The Chevrolet Silverado is not only one of the best-selling and most popular vehicles in the Chevy arsenal, but also across every car segment as well. It has reigned as king, sharing its spotlight among Ford for decades. But as time goes on, brands are putting out trucks that make it harder for Chevy to keep its place at the top.
And if the 2021 Chevy Silverado is evidence of anything, it’s that Chevy needs another redesign; and quickly if it doesn’t want to lose its crown.
Is the 2021 Chevy Silverado a good truck?
The Chevy Silverado is a good truck. It remains one of three truck giants in the segment, but competition is fierce at the top. And with just some minor changes to the 2021 Silverado and the measly addition of its new multi-flex tailgate, Chevy is losing its footing.
According to Roadshow by CNET experts, “it’s still an underdog in the full-size pickup world.” Even with its comfort and capabilities, the experts still claim the 2021 Silverado “just can’t compete with the fancy-pants Ram 1500 and do-it-all Ford F-150.”
While the newest Chevy Silverado has plenty to offer its owners, it appears Chevy will need to do a lot more to get back on top. Even though the Silverado’s latest generation is only a few years old, the 2021 model remains light years behind its biggest competitors. In fact, those CNET experts say “until the Silverado gets a reboot, it’s not the truck” they would recommend.
Pros and cons of the truck: where it falls behind
The same CNET experts unsurprisingly give the newest Chevy Silverado a cool overall rating of 7.7/10, scoring only a 7.5 in Performance, Features, and Design categories, and an 8.5 in Media.
While this certainly isn’t a bad score, rivals like the Ram 1500 earn an overall rating of 9.0. Among the Silverado’s top qualities is its myriad of configurations and options, powerful engine choices, and good towing capacity.
Buyers can choose between no less than seven engine/transmission combinations and three truck-bed lengths. The Silverado also offers impressive features for towing and charging.
According to U.S. News experts, however, the 2021 Silverado’s “interior isn’t as nice as those of some rivals,” it “doesn’t ride as smoothly as competitors,” and it simply is “less upscale and comfortable.”
Overall, the newest Silverado’s interior is outdated and comparably “lousy.” When compared to the offerings by Ford and Ram, the Silverado’s advanced driver-assistance technologies are limited and its infotainment system still stuck in the last generation.
Will the Chevy Silverado get another redesign soon?
According to Consumer Reports, the Chevy Silverado’s most-recent full redesign came with the 2019 model year. Its previous generation lasted five years before Chevy debuted the 2019 Silverado “completely redesigned to battle its crosstown rivals.”
The 2019 generation of Silverado brought improved power, response, fuel economy, and technology. But just two short years later, the 2021 Silverado no longer benefits from those improvements, which seem to “trail behind” the updates made by other brands.
While not much has changed for the Silverado in those two years, Ram and Ford have been taking advantage of the “sleeping” Chevy brand.
With the 2021 Chevy Silverado clearly falling behind its rivals, experts are already eager to see the next and newest 2022 Silverado. According to The News Wheel, “some big upgrades for the Silverado and Sierra were pushed back from 2021 to 2022,” so hopes for big changes to the 2022 Silverado are high.
Whether the 2022 Silverado will receive a complete redesign is still up for debate, but it is rumored to at least be receiving much-needed updates with technology and on the interior.