With considerably more pulling power than its 2500HD sibling, Chevy’s Silverado 3500HD is unchanged for the 2023 model year. It offers an extensive variety of configuration options, priced from $43,495.
2023 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
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2023 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Overview
Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
The sheer wealth of options across the 3500HD range is remarkable. There are two bed lengths and three cab styles, 2/4/6-wheel drive configurations, a brace of 6.6-liter engines, and four trim levels.
The cheapest Silverado 3500HD is the RWD Regular Cab Long Bed model; in WT trim and powered by a gas engine, it’ll cost you $43,495. At the other end of the scale, a six-wheel AWD High Country turbodiesel will cost $82,645 if you specify it in Crew Cab Long Bed mode. In between lies a wealth of choice; adding dual rear wheels adds around $1,000 to the sticker price, whereas a turbodiesel engine increases the cost by roughly $10,000.
The Silverado 3500HD offers two 6.6-liter engines, one powered by gas and one running on diesel. The former generates 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, fed to your choice of wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The V8 turbodiesel produces 445 hp and 910 lb-ft, with a ten-speed automatic transmission handling all that extra torque.
|6.6 liter||401 hp||464 lb-ft|
|6.6 liter V8 TD||445 hp||910 lb-ft|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the three-seater Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab stands at 83.5 cu ft with the standard Long Bed. Crew and Double Cab models seat six, but cargo space drops to 69.5 cubes on Standard Bed-equipped Crew Cabs.
If you don’t expect much in terms of safety, you won’t be disappointed. WT models feature half a dozen airbags, Chevy’s Teen Driver parental-control system, traction control, and an automatic locking rear diff. LT gains an integrated trailer brake and LTZ has an HD rear vision camera, but High Country stands apart with a bed view camera, park assistance at both ends of the vehicle, HD surround vision, and rear cross-traffic alerts. Features like a head-up display and rear camera mirror are only available as optional extras.
At the bottom of the 3500HD range, a seven-inch touchscreen supports Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring across a six-speaker audio system, with features like WiFi hotspot capabilities and satellite radio reserved for LT models. LTZ is the first trim fitted with an eight-inch touchscreen and wireless phone projection, but you’ll need to invest in a High Country model if you want navigation, wireless device charging, or a Bose stereo.
Riding on 18-inch steel wheels, WT models have cargo area lamps and cargo tie-downs but very little in the way of automation or electronics. Everything is manually adjusted apart from the door locks and windows, the seven-inch touchscreen, and the single-zone climate.
The 3500HD’s endless customization also extends to its options list, with the Work Truck Safety Package well worth $1,090. It brings rear cross-traffic alerts and lane change assistance with side blind zone alerts, alongside chrome bumpers. The $615 Safety Confidence pack is an even better value, bundling forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, and cruise control with a color driver information center.
LT trim is far from luxurious, but it does gain a number of features over WT. The keen observer might notice machined aluminum wheels, power-adjustable outside mirrors, chrome detailing, and a powered tailgate. Inside, there’s a color driver information center and cruise control, remote keyless entry and satellite radio, plus WiFi hotspot functionality.
There are 20 different packages available on 3500HD LT models. For $3,240, the All-Star Edition blends the Safety Confidence pack from WT models with 15 other features including dual-zone climate and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, and remote start. Despite being misnamed, the $390 Advanced Trailering pack is worth adding – it brings satellite radio and wireless phone projection through a larger eight-inch touchscreen.
Only available on Crew Cab models, LTZ raises the bar with an HD rear vision camera, LED external lighting, chrome detailing, and power-adjustable outside mirrors with auto-dimming on the driver’s side. The heated leather front seats receive ten-way power adjustment including driver memory, there’s a larger eight-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, and dual-zone climate cools a cabin equipped with keyless open and a heated steering wheel.
Of the 15 packages available on LTZ models, we’d recommend the $645 Safety Package II for its intelligent high beams, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision alerts, alongside lane departure warnings. The $1,495 Technology pack adds a 15-inch head-up display and an eight-inch driver information center to a rear camera mirror.
Safety on High Country models is enhanced with a bed view camera, parking assistance at both ends of the truck, surround vision cameras, and side blind zone/rear cross-traffic alerts. The driver also benefits from an eight-inch color information center, navigation, and wireless device charging, while every occupant gains perforated leather seating and six-inch chrome assist steps.
The Technology pack’s cost drops to $1,275 while the Safety Package II remains $645. The Z71 Off-Road pack combines off-road suspension and hill descent control with skid plates for just $325.
The 3500HD range improves the more you spend on it, but LT is the first model that feels like it belongs in the 21st century, especially with one or two optional packs added.
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