2018 SILVERADO 2500HD VS. 3500HD: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

If you are looking for a Heavy Duty work truck, the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD are both great options. Both trucks give you great engine power, and stellar towing capabilities. However, there are some key differences between these trucks. Let’s take a closer look at what both of these trucks offer you, so you can see which truck is going to fit best with your needs.

Below, we will look at the engine options and performance, the towing and hauling capabilities and the pricing and options for these trucks.

Engines and Performance

Both of these Heavy Duty trucks give you two engine options. You can get the Vortec 6.0-liter V8 that gives you 360-horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a six-speed automatic heavy-duty transmission. The other engine option is a diesel engine. This engine is the Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. This engine gives you a best-in-class horsepower of 445 and you get 910 pound-feet of torque. The diesel engine comes with a six-speed Allison automatic transmission.

Also, in 2017, GM revised the diesel powertrain. They made improvements to the induction system, internal components and transmission. These changes are carried over for the 2018 year, so that is something to keep in mind with the diesel engine.

Towing and Hauling Capabilities

The towing and hauling is where you are going to start to see some significant differences between these two trucks. The 2500HD can tow up to 14,800 pounds with the standard Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine. With the Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, it can tow up to 18,100 pounds. These are pretty good numbers, but if you are looking to tow and haul more than that, you will want to look into the 3500HD.

The Silverado 3500HD with tow up to 14,600 pounds with the standard Vortec engine, which is similar to the 2500HD. However, the 3500HD really shines with the diesel engine. With the Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8, the 3500HD can tow up to 23,300 pounds.

The maximum payload for these vehicles is also a little different from the 2500HD to the 3500HD. When you look at the 2500HD with the gas engine, you will have a maximum payload of 3,534 pounds. The diesel engine gives you a maximum payload of 3,204 pounds. On the 3500HD, you get a maximum payload of 4,390 pounds on the gas engine, and up to 5,518 pounds with the diesel engine.

There is a little bit of difference in those numbers for towing and hauling. Both give you great capability, but the 3500HD with the Turbo-Diesel engine will give you the best performance if you are looking to haul really big loads.

As far as actually doing the towing and hauling, both of these vehicles have technology features to help you get the job done easier. These Chevrolet Silverados give you Tow/Haul Mode that adjusts transmission shifts to reduce shift cycling when you are hauling a heavy load. These trucks also have StabiliTrac with Trailer Sway Control to make sure your load stays in line. You also get Hill Start Assist and Digital Steering Assist to make those drives a little easier.

Pricing and Options

Now, we have come down to price. Price is often a huge factor in choosing a vehicle. The buyer needs to establish which vehicles are in their budget. As with all vehicles, the price of your vehicle will depend on the trim level, the engine and the other features that you are looking to buy. We will take a look into some of these options for you below.

The 2018 Silverado 2500HD starts at a price of $33,960. The 2018 Silverado 3500HD starts at a price of $35,060, so at their most basic levels, these vehicles don’t have a huge difference in price. Let’s look a little closer at some of the other options and the prices for those.

With each of these trucks, one decision you have to make is whether you want a regular cab, double cab or crew cab. The regular is the cheapest with the crew cab being the most expensive, but the crew cab seats more people more comfortably. Then you have to decide which engine you want on your truck. The Vortec 6.0-liter comes standard, but you can upgrade to the Duramax Turbo-Diesel for slightly more money.

The next big decision affecting price would be the trim level. The 2500HD has 4 trim level options the WT, the LT, the LTZ and the High Country. The 3500HD has 8 trim options. It has each of the same trim levels as the 2500HD, but you can get each trim level with either a single rear wheel or a double rear wheel.

For your trim levels, the WT is going to be the cheapest trim level. However, the WT trim level still gives you a lot of great features standard like the Chevrolet MyLink system with a 7-inch color touch-screen. When you move up to the highest trim level, the High Country, you will get extra features like heated and vented custom leather-appointed seats and more.

If you are looking at the top end of the 2500HD meaning you have the Turbo-Diesel engine and the High Country trim level, you could spend up to $65,305. For the diesel engine and the High Country trim on the 3500HD you could spend around $69,065. That still isn’t a huge difference in price between these two trucks, so you can choose the engine, trim level and features that fit your needs and still have an affordable truck.

Deciding between the 2018 Silverado 2500HD and the 3500HD can be a tough choice. These trucks are both strong and capable enough to get your toughest jobs done. The 3500HD does give you a little more capability with towing and hauling loads, so in turn, it is a little more expensive. If you are looking to haul the heaviest of loads, the 3500HD is probably the truck for you, but if you just have moderately heavy loads, you could be very happy with the 2500HD.

The ultimate decision is up to you and your needs, but both of these trucks are great options to make your work easier, and to help you get the job done!