2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Review: Playing Catch-Up Is Paying Off

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has traditionally taken a back seat while the Ford F-250 and the Ram 2500 duke it out for the heavy-duty full-size truck trophy in the USA, but 2020 brings with it a full redesign and a new standard engine. Yes, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is better than ever before. Under the hood, you can now find a 401-horsepower V8 engine as standard, but you still get the option of going with that fabulous 910 lb-ft Duramax diesel motor that can haul up to 18,510 lbs. This pickup truck also features an interior that is much more modern, and with a relatively low base price, you can build quite the pickup with money to spare.

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD?

The entire Silverado range was redesigned for the 2020 model year, including the 2500HD. The optional diesel engine remains unchanged from the previous model, although it does come paired with an all-new ten-speed automatic transmission, and a new 6.6-liter V8 engine replaces the former 6.0-liter variant. Other changes include a reinforced chassis, heavy-duty universal joints, and an overhauled exterior. This has resulted in a new-generation pickup that has the towing capacity to match its aggressive looks. Some other notable changes to the exterior include a power liftgate and a sidestep to make accessing the cargo bay even easier.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful new base motor
  • Excellent cargo and payload capacities
  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of optional extras
  • It's not fuel-efficient
  • Optional extras add up quickly
  • Lower models lack safety features

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Work Truck (WT)
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$34,600
LT
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$38,600
Custom
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$39,400
LTZ
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$49,100
High Country
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$61,600

Silverado 2500HD Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 250.0 in
  • Wheelbase 158.9 in
  • Height 79.8 in
  • Max Width 81.9 in

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Engine and Transmission

Every 2020 Silverado 2500HD trim comes with a brand-new 6.6-liter gasoline V8 engine by default producing 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to either a 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive system via a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you're after more pulling power, the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 offers loads thanks to 445 hp, 910 lb-ft of torque and a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The Silverado 2500HD can tow up to 18,500 lbs in diesel configuration - not the best for vehicles in this class, but close enough to not matter to most users focused on the performance of their trucks.

  • Engines
    6.6L Turbo V8 Diesel, 6.6L V8 Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Silverado 2500HD Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    36.0 Gallons
* 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 2WD Crew Cab 159" Work Truck

Silverado 2500HD Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    6-seater
  • Front Leg Room 44.5 in
  • Front Head Room 43.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 43.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.1 in

Silverado 2500HD Trunk and Cargo Space

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Silverado 2500HD Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2020 Warranty Note \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    HD Duramax Diesel: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles; Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    HD Duramax Diesel: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles; Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD a good truck?

After a thorough review of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, one thing is certain: Chevrolet has pulled all the stops to get the Silverado on par with its competitors from Ford and Ram, and for the most part, it has succeeded. The new gasoline V8 engine provides excellent torque outputs and pulling power, although it is thirsty and its reliability is yet to be ascertained, and Chevrolet has done well to address some styling and design issues. The exterior of the Silverado is an attractive one, and while the interior might not be as refined as that of the Ford F-250, it's still a very comfortable place to sit in. There's also a lot of optional tech on offer. The Silverado 2500HD is a highly capable machine on and off-road and starts with an asking price in the mid $30k mark. We think Chevrolet has done a great job of bringing the Silverado 2500HD truck up to speed, and we would recommend checking one out before heading to a Ram or Ford showroom.

🚗What 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Model Should I Buy?

How long is a piece of string? There is something on offer for most truck buyers, with 2-door and 4-door cab styles, various beds, and two engines. From small business owners to trust fund kids who need something to tow the Bayliner, Chevrolet caters for all. The Crew Cab models are a good idea for the working man and offer close to the maximum towing capacity but are devoid of most luxury features. We'd personally go for something in the middle, such as the LTZ, which gets power seats, and dual-zone climate control. There are a good few optional extras to go for, and we'd recommend checking out the Safety package for some added peace of mind, although the Silverado 2500 still doesn't have an official safety rating. The price of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD truck ranges from $34,600 to $61,800, so there's an enormous range of options and configurations with something bound to suit your needs.

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