Investing in an American Icon: Shopping for a Used Chevy Silverado 1500

July 16th, 2021 by

A black 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is driving though a hay field after looking for used trucks for sale near you.

The Chevy Silverado is an American icon that’s long reflected the rugged capability of not only the Chevy brand but of Americans across all walks of life. It’s the truck of American farmers and ranchers, small business owners and construction workers, doctors and nurses, lawyers and accountants, executives, teachers, and beyond. A truck like the Chevy Silverado gives Americans a common ground and is why if you’re searching for “used trucks for sale near me,” then we’ve got exactly what you need here at Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick.

There are a lot of benefits to buying a used Silverado 1500. The truck is incredibly versatile and can handle everything from your daily commute and errands around town to towing the family camper to the lake for the weekend or venturing across state lines for an epic vacation. Built rugged and tough, the Silverado 1500 is an exceptional workhorse and a great value when purchased off the used lot. But which year models should you look for? Here’s a closer look at the benefits you’ll find when shopping for used Silverado 1500s built between 2018 and 2021!

2018 Silverado

The 2018 Silverado 1500 is a great full-size truck that led the segment in trailering capability with a 12,500-pound maximum. This capability comes from the Silverado’s available 6.2-liter V8 engine with active fuel management that delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. If you don’t need that much power, keep an eye out for a Silverado with the 4.3-liter V6 with active fuel management (285 hp / 305 lb-ft) or the 5.3-liter V8 with active fuel management (355 hp / 383 lb-ft).

Aside from the Silverado’s power, Chevy made the rear vision camera standard on every trim and debuted two new exterior colors – Havana Metallic and Cajun Red Metallic. As you shop for a 2018 model, keep an eye out for special appearance options like the Black Out, Special Ops, Rally 1, Rally 2, Redline, Midnight, and Realtree Edition or packages like the High Desert, Z71, and Texas Editions. You might find a Silverado with the Z71 package that’s ready for the trail or a stealthy Silverado with the Black Out or Midnight appearance package.

2018 Silverado Benefits:

  • Segment-leading trailering capability of 12,500 pounds.
  • The rear vision camera is now standard on every trim.
  • Two new exterior colors and numerous appearance packages were offered.

A blue 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is driving on a highway through a desert.

2019 Silverado

2019 was a big year for the Silverado 1500 since Chevy redesigned the truck to make it lighter, larger, and more capable than ever. Chevy extended the Silverado’s powertrain lineup to six engine and transmission combinations equipped with active or dynamic fuel management to boost efficiency and optimize performance. These combinations include the tried and true 4.3-liter V6 (285 hp / 305 lb-ft) and the 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp / 383 lb-ft), both of which offer Active Fuel Management and are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. New for 2019 is the 2.7-liter turbo (310 hp / 348 lb-ft) with Active Fuel Management (8-speed), the 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp / 383 lb-ft) with Dynamic Fuel Management (8-speed), the 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp / 460 lb-ft) with Dynamic Fuel Management (10-speed), and the 3.0-liter turbodiesel (10-speed).

The 2019 Silverado’s capability extends from its powertrain to its bed, where you’ll find the Durabed offers best-in-class cargo volume and 12 fixed tie-downs that can hold up to 500 pounds. Inside, the Silverado features the all-new Chevrolet infotainment system and connectivity tools like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an array of safety and driver-assist tools. These tools include advanced tech like the Rear Camera Mirror, HD Surround Vision, and the HD Rear Vision Camera.

2019 Silverado Benefits:

  • Six available engine and transmission combinations to deliver a wide range of power.
  • The largest truck bed volume in its class with 12 fixed tie-downs to maximize hauling capability.
  • A new suite of safety and driver-assist tools like the Rear Camera Mirror and HD Surround Vision.

2020 Silverado

Shopping for a 2020 Silverado is a great option if you’re looking for even more technology and capability. With a workhorse like the Silverado, Chevy knows the truck will be pushed to its limits, and that’s why the American automaker equipped the truck with advanced technology to make your job behind the wheel easier whether you’re navigating the highway or towing a heavy load. This technology includes an industry-exclusive 15-view camera system as well as a Bed View Camera that makes hooking up to a trailer easier than ever before. You’ll also find some models are equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, which is a great tool if you spend a lot of time on the highway and don’t want the burden of constantly setting and resetting your cruise.

Chevy kept its six-engine lineup for the 2020 fleet but made the engines more available across the trims. For example, you might find the 6.2-liter V8 engine on the LT Trail Boss and the 5.3-liter V8 engine on the High Country 4WD models. For the adventurers, you’ll want to keep an eye out for a Silverado with the Z71 Off-Road Equipment Package. This suite equips the truck with Electronic Hill Descent Control, a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, Rancho shocks, a heavy-duty air filter, and front skid plates that make it more than capable of handling itself both on and off the pavement.

2020 Silverado Benefits:

  • Advanced trailering technology with an exclusive 15-view camera system and driver-assist tools like Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Same powertrains but wider availability across the lineup.
  • LED lighting, a 7-inch or 8-inch color touchscreen display with the Chevy infotainment system, and luxury touches like heated and vented leather seating.

A white 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 is towing a boat.

2021 Silverado

If you ask us, it doesn’t get any better than the 2021 Silverado. The newest Silverado you’ll find on our used lot, the 2021 Silverado is loaded with features and offers exceptional value and capability. For starters, you’ll enjoy its enhanced capability with a max trailering load of 13,300 pounds when equipped with four-wheel drive and the 6.2-liter V8 engine (420 hp / 460 lb-ft). You can also haul those heavy loads with confidence thanks to a new suite of features that include a Trailer Length Indicator, Cargo Bed View Enhancement, Rear Trailer View with guidelines, a Trailer Angle Indicator, Rear Side View enhancement, and Jack-Knife Alert. These tools give you a clear view around the truck and the trailer to make it easier for you to navigate traffic, hitch and unhitch, park, and cruise the highway.

More affordable than ever, the 2021 Silverado is truly remarkable when you consider all the features that come standard on the truck. You’ll have access to connectivity tools like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the Chevy infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation, and a suite of in-vehicle apps. If you’re looking for further customization, keep an eye out for a Silverado that’s equipped with new packages like the All-Star Edition Plus, Texas Edition Plus, and LTZ Premium Texas Edition or that feature new exterior colors like Mosaic Black Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, and Oxford Brown Metallic.

2021 Silverado Benefits:

  • Enhanced trailering capability and technology to make towing easier with tools like the Trailer Length Indicator and Jack-Knife Alert.
  • Exceptional value thanks to its affordable price and its suite of standard safety and connectivity features.
  • Plenty of options for customization with new packages and exterior colors to ensure you get the Silverado of your dreams.

Are You Ready for the Road?

If you’re looking to save money and invest in a reliable workhorse, then you’re certainly off to a great start by shopping for a used Silverado 1500. As you can see, the Silverado 1500 offers many great benefits whether you’re shopping for an older model like a 2018 or a newer truck that’s loaded with features and tools like the 2021. Whatever year model you choose, we know you’ll enjoy everything the Silverado 1500 has to offer, especially its beloved place in America’s automotive landscape.