The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD is the perfect pickup for serious towing and for hauling high payloads. The Silverado 3500 will get you dual rear-wheel (DRW) trucks, and no one buys duallys for fun. For 2020, Chevrolet has upped its game and enabled even more towing capability for its duallys, to the tune of 35,000 pounds, the maximum tow rating of all 3500HD models. According to the Chevrolet dealer in Filer, this year’s max tow rating is 51% higher than the outgoing model, which could tow up to 23,500 pounds. That’s a full 12,000 pounds more, a very impressive feat.
In 2020 all Silverado 3500HD duallys can tow more than 30,000 pounds, the highest rating in its segment. For buyers at dealers like the Filer Chevrolet dealership who don’t need that level of pulling power, there’s the single rear-wheel (SRW) 3500HD, which can tackle a formidable 21,500 pounds when properly equipped, and 20,000 pounds with a conventional receiver hitch. Silverado 3500 SRW models have maximum payloads of 4,493 pounds, while the DRWs can haul an incredible 7,466 pounds. These numbers are for gasoline-engine trucks.
To provide all this power, Chevrolet engineers needed to upgrade the powertrains. Last year’s base 6.0-liter gasoline V8 is replaced by a new 6.6-liter gasoline V8 engine that generates 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
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While the available 6.6-liter V8 Duramax diesel engine still produces 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, it’s now mated to a new Allison 10-speed automatic gearbox. To accommodate the extra power, Chevrolet had to upgrade the 3500HD’s chassis with stronger front and rear axles, a 12-inch ring gear, a heftier frame, and more solid driveshafts, universal joints and propeller shaft.
Kelley Blue Book wrote: “If you’re among the Chevy faithful, you’ll appreciate the all-new Silverado HD’s big, imposing new looks and bragging rights for best-in-class towing ability. Whether you tow for work or pleasure, innovative aids like 15 different camera views and the ‘transparent-trailer’ system make the task less stressful. Exclusive features like a power tailgate are also enticing.”
The Silverado 3500HD can seat between three and six passengers depending on the cab configuration. There are five trim levels on offer: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. The 3500 lineup is versatile, with 22 cab, bed, chassis and driveline configurations.
Drivers will appreciate the user-friendly controls and the clean and uncluttered layout. While the lower trims offer plenty of capability, the upper trims, such as the range-topping High Country include comfort features such as leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, and a head-up display.
The 2020 3500HD features incredible towing aids. We particularly like the available “transparent-trailer” feature, which connects an image from the tailgate camera with a remote trailer-mounted camera, providing the driver with the ability to virtually see through the trailer.
Standard features on the base Work Truck trim include an exterior temperature gauge, manual windows and door locks, air conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7-inch infotainment system. Moving up the rungs of the trim level ladder adds more features. The upper High-Country trim gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, high-intensity headlights, ventilated front seats, a power tailgate and a Bose premium audio system.