2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD: A Trim Comparison
Some jobs can only be completed by the strongest there is—enter the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD. This truck is one of the most powerful vehicles on the market. But it’s also been praised as a gentle giant with a smooth ride, quick steering, and a quiet cabin.
Cab and Engine Options
For the 2019 model, the Chevy Silverado 3500HD only has crew cab configurations, at least as of winter 2018. Additional configurations may be available in the future as production ramps up and continues through the 2019 calendar year. We will update this article with new information as it becomes, but as of now, cab/box configurations consist of the crew cab paired with a standard box and single rear wheel, a long box with a single rear wheel, or a long box with a double rear wheel. Some trims may not be available on all cabs.
Chevrolet offers a wide variety of other choices, as well. You can choose one of two main engines—a 6.0-liter Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine and a Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo Diesel V8 engine. The first produces 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque, while the second gets 397 hp and 765 lb.-ft of torque. You can also choose between two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive.
Technically, there is a third engine choice, though it’s a V8 that uses compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (aka propane or butane) for fuel. As these vehicles are generally bought by specific niche drivers, we will focus our review on the Silverado 3500HD models that have more traditional mass appeal.
The 2019 Silverado 3500HD WT is the least expensive option and starts at $41,595 for the two-wheel-drive crew cab with standard box and single rear wheel. Drivers also have a dual rear wheel option on the WT trim for $42,295. It comes standard with the 6.0-liter gas engine, two-wheel drive, and a 4.10 axle ratio. With these specs, the WT has a maximum GCWR of 10,400 pounds and a conventional trailer weight of 14,500 lbs.
The Silverado is designed to work in the toughest conditions, so Chevrolet gave it quality warranties to stand behind their work. All Silverado 3500HD models come with a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty of three years or 36,000 miles, a corrosion warranty for the same time frame and a rust-through warranty for six years or 100,000 miles, a limited powertrain/drivetrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles, RemoteLink Key Fob service, and roadside assistance with courtesy transportation for five years or 60,000 miles.
The WT is designed to provide power on a budget, so it doesn’t come with many extra features. The exterior includes solar-absorbing glass to keep the cabin comfortable and a tire carrier lock to keep your spare secure. The interior has a six-gauge cluster and a four-speaker audio system. The infotainment system includes a 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen with AM/FM radio, USB ports, and an auxiliary jack. For safety, the WT includes the StabiliTrak stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control. It also has a standard rear-vision camera.
The Silverado 3500HD LT starts at $46,695 for a 2WD crew cab with standard box and single rear wheel. Mechanically, the LT is very similar to the WT, featuring the same engine, axle ratio, and size. Several of the changes in the LT are cosmetic, although there a few additions make this trim more convenient, including the addition of the EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate, an upgraded 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen display as part of the infotainment system, and body-color door handles and body moldings. Like the WT, the LT has a conventional trailer weight of 14,300 pounds. The dually option is $47,995.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD LTZ has an MSRP of $51,795 and includes a few cosmetic changes to the truck’s exterior. Chrome accents are found on the door handles, mirror caps, camper mirrors, and along the bodyside molding. The interior adds a 110-volt AC power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated driver and front passenger seating. One of the biggest upgrades is the addition of a remote vehicle starter system. The dual rear wheel configuration will set buyers back about $52,695.
The High Country is the most luxurious Silverado 3500HD you can get. It has everything the LTZ does but includes some strong features that are missing from the other trims. The Driver Alert Package is one of the most coveted upgrades because it provides safety features that may be necessary for those who are new to driving such a powerhouse. This package includes forward collision alerts, lane departure warnings, safety alert seat, and front and rear park assist. Being the High Country, this trim will feature unique body-color front and rear bumpers. Unique high country grille and interior designs, as well as 18-in chromed-aluminum wheels, are also included.
If all this sounds great, you can get the High Country for $57,295. Truck enthusiasts can also choose the dual rear wheel option for $58,295, though this shrinks the wheels by an inch to a 17-in polished forged-aluminum style.
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