Although it’s becoming increasingly popular, Android Auto doesn’t come standard in every car. Nor does every trim include the feature. When considering a new vehicle, it’s a good idea to find out whether it’s compatible with your smartphone to make managing tasks while driving easier. If you’re considering a 2023 Chevy Silverado, here’s what to know if you have an Android-based phone.
2023 Chevy Silverado trims at a glance
With the 2023 Silverado 1500, Chevrolet is determined to give buyers everything they could want in a full-size truck. It offers a whopping nine trim levels: the base-model WT (starting at $46,395), Custom ($50,395), Custom Trail Boss ($52,595), LT ($54,495), RST ($56,995), LT Trail Boss ($58,395), ZR2 (71,895), LTZ ($61,095), and High Country ($66,395). Each offers attractive powertrain options and features to please potential buyers.
The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 provides four powertrain options, each with rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. The WT (Work Truck), Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, and LT Trail Boss have a 2.7-liter turbo-four engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This version produces 310 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and can hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The RST, LTZ, and High Country have a 5.3-liter V8 engine, generating 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and a 10-speed automatic. And the ZR2 packs a 6.2-liter V8 harnessing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
You can add these more powerful engines to most trims. There’s also a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six option providing greater fuel efficiency. The first three powertrains have gas mileage numbers in the teens in the city and on the highway, but the turbodiesel’s numbers are in the low 20s.
Plus, the 2023 Silverado 1500 comes in Regular, Double, and Crew Cab styles.
It also sports a bevy of infotainment features anchored by a 13.4-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Does the 2023 Chevy Silverado have wireless Android Auto?
If you use an Android phone, you’ll be pleased to know the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 includes Android Auto and wireless Android Auto in every trim except the WT. You’ll need to purchase a Custom trim or higher to get this smartphone feature in your 2023 Silverado.
But if you do, you can access Android Auto by connecting your smartphone to your truck with a USB cable. Or you can connect to wireless Android Auto through the Silverado’s onboard Wi-Fi. Then you can make calls, manage smartphone files, and access your phone’s functions more easily while on the road.
With the latest update — Android Auto 8 — you’ll also be free of many glitches that plagued earlier versions. However, a more intuitive interface that Google announced would come with Android Auto 8 has not yet materialized. When it eventually rolls out, Android Central reports that drivers will have access to a new split-screen that will make accessing their favorite apps much easier.
Other tech features in the new Chevy Silverado
The Chevy Silverado 1500 also integrates other popular Google apps into its infotainment system, including Google Play, Google Maps, and Google Assistant. But iPhone users shouldn’t worry. Apple CarPlay comes standard in every trim but the WT.
Amazon Alexa integration is also available in lower trims and standard in some higher levels, Chevrolet says. In addition, the Silverado has Bluetooth and a Teen Driver system that helps parents remotely monitor their teenagers’ driving. It also provides new drivers with audible and visual alerts when they’re not driving safely.
And opting for the range-topping High Country brings a Bose seven-speaker sound system, wireless charging, and a remote that can interface with home security systems and other services from inside the truck. Between the multiple trims, optional upgrades, and packages, the 2023 Chevy Silverado offers drivers and passengers some of the best onboard tech features on the market.