If you’re looking for a small or midsize pickup, the Chevrolet Colorado is a great way to get plenty of performance capabilities while saving money up front and at the gas tank. The Colorado first hit the market in the 2004 model year. Anything before 2012 was included in the pickup’s first generation and can be found with a variety of engines, as well as rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. The Colorado went on a brief two-year hiatus in 2013 and 2014 before returning for the 2015 model year with a full redesign, boasting advanced features like OnStar telematics, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Chevrolet’s MyLink interface. You’ll also find four-cylinder and V6 engines available, as well as a maximum towing capacity of 7000 pounds.
Currently in its third generation, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has earned a reputation as a leader among pickups thanks to its outstanding performance capabilities, durable build quality, and recent models’ high-tech features. The first generation ran from 1999 to 2006, the second generation had a solid run from 2007 to 2014, and the current generation first went on sale during the 2014 model year.
Most used Chevrolet Silverado 1500s you’ll find today come from the second generation, which features an array of V6 and V8 powertrains, including a 6.2L Vortec V8 that serves up a commanding 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. You’ll have a variety of configurations to choose from, including a 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed as well as Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab interior setups.
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 follows the smaller 1500 model in terms of its first, second, and third generation years, but there are some notable differences to consider. As a heavy duty pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is ideal for shoppers in the market for a truck that can handle large jobs, day in and day out. The chief differences come in terms of performance.
Recent renditions of the Silverado 2500 are offered with a couple of different V8 engine options. There’s a 6.0L V8 that churns out 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, while a turbo-diesel 6.6L Duramax V8 comes mated to a hefty six-speed Allison automatic transmission and produces an astonishing 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque. Look for a second generation Silverado 2500 to tow up to 13,000 pounds while managing a payload of up to 3704 pounds when properly equipped.
In many ways, you’ll find the used Chevrolet Silverado 3500 lineup to mirror its 2500 counterpart. Both models come with a standard 6.0L V8 and available turbo-diesel 6.6L Duramax V8. Mated to the Silverado 3500, though, you can expect more commanding performance. Thanks to an available fifth-wheel configuration, a properly equipped version of the second-generation used Chevrolet Silverado 3500 can tow up to 21,700 pounds and take a haul of 6355 pounds. You’ll also get more long bed options from the 3500 over the 2500 thanks to its more extensive size.
After taking the time to check out what used Chevrolet trucks have to offer, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one that meets your needs. You’ll find competitive financing and great deals on these pickups when you shop at Tom Gill Chevrolet. Take the drive from Cincinnati to see us at 7830 Commerce Dr. in Florence, KY, or give us a call so we can answer your questions.