Chevy Truck Trims Explained

When you're looking to buy a Chevrolet truck, you'll likely notice that they can come in different versions. Each Chevrolet truck has several trim options to choose from, and these trims impact the features and performance you get from the truck. Below, we'll outline some key differences between the available Chevrolet truck trims to help you decide which one is right for you.


Available Chevrolet Truck Trims

There are eight different trims available on Chevrolet truck models. These trims are:

Work Truck

The most basic trim you'll find on a Chevrolet truck is the Work Truck trim. The Work Truck trim is for those who want a truck with just the bare essentials and don't need many of the interior comforts or amenities. These are trucks designed to get the job done at an affordable price. However, don't make the mistake of thinking that the Work Truck trims don't have any features. Many Chevrolet trucks with this trim come standard with features such as a backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, tire pressure sensors, and more.

Custom and Custom Trail Boss

The next step up from the Work Truck trim is the Custom trim. The biggest difference with this trim is that you'll get some new exterior features, such as a body-coloured grille, 20-inch silver alloy wheels, and front and rear bumpers. The Custom trim also comes with some performance improvements, such as standard cruise control, heated exterior mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

The Custom Trail Boss trim is similar to the Custom trim, except it adds features that make it more suitable for going off-road. For example, the Custom Trail Boss trim of the Silverado adds a 2-inch suspension lift, hill descent control, and automatic locking rear differential. If you want an affordable truck that can handle tougher terrain, you should consider getting the Custom Trail Boss trim of any Chevrolet truck.

LT and LT Trail Boss

The LT trim of Chevrolet trucks offers a nice balance between features and cost. With the LT trim, you have the option of upgrading to a strong engine for better performance. In addition, you'll get standard features such as a touch screen infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a chrome grille center bar on the exterior.

Just like with the Custom trim, the LT trim can also come as the LT Trail Boss. Upgrading to this trim is the same as with the Custom Trail Boss in that you'll get the better off-road equipment. For example, with the Silverado LT Trail Boss, you can also get a dual exhaust system and the option to upgrade to a 6.2L V8 engine.


The RST trim is a new option for Chevrolet Silverado trucks. This trim adds some convenience features to the Custom trim, such as LED headlights, cargo lighting, tail lamps, a 10-way power seat with lumbar support, a power-sliding rear window, and a keyless open and start system. Some cosmetic improvements include 18-inch wheels, silver mirror caps, a center bar, and door handles, among others. The biggest difference between the RST and the LT is perhaps the appearance, with the RST removing all of the chrome pieces for a more street-friendly look.


If you're looking for a luxury truck, you'll want to consider one of the final two trims. The LTZ is the first of the luxury trims available on Chevrolet trucks. Inside, you can expect features such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an HD backup camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium Bose sound system, a power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and more. These Chevrolet trucks can still handle the tough tasks you send at them, but now you'll be able to do them in comfort and style.

High Country

Finally, there's the High Country trim. This is the trim to select if you want the best that Chevrolet offers in a truck in terms of both performance and luxury. Some of the features you'll get with the High Country trim include the following:

  • 2-speed Autotrac transfer case.
  • A spray-on bed liner.
  • Heated and ventilated front seats.
  • Heated rear outboard in the rear seats.
  • A heated steering wheel.
  • A Bose premium audio system.

You'll also get great safety features, such as a lane change alert, blind spot monitoring system, and rear cross traffic alert. There are so many features included with the High Country trim that the best thing you can do is explore the vehicle in person to experience them all for yourself.

Which Trim Level Is Right for You?

As you can see, there are plenty of options when you're trying to decide which trim level to get. To determine which trim is right for you, you'll want to think about your personal preferences when it comes to features versus cost. If you're someone who just needs a reliable truck for work, then you might prefer the simplicity of the Work Truck trim.

On the other hand, if you expect to take long drives in this truck, you may prefer a more comfortable experience, in which case a trim such as the High Country or LTX might be more suitable.

Get Your Next Truck at Jim Tubman Chevrolet

If you need help deciding which trim level to get with your next Chevrolet truck, Jim Tubman Chevrolet of Ottawa is here to help. We can answer any questions you may have about the differences between the trim levels and help you decide which one best suits your needs. We also have a wide range of trucks in stock at all times, so we can easily set you up with a test drive.

To learn more, please contact us today and schedule an appointment at our dealership in Ottawa. You can also explore our latest new truck inventory or our latest vehicle specials before you visit. Choosing the right trim level is an important decision, so be sure you select the right one by working with the expert team at Jim Tubman Chevrolet.

