To start with, let’s identify which sub-models are available.
- Work Truck (2WD or 4WD, Double Cab w/ Standard Bed, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
- Custom (2WD or 4WD, Double Cab w/ Standard Bed, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
- LT (2WD or 4WD, Double Cab w/ Standard Bed, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
- RST (2WD or 4WD, Double Cab w/ Standard Bed, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
- LTZ (2WD or 4WD, Double Cab w/ Standard Bed, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
- High Country (2WD or 4WD, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
- Custom Trail Boss (4WD, Double Cab w/ Standard Bed, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
- LT Trail Boss (4WD, Crew Cab w/ Short Bed or Standard Bed)
Not on this list is the Z71 Off-Road package, but rest assured the it’s a sub-sub-model so to speak. Silverados with the Z71 package will be offered with four-wheel drive with a low-range option, an automatically locking rear differential, hill descent control, Rancho shocks, a heavy duty air filter, all-terrain tires, and an engine skid plate. This setup is perfect for those of you who are eager to take your new Silverado off the beaten path for some adventure.
An easy way to divide the eight sub-models is the Trail Boss models have a two-inch spacer lift, the RST is an LT with painted bumpers, the LTZ is your chromed out model, and if you don’t want chrome you’ll want to go with the High Country.
As far as specifics go, let’s start with the Work Truck. With the Work Truck, you’ll get the classic Chevrolet graphic on the grille and tailgate, black trim pieces, and 17-inch wheels. Your interior options are vinyl or cloth, but you still get the 7-inch dash display. The Work Truck is only offered with the EcoTech 4.3L V6.
The Custom Silverado is all about color matching. Parts like bumpers and mirrors will match the body instead of being black or chrome on other models. The Custom also features 20-inch aluminum wheels, LED tail lights, and you can elect for dual exhaust.
If you’re looking for a little more, there’s the Custom Trail Boss. The Trail Boss nets you the 2-inch factory lift setup as well as the Z71 package. Enjoy you locking rear differential, don’t forget about the skid plate, and with this set up you’ll be sitting on 18-inch wheels and Goodyear off-roading tires.
The LT Silverado is the showier cousin. Chrome adorns the bumpers, front grille, and the mirrors. You get LED, reflector headlights, and the in-dash screen is bumped up to 8 inches. Leather is also an option with the LT, but you’ll be rolling on 17-inch aluminum wheels painted bright silver.
The RST Silverado is a stepped up LT. This truck is more oriented around street performance, and there are some additional lighting upgrades. On top of LED headlights, you’ll get LED fog lights and tail lights. You can also elect to boost up to 22-inch wheels, but 18s are standard. They’re the same bright silver, aluminum wheels on the LT.
Another way to bump up the LT sub-model is going for the LT Trail Boss. Just like the Custom Trail Boss, you get all of the off-roading goodies, but keep in mind this Trail Boss is only available with the EcoTech 5.3L, the 8-speed automatic, and the updated dynamic fueling system. A dual exhaust system sets this model apart from its other LT cousins.
The LTZ Silverado has even more chrome options for those of you who need that extra dash of flair. Chrome bumper accents, chrome front grille, chrome mirror caps, and chrome door handles. Not to mention those mirrors are now power folding and heated. Vinyl and cloth interior isn’t good enough for this luxury truck. Leather interior comes standard.
The High Country Silverado’s claim to fame is an exclusive front grille as well as side steps with chrome accents. The grille is two tone, chrome and bronze, and the High Country is the only model that comes standard with HID headlights. If you’re looking for a one of a kind Silverado, the High Country fits the bill.