In 2014, when General Motors introduced the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, we were impressed by its looks, performance, towing prowess, and fuel economy — but not by its cabin. It was a disappointment. Chevy truck officials told GM truck buyers that they didn’t care about the cabin’s design or material quality since they just cared about their trucks’ capability, durability, and reliability. GM didn’t meet their expectations because a luxurious interior wasn’t on their list of requests. This year’s Ram 1500 stunned everyone with an interior that won it our 2020 Luxury Car of the Year award, further eroding Silverado’s credibility. To avoid being overtaken by your competition, it’s sometimes necessary to go above and beyond what your clients expect from you. That’s exactly what Ram did. The Silverado’s redesigned interior was developed from a hasty crash program and will be available for the 2022 model year.
Improvements in a Big Way
This is the inside the Silverado should have gotten when it was first redesigned, but hey, better late than never. As seen by the new GMC Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade, Chevy has improved its truck interior design significantly since the Silverado was last updated. With a 13.4-inch touchscreen, it looks and feels like a completely modern cockpit. Is there any other GM product with a 13.4-inch screen? Only the GMC Hummer EV and I believe the future Silverado EV will be able to run on electricity. This is the next phase in interior design we’d predicted a few years ago, with a dash full of enticing shapes in a horizontal position. With blocky and imposing energy that feels oppressively large, it doesn’t completely fix the “sitting in front of the cliff” aesthetic of the present truck, but it goes a long way toward giving a sense of spaciousness.
In addition, the quality of the materials has improved. To be expected in any modern car, there is still a lot of plastic, but the touch points are better quality, and the dashboard feels as beautiful as it looks. Finally, higher-end models like the High Country have an interior that more closely fits the retail price. You can truly see and feel what’s going on in the wood grain on the upper glove box door of the High Country, unlike in previous models, where the wood grain was confined to lower parts of the vehicle. In addition, there are several modest upgrades, such as the return of height-adjustable seatbelts and the replacement of the inside door latches with better-designed ones that don’t have harsh, irritating flashing. There is little doubt that Chevy has spent a lot of time reviewing the cabin, searching for areas to improve, and successfully implementing those changes.