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.
On the inside, the new Silverado's interior is virtually identical to that of the 1500 model, and both trucks use an interior similar to that found on the previous-generation model. Crew cab models offer a ton of space in the second row. See the 2020 Chevrolet 2500HD models for sale near you or See the 2020 Chevrolet 3500HD models for sale near you
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.
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.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles HD Duramax Diesel|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles HD Duramax Diesel|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2020 GMC Sierra HD -- The new Sierra HD wears styling that's a little more aggressive, a little more premium-looking than the new Silverado HD. This makes sense given that General Motors is positioning the GMC's line of trucks as slightly more premium than that of Chevrolet, as evidenced by the Sierra's top-of-the-line Denali trim. Still, these trucks are remarkably similar, which one is better is up to you to decide.
2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty -- The Ford F-Series is the best-selling line of pickups in the United States. While its new aluminum construction was met with some controversy, studies have shown repair costs to be on par with those of the steel-bodied trucks from GM and Ram.
2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty -- The new Ram Heavy Duty line has earned high praise for its interior, which many will argue is the best in the heavy-duty pickup class. While it wears new front and rear styling, not to mention that new interior, the basic structure of the "new" Ram Heavy Duty line is the same as the model that preceded it.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD -- Picking up a previous-generation Silverado HD from the 2019 model year is a great way to save a few dollars. Capability is about the same and while it doesn't offer the aggressive new styling of the 2020 model, the interiors of the two trucks are very similar.