Overbuilt and capable of virtually everything; 3-cab configurations, two bed lengths and two drive types; top-notch optional Duramax diesel V8
Dated compared to more recently updated competitors, especially inside; all-new 2015 model already on its way; doesn't offer manual transmission like RAM HD does
While Chevrolet redesigned the light-duty Silverado for 2014, the heavy-duty models remain mostly the same. The sole exception is that Chevrolet has done away with the extended-cab model.
With so many trims and configurations, it is impossible to say which model is the favorite. Much depends on your needs. On a dirty job site or farm, the Silverado 3500HD Work Truck is an excellent choice. Managing the crew rather than getting your hands dirty? You'll probably want a Silverado 3500HD LTZ. Of course, the Silverado 3500HD LT strikes a nice balance somewhere in between.
The Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD offers many body styles, configurations and trim levels. There are regular and crew cabs, regular and long beds, gas or diesel engines and 2- or 4-wheel drive. Shoppers can even specify whether they want two rear wheels or four for added payload capacity. As for the trim levels, Chevrolet offers three: base-level Work Truck, mid-level LT and upscale LTZ.
The Work Truck ($34,900) doesn't offer much. Think vinyl upholstery, an AM/FM stereo -- but no CD player -- and manual mirrors. There isn't even keyless entry. This is the trim you'll want if you're a commercial truck buyer looking for a pickup with no frills.
Next up is the LT ($36,700), which adds alloy wheels, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, keyless entry and a CD player with MP3 connectivity.
Topping the lineup is the Silverado LTZ ($46,900), which is offered only in the truck's Crew Cab body style. The Silverado LTZ boasts high-end items such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a remote starter, Bluetooth, leather upholstery and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
As for options, the truck offers the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine, rear park assist, rear front and side-curtain airbags, an in-bed cargo management system and mechanical features such as a heavy-duty trailer package, a snow plow prep package, a locking differential and 4-wheel drive.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Ford F-350 -- The F-350 offers many of the same traits as the Silverado, including torquey engines and a dizzying array of body styles and bed configurations.
GMC Sierra 3500HD -- The Sierra 3500HD is essentially a mechanical twin of the Silverado. Its biggest advantage is an upscale Denali trim level for shoppers interested in the ultimate in luxury and capacity.
RAM 3500HD -- The full-size RAM 3500HD offers a similar array of options, engines and configurations as the Silverado. But it can tow a little more and boasts an available manual transmission -- a must-have for some drivers.