2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

2020 MODEL
$47,600 - $50,900
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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 17, 2020

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The Silverado has been one of the busiest truck on the American roads for decades. This truck has been a reliable companion for the American public for a very long time. With the introduction of the new generation last year, we all get to enjoy the all new Silverado some more.

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Pros

A strong diesel engine

Class leading cargo space

Spacious interiors

Cons

Interiors are outdated and not well equipped at the base.

Extra-large stack in the middle consumes a lot of cabin space

Interior quality is a little compromised

What's New?

Adaptive cruise control available as an option

All new advanced trailering system system supports up to 15 cameras

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Interior video

Styles

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Havana Brown Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab LT

LT

power
355 hp @ 5,600 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
19 combined

$47,600 - $50,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 10A) Starting at $47,600 MSRP (17/19/23) 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6,
10-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive TBD
LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 10A) Starting at $50,900 MSRP (16/18/22) 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6,
10-Speed Automatic four wheel drive TBD

Expert Review


The Silverado is offered in 5 engines in different configurations, however, the diesel engine caught our eye. It provides superb fuel economy and range while providing an exciting driving experience.

The competitors for the Silverado diesel are the Ford F-150 diesel and the GMC Sierra diesel. These two have made good competitors of the gasoline variants of the Silverado. Let’s see how they fare here.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Front View
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Front View
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Rear View

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Features

The Silverado Crew Cab comes in 8 trims, however, not all trims are available with the diesel engine. This engine comes in only 4 trims, the LT, the RST, the LTZ and the High country. All 4 are offered with the choice between RWD and 4WD. The trim level in itself is pretty predictable. The features increase the higher one goes the trim ladder.

Trim

LT

RST

LTZ

High Country

MSRP (RWD)

$39,300

$41,200

$45,400

$53,000

MSRP (4WD)

$42,600

$44,500

$48,700

$56,500

Key Features

12-volt auxiliary front power outlet

220-amp alternator

LED Fog Lamps

Chrome rectangular wheel to wheel assist steps

 

All season tires with Silver painted aluminium wheels

All season tires with Silver painted aluminium wheels

Rear wheelhouse liners

All season tires with Painted aluminum machined face wheels with Light Argent pockets

 

40/20/40 split-bench front seat with covered armrest storage

Cargo bed LED lighting

Tailgate with EZ Lift assist, power lock & release

Chevytec spray-on bedliner

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capable

Painted mirror caps

10-way power driver seat with power lumbar

High-Intensity LED reflector headlamps

 

6-speaker audio system

Black Recovery Hooks

120-volt power outlet

Chrome recovery hooks

Which trim do we recommend?

While the higher trims do have all the luxury and safety features as standard, they increase the cost of the truck. The LTZ is a good option to consider. The cost isn't much higher than the base when compared to the top trim. It offers a lot of luxury features as standard and can be equipped with more one desires.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Engine and Performance

This version of the Crew Cab comes equipped with a turbocharged diesel inline 6 engine. While this engine does make slightly less power compared to its gas counterpart, it makes monstrous amounts of torque. This is a common characteristic of diesel engines. This diesel engine makes 277 horsepower and 460 lb ft of torque.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Engine Bay
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Has a 3.0 L Turbocharged Inline 6 Engine

All this power reaches the wheels via a 10 speed automatic transmission. The shifts on this are quick and doesn't struggle at all with the engine.

Models

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

MSRP

$45,200

$46,975

$48,170

Engine

3.0 L turbocharged Inline 6

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0 L turbocharged Inline 6

Transmission

10 speed automatic

10 speed automatic

10 speed automatic

Horsepower

277 hp @ 3,750 rpm

250 hp @ 3,250 rpm

277 hp @ 3,750 rpm

Torque

460 lb ft @ 1,500 rpm

440 lb ft @ 1,750 rpm

460 lb ft @ 1,500 rpm

While in other configurations, the F-150 might have bested the Silverado and the Sierra, but when it comes to the diesel engines, the Silverado and Sierra are victorious. The make more horsepower and torque, in which, the Silverado is cheaper than the rest.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Diesel “0-60”?

