Americans like big things and there’s no bigger thing on four wheels than the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. The heavy duty truck looks bigger, it feels bigger, it is bigger, and it tows bigger things. The only thing that hasn’t grown is the price: starting at $38,095 including destination, the Silverado heavy is $300 less than last year’s base model.
You get a whole lot of truck and even more capability for that price. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a three-quarter ton heavy-duty truck meant for towing and for work but with five trims and plenty of cab and bed configurations, it increasingly doubles as a family car or everyday driver. The Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD are available in Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country trims. High Country only comes with the crew cab, while crew and double cabs are available on the other trims. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but many trucks will be equipped with four-wheel drive. Bed size comes in standard (82.25 inches) and long (98.27 inches).
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD earned a 6.75 out of 10 overall rating. Its blend of size and spaciousness in the cab and in the bed, along with incredible towing capability and a smooth and comfy unladen ride are its best attributes. The bed, and its accessibility, is the best on the market. The competitors have more sophisticated interiors and the options pricing even on the already pricey top trims limited us from ranking it even higher. But overall the Silverado HD does a great job of balancing heavy duty work needs with all-around comfort and convenience. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
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But the Silverado 3500 HD full-ton truck is best suited for work— heavy-duty work. The 2020 Silverado 3500 HD fitted with dual rear wheels and a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 and new 10-speed Allison transmission makes 910 pound-feet of torque, good enough to tow 35,500 pounds. You can tow earth movers with that, or a garage full of cars, or a stable full of horses. Or a couple of HD competitors. That’s 400 pounds more than the similarly equipped 2019 Ram 3500 HD, and more than last year’s Ford Super Duty, though Ford says the Super Duty refreshed for 2020 will exceed 35,000 pounds as well.
At that weight, they’re all pretty similar and exceptionally capable.
Chevy and its GMC Sierra mate still have some competitive advantages even if the numbers are pretty similar. Silverado and GMC boxes are a bit wider, and the bed steps are the best on the market. The volume-selling crew cabs are nearly three inches longer, with most of that space expanding the rear seat leg room. Overall, Chevy improves on what it was already good at it with the most spacious cabin and bed in the market. The available trailering technology provides 15 different angles, which makes even first-time haulers feel capable enough.
But, also like the Silverado 1500, the fit and finish on the inside trail the competitors. And the steep, polarizing front fascia, which looks as much like a locomotive as a pickup truck, might turn off some undecideds.