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Silverado 3500HD
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Anthony Sophinos
Automotive Editor - July 26, 2018

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD OVERVIEW

Chevrolet has been screwing together pickup trucks for over a hundred years now. Their current crop of full-size trucks is the direct result of all that timeworn expertise, and it's expressed most authoritatively in the Silverado 3500HD lineup. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 isn't for the faint of heart; this class of truck is built to do the hardest, toughest, most strenuous jobs a tradesman can throw at it. Whether you're towing a house or hauling a mountain, the 3500-series Silverado is up for the task.

What's New for 2019

While the light-duty trucks are all-new for 2019, the heavy-duty lineup carries over from last year almost unchanged. The biggest difference buyers will run into is that the Regular and Double Cabs are no longer available; Crew Cab now reigns supreme. Power windows are now standard on the poverty-spec WT model.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

There's a lot of choice with heavy-duty trucks, and for good reason: different buyers require different levels of capability. Ranchers, campers, and contractors all have their own set of demands and expectations, and so Chevy has seen fit to offer a variety of trims, boxes, and powertrains in an attempt to be a jack of all trades and master of all.

Two bed choices are available, the standard six-foot-six-inch box or the eight-footer. Double Cabs and Regular Cabs are long-bed only, while the Crew Cab can be had either way. Any cab or trim can be had with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, as well as a dual-rear-wheel (DRW) or single-rear-wheel (SRW) setup. If you're opting for the DRW, you'll be getting the long box whether you like it or not.

In the powertrain department, there's both gas and diesel powerplants on hand, both of which are available with any trim or cab style. The standard-equipment gas motor is a 6.0-liter V8 that makes 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque and is paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission. This combo allows for a max payload of 5,761 pounds with the DRW option. In SRW spec, it can tow up to 13,700 pounds both conventionally and with a fifth wheel.

Those numbers are impressive, but the mighty torque-monster of a diesel scoffs at those stats. With 445 hp and a whopping 910 lb-ft of torque, the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel is easily the better choice for anyone looking to do serious towing. With the DRW option, max payload is about 500 pounds less than that of a DRW gas-powered model, but maximum conventional towing shoots up to 20,000 pounds while fifth-wheel capability is a whopping 23,100 pounds. Bottom line from all these numbers: if you want payload, get the V8, if you're looking to tow, go for the diesel. Capability isn't cheap, though, and buyers can expect to pay upward of $8,000 to go diesel.

Two packages are available throughout the lineup regardless of trim level: the Protection Package ($385), which brings a floor liner and and splash guards, and the Essentials Package ($1,295) that bundles a tonneau cover, floor liner, and four-inch chrome assist steps. Other packages are also available, but their availability is limited to certain trims.

All 3500-series come with towing hardware that includes a heavy-duty 720 CCA battery, transmission cooler, trailer hitch and wiring harness, trailer brake controller, a tow/haul mode for the transmission, and a 4.10 rear-end gear ratio. Other mechanical options include dual alternators for the Duramax ($380), a 730 CCA battery ($135), a 220-amp alternator ($220), a Fifth-Wheel Prep Package ($370), and a high-idle switch ($200).

WT

The base WT (Work Truck) is about as spartan as you can get a truck nowadays. Starting at $41,990 (all prices include the $1,495 destination charge) for a 2WD short-bed with the SRW, standard features include a seven-inch touchscreen with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment software, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, vinyl floors, a vinyl 40/20/40-split bench seat, a manually adjustable tilt steering column, a 3.5-inch driver information center, cruise control, and A/C. On the outside, there's standard chrome bumpers, a locking tailgate, 18-inch wheels, and black door handles.

All models also come with a backup camera and Teen Driver software. Teen Driver is a system that lets parents record and monitor their child's driving even when they're not in the car, as well as set speed limits and volume limits to ensure they don't get too reckless behind the wheel.

Options for a WT truck include the Convenience Package ($990), which includes a remote locking tailgate, tinted glass, remote entry, and power-adjustable mirrors. There's also OnStar available for $175 and SiriusXM radio for $195.

LT

Next up on the trim ladder is the LT, which costs $47,090 for a 2WD short-bed with SRW. As with the WT, it's available for all models. Additional standard features over the WT include cloth upholstery, an EZ lift tailgate, SiriusXM radio, a 4.2-inch driver information center, an eight-inch touchscreen with gesture recognition, a built-in WiFi hotspot, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and OnStar.

The Convenience Package ($1,425) includes a 10-way power adjustable seat, remote start, a rear-window defogger, a manual tilt-and-telescope steering column, a 110-volt power outlet, and dual-zone climate control. The LT Plus Package ($1,010) brings about Homelink, rear park assist, power-adjustable pedals, a power rear window, and an electric rear-window defogger. Navigation is $495.

There's also the All-Star Edition ($2,110) and Texas Edition ($2,110) available on the LT. They both bundle the equipment from the Convenience Package with special bespoke badging denoting either All-Star Edition or Texas Edition. Which package you can get depends on whether you're buying your truck in the Lone Star territory or any of the other 49 states. A Custom Sport Edition ($1,110) gives the LT a top hat and tails by means of chrome bumpers, chrome mirrors and body-side moldings, 18-inch chrome wheels, chrome door handles, a bed liner, and front and rear park assist.

LTZ

The ritzy LTZ has a starting price of $52,190 for the cheapest variant, a 2WD short-bed with SRW. Standard features include a heated 40/20/40-split bench front seat, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, remote start, a power-sliding rear window with defroster, 10-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats, keyless entry, and an alarm.

The Driver Alert Package ($845) includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a safety-alert seat, and front and rear park assist, and the LTZ Plus Package ($1,165) comes with power-adjustable pedals, front and rear park assist, Bose audio, and a heated steering wheel. Navigation is again a $495 option, and the Custom Sport Edition is available here as well, this time carrying a sticker price of $890. Leather bucket seats are $510, while heated and ventilated front leather seats run for $650.

The Duramax Plus Package is a hefty $11,055, but includes all the goodies to make your Silverado 3500HD LTZ the ultimate leather-lined tow rig. It bundles the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine, an Allison six-speed automatic transmission, an engine block heater, a 3.73 rear-axle ratio, chrome recovery hooks, and an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation.

High Country

Starting at $57,295, the High Country is the rhinestone cowboy of the lineup. Standard features include a unique Saddle or Jet Black interior color, six-inch chrome assist steps, a spray-in bedliner with the Chevrolet logo, heated and ventilated front leather bucket seats, a front full-length center console, front and rear park assist, body-color bumpers, power-adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel, and navigation. The contents of the Driver Alert Package are also standard.

The Duramax Plus Package is again available, though the price is now $9,645. The only other notable option is a rear-seat entertainment center for $1,620, which adds a a 9.2-inch DVD player, two wireless headphone sets, and two USB ports to the back seat.

CarsDirect Tip

If you're trying to not break the bank but get a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD with serious capability, an LT-spec model equipped with the Duramax would be the way to go. Tack on the Convenience Package, and the bottom line comes to about $58,000. Pricey, but it'll be all the truck you'll ever need to get the job done.

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