Heavy duty 3/4 and 1-ton pickups are fundamentally different from their half-ton light duty cousins. Overwhelmingly, people who buy HD pickups choose those models because they need to tow trailers. Payload hauling is also important, but it's the towing that drives the design and the capability of a bigger truck.
Chevrolet designed everything about the 2020 Silverado HD line around the ability to tow a big trailer in safety, power, and comfort. With the proper options and configuration, this truck can tow up to 35,500 pounds. That's more than twice what Oregon law allows with a regular driver's license, so it's safe to say that the new Silverado HD will pull your boat, toy hauler, or equipment trailer without ever breaking a sweat.
We went over to Central Oregon to test the new Silverado, and came away impressed with the raw capability, but we were more impressed by Chevrolet's application of technology to make towing easy. We've done a lot of towing over the years, and the Silverado is pretty much an answer to every driver's wish list.
First, the drivetrain. The Silverado HD comes with your choice of a 6.6-liter gasoline V8 engine rated at 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, or a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel with 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. The diesel includes an Allison 10-speed transmission. You can choose rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive, and of course you can get a dually rear axle in the 3500.
As a popular working truck, you can still get the Silverado HD with a classic regular cab and 8-foot bed, but you can also get an extended cab or full four-door crew cab. So the full range of truck designs is available. Trims range from the basic working truck up to the top luxury High Country. Pricing starts at an affordable $39,895 for the basic WT trim, and that includes all fees. If you went all-in on a 3/4-ton 2500 High Country 4WD with the diesel, you'd be looking at $72,445. Moving up to a 3500 with dual rear wheels doesn't cost much more — the top trim in that model is just $75,045.
The tech is the big difference this year. Chevrolet offers up to 15 different camera views, including a near-magical "transparent trailer" view that stitches together the side views with an optional camera mounted to the back of the trailer to give you a seamless view as if the trailer wasn't there. Even without the rear-view camera on the trailer, you'll still get side views that allow you to maneuver the trailer with pinpoint precision. Add on features like trailer profiles, downgrade braking, pre-travel checklists, and more for the most convenient towing experience you've ever had.
The bottom line on the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is that there's never been a better truck for towing. If your life involves heavy loads, you need to test drive this truck.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Base price: $39,895
Price as tested: $72,445
Type: Full-size pickup truck
Engines: 6.6-liter V8 or turbo-diesel (401 hp, 464 lbs-ft or 445 hp, 910 lbs-ft)
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic or 10-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: Not EPA rated
Overall length: 250 inches
Curb weight: 6,105 to 8,355 pounds
Final assembly: Flint, Michigan
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