If you are in the market for a truck that is life ready, perfect for families and still pretty gorgeous, take a second look at the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ arrived a couple of days before my 40th birthday. It was a gorgeous day already — one of those ones where sky is bright, the grass is all green and it makes you smile just by looking out the window. I got the call that the Drive Team would be stopping by, and I was ready.
It had been a while since I had driven a Silverado, and I was excited to give it a try. I wanted to see how this pickup would integrate into family life, whether it was more designed for work or play and how my family responded to it. It is 3.0L Turbo-Diesel with a 10 speed automatic transmission that gets just under 500 miles on a full tank, and it was a beauty.
The first thing I noticed was the paint job and strong lines that said “Go discover something new — I’m ready to take you anywhere.” It was a brilliant, deep sapphire blue with a hint of shimmer that caught the sunlight. The lines of this truck are broad and beefy. It is not a dainty truck by any stretch of the imagination. It’s solid, sturdy, made to work and made to play, but it also made to handle the family and all the gear that comes with them.
On the inside
I got inside and took stock of the view. A nice dash, with a big 8” touchscreen infotainment center in the middle, a deep center console — big enough to hold my purse with ease and lots of leg room in the back. A quick scan of the features brought a smile to my face. Leather appointed seats and console in the LTZ package, Apple Car Play and Android Auto with wireless charging paired with a Bose sound system and surround view cameras for the win.
The added bonus of active safety features like front and rear parking assist, cross traffic, rear seat reminders and blind spot alerts let me know that safety was more than an afterthought and that we would be in good hands. I noticed the Z71 badge on the floormat and that meant that this Silverado is equipped with the off-road package. Expect Twin Tube Shocks, Hill Descent Control and Spray on Bedliner; it also meant that if I wanted to get a little mud on it that it would be just fine.
I looked around noticed that seats were wide, adjustable and would be comfortable for all my passengers with heating and ventilation in the front and rear seats … which is just about always needed with the fickle Texas weather. I instantly thought of my dad, brother and the big guys in my life – and realized that they would fit easily in the Silverado with space for breathing, moving and shrugging shoulders. I also noticed the easy to locate car seat LATCH anchors and the space beneath the backseat for storing the gear of life. The discovery of In-truck 4G WiFi with enough power for all of our devices, plenty of space for legs, gear, tanks and bags, charging ports and cupholders. It was going to be perfect for road-tripping, the hustle and bustle of everyday life and even for the date night. It was going to be a fun week.
What I didn’t know is that I would taking my kids on a secret roadtrip to celebrate my birthday in Granbury, Texas. Did you know that Granbury was voted the Best Historic Small Town in Texas? Me neither… but it is absolutely darling!
The Historic Square is centered around an old Courthouse that was dressed in it’s Texas finery — due to it being Texas Independence Day. It filled with tiny treasure shops, artisan boutiques, a petite winery and restaurants that were brimming with treats, a lovely little bookshop and the best Shrimp and Grits at 1890 Grille that I have had in a long, long time.
I went with my mom, sisters, brothers in law and kids to explore. I drove the boys while Z rode with my sister and we found a nice spot to park by an old Insurance shop. It looked like a scene out of a postcard.
The crystal clear cameras on the 2020 Silverado and upgraded front and rear parking assist made parking a full-size truck in a tight space a breeze. We got out, grabbed our gear, found several antique and sundry shops, a sweet general type store where I found a candle that smelled of the salty sea and fresh cut lemons. After a bit, the Littles were getting restless, and my mom took them to a restaurant on the other side of the Square while 2 of my sisters and I explored a local pocket winery that makes a delicious Malbec that happens to be perfect with BBQ or a smoky, grilled steak, which I found out when I got back to Mesquite.
But in the moment, the cool breeze drifting off the lake was soul soothing and the relaxing, low-key vibe was contagious. The people were friendly and the spirit of fun, revelry and the happy of people weekending made it even better than I could have hoped for.
The kids found vintage toys, an old wagon, made friends and had fun just strolling the pathways that generations of Texans have walked before. I found that I just liked being with no schedule, no plan with people that I loved and stumbling upon little tidbits of history in the most unexpected places. It was a lovely respite from the speed and pace of our everyday lives. We had the pleasure of just relaxing, making memories in a new setting on a beautiful day and enjoying each other’s company. Which now more than ever is, quite frankly, the best gift. The time, the moment and the experience reminded me of what is important and just how fleeting the everyday moments are, but how valuable they are and just how long these memories linger.
After the weekend was done, I was surprised that I still had diesel in the tank. It wasn’t until we got back to Dallas that I needed to refuel. Love that! It is convenient and confidence-inducing. It also makes you feel safe when traipsing across North Texas. Also, if you’ve never driven a diesel, it’s worth your time. You might just fall in love with them.
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Someone messaged me was this one a gas or diesel and does it drink it…. It's diesel, and really good on it too. It got nearly 500 miles on a full tank. I drove across the DFW, on a roadtrip and back with ease and no need to refuel until now. This truck loved the highway. 🎉 In other news, we've had all the seasons of weather this week…because Texas…I am guessing that means we are going to have some gorgeous bluebonnets in a few weeks. Cannot wait !!! Have a good one, Y'all! Thank you, Z for the picture. #chevytrucks #fuelcity #shedrives #momsofig
All in all, this is a life-ready truck that is outfitted for modern life with active safety tech, wipeable seats and comfort amenities like 4G WiFi, that you expect in a premium SUV but with the versatility and power of a full-size pick up. Basing at 49K and priced as seen at just over 62K with the LTZ package, technology package and the Z71 Off Road Protection package, it is priced to compete and is ready for the long haul. To learn more, visit here.