Fans of the Chevy Silverado may find it difficult to choose between the standard and heavy-duty versions of the classic pickup. The standard version remains a favored option for basic towing or functional truck needs while the Silverado HD is designed to demonstrate its power. The HD is made for regular fifth-real towing or hauling heavy loads on the farm or for recreation. Both models are well-outfitted with additional features - no sacrificing comfort for functionality here - and can just as easily tour town one evening after a day in the fields. Added features, such as increased camera coverage and improved visibility, help make the trucks safer whether hauling a load on trailer or in the bed.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 is no slouch on power with its base model, and add-ons and package upgrades make it possible to build the rugged workhorse you need. Max available trailer capabilities reach 13,400 pounds and payload can reach 2,250 pounds. Maximum available cargo space is 89.1 cubic feet while torque can extend to 460 pound-feet. Multiple engine configurations are offered, including gas and diesel models. Choose from a 6.2L V8, a Duramax 3.0L diesel or a 5.3L EcoTech V8 engine in the top LTZ trim class. Estimated mpg is 15/20 city/highway on most packages.
A crew cab with a standard bed starts at $36,495 while a regular cab with a long bed starts at $29,895. With the top-of-the-line LTZ with a diesel or 6.2L V8 engine, the MSRP climbs to $50,390. Add-ons can still up the price tag but may provide worthwhile features ranging from ventilated seats to power sliding rear windows with built-in defoggers. The tech packages adds additional cameras, including a bed view, for $2,125, and a trailer camera package for $250 provides additional eyes on cargo loads. Other interior upgrades include premium sound system options and the ability to choose between bucket front seats or a split bench with under seat storage options.
The Chevy Silverado HD 2500 takes trailering and payload to new levels. With max trailering capabilities of 18,500 pounds, 83.5 cubic feet of cargo value and 910 pound-feet of torque. The HD is much more than a slight upgrade. It's definitely in a league of its own for camper tows, load hauling or farm and commercial use. The HD is also designed to make towing safer by providing up to 15 camera views, including one view that shows drivers the rear of the trailer for increased navigation. Tow mode, stability control, steering assist and auto grade braking are all designed to improve the hauling experience. The engine is available in a 6.6L V8 gas model and a Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8. Mileage estimates are 10/15 mpg city/highway.
Packages include the High Country luxury model which comes standard with chrome steps, a power tailgate, cargo lighting and the safety package. On the business end, the Work Truck package offers an engine choice and 12 cargo tie downs. Integrated bedsteps provide for easy cargo access, and drivers can adjust the side mirrors from inside to better view the trailer load. Adjustments include folding and extending the mirrors and light adjustments for turn signals or perimeter lighting. The double-cab, standard bed 2500 HD starts at $38,095. A crew-cab, long-bed raises the price tag to $40,095. An upgrade to the 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 ups the cost to $50,260. With a 10-speed automatic Allison transmission in the High Country package, the price jumps again to $72.645 while the LTZ package maxes out at $62,185 with the 10-speed.