Like the medium-duty model was for 2019, the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is all-new.
The 2020 Silverado HD is longer and taller than the outgoing model. While the Ford F-Series has moved to an aluminum body, the Silverado HD only uses an aluminum hood and tailgate, everything else is made of steel. Only the roof panel is shared with the medium duty Silverado 1500.
A gas-powered Silverado 2500 HD can tow up to 17,400 pounds, while a diesel-powered 2500 HD can pull up to 18,600 pounds with 2-wheel drive. In terms of maximum towing capacity, the new Silverado HD is class-leading, and a 2WD, diesel-powered dually 3500 HD can pull up to a whopping 35,500 pounds. Since maximum towing and payload capacities differ depending on the specific configuration of your truck, GM puts a convenient sticker on the passenger side door that breaks down the capabilities of your specific truck by connection style.
The new Silverado HD offers a step integrated into the bed just ahead of the rear wheel that allows you to step up and access the bed from just behind the cab. The step is rated to support up to 500 pounds. In both the 6-foot, 10-in shorter bed and the 8-foot long bed configuration, the new Silverado HD boasts the largest cargo volume relative to the competition.
While Chevrolet will advertise that their truck comes with a lower overall starting price and greater maximum towing figures than Ford and Ram, those numbers seldom matter in the real world, as very few buyers will drive off the lot with a base-model truck, while even fewer will tow a trailer that weighs as much as the Silverado HD's 35,500-lb maximum towing capacity. Additionally, any of the big-three pickups will be capable and reliable, and they all offer a massive cabin with loads of tech and storage space. For those reasons, it's important to consider other attributes when deciding on a new truck.
Obviously, Chevrolet offers the Silverado HD in a variety of configurations to meet a variety of different needs. For those who just need a simple work truck to haul around raw materials and heavy equipment, to those looking for a family vehicle to haul a boat to the lake on the weekend, there's a 2020 Silverado HD out there for just about anyone. If you are looking to do a lot of towing, consider springing for the diesel powertrain, which will pull your trailer more effortlessly than the gas option. We also love the available high-tech camera system that takes away most of the headaches that can come from towing a trailer. Otherwise, the Silverado HD is a competent, well-conceived truck offering buyers everything they want in a heavy-duty truck with very few surprises.
How Much Does a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Cost?
Just like with the outgoing generation, the new Silverado HD comes in just about every conceivable configuration, from basic bare-bones work truck to a posh luxury truck with room for five large adults. Three different cab styles are offered -- regular, extended and crew -- as are two different bed lengths: a 6-foot, 10-in option known as the standard length bed, and an 8-foot long bed. Two- and 4-wheel drive are available, as is a dual rear wheel option available on 3500 models that allows for better stability, more grip and greater towing capacity. One gas and one diesel engine are offered.
The new Silverado HD will come in five trim levels. The base model is the Work Truck, which starts at $35,695, and offers the "Chevrolet" wordmark grille and 17-in wheels on 2500 and 3500 Dually models and 18s on 3500s with single rear wheels. The Work Truck is the value-oriented trim, and prioritizes functionality over appearance and comfort.
Next up is the Custom, which is exclusive to the 2500 model and starts at $40,595. In addition to offering a few more basic features, the Custom comes standard with 20-in wheels and more body-colored trim pieces that give it a more upscale, monochromatic look.
The LT trim falls in the middle of the pack. With a starting price of $39,595, the LT still comes with the "Chevrolet" wordmark grille, but adds chrome elements for a bolder appearance.
Next up is the LTZ trim which starts at $50,295 and wears more chrome while introducing luxuries like a leather interior with heated front seats, dual zone climate control, power folding mirrors, an integrated trailer brake controller and a power-sliding rear window with a defroster.
The top-of-the-line High Country starts at $62,695 and introduces features that put it in line with the GMC Sierra Denali. These include a power up and down tailgate, 20-in chrome wheels, body colored bumpers, chrome side steps, a wireless charging pad and a Bose audio system on top of everything offered on the LTZ. The High Country is only available as a crew cab.
Is the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 a Safe Car?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety doesn't crash test heavy-duty trucks, but they do test medium-duty trucks like the Silverado 1500, which received generally good scores, save for a somewhat worrisome score of "Marginal" in the new passenger side small front overlap test. While this doesn't necessarily mean that the Silverado HD would score the same way, it does speak to the caliber of crash-test engineering put into GM trucks, especially given that both the new Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 medium-duty trucks earn scores of good across the board.
Optional active safety features on the new Silverado HD include park assist, forward-collision warning and a lane-departure warning system that vibrates either side of the seat in the event that you start to drift from your lane. Note that the new Silverado HD lacks an available lane-keeping assist system, nor can it be had with adaptive cruise control, which is offered on HD trucks from both Ford and Ram.
The new Silverado HD is also available with blind spot monitoring, although it doesn't account for a trailer like some other truck systems. The Silverado HD's new optional camera system offers up to eight cameras: six on the truck, one looking inside of the trailer, and one showing what's behind the trailer. This serves to take a lot of the stress out of towing long, heavy loads.
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