The 10 speed automatic the Silverado Diesel is paired is well suited for this. This pair is able to thrust this heft truck from zero to 60 mph in just 7 seconds. This is an impressive number for a vehicle as heavy as this is.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Front View
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab 0-60 MPH in Just 7.0 sec

Models

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

0-60 MPH

7 seconds

7.1 seconds

7 seconds

Quarter mile

15.4 seconds

15.6 seconds

15.4 seconds

Engine

3.0 L turbocharged Inline 6

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0 L turbocharged Inline 6

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Silverado and the Sierra pull ahead of the F-150 here, quite literally. They are a tad bit faster than the F-150. Due to the decrease in weight, the F-150 is able to bridge the gap created by comparatively less power, but it's not quite enough.

How does the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab handle?

The heft of the Silverado is not felt in the driving. The Silverado handles like a much lighter vehicle than it is. While the handling is on point, the steering is a little iffy. The steering can be termed as too light. Light steering on a heavy car is always welcome, however, too light eliminates all feedback to the driver. This is especially bothersome in tight corners, where the wheel placement cannot be judged. The “Sports” mode stiffens the steering a bit but the feedback still remains a problem.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab  Rear View


Driving the Silverado is not taxing as it seems. In corners, it stays sturdy and planted. However, the rear leaf springs react violently to mid turn bumps. Other than that, It has very less vibrations while driving and the throttle response is amazing.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab “60-0”?

When a car is both heavy and capable of great amounts of speeds, it needs good brakes. Fortunately, the Silverado delivers on this front. The 13+ inch ventilated disk brakes it has both in the front and back stops it from 60 mph in just 133 feet. This number is impressive when we take the weight into account. There is an issue though. The dead travel on the pedal is a little too much for comfort. Shorter drivers are bound to suffer more due to lack of adjusting pedals.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Brakes
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Front Brake is 13.5 in.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

Brake Front (in.)

13.5

13.8

13.5

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

13.7

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4702

4529

4702

60-0 MPH (ft.)

133

131

128

While the Silverado and the Sierra have the same setup and weight, the latter still performs much better than the former. The Ford F-150 also stops quicker than the Silverado. Although, the difference in performance between the two is well within the margin of error.

How is the towing prowess of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab?

The diesel engine is not optimal for towing purposes. Due to this engine, the Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab is rated for 9300 pounds of towing capacity as opposed to 9700 pounds on the standard gas variant of the SIlverado 1500 Crew Cab.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew

GMC Sierra 1500

Towing (lbs)

9300

12300

9300

The diesel engine compromises the towing capacity of every car here. However, even after that, the F-150 comes up on top. With a towing capacity of 12300, the Ford F-150 offers a towing capacity leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Fuel Economy

Diesel engines have their ups and downs. Fuel economy is one of its pros. Diesel engines are known for offering up more miles per gallon than a comparable gasoline engine. The 3.0L diesel engine used here gets 23 miles to the gallon in the city and a whopping 33 miles to the gallon on the highway.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

MPG (city)

23

22

23

MPG (highway)

33

30

33

MPG (combined)

27

25

27

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal)

24

26

24

Range (City/Highway)

552/792

572/780

552/792

When it comes to fuel economy, the Duramax 3.0L Inline 6 diesel in the Silverado and Sierra is more efficient than the diesel engine in the F-150. The F-150 isn't drastically behind, but enough to make a real world difference. However, due to its bigger fuel tank, it is able to catch up in range.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Interior

The interiors of the Silverado are quite decent. The lower trims do feel a little underequipped, however, the diesel engine isn't offered in the lower trims. The interiors on the base diesel trim feel well polished. However, the generic design feels uninspiring, as the look in the cabin is the same across the competition.

Starting from the top, the driving position is quite elevated. The driver sits in his seat, which enables them to have a clear view of the street. Looking down at the high hood is difficult, which will prove to be a problem on the open road but can be problematic in tight spaces. The view through the rear view mirror is also clear, which might be fine on the road, but one will need to use the reverse camera and parking sensors to reverse or park.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Front Seats
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Front Seats

The inside of the cabin cab become fairly noisy. Among wind, tire and engine noise, wind noise seemed the most prominent. The engine seems quiet in low revs or idles, but made itself known on higher revs.
The cabin space here is among the best in the class. The seats are slightly stiff, but are comfortable enough for long trips.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

Passenger capacity

6

6

6

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

43/66/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

43/66/44.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/65.1/43.4

40.4/65.9/43.6

40.1/65.1/43.4

The Silverado’s cabin space is impressive but not consistent. While it leads the class for front row cabin space, it falls behind in the second row specs. The Sierra shares the same fate, dominating the F-150 on front row space but falling behind the second row cabin space.

