The 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD: An Early Look at a Terrific Truck
The new 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks have been unveiled, and there is plenty to like. Not only does each truck contain impressive enhancements and upgrades, but the base level trimlines are cheaper than in the previous 2019 models. Improved and less expensive? What’s not to love about that? With the new Silverados, Chevrolet is hoping to finally give the rival Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram truck lines a run for their money. Here’s what you need to know about the latest versions of the Silverado.
Both the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks share a number of enhancements for the 2020 models. These include standard dual-wheel drive, as well as an optional 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. If that isn’t enough, both trucks are capable of towing 30,000+ pounds – regardless of the model chosen. This massive towing capability has won early raves from the critics, who claim the power of the new Silverado trucks puts other workhorse vehicles to shame.
All Silverado models also get trailer tow mirrors as a standard feature. A state-of-the-art camera system capable of providing 15 different views is available as an upgrade. Speaking of state-of-the-art, the 2020 Silverado pick-ups employ the latest high-tech gear to ensure trailer stability, even braking and responsive steering. These trucks are designed to perform well on any road surface, from highways to gravel, up hills and down. Early reviews have described both the 2500HD and 3500HD as “quiet” and “smooth” no matter the terrain.
More highlights to be found in each of the 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Silverado models include:
- Each new truck comes with a label that says how much that specific vehicle can tow, a first for Chevrolet.
- The 6.6-liter diesel V8 engine that produces 445 horsepower.
- The tailgate on each truck is “powered” and can be raised and lowered with the push of a button.
- The 2500HD and 3500HD have the largest cargo box ever in a medium-duty Silverado truck.
- The maximum towing capacity of 35,300 pounds is both “best in class” and an increase of 52% from the previous 2019 Silverado models.
Beyond the impressive shared enhancements to be found on the 2500HD and 3500HD Silverados, each truck also comes in several different trimlines that offer plenty of upgrades and add-ons to suit a wide variety of a needs. Industry analysts have been blown away by the number of cabs, beds, powertrains, and other choices that are offered through the various trim levels and price ranges.
The trimlines include the Work Truck, LT, LTZ and High Country models. Depending on the trim chosen, an owner can get upgrades that range from a six-speed automatic transmission to hill start assist and hill descent controls. Consumers can also purchase an optional snowplowing package and a variety of cosmetic upgrades. And, there’s plenty of interior technology that can be purchased at the higher trim levels, including a head-up display.
Pricing, of course, is key when it comes to a new truck. When it comes to the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks, there is a wide range available. The base pricing per trimline (in U.S. dollars) for the 2500HD truck is as follows:
- Work Truck: $39,895
- LT: $43,395
- LTZ: $52,095
- High Country: $62,695
Pricing per trimline for the 3500HD truck is as follows:
- Work Truck: $42,495
- LT: $45,995
- LTZ: $54,695
- High Country: $65,295
Selecting a long bed model raises the price by $200 across all trimlines, and it is worth noting that Chevrolet has not yet revealed the premium price that it will charge for the upgraded Duramax diesel engine and 10-speed Allison transmission. But a similar diesel engine upgrade on the 2019 models cost about $9,500.
As mentioned, the base level Work Truck and LT trimlines are a few hundred dollars cheaper than the comparable base trimlines found in older model trucks, making the 2020 Silverados even more attractive. Any time a product is improved, and the price is lowered at the same time, it demands to be noticed and taken seriously. The 2020 Silverados deserves your attention.