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Chevy Electric Vehicle Lineup: EVs & EUVs

GM has developed a great lineup of EVs for Chevy shoppers to choose from. With the upcoming release of the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, Chevy has a car, crossover, and truck in its EV repertoire. Do you want to know more about Chevy's EVs and what it's like to own one in Ottawa? Our GM experts here at Jim Tubman Chevrolet have some answers for you.


Chevy Electric Vehicle Lineup

There are three electric vehicle options available for Chevy shoppers: the Chevy Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV, and the Silverado EV. The Bolt EV is a sedan, while the Bolt EUV, which stands for electric utility vehicle, is a crossover. The Silverado EV is an all-new version of Chevy's classic full-size pickup.

You can check out these EV options at our Ottawa showroom. We'll be happy to arrange for you to take a test drive in a Bolt EV or EUV so you can get a feel for how it performs on the road before you commit to a purchase. Fill out a form to get in contact with us today!


Chevy Bolt EV

The Bolt EV is a five-seater car with plenty of space in both rows for adult passengers. The Bolt is powered by a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that puts out 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This power train gives you plenty of acceleration for highway driving, with the Bolt able to move from zero to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds.

At the rear, the Bolt has over 16 cubic feet of cargo space. That's ample room for a large load of groceries or a weekend's worth of luggage. You get cloth seats in the standard setup, but you can upgrade to leather upholstery, along with heated front and rear seats, to create a more luxurious cabin.

The Bolt has a driving range of 259 miles. With a standard 120-volt charger, you can charge the battery at a rate of about 4 miles per hour. This won't be a viable option for most drivers, since it would take several days to fully charge your battery. A more practical alternative is a 240-volt charger, which allows you to fully charge the Bolt's battery in approximately eight hours.


Chevy Bolt EUV

The Bolt EUV is slightly longer than the Bolt EV, has more rear-seat legroom, and boasts some different exterior design features. GM brought out Chevy's first-ever electric crossover for the 2022 model year, and it's already proved to be a popular choice.

The Bolt EUV's power train is the same as the Bolt EV's, and it returns the same horsepower and torque numbers. It gets a driving range of 250 miles on a full charge. With a Level 2 240-volt charger, you can fully charge the Bolt EUV in seven to eight hours.

Inside the cabin, you'll have just over 16 cubic feet of storage with the second row of seats in use. With the rear row folded down, you'll have around 56 cubic feet of space, which is among the roomiest cabins in the class.

Several upgrade packages are offered to give you the option of a more upscale cabin. You can add a power-adjustable seat for the driver, heated and ventilated front seats, and leather upholstery. In the higher trims, you can add GM's semi-autonomous driving system, which includes steering, braking, and acceleration along 200,000 miles of highway in Canada and the United States.


2024 Chevy Silverado EV

The Silverado EV will start to arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2023. The first configuration is expected to be a Silverado EV WT or work truck, which is aimed primarily at the job site. The Silverado will have a battery pack and electric motor capable of achieving up to 400 miles of driving on a full charge.

The Silverado EV will share some technology with the GMC Hummer EV, which was the first all-electric truck built by GM. The Silverado EV will have a four-door crew cab and four-wheel steering. It's expected to boast a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds, although GM has promised to release a Silverado EV capable of pulling 20,000 pounds in the future.

Shortly after the work truck hits dealership lots, GM will bring out the range-topping RST model. This trim is expected to be packed full of technology and will have a six-figure price tag. It will also pack a powerful punch, with initial reports suggesting that it will put out at least 660 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque.


The Benefits of Buying an EV

If you're considering buying an EV for the first time, there are many good reasons to do so now. The network of public charging stations in Ottawa and across the country is growing, ensuring that you'll be able to access charging options while you're on the go. Additionally, the cost of installing a 240-volt charger in your home, which allows you to charge a Bolt overnight, has become much more affordable over recent years.

Technology improvements have reduced the price of electric vehicles significantly over recent years. It's no longer the case that you have to pay substantially more for an electric crossover such as the EUV than a traditional gas-powered SUV.


Why Shop at Jim Tubman Chevy?

You should make Jim Tubman Chevrolet your No. 1 stop for electric vehicles in Ottawa. In addition to the great range of EVs in our showroom, we can offer competitive auto financing to help fund your purchase and a professional service centre to provide you with regular maintenance. You can also take a look at our new vehicle incentives to make sure you get the best deal for your purchase. And if you decide purchasing an EV outright isn't the right choice for you, there are always our leasing options to consider.

