When you need to finish a towing job on time, turn your attention to the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500. The Maguire Chevrolet Trumansburg sales professionals have put together this Chevy Silverado towing capacity guide, so you know what to expect out of the Silverado and what you can tow.

We're taking a closer look at towing capability, at towing technology, and how to use the bed to your advantage. Take on the roads near the Trumansburg, Binghamton, and Vestal, New York, areas, with a truck that can get the job done. 


This full-size pickup can be equipped with either a V6 or V8 engine, or even a 2.7-liter turbo or a 3L turbo-diesel engine. As you may expect, this means different things for different towing jobs.

Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity (when properly equipped)

4.3L V6 Engine

7,900 pounds max towing capacity

2.7L Turbo Engine

9,300 pounds max towing capacity

5.3L V8 Engine with Direct Fuel Management and Max Trailering Package

11,500 pounds max towing capacity

6.2L V8 Engine

9,300 pounds max towing capacity

Duramax® 3.0L Turbo-Diesel

9,500 pounds max towing capacity

6.2-liter V8 with Max Trailering Package

13,300 pounds max towing capacity

The Trailering Equipment Package, when available, provides a trailer hitch platform along with 7- and 4-pin sealed connectors at the rear bumper. The Silverado 1500 is capable of towing anywhere from 9,300 pounds with the 2.7L turbocharged engine to 13,300 pounds with the 6.2-liter V8 with Max Trailering Package.

With its maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds and maximum payload of 2,280 pounds, the Silverado 1500 is prepared for many heavy-duty jobs. Bring a large trailer along when you have the 6.2-liter V8 engine, or smaller items like an ATV or watercraft with the V6 or turbo engine. Regardless of which engine you own, the Chevrolet Silverado will be ready for a variety of towing jobs.


  • Trailering Package
  • Max Trailering Package (optional)
  • Tow Mirrors (optional)

It's not just about towing capacity. It's about tech, too. While horsepower and torque matter, the Silverado trailering technology keeps you in control. Take the In-Vehicle Trailering System, for one. Using the myChevrolet Mobile App with Trailering, you'll gain access to such items as pre-departure checklists that ensure you have everything ready for the road ahead, as well as trailering profiles that provide trailer mileage and tire pressure information for the different trailers you own.

The available trailer tire pressure/temperature monitor controls air inside trailer tires to help detect if they're properly filled. When a trailer is hooked up to your Silverado, the Tow/Haul reminder prompts you to put the Silverado in Tow/Haul mode, which improves acceleration when hauling a heavier load.

There are many other available tech features that will assist you with trailering, such as:

  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Electronic Parking Brake Hookup Assist

In addition, eight available cameras can provide up to 15 different views, so you'll get spatial awareness in new ways. There are four available angles to view your hitch, like the all-new Cargo Bed Zoom and Bed Hitch Guidance. You'll also have five available views for parking, like the Rear Side View. Finally, there are six available views for driving, like the Transparent Trailer feature. This enables you to see vehicles behind you even if a trailer is in the way.

  • Cargo Bed Zoom
  • Bed Hitch Guidance
  • Rear Side View


The truck bed offers plenty of cargo volume, including a best-in-class measurement of 89.1 cubic feet of space. Complemented with sturdiness, the space is built from a higher strength roll-formed steel-more durable than previous generations, and lighter than ever.

There are plenty of ways to transport cargo in the bed area, and you can use the 12 standard tie-downs for added security. Want to bring an appliance along for a weekend adventure and need a spot to plug it in? The available 120-volt outlet near the tailgate lets you plug in even when you're on the move.

Speaking of the tailgate, it's got some new life to it with the available Multi-Flex Tailgate feature, which can be added onto any trim level. With it, Silverado drivers can customize the use of their tailgate to fit their needs, especially when it comes to protecting cargo. Use the Primary or Inner Gate Load Stops to hold your items securely. If you need to reach something on the roof, there's a Full-Width Step that expands from within the inner gate.

Available LED lights are another excellent bed feature that will help you see better in poor lighting. With illumination coming at you from multiple angles, you'll easily be able to see and maneuver your cargo into the most optimal position. You can also rest assured that everything is secured in its place before you drive off.

How Do I Increase the Towing Capacity of My Silverado 1500?

If you've already loaded up the bed area of your Chevy Silverado but still have more equipment to bring, you can consider numerous available cargo accessories. These have a variety of purposes and will diversify what you can carry and transport.

If you're a dedicated biker and want to explore some yet-unseen trails, there are multiple bike rack options to choose from that will ensure a tight hold as your 2-wheeler rides above you. Maybe you're planning a ski adventure for winter and already own plenty of gear. Consider the Flat Top 6-Pair Roof-Mounted Ski Carrier by Thule to bring along a set of skis for the whole family!

When summer comes around, the jet ski on the trailer behind you doesn't have to be the only fun water vehicle you bring along. You can check out other accessory options from Thule that will allow you to bring along your kayak or canoe for even more adventures out on the water.

If you don't use equipment from the above categories but would rather transport other items, there's also an available cargo basket or net that you can attach to the roof to secure other items you may need.


Want to get a feel for the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 towing capacity? Contact Maguire Chevrolet Trumansburg today, and explore everything this truck has to offer.

You'll see how the Silverado will handle the roads around Trumansburg, Binghamton, and Vestal, NY, and have a chance to discuss towing with our experienced sales professionals.


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