The 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is the heavy-duty version of Chevy’s popular full-size truck, and on the heels of its half-ton sibling’s recent overhaul, it’s all-new for the 2020 model year. The redesign brings best-in-class towing ability, innovative towing aids, a bolder design, a 6.6-liter V8 engine as standard, and there is an option for diesel powertrain. The one-ton 3500 is bigger than the standard Silverado 1500, has more power, and can handle much more weight when towing and hauling. This is a truck designed to work hard. Whether you intend to use it as a serious work truck or weekend hauler, it’s up for just about any job. The all-new Silverado 3500 HD is the strongest Silverado HD ever built and offers a max towing rating of up to 35,500 lbs, which is more than you’ll find in the segment and an increase of 52 percent from last year’s model. Though the 3500 HD not only works harder and looks tougher than previous versions, it also offers class-leading technology and an expanded range of configurations. With the 3500 HD, you’ll be able to find a model that meets all of your needs, with the added bonus of all of the modern-day conveniences you’ve come to expect from your vehicle. You’ll find this truck just as competent as a family hauler as it is a heavy lifter. You’ll also find additional task-specific functionality. A new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission joins the lineup for the diesel powertrain, and while the new transmission brings more towing power, it also adds a factory-installed power take-off so that you can power auxiliary equipment such as tow truck winches, hydraulic tools, and salt spreaders. A more intuitive design also allows for easy removal of the air dam and skid plate, so that you can easily mount a snowplow. You will be hard-pressed to find a truck that works harder for you, and with the many available features and configurations, there is sure to be a model designed specifically for your needs.
When you want a truck that's built to get the job done right and don't necessarily need all the frills and upgrades, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck may be the trim for you. It uses a hitch and 7-pin connector to give you varying towing options. Plus, the trailer mirrors and rear vision camera with hitch guidance make latching up to your trailer easier than ever before. You can kiss ever needing a spotter goodbye. With the hitch guide displayed on the internal touchscreen, you'll easily be able to back up perfectly every time.
The Work Truck uses lowered bed walls to help reduce any kind of damage potentially sustained from bed hitching, and the truck comes with 12 standard tie-down rings within the bed. If you want more versatility, you can spring for 21, if you'd like.
With the Work Truck (and all Silverado 3500 HD trims), you have the option of choosing between a 6.6L V8 gas engine and a 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8. The gasoline V8 will give you 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque while giving you a max towing weight of 17,370 pounds. The V8 Turbo-Diesel churns out 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. This will be your towing king, as it has a max towing weight of 35,500 pounds.
Looking for a truck that comes with a few more features than the Work Truck? The Custom trim is the pickup for you. It comes with the guidance and 12 standard tie-downs in the bed, but it also receives upgraded 20-inch painted aluminum accented wheels, plus LED taillights for greater visibility.
The Custom comes with two engine options. This includes a 6.6L V8 that produces 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque that has a max towing capacity of up to 17,370 pounds. The second option is a 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 that produces 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, for a max towing capacity of 35,500 pounds.
The LT trim sees brand new external features. It offers chrome bumpers and highlights around the grille (on the Work Truck and Custom the bumper is black). It includes the same LED lighting, rear vision camera, and hitch guidance, plus an integrated trailer brake controller, which gives you more control over the trailer while in transit. The Tailgate comes with an EZ lift for easier attachment to the height of your trailer, and the touchscreen increases to 8-inches.
As is the case with all trims, the LT comes with an available gasoline V8 or a Turbo-Diesel V8. The 6.6L V8 engine produces 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque while the 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 produces 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque.
The LTZ is the second to top Silverado 3500 HD trim. It comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, and trailer hitch guides on the screen. The LTZ comes with a new chrome bumper, plus chrome door handles and trim around the pickup. The EZ Lift tailgate makes it easier to open up the back of your tailgate, and you can adjust the hitch to meet the height of whatever you're towing. The tailgate also comes with a power lock and release. That way, there's no more wondering if you locked the tailgate and if you need to run out to your truck and address this (one of the most stolen parts of a pickup is the unlocked tailgate, so avoid ever running into this issue with the power lock).
The LTZ also comes with power-folding heated trailer mirrors, and it offers keyless open and start. Because let's face it, when you need to get up early for work, and it's cold outside, sometimes there is nothing nicer than hopping into your already warmed up pickup.
The LTZ takes advantage of two engine options. The first is a 6.6L V8 gasoline engine that produces 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. Or, you can go for the 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 that produces 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo-Diesel engine gives you a total towing potential of 35,500 pounds.
The top-tier trim for the 3500 Silverado HD is the High Country. The High Country features the 12 truck bed tie downs (with the ability to upgrade to 21). It comes with a seven-pin trailer hitch, and it is easier than ever before to load up the trailer to your pickup by using the eight-inch touchscreen display that shows off a rearview camera as well as trailer hitch guidelines. This way, you'll never need a spotter again. And you know how frustrating it can be to try and line up a new trailer for the first few times on your own. Instead of hopping in and out of your truck, trying to see if your pickup is lined up properly, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD ensures you never again have to deal with this.
The High Country trim features 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. It also has a segment-exclusive power up/down tailgate. With this, instead of needing to hop out of the truck to open up the tailgate, you can press a tailgate up/down button inside the cabin of the truck. This way, if someone needs something outside and the tailgate is locked, you don't need to turn the truck off and toss them the keys. You just need to push down on the button.
