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2019 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD: What’s the Difference?

  • The Chevrolet Silverado HD is all-new for 2020
  • The new Silverado HD has class-leading towing capacity
  • Both the 2019 and 2020 models can get surprisingly luxurious in their higher trims.

When it comes to heavy-duty pickup trucks, one of the most popular choices is the HD variants of the Chevrolet Silverado. With tough competition from the likes of the Ford Super Duty and the Ram HD, the Silverado HD, which is all-new for 2020, has a lot to live up to.

Let’s take a closer look at the differences and similarities between the 2019 Silverado HD and the all-new 2020 model.

2019 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD exterior

Exterior

The exterior is the biggest thing you’ll notice about the differences between the 2019 and 2020 models of these trucks. The 2019 Silverado HD looks pretty similar to the lighter-duty Silverado 1500 of the same era, but the all-new 2020 model looks very different. In this case, whether "different" is a good thing or a bad thing is pretty subjective, but the 2020 Silverado HD certainly stands out with its bold front-end and imposing size. The 2020 model is bigger than the 2019 model in every dimension so you’d better have a pretty roomy garage to house this beast, which can get up to 266 inches in length. See the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD models for sale near you or See the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD models for sale near you

2019 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD interior

Interior

The interiors of the 2019 and 2020 Silverado HD are actually surprisingly similar. They both have no-nonsense designs that look nice, but are also very practical. It all feels modern, but you’ll also never forget that you’re in a hard-working, heavy-duty truck. If you’re looking for a more modern, more premium interior design, you may want to look elsewhere. However, if you’re looking for something a little old fashioned, then you might find what you’re looking for in the Chevy. Interior materials and features can get very nice when you get into the more expensive higher trims of these trucks. See the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD models for sale near you or See the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD models for sale near you

2019 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD mechanicals

Mechanicals and Capabilities

When it comes to capability, the new 2020 Silverado HD is a big improvement over the outgoing model.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD Engines

  • 6.0-liter V8; 360 horsepower, 380 lb-ft of torque; Max conventional towing: 14,400 pounds (2500), 14,100 pounds (3500); Max 5th wheel/gooseneck towing: 14,400 pounds (2500), 14,200 pounds (3500)
  • 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8; 445 hp, 910 lb-ft of torque; Max conventional towing: 13,000 pounds (2500), 20,000 pounds (3500); Max 5th wheel/gooseneck towing: 15,400 pounds (2500), 23,100 pounds (3500)

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Engines

  • 6.6-liter V8; 401 hp, 464 lb-ft of torque; Max conventional towing: 14,500 pounds (2500), 16,800 pounds (3500); Max 5th wheel/gooseneck towing: 17,400 pounds (2500), 17,200 pounds (3500)
  • 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8; 445 hp, 910 lb-ft of torque; Max conventional towing: 18,500 pounds (2500), 20,000 pounds (3500); Max 5th wheel/gooseneck towing: 18,500 pounds (2500), 35,500 pounds (3500)

As you can see, there’s a new base gas engine for the 2020 Silverado HD. It’s a bigger V8 that delivers more power and more torque by a pretty significant margin. Chevy claims best-in-class towing for the 2020 model with a very impressive maximum rating of 35,500 pounds of 5th wheel/gooseneck towing, meaning it can pull just about any camper you can imagine. This is also a pretty big improvement in capability over the previous model.

One of the big mechanical improvements for the 2020 Silverado HD is an available Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, which is a nice upgrade over the 6-speed in delivering all of the truck’s power and torque to the road. This is part of what contributes to the new model’s improved towing capabilities.

Predictably, both models come standard with rear-wheel drive and are available with 4-wheel drive, which is great to have in bad road conditions and off-road.

2019 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD tech

Technology

Technology is another area where the Silverado HD gets a big improvement for 2020. Perhaps the most noteworthy new feature is Chevy’s new transparent trailer view, which uses camera trickery to allow you to see through your trailer to the road behind you. No more having your rearview blocked by your trailer thanks to this clever new feature. When you’re pulling a big load, you always want to be aware of your surroundings and being able to see through your trailer helps a lot with that.

The 2020 Silverado HD also offers new connectivity features which are useful for both work and play. Android and iPhone users can download the MyChevrolet app to monitor things like trailer status insights, operating temperatures and even HVAC controls.

2019 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD pricing

Pricing

The 2019 Silverado HD has a starting MSRP of $37,600 and the 2020 model starts at $38,300. On the high end, these trucks can get pretty expensive with the High Country trims of the 3500 models getting into the low $70,000 range. Upgrades like the turbodiesel engines and 4WD add to the cost of the trucks, as well.

2019 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD conclusion 

Conclusion

With a big jump in maximum capability and more technology, the 2020 Silverado HD is a worthwhile upgrade over the 2019 model. We love the new tech like the transparent trailer view plus the MyChevrolet app, both of which can improve your experience on the worksite or just in everyday driving. We also like the added capability of the new base gas engine in the 2020 model which makes it a better value proposition no matter which engine or which trim you go with.Find a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD for sale or 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD for sale or 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD for sale or 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD for sale

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