A body style previously available as part of heavy-duty versions of the Silverado, Chevrolet integrated a four-door crew cab with the light-duty Silverado 1500. The Silverado 1500 Crew Cab was introduced as mid-year model for 2004. Equipped with a 5.8-foot short box bed, the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab provide easy interior access for up to six passengers. For 2004, the only powerplant available on the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab was the Vortec 5300 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Generating 295 horsepower and 330 pound-foot of torque, the V-8 power unit was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Buyers were provided with a choice of drivetrains on the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with rear-wheel drive as well as a four-wheel drive version sold.
Standard equipment found on the Chevrolet crew cab truck includes air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, 17-inch wheels and headlamps with automatic lamp control. Along with the LS and LT trim level, the 2004 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab was also available with a Z71 Off-Road Package. Offered only with a four-wheel drivetrain, the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Z71 model received several specific equipment upgrades to promote greater off-road performance including Off-road jounce bumpers, 46-millimeter gas-charged shock absorbers, skid-plate and a high-capacity air cleaner. The 2004 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Z71 model is also enriched with comfort-oriented standard features including cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as an AM/FM stereo with CD and cassette player. Maximum towing capacity for the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab ranges from 6,800 to 7,500 pounds depending on the trim model.