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2023 Chevrolet Silverado HD: Choosing the Right Trim


For jobs that require significant power and capability, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado HD gets the job done. Available as 2500 (3/4-ton) or 3500 (1-ton), the Silverado HD can’t quite match the Ram HD or Ford Super Duty for towing. But the Silverado HD (with diesel) can tow 36,000 pounds, which is within about 1,000 pounds of its rivals.

The Silverado HD offers rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD), three cab sizes, two bed lengths, and, on 3500 models, the option of single or dual rear wheels. A pair of lucky sixes supplies power to the Silverado HD. Or, more precisely, you can choose between a 401-horsepower 6.6-liter gasoline V8 with 464 lb-ft of torque or a 445-hp Duramax diesel with a stump-pulling 910 lb-ft of torque. The 3500 also comes in a chassis cab model, perfect for upfitters.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD WT
(starting at $40,500), 3500 HD WT ($41,700)

The WT is the most basic trim, with only a few frills and a cabin built for getting dirty. Chevrolet offers the WT with a gas or diesel engine, standard or long bed, and in three cabs: Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab.

On the 3500, all but the Crew Cab with the standard bed offer the option of dual rear wheels.

Standard on every Silverado HD is a trailer hitch with a 7-pin connector, a rear vision camera with hitch guidance, integrated bed steps, bumper corner steps, and an Eaton auto-locking rear differential.

The WT includes a heavy-duty suspension, 17-inch steel wheels, black bumpers, 12 fixed cargo tie-downs rated at 500 pounds per corner, black outside vertical trailering mirrors with lower convex mirrors, and a standard locking tailgate.

The WT cabin also is pretty simple, with manual windows, single-zone manual air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, 40/20/40-split vinyl bench seat, and rubberized flooring. The WT’s instrument cluster includes an analog speedometer and tachometer, oil pressure, engine temperature, volt, and fuel gauges. The cluster also features a monochromatic driver information screen.

Regular Cab models get a 2-speaker stereo; Double Cab and Crew Cab models have six speakers. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system includes a 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Chevy’s HD trucks offer the same advanced driver assists as the half-ton Silverado 1500 — only they are optional, not standard. The WT offers forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, a tire-pressure monitor, and a rear-seat reminder system that prompts the driver to check the rear seat before leaving the truck.

Sorting through the many options and packages, the WT provides steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, power windows and door locks (standard on Double Cab and Crew Cab), power-adjustable trailering mirrors, remote keyless entry, a rear defroster, and the EZ Lift tailgate.

Other options include an E85 compatible engine, a chain-driven integrated power take-off built into the 10-speed transmission (Duramax diesel only), dual 220-amp/170-amp alternators, a heavy-duty battery, integrated trailer brake control, a 120-volt box-mounted outlet, and a spray-in bedliner.

A gooseneck/fifth-wheel package adds a bed-mounted hitch platform, bed-mounted 7-pin connector, integrated trailer brake control, and a spray-in bedliner.

Owners can also upgrade to larger alloy wheels and choose from numerous exterior add-ons such as side steps, chrome bumper, and the Multi-Flex 6-way adjustable tailgate.

With the $1,795 destination charge, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 WT Regular Cab long box costs $42,295. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $760. See the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD WT pickups for sale

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD WT includes:

  • Vertical trailing mirrors – Tall mirrors make it easy to see what’s beside the truck and extend out to help when towing a trailer.
  • Trailering Package – Includes a hitch and 7-pin wiring harness.
  • Rear vision camera – This allows you to see what’s behind the truck when backing up and includes hitch guidance that helps guide the process when hooking up a ball and hitch.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – Allows integration with a compatible smartphone, transferring app control for music, navigation, messages, and phone to the 7-inch touchscreen.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Custom
(starting at $44,700)

The Custom trim comes in Double Cab and Crew Cab configurations and is offered only on the 2500 HD.

The Custom upgrades the WT with more standard features but fewer options.

Standard equipment for the Custom includes power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and power-adjustable trailering mirrors. Other features include a 60/40-split-folding rear bench seat, cabin carpet, and rear air vents.

Visually, the Custom benefits from 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, LED signature taillights, tinted glass, and a body-colored styling theme.

Options include a 10-way power driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, remote start, SiriusXM satellite radio, LED bed lighting, a rear camera mirror, and a rear-facing bed camera.

With the $1,795 destination charge, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Custom Double Cab standard box costs $46,495. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $835.

See the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Custom pickups for sale

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT
(starting at $44,400), 3500 HD LT ($45,600)

The LT is the middle child in the Silverado HD family, offering many standard upgrades and even more optional equipment. Of the five trims, it’s probably the most versatile when it comes to customization. Like the WT, the LT comes in Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab configurations.

Building off the Custom, the LT adds chrome bumpers, an EZ Lift tailgate with power lock and release, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The LT’s cabin gains an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

LT buyers can add features beyond the optional equipment on the WT and Custom, including cloud-connected apps and services, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, and leather bucket seats with a center console.

The Convenience Package adds a 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and Keyless Open and Start with proximity key fob. Also in the package is a remote start, LED cargo bed lighting, LED fog lights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Convenience Package II adds a power-sliding rear window (Double and Crew Cab), two 120-volt outlets, Hitch Guidance with Hitch View, and the Advanced Trailering System that includes customizable trailer profiles, a trailer tire pressure monitor, trailer electrical diagnostics, trailer maintenance reminders, and more.

When ordering this package, buyers can upgrade to a power open/close tailgate and the Multi-Flex tailgate.

The All-Star, Texas, and Midnight Editions are also available, adding popular features and advanced driver-assist systems with special insignias and benefits.

