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The Biggest 2020 Chevy Silverado Problems After 6 Months

Yeehaw, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500, has had an extensive road test. The Chevrolet Silverado Trailboss, to be specific. Check out the highs and lows after spending 6 months in this beast. The good, the bad, and the ugly parts are all listed. 

2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trailboss Review

The folks at The Fast Lane Truck were able to create a long term project by getting behind the wheel of a 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trailboss for an entire 6 months. They took it off-roading, used it as a daily commuter, and more to put about 7,000 miles on it. 

The Trailboss is the off-roading trim of the Chevy Silverado, and it comes with a factory 2-inch suspension lift, 32-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, a mechanical locker, and more. It performed very well against the Jeep Gladiator and Toyota Tundra. 

It climbed over rocky obstacles with limited wheel spin and played in the mud in Moab. They rated this truck at a 6 out of 10 for off-roading because it’s a little wide and cumbersome. However, it proves its capability well and has a pretty good price starting around $39,700. 

How is driving the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500? 

Their 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 is equipped with the 5.3-liter V8 engine. It’s the more popular option even though the 6.2-liter engine with 420 hp is available. The 5.3-liter engine has 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. 

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

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While going 70 mph on the highway without a trailer attached, the truck managed to get its EPA estimated 21 mpg, which is impressive. The rancho shocks and tuned springs provided a smooth ride in the dirt and on the pavement. 

One issue they discovered is that the spare tire isn’t a Duratrac tire, meaning it doesn’t match the rest. This could cause serious problems if you really damaged one of the tires and needed help getting out of a bad situation. 

It has a fair acceleration. It’s not the fastest or slowest option. The 10-speed automatic transmission could help slow the truck down a little more when going down steep inclines. The brakes are also pretty responsive. 

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss going down hill
2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss | Chevrolet

Towing a trailer that weighed 7,000 lb felt like a breeze. But with the Silverado 1500 Trailboss, the payload capacity is limited to 1,685 lb, and the maximum towing capacity is 9,500 lb. But this is a fair trade-off for the off-roading capabilities. 

The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trailboss interior is lacking 

There is nothing wrong with the interior of the Chevy Silverado Trailboss. It’s just a little boring. When off-roading with the windows open, the seats got cloaked in a layer of dust.

A man looks at a Chevrolet Silverado truck at the auto trade show, AutoMobility LA
The Chevy Silverado 1500 | David McNew/Getty Images

They are supportive, and the interior is functional, but it could have more pizzazz. It does have a red Trailboss logo stitched into the seats, but that’s about it. 

If you want more tech and a truck that shifts through the gears a little faster, then consider a rival. The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trailboss had no mechanical problems after six months, and the first oil change was at about 6,500 miles. It’s a great, well-rounded truck that suits a variety of needs.