2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

When you’re looking for a work truck in the Cincinnati, OH area, you should check out both the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 3500. Both pickups deliver outstanding standard V8 power, hefty towing and payload capabilities, and sophisticated features. There’s a reason they’re called the 2500HD and 3500HD — they’re heavy-duty. See how they compare below, then find your next truck at Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence, KY!

A Glimpse at Both Pickups

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

  • Starting price of $36,500 for 2020
  • Max towing capacity of 18,500 pounds
  • 910 lb-ft of diesel torque available

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

  • Starting Price of $39,500 for 2020
  • Max towing capacity of 35,500 pounds
  • 910 lb-ft of diesel torque available


While these are similar trucks mostly separated by their capabilities to tow and haul, Covington and Independence drivers looking for a specific bed/cab combo might have their decision made for them.

  • Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD: Choose from double cab or crew cab with standard bed (82.25 in) or long bed (98.27 in).
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD: Drivers of the Silverado 3500HD can choose either the double cab with long bed or the crew cab with standard or long bed.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Towing Capabilities & Payload

No matter which you decide to go with, you’ll have the same commanding powertrain options. The base engine is a 6.6L V8 engine that comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and has an impressive output of 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. Also available is a 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine with a 10-speed Allison transmission rated at 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. While what you find under the hood is the same in both models, they do offer distinct performance specs.

  • Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Specs: The 2020 Silverado 2500HD can tow as much as 18,500 pounds, sporting a max payload of over 3,700 pounds.
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs: With a max towing of up to 35,500 pounds and a payload that maxes out over 7,400 pounds, the Silverado 3500HD is ready for whatever work throws your way.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD


The larger standard bed and upped capabilities of the Silverado 3500HD bring with it a slightly higher price.

  • 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Price: MSRP from $36,500
  • 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Price: MSRP from $39,500

Which Pickup Should You Go With?

When it comes to the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 3500, the similarities outweigh the differences. You’ll find available advanced features in both models, including 4G LTE Wi-Fi, along with high-performance powertrains, spacious cabins, and large truck beds.

  • If you’re looking to tow more and would like an available dual rear wheel setup, and you don’t mind paying just a little bit more, then the Silverado 3500 might be right for you.
  • Still, the Silverado 2500 provides outstanding performance specs across the board, and it has a slightly more accessible price.

Head to Tom Gill Chevrolet to Check Out the Silverado HD Lineup

No matter which of these heavy duty pickups you choose, you’ll get great customer service and competitive financing when you shop at Tom Gill Chevrolet. We’re your Cincinnati, OH-area Chevrolet dealer, and we’re open every day of the week. Feel free to contact us with questions or to schedule your test drive today.


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