Ever since its launch, the interior of the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD has been criticized for its cheap materials and the hard plastics on the dashboard. While luxury-sedan finishes are not expected in this class, its rivals are better, especially the class-leading Ram 3500. The design and layout are ergonomically sound, and the controls are easy to use, though the fancy features of the top trims do help lift the ambiance. There's no denying that the quality levels require an upgrade to make time spent inside the Silverado more pleasant, particularly when taking into account the top trims' prices.
The total number of seats in a Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD depends on the body configuration and trim. The Regular Cab WT, LT, and LTZ have a three-seater front bench, while the four-doors add another one in the rear for a total seating capacity of six. The High Country gets a two-seater front row with separate bucket seats, reducing seating capacity to five. There is a lot of interior space for front-seat occupants as they get 44.53 inches of legroom and just over 43 inches of headroom. The Double and Crew cabs supply around 40 inches of headroom in the back row, with legroom ranging from 35.24 inches to 43.4 inches, respectively.
All-round visibility is aided by the high stance and big windows, with the backup camera filling in any blind spots. The High Country also gets a 360-degree surround-view camera. But with over 11 inches of ground clearance, getting into the truck requires some clambering, and it won't be so easy for elderly or frail people or those of shorter stature. The High Country has standard side steps to assist with getting on board.
|Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Trims||Work Truck||LT||LTZ||High Country|
|Headroom Front Seat||43.03 in.||43.03 in.||43.03 in.||43.03 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||39.88 in.||39.88 in.||40.12 in.||40.12 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||44.53 in.||44.53 in.||44.53 in.||44.53 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.24 in.||35.24 in.||43.4 in.||43.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||66.02 in.||66.02 in.||66.02 in.||66.02 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||64.88 in.||64.88 in.||65.3 in.||65.3 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||60.9 in.||60.9 in.||61.18 in.||61.18 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||60.24 in.||60.24 in.||60.24 in.||60.24 in.|
The plastics and general quality levels leave much to be desired, and the available interior colors for the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD allow for little variation. In the base WT, your lot is vinyl seat upholstery or cloth as a no-cost option, but Jet Black is your only color choice. Everything is black, including the dashboard and all trim. The LT brings a bit more variety, with standard cloth in a choice of Jet Black or Gideon/Very Dark Atmosphere. Leather upholstery for the two front outboard seating positions is an option but requires adding a host of other features for a total outlay of over $4k. The LTZ comes as standard with the two leather-upholstered front outboard seats, still in the same two colors. The High Country is the only trim with two front bucket seats with a center console, and it gets perforated leather on all the seats, either in a Jet Black or Jet Black/Umber. All the trim that's satin silver in the LTZ is satin bronze here, whichever color scheme you choose. Woodgrain finishes feature on the center console and doors.
The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD's cargo volume is among the best in class, thanks to two spacious bed options - a 6"8' standard and 8"2' long bed, the former good for a volume of 69.5 cubic feet and the latter 83.5 cu-ft. Both beds have a width of 71.4 inches and a depth of 21 inches. Even the lowest-rated model can handle a 4,013-pound payload, with the most capable managing 7,442 lbs. A makeshift interior trunk can be created by folding down the rear seatbacks in four-door models. In six-seater four-doors, a covered center armrest of the 40/20/40-split front bench contains some storage space. On the LTZ, this bench also hides an under-seat storage compartment, with similar packages available as an extra on lower-level Crew Cabs or standard on the High Country. The 3500HD has two gloveboxes, but the door pockets are simply too small to be very useful. Front and rear cupholders are provided in Crew Cab models.
|Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Trims||Work Truck||LT||LTZ||High Country|
|Box Length (Floor)||82.25 in.||82.25 in.||82.25 in.||82.25 in.|
|Box Width (Floor)||71.4 in.||71.4 in.||71.4 in.||71.4 in.|
|Box Width (Wheelhousings)||50.55 in.||50.55 in.||50.55 in.||50.55 in.|
|Box Height (Area)||21 in.||21 in.||21 in.||21 in.|
|Cargo Box Volume||21 cu. ft.||21 cu. ft.||21 cu. ft.||21 cu. ft.|
Although adequately equipped, the entry-level Work Truck is a no-nonsense workhorse with vinyl on the seats and floor, a small 3.5-inch monochrome driver-information display, single-zone climate control, and manually operated seats, windows, and door locks. No notable driver assists are standard except for automatic halogen headlights, a teen-driver feature, and a backup camera with hitch guidance. The LT adds cruise control, a compass, power-operated windows, remote keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio control. However, most comforts come in around the LTZ trim, which boats dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats with heating and a memory function for the driver, along with a heated steering wheel. The top-tier High Country gets a larger eight-inch driver-info display and upgrades the standard driver-assistance features with bed-view and surround-view cameras, front and rear parking assist, lane change alert with blind-spot assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The base infotainment setup is rather decent for an entry-level work truck and comprises a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an audio system with two speakers in the Regular Cab and six in the four-door cabs. The LT gets exactly the same specs, but with an eight-inch touchscreen. SiriusXM, and Wi-Fi capability. The LTZ receives an improved HD eight-inch touchscreen and also gains cloud-connected personalization for vehicle settings, Bluetooth streaming capabilities for two active devices, voice recognition, wireless phone mirroring, and in-vehicle-apps capability. A similar HD eight-inch touchscreen in the High Country also adds navigation, expanded memory, a wireless charging pad, and enhanced voice recognition. The ultimate trim also boasts a seven-speaker premium Bose sound system.
The standard 6"8' bed has a volume of 69.5 cu-ft and the long 8"2' bed has a volume of 83.5 cu-ft. Depending on the trim, payload capacities vary from 4,013 to 7,442 lbs.
Regular Cab models have a front three-seater bench. WT, LT, and LTZ Double Cab and Crew Cab models have two three-seater benches, for a total capacity of six people. The High Country Crew Cab replaces the front bench with two bucket seats, reducing capacity to five seats.