Canyon that appears to be changing. The Silverado seems to bridge that gap as it has some underwhelming old-school appointments as well as a few modern upgrades that we really like.
The dash is about as ho-hum as it gets with a big wide slab reaching from A-pillar to A-pillar and not much interesting going on in between. We do appreciate that most of the physical buttons and knobs feel and look better than in past generations though. That’s a marked improvement over past generations.
The seating is above average too with excellent legroom in the rear seats being a standout feature. The front seats aren’t particularly noteworthy aside from the available bucket seats on upper-level trims that we really like. Visibility is okay though severely limited at some angles due to the large size of this vehicle.
Chevrolet includes a number of charging and power ports throughout the cabin in most models. That includes a pair of 120-volt outlets, a 12-volt outlet, and multiple USB ports as well. Some trims also get a wireless charging pad too. Cargo space is decent but buyers who come from a Ford, RAM, or even a Honda might be surprised that there aren’t any clever cargo areas as one would find in those competitor’s trucks.
It’s hard to ignore just how much Chevrolet has upped its game in terms of technology in the Silverado. Unlike last year, every single trim now features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay even though the base infotainment system measures in at just 7-inches. Upper-level trims get a larger 13.4-inch screen that leverages a Google-based interface. It’s extremely intuitive and easy to navigate and happens to have great graphics too. We also like the available digital gauge cluster. It’s bright and easy to configure.
Where the Silverado really struggles to keep up is in the safety department. Yes, it has a five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA but does anyone really want to lean on that? The basic safety technology suite in this large vehicle includes lane-departure warning, lane-departure mitigation, and forward collision mitigation.
That means that the Silverado can warn you of an impending collision or of drifting out of a lane and attempt to help you correct both problems. Buyers who want more features that many companies include as standard like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, or lane-keep assist will have to shell out more cash for this already very expensive truck
The 2024 Silverado is available with five different powertrain options. Rear wheel drive is typically standard though four-wheel drive is optional on most trims. 4WD is standard on some trims and we break down the details below.
The WT or Work Truck version of the Silverado is mostly intended for business customers and fleets so it comes with a very bare-bones package including vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, and a 7-inch infotainment system.
It comes standard with the 2.7-liter engine but is also available with the 5.3-liter V8. It’s also going to be available in all-electric form but only for fleet customers to begin with. It’ll come online as a customer-available model sometime in 2024.
The LT adds LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 13.4-inch infotainment system, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. It also comes with the 2.7-liter as standard but both the 5.3-liter V8 and the diesel engine are available for extra cash.
The RST is largely an appearance package but it does open up access to the 6.2-liter V8. Otherwise, it’s identically equipped to the LT aside from adding the trailering package and black bowties to the exterior. Notably, Chevrolet is leading its Silverado EV charge with the RST trim level so expect to see these before any other version of the electrified pickup.
The Custom Trail Boss is equipped almost identically to the normal Custom trim but adds a 2-inch lift kit, 4WD as standard, a two-speed transfer case, underbody skid plates, 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and an automatically locking rear differential. It comes standard with the 2.7-liter engine but the 5.3-liter V8 and the diesel are available.
The LTZ is the first pseudo-luxurious Silverado and it gets 20-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, a power tailgate, ventilated bucket front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather upholstery, a wireless charging pad, a Bose sound system, parking sensors, blind-spot warning, and a surround-view camera system. It comes standard with the 5.3-liter V8 but the larger V8 and the diesel are also available.
The LT Trail Boss goes back to the LT trim specs but adds the off-road equipment of the Custom Trail Boss. It comes with the four-cylinder engine but all of the other combustion engines are available.
This is the most posh of the Silverado trims. It comes with heated rear seats, a spray-in bedliner, upgraded LED headlights, and adaptive cruise control. It comes with either the 5.3-liter V8 or the diesel.
The most off-road-ready Silverado gets either the diesel engine or the 6.2-liter V8 along with four wheel drive, 33-inch all-terrain tires, upgraded skid plates, off-road specific dampers, a full-size spare tire, and electronically locking differentials. Those who want even more can opt for the Bison package which adds mud-terrain tires, upgraded bumpers, steel rocker panel protection, and a unique grille.
It’s tough to assign a value score to such a beloved American icon as the Silverado because, in truth, many will see the bowtie badge and buy it regardless of their real need or what the competition offers. With that in mind, the Silverado still seems to be overpriced in many ways even with new car incentives factored into the equation. Sure, it’s very capable but the Ford F-150 still beats it in many aspects and many SUVs will accomplish much of what the Silverado can while being better to drive, more fuel efficient, and safer.
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The 2024 Silverado has greatly improved its technology and its interior comfort is great. However, big trucks like the Silverado need more safety equipment to come standard on them. Its size and heft make it harder to pilot safely than smaller vehicles so more safety equipment could help to mitigate that threat. They’d also benefit from a lot more weight-saving measures as less weight requires less effort to move it so fuel economy scores would improve.
The Silverado weighs about 5,600 pounds in most forms but the EV version tips the scales at 8,500 pounds or over four tons.
The Silverado starts at $44,495 and can cost north of $100,000 depending on trim and options.
At its most capable, the Silverado will tow up to 13,300 pounds.