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What You Need to Know About the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500

Have you ever wondered how your life would be if you owned one of the best-selling vehicles in the country? The vehicle I’m talking about is the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500. Whether you’re a first-time truck shopper or upgrading from a pre-existing Silverado or other pickup truck, the 2023 Silverado 1500 has a lot to offer its drivers. The Chevy Silverado’s status as one of the best-selling vehicles in the country is earnestly warranted as Chevy’s pickup trucks have been indicative of quality for generations.

Are you ready to experience the next chapter in the Silverado’s journey to the top? We’ve compiled a few facts you should know before you go to the dealership and begin your search. From the many available powertrains to towing and cargo, there are a lot of things in this truck that will make anyone happy.

The black interior of a 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country shows the steering wheel.

A Truck With Real Power

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 is a powerful vehicle. Sure, you can purchase a Silverado 2500 or 3500 HD if you need to get a lot of work done, but in most cases, the 1500 is going to give you all the power you could need, and it is not as pricey as those bigger models. What are the powertrains making the Silverado 1500 such a versatile vehicle? Well, the 2023 lineup has mostly the same engine lineup as the previous year because this wasn’t a major refresh, with one exception.

Same as the previous year, the 2023 Silverado 1500 comes with a 5.3L V8 engine paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission (a combo that can tow up to 11,200 lbs) for most trims, though there are plenty of other options. For example, there is the turbocharged 2.7L I-4 engine that produces 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission making the ride smooth. The maximum towing capacity for this engine is 9,500 lbs, but it does get 19 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.

The biggest engine of the lot is the 6.2L V8. This beast produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, and comes paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. With this engine comes the best towing capability as well. With the proper body configuration and appropriate towing equipment, this engine can handle up to 13,300 lbs of towing. This engine is the only one of the lot that comes only with four-wheel drive; all of the rest give you the option of rear-wheel or four-wheel. This engine also has the worst fuel economy of the lot, with an estimated 16 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway.

If power and fuel efficiency are what you need, then the engine you are going to want is the improved 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel I-6. This engine matches the 6.2L V8’s towing capacity of 13,300 lbs, so you get the capability you want with it. The turbodiesel 3.0 I-6 engine received an upgrade for the 2023 model year, which is the only difference the 2023 model has over the 2022 truck in regards to engine performance.

The turbodiesel 3.0L I-6 engine in the 2023 model produces 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which is a stark increase over the 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque from the prior year. While this doesn’t have a notable difference in towing capacity, as the increase in diesel towing came last year, it does give you an adjusted fuel economy. The 2023 Silverado diesel gets an estimated 24 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. That’s one MPG more in the city but two MPG less on the highway with rear-wheel drive models.

Four-wheel drive economy stays relatively the same, with just a one MPG difference on the highway in favor of the 2023 model. If you’re looking to maximize the versatility and potential of your Silverado 1500, you’ll want four-wheel drive, especially if you plan on doing any off-roading. The allotment of powertrains the 2023 Silverado offers is the best it’s ever been, and pumping up the power stemming from the turbodiesel engine was the most logical next step.

A grey 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 is shown parked in front of a house.

Towing & Cargo

You already know that the maximum towing capacity of the 2023 Silverado 1500 is 13,300 lbs, so now we need to talk about cargo space and other towing amenities. You’re likely going to be using a Class IV or V hitch with your Silverado 1500 to get the most out of your model, but towing has become even easier thanks to the Silverado’s camera technology. You can get up to fourteen camera views, four of which are located around the hitch, to make hooking up, driving, parking, and unloading easier.

Every 2023 Silverado 1500 comes with an infotainment center. A seven-inch screen comes standard, but many drivers will want to upgrade to the available 13.4-inch screen that was first introduced in the 2022 Silverado. The cameras built around your Silverado 1500 use the infotainment center to display the fourteen different camera angles to ensure you have the best awareness of your surroundings. Aside from the hitch views we mentioned earlier, there is also a transparent trailer view that lets you see behind your trailer, a rear side view to help with lane changes, and an inside trailer view that allows you to keep an eye on your cargo.

Aside from towing, you may be looking to use the Silverado 1500’s bed to transport cargo. Two of the things you should know about the Silverado 1500 are its payload capacity and bed sizes. You won’t have to worry about lackluster payload capacity because the 2023 Silverado can haul up to 2,260 lbs, which is more than enough to handle the occasional load of yard debris or your bags for the dump.

The 2023 Silverado 1500 bed is available in one of three sizes. The smallest Silverado 1500 is the short bed, which measures five feet eight inches and will provide you with up to 62.9 cu.ft. of bed space. Many drivers may decide this is all they need, and understandably so if you’re looking for something more compact. However, if you’re looking for something bigger, you can opt for the standard or long beds. The standard bed is six feet six inches and provides an ample 71.7 cu.ft. of space, and the long bed at eight feet two inches gives you the Silverado 1500’s maximum bed volume of 89.1 cu.ft.

2023 Brings an Excellent Version of the Silverado 1500

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 is everything you’re possibly looking for in a modern-day pickup truck. Chevy has been in business going back to 1911 and has served generations of Americans with automobiles that have changed their lives in meaningful ways. The brand is constantly innovating and including new things in its models. While sometimes changes are small between model years, like we see with the 2023 model and its improved diesel engine, Chevy doesn’t hold back or hold out on its customers. If you need a solid and reliable truck that can handle the demands of your day-to-day life, the 2023 Chevy Silverado is it.