With a large eight-inch display, you will really be able to take advantage of the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system that comes with Navigation. So put your phone away as you won't need it. The navigation installed within the High Country will help take care of all this for you. Plus, you won't eat up your data plan while using the truck's GPS.
Speaking of data, the High Country does have 4G LTE WiFi hotspot capabilities (as do the other trims). You will need to activate a data plan, but as long as you do, you'll be able to stream your favorite applications without touching your phone's data. Plus, the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This way, you can drive hands free and use some of your favorite apps.
There are a number of safety features that come standard on the High Country trim that are available on other trims. These safety features include Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, Front, and Rear Park Assist, and Side Blind Zone Alert.
The High Country will take advantage of the LED lighting. It also will include fog lighting (which didn't come as a standard feature until the LTZ trim). With the High Country, you'll also have front tow hooks.
With impressive cargo, trailering, and the ability to pull gear with the front tow hooks, it is hard to compete with the 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD High Country trim.
When deciding between a gas or diesel engine, it’s important to know how you intend to use the Silverado 3500 HD. Will you be primarily using this one-ton truck to tow heavy loads, or are you looking to ratchet up the payload numbers? If you’re looking for payload, we’d recommend going with the gas engine, the 6.6-liter V8 with 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque—enough torque to now lead the segment for a gas engine. With the dual tires, you can expect your payload capacity to top out at 7,442 lbs. If you’re not going to be towing a heavy trailer and don’t need 30,000-plus pounds of towing capacity, this is a great engine with ample acceleration and great payload potential. This engine can also tow a good amount of weight, with a 17,400-lb towing capacity, which is plenty for most jobs, unless you frequently tow extremely heavy loads, such as small houses.
The 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 is mostly the same from the previous year but is now paired with an all-new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission for the 2020 model year. Significant upgrades have also been made to the axles, prop shaft, U-joint, and other components to allow for heavier loads. Even the cooling fan has increased by 2.5 inches in diameter. And with 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, there is plenty of power.
While the engine is relatively the same as last year’s diesel, the 3500 HD Silverado can now tow 52 percent more weight—35,500 lbs to be exact. Though not its specialty, the payload is also good with this powertrain, hauling up to 6,196 lbs. Whether you need this mountain-moving type of muscle all of the time or not, it’s nice to know you have the ability to take on any job.
With the diesel powertrain, all 910 lb-ft of torque is delivered to the ground in first gear, which is what you want to hear if you’re towing heavy loads. This is a powertrain built specifically for towing, with driveline components to match. If you need to move absurd amounts of cargo or you just want to feel confident in the every-day utility of your truck, this is a must-have powertrain that inspires confidence at every turn.
While the segment demands heavy-duty performance, this is still a Chevy truck, and the interior reflects Chevy’s emphasis on luxury amenities and innovative technology. Sure, if you only need a truck for work, there’s an option for a sparsely appointed hauler, but climbing trim levels quickly outfit your truck with the latest in comfort and technology from Chevy. You’ll find the options on par with the best Chevy has to offer.
The Silverado 3500 HD can seat up to six passengers and offers cab configurations of Regular, Crew, and Double cabs. The Regular Cab comes standard with the Work Truck and LT trims and seats three passengers. The Double and Crew cabs can accommodate up to six people and is a great option for your friends and family. If you want a little more room for every-day transportation, the Crew Cab offers 10 inches more legroom than the Double Cab. For the 2020 model year, the Crew Cab features about 3 inches more length.
With the entry-level trim levels—the Work Truck and LT—expect to find functions such as a rearview camera, a teen driver system, and a rear-seat reminder, as well as a 7-inch infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, A/C, cruise control and keyless entry. With the LT trim, you also gain Chevrolet Connected Access and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. For entry-level trim levels, this is a good number of features. Moving up, however, adds a great deal of onboard tech and luxury.
The LTZ trim upgrades to leather seats, ten-way power heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and an eight-inch driver information display, and you’ll find your rearview camera upgraded to an HD screen. For the premium High Country trim, expect such features as heated rear seats, an eight-inch driver information display, a wireless charger, and an available seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, among many other creature comforts. A head-up display is also available—something the competition does not offer.
Safety features include stability and traction control, and a heavy-duty auto-locking rear differential, while more advanced safety features include rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision avoidance, and available front and rear parking sensors.
It’s important you are confident in your truck when towing heavy weight, and the Silverado 3500 HD makes sure you have the latest technology to get you and your cargo safely to your destination. The new suite of technology offers customer-focused features to help you every step of the way. The Advanced Trailering System brings 15 different views from eight cameras, including a new transparent trailer feature. There are virtually no blind spots now when towing with the Silverado 3500 HD, which is a huge help when navigating parking lots, merging, and when making tight turns. Plus, you can see what’s behind you now, directly through the trailer.
Other available technology designed to enhance trailering includes Park Grade Hold Assist, which allows you to keep the truck in place for an extended amount of time on hills, and Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control, Proactive Rollover Avoidance, Auto Grade Braking, and Diesel Exhaust Braking, and Enhanced Digital Variable Steering Assist are examples of even more features to enhance your trailering experience.
This is a truck built to tow and tow heavy. It has been outfitted with all of the latest technology to ensure you have every assist feature you need to regularly tow heavy loads. With a number of exterior-mounted cameras, this trailering tech has eliminated almost all blind spots, making towing much easier and safer. The added capability and safety takes all of the stress out of towing heavy and wide loads by bringing the road into better focus, taking much of the hassle out of towing.