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Chevrolet
Silverado 3500HD
2017
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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - January 16, 2017

Expert Rating

3.75 (Good)
MPG
City / Highway

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD OVERVIEW

Fully overhauled for the 2015 model year, the Silverado 3500HD boasts the brand of raw power and strength that you sometimes need to get the demanding jobs accomplished. Even so, it's quite a civilized beast, with enough available features to approach some luxury automobiles. If the 3500HD’s level of muscularity isn’t quite necessary, you can choose a mid-duty 2500HD. GMC’s Sierra HD models are similar.

What's New for 2017

Chevrolet boosted output from the available Duramax 6.6-liter, turbodiesel V8 to 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque, helped by a new air intake system that delivers cooler air to the engine for maximum performance. Trucks with the diesel engine get a functional hood scoop.

Chevrolet Silverado 3500hd

Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

As before, the 3500HD comes with a three-person Regular Cab, a Double Cab with a full-length backseat and narrow rear doors (now hinged in the front), or a Crew Cab with full-size rear doors and extra rear legroom. Dual rear wheels are available across the board. The Regular and Double Cabs come with an eight-foot bed, while the Crew gets a 6.5-foot bed with the eight-footer available as an option on single-rear-wheel models. Rear bumpers feature corner steps for easier access to the bed.

The standard 6-liter V8 produces 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, mating with a six-speed automatic transmission. You can order a bi-fuel version of this engine that runs on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). For maximum hauling brawn, Chevrolet offers a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8, newly increased to 445 horsepower and a pavement-assaulting 910 pound-feet of torque. The turbodiesel gets a heavy-duty six-speed automatic and exhaust braking.

All 3500HDs come with standard rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is available across the board. Chevy also offers a dual rear wheel option.

To assist with towing, all models come with a heavy-duty trailering package, an automatic locking rear differential, trailer sway control, automatic grade braking, and integrated cruise control that automatically adjusts to load weight. Properly equipped, the 3500HD can tow up to 23,200 pounds (!) and haul 7,153 pounds in the bed. levels: the basic WT, popularly equipped LT, luxurious LTZ, and exclusive high Country.

The 3500HD is available in four trim levels: basic WT, popularly equipped LT, more luxurious LTZ, and exclusive High Country.

WT (Work Truck)

Starting at $35,605 (destination charge included) in Regular Cab form, the WT comes with vinyl upholstery, a split-bench front seat, rubberized vinyl flooring (carpet is available), air conditioning, power locks, cruise control, a four-speaker sound system, a chrome front bumper and 17-inch steel wheels. Double and Crew Cabs also get power windows and two extra speakers. The WT Convenience package adds tinted windows, keyless entry, a remote locking tailgate, a rearview camera, heated power mirrors, and power windows for the Regular Cab.

LT

Gets most of the WT's options as standard, plus the MyLink infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 18-inch chrome wheels, Chevrolet’s EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. An available Convenience Package adds a power driver seat, dual-zone climate control (Double and Crew only), remote start, and a rear-window defogger. There's also an LT Plus package (Double and Crew only) with power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, and a power-sliding rear window. The digital assist steering system, which adjusts the level of power-steering assist based on driving conditions, is standard at this level and above.

LTZ

Available in Double and Crew Cab configurations, the LTZ carries most of the LT's options, plus leather upholstery, 40/20/40-split bench front seat with heat and power adjustments, driver’s memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded version of MyLink, and a heavy-duty trailering package with an integrated trailer brake controller. The LTZ rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels. You can opt for the LTZ Plus Package, which adds power-adjustable pedals, front parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, and a premium Bose sound system.

High Country

Offered only in Crew Cab form, the High Country tops off the 3500HD lineup with a unique chrome grille, body-color bumpers, 18-inch chrome wheels, navigation, and a premium leather interior (saddle brown or jet black) with heated/ventilated front bucket seats. Chevrolet’s Driver Alert Package is standard. Options for the High Country include a sunroof, heated steering wheel, navigation, and a rear video entertainment system.

LT and LTZ trim levels are available with an optional Driver Alert Package, which includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and front/rear parking sensors. LED cargo box lighting is available across the range.

CarsDirect Tip

The WT isn't nearly as austere as it used to be, so it can make a perfectly acceptable personal vehicle – especially with a couple of options added. Even so, the more flexible LT remains the best overall value for mixed use. Like all full-size pickups, the HD3500 has a dizzying list of variants and options.

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