2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

If you’re looking for a full-size pickup truck, Chevy has some enticing models on offer. Whether you choose the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, you’re guaranteed standout performance in terms of horsepower, torque, payload, and towing capacity. Add to that the high-strength steel frames on both, and it’s clear why so many folks in Florence and Cincinnati choose between these pickups to get the job done. There are some important differences, though, so check out how these models stack up to help you make the best purchase.

A First Look at Both Pickups

2016 Chevrolet SIlverado 1500

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • Full-size pickup truck
  • Class-leading V8 420 hp and 12,000-pound towing capacity
  • Up to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

  • Heavy-duty pickup truck
  • Maximum torque of 765 lb-ft
  • Maximum towing capacity of 18,000 pounds

Performance Specs

If you opt for the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you’ll have three different powertrain options, each of which comes with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. A 4.3L V6 engine makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque while getting up to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway and 18 mpg city. Step up to the 5.3L V8 engine for a total output of 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for it to provide a maximum payload of 2260 pounds. Rounding out the lineup is a 6.2L V8 that churns out a best-in-class 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque while delivering a maximum towing capacity of 11,100 pounds.

You’ll also have some choices with the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The base engine is a 6.0L V8 that puts out a commanding 397 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a natural gas CNG version of the 6.0L V8 engine that can also run on gasoline. If you opt for this variant, you’ll have a maximum CNG output of 301 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque. If you want more power, you’ll find it from a turbo-diesel 6.6L V8 engine with a robust output of 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque. Properly equipped, this model can tow up to 18,000 pounds and has a maximum payload of 3534 pounds.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD


The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that comes available in a number of different configurations, including a Regular Cab with a standard box or long box, a Double Cab with a standard box, or a Crew Cab with a short box or standard box.

As the bigger model, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 provides more spacious options. Its configurations include a Regular Cab with a long box, a Double Cab with a standard box or long box, and a Crew Cab with a standard box or long box.

2016 Chevrolet SIlverado 1500 bed


Investing in a pickup truck is important to ensuring that you’re able to get the job done right.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Price: Regular Cab starting at $27,095
  • 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Price: Regular Cab starting at $32,280
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Which Pickup is Better for You?

Now that you’ve had a chance to see what these impressive pickup trucks have to offer, you know they’re both top performers in their respective segments. Many drivers will find that the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 provides the adaptable configurations, output, towing capacity, and bed sizes to handle your everyday driving needs as well as relatively large jobs when needed.

On the other hand, while a fully loaded 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 will cost you a bit more, the extra performance capabilities are obvious. This heavy-duty pickup truck offers outstanding performance from front to back for those who plan on hauling and towing really large loads on the job site regularly.


Check Out the New Chevrolet Pickups at Tom Gill Chevrolet

You can check out the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 trucks at Tom Gill Chevrolet to better understand which is best suited to your driving demands. There’s also the Silverado 3500 model to consider if you need the ultimate in performance. Feel free to call us with questions, or stop by for a test drive at 7830 Commerce Dr. in Florence, KY.