2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

There is a lot to consider when looking for a quality pickup truck that boasts robust output, dependable performance, and a wide range of advanced features. Both the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 satisfy those demands and more with high-strength steel frames and V8 performance. However, there are important differences to consider when deciding between a full-size light-duty pickup truck like the Silverado 1500 and a heavy-duty one like the Silverado 3500. See how they compare, and make your way to check out both of these pickups near Cincinnati at Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence, KY.

A Glance at Both Chevy Pickups

2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 (3)

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • Full-size pickup truck
  • Available V8 power
  • EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway and 18 mpg city
  • MSRP from $26,895
2016 Chevy Impala 3500 (3)

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

  • Heavy-duty pickup truck
  • Available turbo-diesel 6.6L V8 with 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 23,200 pounds
  • Maximum payload of 5587 pounds


The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is offered with three engine options. The base 4.3L V6 makes a composed 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, while the mid-level 5.3L V8 bumps you up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Topping off the lineup is a 6.2L V8 that dishes out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission on the Silverado 1500 is a six-speed automatic, while high-performance trims come with an eight-speed automatic. A properly equipped Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can tow up to a best-in-class 12,000 pounds.

The base engine on the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 is a 6.0L V8 that makes a commanding 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Also on offer is a turbo-diesel 6.6L V8 that pumps out 397 hp and a staggering 765 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission on the 6.0L V8 is the six-speed automatic, while the turbodiesel engine can also be mated to a high-performance six-speed Allison 1000 automatic transmission. Thanks to its robust output, heavy-duty hardware, available Allison transmission, and an optional double rear wheel configuration, the Silverado 3500 can tow up to an impressive 23,200 pounds when properly equipped.

Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been highly rated by the EPA. With the base 4.3L V6 engine, it gets up to a best-in-class 24 mpg highway and 18 mpg city, while the 5.3L V8 achieves up to a best-in-class 23 mpg highway and 16 mpg city. Even with the range-topping 6.2L V8, it gets up to 21 mpg highway and 15 mpg city, according to EPA estimates.

Since the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 has been rated as a heavy duty pickup truck, the EPA doesn’t rate its fuel economy. Due to its larger size and heftier output, though, it’s certain not to get the fuel economy numbers of the Silverado 1500 model.


Both pickup trucks deliver a lot in terms of performance and features for the price. As the larger, more powerful model, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 costs a bit more, though.

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500: MSRP from $26,895
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500: MSRP from $34,080

Which Truck Should You Choose?

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 both provide stunning performance, the durability of high-strength steel, and the confidence that comes with the Chevrolet lineage of premium pickups. If you’re looking for a light-duty pickup with relatively strong fuel economy that can take the family around, tow a boat, and take care of weekend jobs, then the Silverado 1500 may prove the best option.

On the other hand, if you need the uncompromising towing capacity of a large, heavy-duty pickup to handle big onsite jobs, then look toward the Silverado 3500 to satisfy your needs. For something that fits somewhere in between, then you might want to take a look at the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, as well.

Choose the Chevrolet Pickup Truck Lineup at Tom Gill Chevrolet

Now that you’ve had a chance to weigh the benefits of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500, you can come check both of them out, along with the Silverado 2500 model, at Tom Gill Chevrolet. We’re just a short drive from Cincinnati over the Kentucky border at 7830 Commerce Dr. in Florence, KY. Contact our team to set up a test drive today!