What infotainment features does the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab offer?

The Silverado 1500 diesel crew cab boasts the Chevrolet Infotainment 3, an quick and intuitive system which is simple to use and has a really polished UI. The 8 inch touchscreen housed in the middle of the dashboard pairs well with it. It's responsive and quick to the touch. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard. Also, with a bluetooth which lets one connect up to two devices at a time, it has a versatile array of connectivity options. The 6 speakers in the cabin make crisp and clear sounds, and are enough for a cabin this size.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Infotainment System
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Has a 8 inch touchscreen Infotainment System

How much cargo space does the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab have to offer?

The cargo space is the main attraction of any pickup truck, and is also true here. The cargo bed here is similar to the regular crew cab. The bed is easy to get into, has a lot of space and can hold a lot of cargo. 71.7 cubic feet of space a lot. This is the size of the standard bed on offer.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Cargo Space
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 71.7 cu ft.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

71.7

71.7

71.7

When it comes to cargo space, everyone's a winner here! A very lame way to say that the cargo bed of all the competitors have similar cargo volume.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Interior

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Exterior

A boxy and rugged look is what characterises a pickup truck. While new reveals like the Cybertruck are attempting to change that perception, until that happens, cars like the Silverado will continue to bank on the same appeal. The massive grille in the front, split in the middle with a split bar, which proudly displays “Chevrolet”. It also splits the headlights in half and gives the Silverado its signature look. The giant hood integrates well with the rest of the body. From the side, the Silverado looks fierce. No matter the wheel size, they appear small on the Silverado. Chevrolet offers the Silverado with all season tires, however, it needs all terrain tires to work to its full potential.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Three Quarter View
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Three Quarter View

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

Curb weight (lbs.)

4702

4529

4702

Length(in)

231.7

231.9

231.7

Width(in)

81.2

79.9

81.2

Height(in)

75.5

75.6

75.5

Ground clearance (in)

7.9

8.5

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

147.4

145

147.4

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Silverado is among the heaviest of the bunch. The F-150 is the lightest. However, as we saw before, being the lightest doesn't help its performance much. Just like its other variants, here too the F-150 suffers from the same issue. Class leading ground clearance at the same height makes its cabin headroom a little compromised.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Exterior

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Safety

The Silverado has many safety features. These safety features being included not only makes the Silverado a potent working class vehicle but gives it the potential to make a great every day driver. 6 airbags with passenger deactivation sensors are standard. More advanced features like the trailer monitoring system lets you keep an eye on your trailer with support for upto 15 cameras. It also assists reversing with a trailer attached. The cargo bed camera lets you monitor your bed while driving too. Other safety features are as follows:

  1. Engine Immobilizer
  2. Stability Control
  3. Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  4. Traction Control
  5. 4 Wheel ABS
  6. Emergency Braking Assist
  7. Hitch guidance with Hitch Assist
  8. Lane departure warning

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Competition

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab vs 2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel

The diesel engine in the F-150 is powerful, but not as much as the Silverado’s. The Silverado is quicker than the F-150 despite being heavier. However, there is still a reason the F-150 has such high sale numbers. It has amazing towing capacity and its cargo bed is at par with the Silverado, despite Chevrolet claiming it provides more cargo bed space than its competitors. Although, the Silverado still makes an impression thanks to its class leading cabin space, fuel economy and also its styling. The choice between the two depends on the preferential avenues of a buyer.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Crew Cab vs 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Crew Cab Diesel

The Sierra and the SIlverado are very similar to one another. They are based on the same platform, share the same mechanics and have almost identical performance numbers. These sister cars are very closely packaged. However, the Sierra generally manages to be looked at as the fancier of the two. The interiors of the Sierra seemed a bit better to us. However, if the sales numbers are any indication, the Silverado is what the public prefer.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel Crew Cab Final Verdict

The Silverado has been around for decades. In all this time, it has made a reliable companion to thousands of owners, overcoming countless challenges and still moving forward. A true representation of the American Spirit. The 2020 Silverado embodies the same values and makes for an amazingly potent car. The competition better pay close attention to their rearview mirror. If they’re not vigilant, the Silverado will close the gap and surpass them soon.