When most folks hear about heavy-duty trucks, they first think of towing and hauling. These kings of the road are known for their ability to tow large trailers and haul heavy cargo in their beds. You will have to look at commercial trucks to go beyond their capabilities. But some heavy-duty pickup trucks do more than provide you with these capabilities. This is where the 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD stands out from the crowded field of heavy-duty trucks.
The 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD gives you a whole host of features and options that help specialize it for different purposes. Chevrolet introduced the Silverado 3500 HD back in 2001, and over the past two decades, the Silverado has established itself as one of the leading trucks in America for its performance, reliability, and customizability. With so many options and features available, you will have no trouble personalizing your truck.
Trim-Up the Truck!
Chevy offers four different trims on the 2023 Silverado 3500 HD, which is just one less than the lighter Silverado 2500 HD. The base trim is the WT or Work Truck. This option is rugged and reliable, designed with more practical features in mind. It lacks some of the style and luxury of the other three trims but can deliver the capabilities you need. The LT is the midrange trim, with more creature features than the WT. For example, the seats have a cloth covering instead of vinyl. The LTZ features leather seats, while the top High Country adds a distinctive front grille with a gold Chevy bowtie logo and perforated leather seating surfaces. The High Country is the only one of the four trims that comes standard with four-wheel drive. The others are rear-wheel drive with available four-wheel drive.
One thing that truly sets the Silverado 3500 HD apart is the ability to make choices about your truck. For example, the Silverado 3500 HD LT offers four different interior colors with either cloth or leather seats. Meanwhile, the LTZ trim offers a number of different packages. The LTZ Convenience Package adds bucket seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and an LED cargo bed light. Meanwhile, the LTZ Convenience Package II offers an upgraded Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system with navigation. The LTZ Plus Package adds additional safety features like front and rear park assist, making parking the 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD safer and easier than ever.
While both the High Country and LTZ come with standard crew cabs, a driver can still opt for a regular cab or double cab on their Silverado 3500 HD. For those who don’t know, the regular has one row of seats and two full-size doors, while the double cab has two rows of seats, two full-size doors in front, and two pocket doors in the back. The advantage of choosing either of these cab designs over a crew cab is that they reduce the weight of the vehicle, allowing the truck to tow and haul more.
Powertrain Keeps A-Rollin’
Chevy gives you the choice of two different powertrains on all four trims of the 2023 Silverado 3500 HD. The base engine on the Silverado 3500 HD is a 6.6-liter gasoline V8 paired with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. This powertrain is capable of producing 401 hp at 5,200 RPM and 464 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM.
The optional powertrain is a 6.6-liter Duramax V8 turbo-diesel with an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. Chevy includes an engine block heater with this powertrain so you can keep it warm and ready to go, even on the coldest days. This turbo-diesel is quite powerful, able to generate 445 hp at 2,800 RPM and a massive 910 lb-ft of torque at just 1,600 RPM.
Gooseneck Won’t Be a 5th Wheel at the Tailgate
As many drivers know, if you are looking for your heavy-duty truck for towing and hauling, you need to consider a gooseneck hitch or a fifth-wheel setup. Chevrolet allows you to have this kind of package installed from the factory, so you don’t have to worry about an aftermarket setup.
The Silverado 3500 HD also gives you the option of dual rear wheels, which will significantly increase towing and hauling. For example, a 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD with a 6.6-liter V8 gas engine and a single set of rear wheels can haul up to 4,534 lbs of payload in its bed. Choosing to add dual rear wheels can boost this up to an impressive 7,442 lbs of payload.
You can find similar results with the available 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel on the 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD. Where the standard model with this engine can tow up to 20,000 lbs with a gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitch, a dual-rear-wheel model will increase this to a staggering towing capacity of up to 36,000 lbs.
Speaking of beds, the 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD has two features that make hauling easier than ever. First, the Durabed is sturdy and designed to fit more cargo than the beds on other heavy-duty trucks. It also allows you to better secure your cargo with the aid of 12 standard tie-downs. There is even available LED cargo area lighting that can come in handy when working at night and an available built-in 120-volt outlet that can be used to charge your power tools if you are planning to use your truck on the job.
The second feature that helps the Silverado 3500 HD stand out is the standard Multi-Flex Tailgate. This has six different functions that can be used for loading and unloading your truck, as well as a nifty inner gate work surface that turns the tailgate into a portable desk for work or a party table for tailgating with your Silverado 3500 HD at sporting events.
Who doesn’t love a good infotainment system? These devices are something that has truly evolved over the two decades that Chevy has been building the Silverado 3500 HD. By combining crucial vehicle information, entertainment options, and smartphone connectivity, infotainment systems give drivers everything they need in one place. When you add features like trailering cameras and turn-by-turn navigation, infotainment becomes indispensable to any heavy-duty truck. Fortunately, Chevy has one of the finest infotainment systems around.
Every 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD features the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with a color touchscreen. This provides you with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to access all of your apps, answer text messages, and make calls through the system. In addition, it has Bluetooth streaming for up to two smartphones, so you can make hands-free calls even if you don’t have a wire to connect your phone to the system.
The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system is also useful for entertainment, with a standard AM/FM stereo and a three-month complimentary subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. The High Country model takes this to the next level with a Bose Premium sound system. This features seven speakers with a Richbass woofer to give you the most incredible sound system you have ever experienced in a heavy-duty pickup truck.
While the Work Truck trim of the Silverado 3500 HD has a seven-inch touchscreen, the others feature an eight-inch screen with additional features. For example, the standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System on the High Country has built-in navigation. This is an option on the LTZ, as is the Bose sound system. With the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system on the Silverado 3500 HD, you will have the means to get wherever you are going more safely and enjoyably.
The 2023 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is more than just a heavy-duty truck. With its many different features and options, it allows you to customize your truck to provide whatever you are looking for in your pickup. Best of all, this comes straight from the factory. The Silverado 3500 HD is more than just about towing and hauling; it is a lifestyle truck.