If you have any questions about the Chevy EV lineup, don't hesitate to contact our dealership. Our team of GM experts knows the Bolt and Bolt EUV inside out and is looking forward to the arrival of the first Silverado EV in the coming months. We'd be delighted to assist you in learning more about our auto loan options and help you have a hassle-free buying experience.

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By Lesley Wimbush, Driving.ca - When you live in the city, it's easy to dismiss pickup trucks as being over-compensating gas-guzzlers, hauling air while hogging most of the road.  To truly appreciate the beauty of a good truck, you've got to experience it in its own environment.  And there's nothing like 10 kilometres of unplowed cottage road to make a four-wheel-drive truck seem as attractive as any premium German sedan.

The unpaved road north of Apsley would've been completely impassable in any but the toughest of all-wheel-drive cars.  Heavy snow through the forest gave way to patches of yellow mud in the clearings, warmed by the sun and thick as gumbo.  Treacherously greasy, it sucked and pulled the wheels of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, skewing us sideways down the slick incline.

When we ground to a halt, bogged down to the running boards and flanks spackled with muck flung by the spinning rear wheels, it was time for intervention.  Switching to 4-LO engages the heavy duty locking differential, and with power driving all four wheels, we easily shook free of the mud and continued on our way.

Canadians bought more than 46,000 Chevrolet Silverados last year; it's one of the most important products in GM's portfolio.  For 2016, the Silverado receives a couple of important changes to help it stay competitive in a field that includes a fully revised Ford F150 and the Ram 1500, with its popular coil spring and air suspension.

The Silverado's boxy styling is subtly updated for 2016, with new trim-specific grilles and LED head and tail lamps, while upper trim levels get segment-first LED fog lights.  Divided by a strong, horizontal bar, the truck's new face appears wider, and a revised hood gives it a stronger, more muscular look.

Perhaps more important than the external changes is the increased use of GM's eight-speed transmission, which is now available with the 5.3-litre V-8 engine on LTZ and High Country models.  It's a big improvement on the six-speed, providing quicker torque delivery, faster acceleration and better fuel economy.

The Silverado is a handsome beast, particularly in my tester's LTZ trim, which eschews chrome bling for a more subtle look.  Running boards finish off the look nicely, and corner bumper steps provide easy access to the bed.  I particularly liked the "EZ Lift and Lower" tailgate, which can be locked remotely, keeping cargo safe beneath the tri-fold tonneau cover.

The cabin retains its blunt and chunky design, with most of the changes centred on technology.  The crew cab is an enormously roomy environment, and even the rear seats have enough legroom for a pro basketball player.  The flat and boxy centre console has plenty of cubby space, and a gigantic storage area beneath the armrest.

The eight-inch colour touch screen now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and there's on-board 4G LTE Wi-Fi and wireless cellphone charging.

Safety systems include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, driver's safety-alert seat, and a rear-view camera.  There's a heated steering wheel and front seats are heated and ventilated.  Surprisingly, given the amount of sophisticated technology, there's no push-button start, even in this upper-trim-level tester.

Although you never forget that you're driving a very large vehicle, the Silverado is well mannered and very quiet, with a minimum of road and wind noise.  While the lane-keeping assist initially feels rather intrusive, it doesn't take long to appreciate its ability to keep the big truck within the lines.  Combined with adaptive cruise control, it takes a lot of stress out of commuting in congested traffic.

The big V-8 features active cylinder management, which shuts down four cylinders during light load for better fuel efficiency.  It's smooth and seamless, with only the TFT display informing you that the truck is operating as a four-cylinder.

Steering is very good, with the right amount of heft for a vehicle this size, but having separate adjusters for tilting and telescoping the column is confusing.

Apple CarPlay is literally plug and play; tethering an iPhone instantly launches the application and it's ready for hands-free messaging.  But the Bluetooth system had the annoying habit of occasionally interrupting the audio system to make contact with my phone.

The Silverado Z71 is a formidable off-roader, with Rancho shocks, transfer case, locking differential and underbody shields.  Equipped with the Max Tow package, it's capable of towing up to 11,000 pounds (4,990 kilograms), which is less than the F-150's 12,200 lbs. (5,535 kg) but just over the Ram 1500's max rating of 10,800 lbs (4,900 kg).

Although the Silverado is up against some stiff competition with the Ram's cushy, self-leveling air suspension, and the F-150's slick new trailer backing-up technology, there's a lot to like about this smooth and capable pickup truck.

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