Off-roaders will appreciate the Z71 Package that adds an off-road suspension with Rancho twin-tube shocks, hill descent control, skid plates, all-weather floormats, and all-terrain tires.

The Z71 Sport Edition adds more visual pop with 18-inch gloss black wheels, black grille inserts, black exterior accents, LED headlights, and more.

With the $1,795 destination charge, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LT Regular Cab long box costs $46,195. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $830. See the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT pickups for sale

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT includes:

  • EZ Lift tailgate – Uses dampers to slow the liftgate when lowering and internal torsion bars that make it easier to raise.
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel – Help make a cold cabin a friendly place, especially after sitting overnight in subzero temperatures.
  • Available driver assists – Adding features like a blind-spot monitor, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors helps lessen the possibility of a collision.
  • Available Hitch Guidance with Hitch View – Assists when hooking up a trailer by using the rear camera to project an image above the hitch. The system can also temporarily view the hitch while driving and automatically apply the electric parking brake when placing the transmission in park.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LTZ
(starting at $54,000), 3500 HD LTZ ($57,000)

The 2500 LTZ comes in Double Cab and Crew Cab, while the 3500 LTZ comes only in Crew Cab.

The LTZ adds more features to the LT’s standard equipment list and a few options offered only on the LTZ and High Country.

The LTZ features 18-inch alloy wheels, rear wheelhouse liners, chrome bumpers, a side bed step, heated adjustable trailering mirrors, remote start, and the EZ Lift tailgate. Also included is a 120-volt bed outlet and LED lighting for the headlights, taillights, and fog lights. The Advanced Trailering System and Hitch Guidance with Hitch View also come standard.

The LTZ includes a feature called Digital Variable Steering Assist that adjusts steering based on road conditions and speed, varying the effort needed to move the wheel.

Interior amenities include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple Car and Android Auto, plus SiriusXM 360L. Also included are dual-zone automatic climate control, Keyless Open and Start, 10-way power heated front seats, leather upholstery, driver’s seat memory, and a heated steering wheel.

Crew Cab models gain rear under-seat storage compartments.

When equipped with 4WD, the LTZ gains a 2-speed Autotrac electronic transfer case with push-button controls.

Optional equipment for the LTZ beyond what’s available on the LT includes a rear camera mirror, a head-up display, a power-sliding rear window, heated and ventilated front seats, a power-up/down tailgate, heated rear seats (Crew Cab only), a power sunroof, and a Bose premium audio system.

Also available is a 360-degree Surround Vision camera with two trailer view camera provisions, an 8-inch digital driver information center, and the Safety Package II group that includes forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, the Safety Alert Seat, and Following Distance Indicator.

The LT’s Z71 packages are available on the LTZ along with the Midnight Edition and one package unique to the LTZ, the Carhartt Edition.

With the $1,795 destination charge, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ Double Cab standard box costs $55,795. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,003. See the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LTZ pickups for sale 

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LTZ includes:

  • Heated adjustable trailering mirrors – Can be electrically adjusted to fold in or extend out. They feature heated and auto-dimming upper sections with lower convex mirrors.
  • 10-way power and heated front seats – Both driver and passenger get 10-way adjustable seats with power lumbar support and three levels of seat warmth.
  • Keyless Open and Start – This allows the doors to unlock and the engine to start simply by having the key fob in your purse or pocket.
  • Available Bose audio – This upgrade is a must for music lovers and includes seven speakers and a Bose Richbass subwoofer.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD High Country
(starting at $68,200), 3500 HD High Country ($69,400)

The High Country is the most luxurious of the Silverado HD trims. It comes only in Crew Cab configuration and features standard 4WD.

Building off the LTZ, the High Country’s standard equipment roster gains 20-inch wheels, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, a power up/down tailgate, and the Bose audio system. A spray-in bedliner is also standard, as is a power-sliding rear window, a wireless charging pad, and front and rear parking sensors.

The High Country includes four movable cargo bed tie-downs, a unique grille with chrome and bronze accents, 6-inch chrome assist steps, and bucket seats. Also standard is a sophisticated HD Surround Vision camera system that allows the driver to see the sides of the trailer and what’s behind it. The High Country also gets ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats.

Options like the head-up display, rear camera mirror, and the other driver-assist systems in the Safety Package II group are also available.

With the $1,795 destination charge, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country Crew Cab standard box costs $69,995. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $1,258. See the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD High Country pickups for sale 

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD High Country includes:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats – These keep occupants warm in winter and cool and dry in the summer.
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert – These advanced systems detect vehicles in the Silverado HD’s blind spots and crossing behind it when backing up, giving the driver a visual and audible warning.
  • Power up/down tailgate – Can be raised or lowered electrically either from the key fob or a button on the tailgate.
  • Wireless charging pad – Allows quick charging of a compatible smartphone by merely resting the device on the pad.

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup?

The best trim, in this case, will likely be decided by what you need. If you’re looking for a full-time work truck that will take a beating, the WT is the obvious choice. If seeking a comfortable truck at a fair price, we’d opt for the LT and tack on a few options.

Luxury buyers will be happy with the LTZ, while those who like to show off their success will opt for the High Country.

How many miles per gallon does the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup get?

The EPA does not rate heavy-duty trucks, but with the 6.6-liter engine, you can expect figures of maybe 15 mpg on the highway. With the diesel, probably close to 20 mpg.

Which 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup offers the most safety?

Neither the government (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the Silverado HD pickup. To be on the safe side, we’d say order as many driver-assist systems as your chosen trim allows.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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