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When you need a serious truck to do serious work, you bypass the half and quarter-ton models and get right to the point. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD pickup is about as big and bad a Chevrolet pickup as you can buy. Long a go-to vehicle for those employed in construction, ranching, farming and any other occupation that requires the ability to tow up to 23,100 pounds or carry a payload up to 6,100 pounds, the Silverado 3500HD has earned its well regarded reputation for durability and reliability. Yet for all its ruggedness, there's also a comfort story here, one made all the more alluring by the Silverado 3500HD's luxurious cabin and impressive driver safety and infotainment features. However, even with its newly improved Duramax diesel engine under the hood, the Silverado 3500HD's towing and payload numbers still lag slightly behind those of the Ford F-350 Super Duty and the Ram 3500HD.

What's New for 2019?

For 2019, the Silverado 3500HD is only offered in Crew Cab configuration with standard or long box. See the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Huge towing and hauling abilities
  • Massive power and torque
  • Capable of any job
  • High-quality interior
  • Improved Duramax diesel

What We Don't

  • No self-leveling suspension like in the Ram HD
  • Pricing starting to grow huge
  • Only one cab configuration

How Much?

$42,190-$70,000

Fuel Economy

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD offers two engines. Standard is a 6.0-liter V8 that makes 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Shoppers who want more power can go for the truck's optional 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which makes a class-leading 445 hp and an especially muscular 910 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, official fuel economy ratings aren't available, since the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't rate vehicles as large as the Silverado 3500HD, but suffice it to say that these trucks aren't for the fuel-conscious.

Standard Features & Options

For 2019, the Silverado 3500HD comes only in Crew Cab configuration with the option of a standard or long box. Shoppers even have the ability to choose between two or four rear wheels, depending on the payload capacity needed, single or dual rear axles and gas or diesel engines.

In terms of trim levels, the Silverado 3500HD offers four. There's a base-level Work Truck (WT), a midlevel LT, an upscale LTZ and a luxurious High Country.

Choose the Work Truck ($42,190), and you'll find only basic transportation. Designed for use on gritty job sites, this model includes MyLink 7-in touchscreen infotainment with 6-speaker audio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 40/20/40 vinyl front seat, a rear backup camera, an automatic locking rear differential, heavy-duty engine and transmission oil coolers, front and rear chrome bumpers, air conditioning, power locks, power windows and cruise control.

For a few more creature comforts, you'll need to step up to the LT ($47,290). It includes a more generous list of standard equipment, ranging from power mirrors and tinted glass to alloy wheels. Also standard are cloth seats, an EZ Lift and lower tailgate, and MyLink with an 8-in touchscreen with OnStar and satellite radio.

Next up is the LTZ ($52,390), which includes features such as leather seating, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, power-folding mirrors, larger alloy wheels, chrome trim, remote vehicle start, an integrated trailer brake control, power-sliding rear window with defroster and an 110-volt outlet.

Topping the range is the exclusive High Country ($57,495), which adds appearance upgrades, including 20-in alloy wheels, body-color bumpers, chrome side steps, full-leather front bucket seats, carpeted floor mats, special trim and a unique interior design with a center console. It also adds a navigation system, a Bose sound system, front and rear park assist, and a wireless charging system.

As you might expect, options are plentiful. In addition to the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine and dually rear wheels, the truck offers everything from work-ready features -- such as a heavy-duty trailer package, 4-wheel drive, power adjustable pedals and rear park assist -- to high-end convenience features, including a lane-departure warning system and forward-collision warning.

Safety

The 2019 Silverado 3500HD includes standard side airbags, side-curtain airbags, traction control, stability control and daytime running lights. Optional safety features include a backup camera, park assist, forward-collision warning and a lane-departure warning system.

The National Highway Traffic Administration has not rated the 3500 model but gives the 2500HD a 4-star overall rating.

Behind the Wheel

You won't find many surprises when you're driving a Silverado 3500HD. Although Chevy's workhorse pickup now features the most modern styling and quality interior to date, any heavy-duty Silverado is still a full-size pickup, which means light steering, huge dimensions and a high driving position. Interestingly, the Silverado also manages to provide a surprisingly quiet ride, canceling out road noise, wind noise and even the churning of the pickup's huge diesel engine.

Stepping inside, the Silverado 3500HD impresses with its highly modern dashboard, which is usually the last segment to see any modern advancements in equipment and styling. The Crew Cab pickup's rear-seat room is also impressive, although we wouldn't suggest using it as around-town transportation for your family due to its massive size. However, on the open road the Silverado 3500HD is just as capable of carrying passengers in comfort as it is of helping out on the job site.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 GMC Sierra 3500HD -- Check out the Sierra 3500HD, which is highly similar to the Silverado right down to the styling. At the very least, the Sierra might be a better deal.

2019 RAM HD -- It's hard to ignore the heavy-duty RAM, which boasts amazing capabilities thanks to its new design, a torquey engine and its self-leveling suspension.

2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty -- The F-350 offers more luxury, more high-tech features and better trailering ability. The F-350's engine choices are equivalent to the Silverado 3500HD's, but its aluminum bed may not be as rugged.

Autotrader's Advice

It's hard to recommend the best Silverado 3500HD for you, largely because there are so many models available. Our suggestion: Take a long look at the choices and pick the one that suits you best. Want to haul around the whole family in style? That'll be the High Country trim. Looking to haul a huge trailer? Go for the turbodiesel with the standard box. Either way, regardless of the model you pick, you're likely to find something for just about everyone. Find a Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD for sale

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