In almost all cases, the vehicle from the latest model year is the best among the same vehicle models from previous model years. Vehicles from the latest model year usually offer better drive performance, more power, improved infotainment systems, more advanced safety and driver-assist features, etc. than vehicles from the previous model year. Many drivers still choose vehicle models from previous model years, but that choice is usually because a vehicle model from a previous model year tends to be more affordable than the latest model of that vehicle. This time we try to decide if the 2020 Silverado pickup is actually even better than the latest model.

Newest does not always mean best—and that might just be the case for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model, depending on who you ask. Chevrolet is one of the largest automakers in the world, and they are renowned for the top-quality pickup trucks they produce. The Chevy Silverado comprises a series of pickup trucks and has been available on the mainstream auto market since the 1999 model year. Ever since the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck hit the market, it has been a top-selling pickup truck—the Silverado is currently in its fourth generation, which began for the 2019 model year. 

With each passing model year in the past, the Chevrolet Silverado has undoubtedly improved upon itself. However, when it comes to choosing between the 2020 and the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models, you might be better off choosing the 2020 model. 

The main complaint among drivers and experts and critics in the auto industry alike is that certain models of the 2021 Chevy Silverado are actually less capable when it comes to towing than their 2020 Silverado counterpart models. If you’re in the market for a top-rated modern pickup truck, keep reading to learn more about the differences in towing capacities between various models of the 2020 and the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup trucks to help you determine which model is right for you and your family, lifestyle, and driving needs and preferences. 

Downgraded Towing Capacity 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models equipped with either the 5.3-L V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management or the 6.2-L V8 engine actually underwent downgrades in their towing capacities from the 2020 model year.

That being said, the downgraded towing capacities of these pickup trucks only amount to differences of about 100 pounds for each model—although even 100 pounds can make a big difference to some drivers who prioritize towing capacity in the vehicles they drive. 

Unchanged Towing Capacity 

The towing capacities for two engine options of the Chevrolet Silverado did not change for the 2021 model year. These engine options include the 4.3-L V6 engine that comes standard on the base model of both the 2020 and 2021 Silverado 1500 models and the available 5.3-L V8 engine when it is equipped with Active Fuel Management. 

The unchanged towing capacity of the 4.3-L engine is 7,000 pounds. Both 2020 and 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 models that are equipped with the available 5.3-L V8 engine can tow up to an impressive 11,600 pounds. 

Improved Towing Capacity 

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models that are equipped with either a 2.7-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-L straight-six turbo-diesel engine feature improved towing capacities when compared with 2020 Silverado 1500 models.

Silverado Towing Capacity

Silverado Towing Capacity

2020 Chevy Silverado 1500s equipped with the 2.7-L turbocharged engine can tow up to 7,900 pounds, whereas 2021 Silverados equipped with the same engine can tow up to approximately 10,500 pounds. 2021 Silverado 1500 models that are equipped with a 3.0-L turbo-diesel engine can tow up to 9,600 pounds, whereas 2020 Silverado 1500 models equipped with the same engine can only tow about 9,400 pounds at a time. 

In conclusion, if you’re in the market for the Chevrolet Silverado specifically because of its towing capacity, you might be better off purchasing a 2020 Silverado model. 2020 Silverado models are more affordable than their 2021 counterparts, and certain 2020 models actually have higher towing capacities than 2021 Silverados as well—depending on the engine it features. 

However, if you value general drive performance, high-tech infotainment, and advanced safety and driver-assist features over towing capacity and you’re not on too tight of a budget, you’re probably better off purchasing the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado rather than the 2020 model.