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).
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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