First Drive: Chevrolet Trail Boss Custom

Chevrolet Trail Boss Custom

by Michael Satterfield

For many truck owners, the perfect truck isn't something you can buy, it is something to be built. While many buyers just want to write a check for a factory spec off-roader, that has a cool graphics package. For those who like to tinker and tune, Chevrolet has released the Silverado Custom Trail Boss, an off-road capable truck that is designed to be customized by the consumer. 

The no-frills Custom Trail Boss reminds me of our old farm truck growing up, cloth bench seat, a normal size infotainment screen, it even has actual knobs to control the AC. It does have a 6.2-liter V8, Z71 off-road package, towing package, and most importantly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, pretty much everything you need in a functional truck. The options on this test truck include a spray-in bedliner, off-road running boards, the safety confidence package, semi-automatic climate controls, bringing the grand total, after destination charges to $49,290. While nearly $50,000 is a lot of money, it isn't in the off-road truck world anymore where many top-tier models can get closer to $90,000.

2021 Chevrolet Custom Trail Boss

The Custom Trail Boss offers the off-road equipment and rugged styling many truck buyers want, with the ability to modify the truck to their own specifications. Instead of spending $88,000 on a new RAM TRX, buyers can select their lift, shocks, tires, add a supercharger for more power, and still be thousands less than the factory off-road trucks like the Raptor or TRX. It even starts at over $3,000 less than the RAM 5.7-Hemi Rebel and offers more horsepower.

To put the Trail Boss to the test I took it on a road trip across the Southwest, taking on some of the most iconic off-road locations from the sand dunes of Glamis to back trails of Arizona and New Mexico. Not only did the trail boss perform all of its off-road duties but was smooth, comfortable, and quiet on the highway stretches in between. 

2021 Chevrolet Custom Trail Boss

The interior, while cloth, is far from basic, it has a fold-down armrest with storage, plenty of USB ports, fold-up rear seats for more cargo space, and rubber floor mats for keeping the carpets clean. While the basic infotainment screen is functional, many buyers today do expect a larger screen and that might be the only advantage that the competition has. If you are looking for an off-road capable truck for thousands less than the competition, the Chevrolet Silverado Custom Trail Boss is hard to beat. If you want a little more luxury, the LT Trail Boss is always an option.

2021 Chevrolet Custom Trail Boss