Based upon what part of the country you live in, you will have mixed feelings on camouflage as a clothing accessory. For those non city dwellers, camo might be a regular part of their attire, and certainly is part of their attire during hunting season.
One well-known outdoor clothing accessory company is Realtree. They have a specific look to their camouflage with a trademarked and distinctive pattern. Now, with a partnership with Chevrolet, there’s a Realtree Special Edition package available for the 2021 Chevy Silverado.
And really what’s more of a perfect match than a pickup truck and an outdoor-inspired camouflage package? Even if you’re not a fan of camo or Realtree’s distinctive look, the graphics inside and outside of the Silverado are well done and unique.
From the front, other than special black badging and a little bit of camo on the hood, the Realtree influence is subtle. However, the Realtree (buck horn inspired) logo sits near the back over the rear wheel well on the Silverado’s truck bed.
Then special camouflage patterns overtake the back quarter panels, framing the distinctive rear taillights and black exhaust tips with camo. While I’m not known to wear much camo, I find this to be quite attractive for the Silverado.
Inside, the Realtree inspiration and theme continues with cam on the door panels, floor mats and the cloth seats. For those who think some of the top-trim pickups of today are too fancy and too frilly, this one might just up your alley as it feels more basic with a simple look that’s ready to get dirty. If you put this truck to work and get mud inside, it won’t object and will likely look comfortable with the Realtree-inspired accents as well as the Z71 all-weather floor liners.
There are four engine options for the Silverado, including one turbocharged four-cylinder and one turbocharged six-cylinder diesel. There are two different V8 options as well. My tester was the smaller of the two, the 5.3-liter Ecotec which produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb./ft. of torque.
This engine felt a little sluggish at times especially with the six-speed automatic transmission. Chevy offers three different transmissions too to mate up with their engines. The six speed seemed to struggle with shifts. Off the line, the Silverado felt poky. You don’t drag race a pickup truck, but still for a V8, I wanted a little more power.
Off the road this Silverado seemed more at home with the Z71 off-road package that includes a two-inch lift, monotube shocks and hill descent control. In this regard, trekking out into the woods to hunt or fish, the Silverado shines.
On the road, as a daily driver, this might not be the best choice of pickup trucks or at least the best engine and transmission option. The most surprising is that this Ecotec V8 engine comes at an upcharge of $1,395.
Base price for the Silverado, without the Realtree package or the 5.3-liter Ecotec was $43,700, putting it competitively priced within an ultra-competitive segment. The Realtree package, which includes the graphics, black badging, black exhaust tips, and the all-weather floor mats adds $2,585 to the sticker.
Additionally the Ecotec3 engine, as mentioned adds another $1,400 to the price. With the multiflex tailgate and 20-inch black painted aluminum wheels, and my tester had a final MSRP of $50,270.
Chevy’s infotainment system has all of the technology you could use and is packaged together in clean, simple-to-use system. The seven-inch touchscreen seems small in comparison to other trucks in the segment, but that might be a good thing. This truck has all the tech you could need but is more subdued about it all and has a more basic feel.
Fuel economy ratings for this lifted truck with a V8 are as you’d expect them to be. It has an EPA rating of 13 mpg/city and 18 mpg/highway. I averaged around 15 mpg during my time with this unique truck.
You can tow with this truck as it has a GVWR of 7,000 lbs. and a rear axle ratio of 3.42. This is ideal for dragging an ATV into the woods, heading up to a deer stand or blind and exploring the outdoors.
That’s really the charm and intent of this camouflaged Silverado. The Realtree package won’t resonate with everyone. For the outdoor-minded and camouflage fans, it is the right truck. Any time a consumer has more choices and can get something so specific to their tastes, that’s a win in my mind.