The 2021 Chevy Silverado Could Outmuscle Rivals

The 2021 Chevy Silverado received more towing power with two new engines that could allow it to outmuscle the competition. The Chevy Silverado is already gaining an edge on the Ram 1500, which didn’t gain more power for 2021, but can it take on the 2021 Ford F-150? 

2021 Chevy Silverado towing power 

For 2021 the Chevy Silverado gained the ability to tow a whole 2,500 lb more than the 2020 model. However, the 2021 Chevy Silverado can still only tow up to 9,600 lb, according to GMAuthority

Chevrolet Silverado Diesel driving on a highway near a mountain
Chevrolet Silverado Diesel | Chevrolet

Now, this is with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, which is the second most powerful engine option. The 2021 Ford F-150’s second most powerful engine is the 3.3-liter V6, and it can only tow up to 8,200 lb, making the Chevy Silverado more powerful. 

The Ram 1500 has a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine that can tow up to 7,730 lb, putting it in last place. It’s second most powerful engine option is the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi, and it can tow up to 11,610 lb. 

2021 Chevy Silverado diesel towing power

The 2021 Chevy Silverado also got a new 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel engine that can tow up to 9,500 lb. This adds 1,900 lb of towing power from the previous model.

2020 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss off-roading
2020 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss | Chevy

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However, the Ford F-150 can tow up to 12,100 with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. The Ram 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine can also tow up to 12,560, putting the Chevy diesel in the last place. 

However, official numbers haven’t been released for the rest of the engine options available with the 2021 Chevy Silverado. It could take on the Ford F-150’s best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 14,000 lb. 

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71 with trailer
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71 with trailer | Chevrolet

Also, the maximum towing capacity for the Ram 1500 is 12,750. The 2020 Chevy Silverado has a max towing capacity of 13,400 lb, so it doesn’t have to improve by much to beat the 2021 Ford F-150. 

2021 Chevy Silverado towing tech 

Along with more towing power, the 2021 Chevy Silverado also gained towing tech. The camera system already provided 15 different views, but now it can also indicate your trailer’s length to simplify changing lanes.  

The system displays a red overlay to the blind-spot camera view, showing where the trailer could impede while changing lanes. Also, the Jack-Knife Alert warns you if you’re about to jack-knife while reversing your trailer. 

The cargo bed view can now pair with the bed hitch guidance system to make hitching to gooseneck trailers easier too. The rear trailer view also includes guidelines, and the rear side view can also be turned on while reversing. 

Another cool feature includes the invisible trailer mode, which melds the different views to provide the perspective of seeing through your trailer. But we aren’t sure if the 2021 Chevy Silverado has trailer backup assistance like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. 

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Chevrolet

The trailer reverse assistance allows drivers to direct their trailer where they want it to go and automatically turns the wheel in the correct direction. This ensures that the trailer goes in the right direction.