The Chevy Silverado Trail Boss: For Work, Play, and Everyday

October 28th, 2019 by

A red 2020 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, popular at our Chevy dealership in Corsicana, TX, is parked on a salt flat.

There are a lot of trucks available at your local Chevy dealership that are worth looking into, and it’s no surprise that the award-winning Chevy Silverado should be one of them. What may be a surprise is the inclusion of the Silverado Trail Boss as an option to fit your needs, even if those needs don’t involve much off-roading. Whether you’re hauling some lumber, picking the kids up from practice, or heading to the backwoods for some fun – this truck has you covered.

The Trail Bosses

The Silverado Trail Boss is 4×4 only (you wouldn’t be much of a boss on the trail without it) and comes in two trims: the Custom Trail Boss and the LT Trail Boss. Both options come standard with off-road equipment (Z71 Off-Road Package), including a 2-inch suspension lift, locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. The wheels are all black, complementing an already impressive looking machine.

The off-road capability will be the initial main draw for these trims, but the fact that either version will do more than great in your daily routine is a real bonus. Finding the right balance between everyday life and weekend activities was a sure factor in the inception of the Trail Boss.

New on the 2020 Trail Boss models, you’ll find an option for a 6.2L V8, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For comparison, the 2019 Trail Boss models went up to a 5.3L V8, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Custom Trail Boss

This Silverado Trail Boss trim will be the less expensive option between the two available. However, that doesn’t mean it’s skimping on the goods. As stated above, this trim also comes standard with the Z71 Off-Road Package and a 2-inch suspension lift. If you’re looking for something dependable in the outdoors, then this truck won’t let you down.

Starting at $41,095, the 2020 Custom Trail Boss comes in three different configurations:

  • Double Cab, Standard Bed
  • Crew Cab, Short Bed
  • Crew Cab, Standard Bed

To clear up any confusion, the crew cab is bigger. The window itself is larger than the double cab version, and there’s more space for passengers and luggage. Fortunately, there are three options here, depending on whether you’re looking for more (or less) passenger and/or bed space.

The standard Custom Trail Boss would be the Double Cab and Standard Bed option. Changing between the Double and Crew Cab options won’t change the amount of legroom in the front seat, but you will notice a difference in the rear seating area. Specifically, you’ll be going from 35.24 inches (Double Cab) of legroom to 43.40 inches (Crew Cab) of legroom. To put it into perspective, a midsize four-door sedan like the 2020 Chevy Malibu LT gets 38.1 inches of rear legroom.

You also have three powertrain and engine options:

  • 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission (standard)
  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission

The 2019 Silverado Trail Boss models max out at the 5.3L V8 option, but the 2020 edition has the option for the larger 6.2L V8 engine.

LT Trail Boss

Being the more expensive Silverado Trail Boss option means, well, more options!

Here are some of the major upgrades the standard version of the LT Trail Boss has over the standard version of the Custom Trail Boss:

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with DFM
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic Stop/Start
  • Dual-outlet exhaust
  • 17″ full-size spare steel wheel with Black finish
  • Black Bowtie, (front grille)
  • Cargo bed LED lighting
  • LED fog lamps
  • Tailgate with EZ Lift assist, power lock & release
  • 12-volt auxiliary rear power outlet
  • 4.2″ diagonal color Driver Information Center
  • 40/20/40 split-bench front seat with under-seat storage
  • 4G LTE WiFi hotspot capable
  • Chevrolet Connected Access capable
  • Compass
  • First and second-row all-weather floor liners with Z71 logo
  • Keyless Open and Start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • OnStar & Chevrolet Connected Services capable
  • Rear window defogger
  • Remote Start
  • Single-zone manual, semi-automatic climate control
  • Steering column lock control
  • Steering-wheel mounted controls
  • Theft-deterrent unauthorized entry system
  • USB ports

In general, the LT Trail Boss is quite the upgraded option. Many of these items may not seem so important at first, but all the little details definitely come in handy, especially in the moments you actually need them. Some of the simple additions, such as the rear defogger or having USB ports, are conveniences that make the whole vehicle experience a lot more well-rounded and enjoyable. There’s nothing worse than not being able to see out the back window or having your phone die at the most inopportune moment.

For many, the biggest upgrade will be starting with the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with DFM. This is a pretty big leap from the standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine on the Custom Trail Boss. Also, having DFM (Dynamic Fuel Management) is a really nice touch because it will help overall fuel management, especially when paired with the standard Automatic Stop/Start technology.

Starting at $50,095, the 2020 LT Trail Boss comes in two different configurations:

  • Crew Cab, Short Bed
  • Crew Cab, Standard Bed

You also have two powertrain and engine options:

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with DFM, 10-speed automatic transmission (standard)
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission


It wouldn’t be a Silverado if it couldn’t put in a shift when needed. Although the Trail Boss may not necessarily be purchased as a work vehicle (there is a Work Truck trim available for the Silverado), it’s not going to shy away from getting its hands dirty.

With 62.90 ft³ (short bed) or 71.70 ft³ (standard bed) of cargo volume, there should be plenty of space to help a friend move or haul some supplies for weekend projects.

There’s also plenty of towing capability. The max GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) starts out at 12,800 lbs on the 4.3L V6 engine and moves up to 17,800 lbs on the 6.2L V8 engine. You have the option of adding on the Max Trailering Package to tow up to 12,100 lbs if you find yourself needing a bit more in that department


Having the 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off-Road package come standard is a real dream. These days, a vehicle really needs to do it all because we demand so much more out of life. So, if your truck can handle just fine during the week, but isn’t up to snuff on the weekend, is it actually performing the way you want it to?

The Z71 Off-Road package is available as on option on other trims, but the Trail Boss models are unique in that they also have the suspension lift, Rancho shocks, all-black wheels, and Goodyear DuraTrac off-road tires. With those additions, the trail won’t know what hit ’em.


Often, your beloved and beautiful truck will become the daily commuter or road trip warrior – and that’s not a problem! It’s built for that, too.

For those looking to be more comfortable (especially as a family), the LT Trail Boss has plenty of options available to make the experience all the better. You can add heated seats, Bose Premium Sound System, leather, dual-zone climate control, and more. Also, many of these options can be found in the available convenience packages.

A Truck For All Seasons

The Chevy Silverado has been a household name for many years, and for a good reason. It’s rugged, dependable, and will get the job done – even if that job is going into town to pick up some dinner. However, the Silverado Trail Boss will also be well within its element navigating dirt trails or hauling equipment to a friend’s house.

No matter what your interest is in the Trail Boss, we’d love to invite you to come down to your local Chevy Dealership and discuss it with us. Here at Frank Kent Country in Corsicana, Texas, we’re proud to provide top-notch service and professionalism. We look forward to your visit.

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