2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew LTZ 4WD: a workhorse truck

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew LTZ 4WD pickup put the “happy” in my new year!

Chevy has a truck trim level and configuration for everyone. Buyers can choose from regular, double and crew cabs, short, standard and long boxes, 4-wheel drive or not, and Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Box, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims.

Once that’s decided, choose from six different engines, and a myriad of comfort and convenience options.

My tester featured a Duramax 3.0-liter, turbo-diesel, in-line six-cylinder engine (a $2,495) option, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The combo delivers slightly less than 400 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. Enough to handle any towing need (13,400 pounds).

My 1500 LTZ Crew, with 4×4, seated five passengers with plenty of room to stretch out, and still delivered close to 23 miles per gallon in combination of city/highway driving – or so said my onboard computer.

It’s never lost on the driver that you’re driving a big truck. But I must say, with the rear camera and top view, it was easy to back into even smallish spots at Alderwood Mall to take in a holiday movie. I’ll give my co-pilot some credit as well.

LTZ delivers premium features – inside and out ($6,700). Chrome garnishes the grille, front and rear bumpers, mirror caps, door handles and beltline accents. A North Sky blue metallic coat of enamel was highlighted with 18-inch bright silver-painted aluminum wheels.

Rounding out the LTZ features were rear sliding power window, power up/down tailgate, premium navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bose premium sound, wireless charging, front- and rear-park assist, advanced trailering, perforated leather seats, heated steering wheel, heated front bucket seats and rear outboard seats.

Other options included a technology package ($2,150), and Z71 off-road and protection package ($1,605). Technology is highlighted by the previously mentioned rear-view camera, plus trailer camera provisions and a bed-view camera. Off-road features include twin tube shocks, skid plates, hill-descent control, automatic two-speed transfer case, and all-terrain tires.

Safety and driver alert packages are also available on the LTZ (for a price). But as driven, my tester included teen drive mode (to keep tabs on junior), and tire pressure monitoring with tire fill alert. Oh, and my seat vibrated if I was getting close to an object when parking

A friend of mine just traded in his late model Jeep for a 2019 Silverado and has no regrets. I’m guessing a test drive in one of these bad boys will go a long way toward having one of these land in your driveway as well.

Seeing is believing. And I must say, it’s hard to believe you’re driving a workhorse truck until you see that you are.

Base Price: $50,595

Price As Driven: $62,020.

Base price includes destination charge. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.