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CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 TOWING CAPACITY
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 13,400 pounds when properly equipped. However, this model goes above and beyond to push the limits of performance and capability, with all of its impressive engines.
In this Chevy Silverado towing capacity guide, the team at Baierl Chevrolet will give you a detailed overview of what this capable pickup has to offer. Shoppers in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, can then see it in action at our Chevy dealership near you!
Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity by Engine
The 2021 Silverado 1500 gives you a choice of five different engines, all of which pack their own unique punch. Depending on the engine you choose and the configuration, your Chevy pickup will be able to tow anywhere from 6,800 pounds to 13,400 pounds.
Read on to find out what kind of towing power you can get with each available engine.
Available 4.3L V6 Engine
The Chevrolet Silverado’s 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine boasts a respectable standard 285 horsepower. This engine, which works together with a 6-speed automatic transmission, also delivers 305 lb-ft of torque. With this engine and the right equipment, you’ll be able to tow up to 7,900 pounds of trailer weight.
Available 2.7LTurbo Engine
With the available 2.7L turbocharged I-4 engine, your Chevy can tow up to 6,800 pounds when properly equipped. This available engine may be the smallest of the bunch at just 2.7L; however, it’s arguably the most economical. Regardless of its small size, it produces a punchy 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque to aid in fast and smooth acceleration.
In addition to high power, the 2.7L option comes with standard automatic stop/start technology. This feature operates autonomously, turning the engine on and off during idling periods. These breaks in performance ensure you conserve as much fuel as possible.
Available 6.2L V8 Engine
Next up, we have the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine that delivers a hardy 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Silverado, with this engine and its incredible amount of power, can tow up to 13,400 pounds of maximum available weight when properly equipped. You’ll have your choice between an 8-speed and a 10-speed automatic transmission with this engine as well as with the 5.3L engine below.
Available 5.3L V8 Engine
The Silverado 1500’s 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine offers up a whopping 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. This kind of power gives the Silverado the capability to tow as much as 11,000 pounds of trailer weight, with the correct equipment.
An alternative version of this engine is offered with Dynamic Fuel Management on select trim levels to improve your overall fuel economy. This option also bumps up the towing capacity to 11,600 pounds when properly equipped.
Available 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6
Finally, we’ve got the available 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine. This I-6 engine can tow a maximum of 9,300 pounds when properly equipped. It also generates 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, all while managing an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 city/33 highway MPG.
The engines that power the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are the stars of the show—but they don’t work alone. This model offers a wide array of helpful features that can make towing even easier, like StabiliTrak® with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist.
It also comes with an available Drive Mode Selector that lets you choose between several drive modes—including Tow/Haul mode—to suit your needs. These modes alter the transmission shifts, the throttle, and the traction systems to improve handling in a variety of conditions. Other modes include Sport, Snow, Terrain, Off-Road, and Normal.
The Silverado doesn’t stop there though. This model also offers an available multi-view camera system that provides 15 different views via your truck’s infotainment display. As you can see 15 different positions around your truck and your trailer, it’s much easier to hitch up. Plus, the Inside Trailer View lets you monitor your trailer contents or cargo on the go.
Advanced Trailering System
The 2021 Silverado 1500 also offers the Advanced Trailering System to help you prepare for and execute your haul with the utmost confidence. For instance, you can review the system’s pre-departure checklist before every towing job. It helps you ensure that everything is connected and all truck components are secure before you hit the road.
The trailer security alert will remind you if anything seems to be out of order or should be reattached. These unique features keep you safe no matter what the road ahead looks like.
Trailer Theft Alert
If your trailer is unhitched when the truck is parked—say in an instance of theft—the Silverado 1500 will sound an alert. You can also link this feature to an OnStar® Safety & Security Plan to set up additional theft notifications on your phone.
Electric Parking Brake Hookup Assist
All the extra weight on your vehicle during towing can cause extra rolling or swaying. This feature is designed to put the parking brake in PARK mode as you shift to increase vehicle stability.
BECOME A TOWING EXPERT WITH CHEVY TECH
The innovative towing features offered with the available myChevrolet Mobile App want to teach you how to haul like an old pro. So, whether you tow every day for work or only hook up a trailer during family getaways, you’ll have the tools and the knowledge to haul what you need to when you need to.
Perhaps the most useful feature offered by the app is its library of how-to videos. For many people, it’s easier to learn by seeing than it is by merely reading instructions. A glossary of trailering terms is included to supplement what you’re hearing and seeing in the videos.
This app also allows drivers to run intermittent trailer light tests. You can make sure all the brake lights are illuminating properly to ensure safety on the road.
TEST DRIVE THE CHEVY SILVERADO
Now that you’ve had a taste of what the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has to offer, it’s time to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself.
Shoppers in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township, PA, can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call or by contacting us online at Baierl Chevrolet!