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Top 10 Features on the New 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

Back and better than ever before, the new 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is gracing our presence yet again with a stellar lineup of features. The entire fleet of Silverado 1500 trucks has been edited down to only the best-selling options, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. This streamlined pickup offers incredible performance and even better options. New packages, paint colors, wheels, and tires have all been added. So, without further ado, let’s explore some of the top features that you’ll find on the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500.

1 – The Multi-Flex Tailgate

First on our list is the new Multi-Flex Tailgate. With six available configurations, this tailgate enables you to get closer to the truck bed for easier cargo loading. The primary gate load stop and the inner gate load stop allow you to expand the length of your tailgate by leaving it down without having cargo slide out the back. The full-width step is capable of holding up to 375 lbs of weight while giving you an easier way to get into the truck bed, or you can fold the inner gate downwards so that you can reach further into the bed. You can even turn the tailgate into a workbench. To choose one of the six functions, you can either use the buttons located on the tailgate or the key fob. It makes managing cargo so much easier.

2 – The Silverado Durabed

Another handy feature pertaining to the truck bed is the Silverado Durabed. Adding LED lighting to the box, you can clearly see what’s going on at the worksite, whether it’s nighttime or merely a bad weather day. Also included as an integrated part of the bed is a 120-volt power outlet that you can hook up accessories to. If you’re on a camping trip, connect cook appliances or even an exterior lighting fixture such as a lantern. Finally, 12 cargo tie-downs have been installed as well to help keep your payload secure during travel.

A white 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is shown from the side with barrels being loaded into the bed by a forklift.

3 – The 15 Camera System

The rear trailer view with the trailer angle indicator and rear side-view enhancements are not new to the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, offered on last year’s lineup as well. This year, the cameras work in drive and reverse instead of only in drive. Using 15 camera angles, this system shows you a split-view display of the right and left sides of the truck and the trailer. It will allow you to see what angle you are moving at and correct accordingly. It also adds guidelines to assist with backing out while a trailer is attached to the truck. You will be able to see how the two are lined up and what adjustments you need to make to the positioning.

4 – The Trailer Length Indicator

Another new addition is the trailer length indicator. This works in conjunction with the lane-departure warning system to help you switch lanes safely with a trailer in-tow. When you flip on the turn signal indicator, the central monitor will display a red overlay that is about twice the length of your truck with the trailer. Designed to show you exactly how much space you need to change lanes safely, this system will even alert you if another vehicle gets in the way. The idea is to help prevent side-swiping accidents.

5 – Jack-Knife Alert

One of the other functions that also uses the 15 various camera angles that we mentioned before is the jack-knife alert. This operation keeps tabs on the relationship between the trailer and the Silverado 1500 truck. It will alert you when you are in danger of becoming jack-knifed. That’s a position that no truck owner wants to be in! This particular position is almost impossible to get out of without some additional help. Sometimes, help isn’t available. So, it’s best to avoid getting put in that predicament, and the jack-knife alert is a big step towards preventing an unfortunate situation.

6 – Help With Hitching

Finally, for the last feature using the multiple camera angles, we have the cargo bed view and hitch view. The cargo bed view feature has its own camera that covers the truck bed. It can provide a zoomed-in view of the truck bed and even offer guidance to help make hitching up with a trailer a one-person job. If you have a gooseneck/fifth-wheel configuration, this is the best feature for you. The hitch view will give you a close-up look at the receiver hitch to help you line up when connecting a trailer.

The black and brown interior is shown on the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500.

7 – Advanced Infotainment

While the lowest trims are more bare-bones, if you opt for an LTZ or High Country trim, you will get advanced smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Essentially, this system enables your vehicle’s infotainment interface to function as your mobile device. You can seamlessly stream your personalized playlists, make/receive calls and text messages hands-free, and even navigate through your most-used apps. This technology can be added to the LT, LT Trail Boss, and RST trim levels as well.

8 – Head-Up Display

A newer feature designed to help you keep your eyes on the road at all times is the head-up display. This feature projects information like vehicle speed, navigation, and safety alerts directly onto the windshield. This 15-inch diagonal display will let you keep your eyes on the road where they belong while still giving you access to all of the critical information you need to know while you are driving.

9 – Safety Features

While the infotainment options on lower trims might seem a bit lacking, the lower levels make up for that with their advanced safety systems. Some of the available safety features for Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trim levels include automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, and forward collision warning. Using a series of radar sensors, the forward collision warning system will alert you if a person or another vehicle comes into your path. If no evasive action is taken, the system will bring the vehicle to a complete stop before the impact is made.

10 – Special Editions

If you are looking for a little more personality for your truck, you may want to consider one of the Chevy Silverado’s custom editions. The LT Trail Boss Midnight edition gives your entire truck a blackout style, 18-inch black painted wheels, and the powerful 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine. The RST Rally Edition will give you a black hood, tailgate rally stripes, RST emblem details, 22-inch black painted aluminum wheels, and three engine options to choose between. Finally, the Custom Rally Edition gives you most of the same features as the RST Rally Edition, but this model will have 20-inch wheels and two engines to choose from.

Find a 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 Near You

Now that you know about all of the cool features that are available on the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, are you excited to get behind the wheel? We bet you are! Whether this is your first Chevy pickup truck or you wish to trade in your older model for a new one, find your local Chevy dealer to assist you. You will definitely want to get your hands on one of these unique and stylish trucks that will have all heads turning towards you at the worksite.