A Line of Heavy Duty Pickups Designed to Cover Many BasesCompact pickup trucks are a lot less common than in the past, with most buyers today choosing full-size alternatives. Even within this category of trucks, however, there is still plenty of variation to look into and choose from.
Chevrolet's Silverado line of full-size pickups covers a great deal of ground, with every model and configuration being ready for serious work. The three models that most often interest those who are interested in getting a chevy from this family are:
Silverado 1500. The 1500 has been the mainstay of the Silverado lineage ever since it was introduced. Although it is the lightest truck in the family, the 1500 is ready to haul heavy loads straight from the factory. Every Silverado 1500 now includes a V8 engine by default, with the base truck making well over 400 horsepower. At the same time, the 1500 version of the Silverado is restrained when it comes to fuel consumption, making it an economical choice as a daily driver.
Silverado 2500HD. Stepping up to the next rung on the Silverado ladder means obtaining lots more towing capacity and torque. One popular version of the Silverado 2500HD puts out more than 900 pound-feet of torque, giving it enough grunt to tow more than 18,000 pounds. The same Silverado can haul 3,500 pounds in its bed, thanks to a heavy duty suspension. At the same time, the 2500HD remains a refined, comfortable ride that no owner will ever feel put off by.
Silverado 3500HD. Professionals and the most enthusiastic amateurs often find it worthwhile to step up even higher in the Silverado line. With two pairs of side-by-side wheels capping the ends of its rear axle, the 3500HD can take on some absolutely monumental loads. The 7,000-pound-plus bed capacity of this version of the Silverado is more than most owners will ever need, but can be handy to have available.