2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD

2020 MODEL
$38,395 - $46,795
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2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 28, 2020
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One of the biggest sellers in its segment, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Heavy-Duty Regular Cab has been the to ' choice for People who want a Truck that exceeds the abilities of a Half-Ton Truck. The 2020 Silverado sports 2 engine options namely a Duramax Turbo Diesel 6.6L V8 and a Gasoline powered Vortec 6.0L V8. The Diesel offers a Massive 910lbs-ft of torque and can be easily used to haul loads at a Construction Site or other loads.

The last in the heavy-duty lineup by Chevy, 3500HD is specially built for lifting and hauling. 3500HD is curated for working-class people drenched in construction and with its towing capacity and a torque filled engine provides it with every single necessity its consumer's desire.

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Pros

Best in Class Power Figures

Great Infotainment System

Solid Built with enhanced Structural Safety

Good Fuel Economy

Cons

Lower Towing Capacity than Rivals

Ambivalent Exterior Looks

Odd Steering Position

What's New?

There are no major changes for 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 HD


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36800

bodystyle

2dr Regular cab

passenger capacity

6

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

464 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

68.1/75.0

dimensions

wheelbase

162.5 in.

length

256.5 in.

width

96.6 in.

height

80.2 in.

curb weight

7259 lbs.

ground clearance

10.4 in.

capacity

towing capacity

16390 lbs.

payload capacity

6703 lbs.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

8.2

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Base

Base

power
401 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$38,395 - $42,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Regular Cab LB (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $38,395 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD four wheel drive 6
2dr Regular Cab LB DRW (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $39,595 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD rear wheel drive 3
2dr Regular Cab LB 4WD (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $41,195 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD four wheel drive 3
2dr Regular Cab LB 4WD DRW (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $42,395 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD four wheel drive 3

 2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD SLE

SLE

power
401 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$42,795 - $46,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $42,795 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD rear wheel drive 3
SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB DRW (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $43,995 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD rear wheel drive 3
SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB 4WD (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $45,595 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD four wheel drive 3
SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB 4WD DRW (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $46,795 MSRP TBD 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD four wheel drive 3

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD has 3 big engines. First, you have a 6.0L Vortec Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine that generates 360 horses and 380-pound feet of torque @ 4200 rpm. Then you have the same 6.0L V8 mentioned above but it is CNG/LPG capable engine.

A diesel engine is available and it's a gigantic 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 developing 445 horses and massive 910-pound feet of torque. The 6.0L V8 SFI engine is available with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Duramax diesel gets Allison 6-speed automatic transmission.

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab Front View
2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 
 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.2/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Features

9.0/10

The Big Chevy 3500HD Silverado packs a punch when it comes to the features it gets as standard. You get Features like Manual Tilt Steering Column, Heated Steering Wheel, Power Door Locks as standard on all variants. The Trim wise summarization of features has been listed below

Trim Chevrolet Silverado WT Regular Cab Chevrolet Silverado LT Regular Cab
MSRP $36,995(2WD) $40,995(2WD)
  $39,995(4WD) $44,095(4WD)
Key Features 14,600lbs Towing Capacity All features of WT Trim and adds these
  Front and Rear Chrome Bumpers 8” Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment System
  Cruise Control Remote Keyless Entry
  Solar Absorbing Glass Deep Tint Glass
  Halogen Projector Beam Headlamps EZ lift and Lower Tailgate
  Rear Vision Camera Inside Auto-Dimming Mirror
  6 Speaker Audio System with 7” MyLink Infotainment System Steering Mounted Audio Controls

We Recommend

We would recommend the LT trim of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab on sale as it has some convenience friendly features like Remote Keyless Entry, Auto-Dimming Mirror, Steering Mounted Controls and others which add to the overall driving experience and comfort in the cab.

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Engine and Performance

The 3500HD in the Silverado range of Trucks usually symbolizes High Towing and Hauling capabilities. The 2020 version on sale is no different. Towing Capacity is a massive 23,300lbs from the Duramax Turbo V8 motor which makes it one of the best in class.

The 6.6L V8 Turbo Duramax Diesel motor uses cast Iron cylinder block which helps it deal with heat much better than its aluminum built counterparts. It produces a massive 445HP and a massive 910lbs-ft of Torque which even though it isn’t segment-leading but is very much close to those levels.

Models

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD WT regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman regular cab

MSRP

$36,995

$35,900

$34,155

$33,645

Engine

6.6L V8

6.6L V8

6.7L V8

6.7L I6

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

445hp @ 2800rpm

445hp @ 2800rpm

450hp @ 2800rpm

385hp @ 2800rpm

Torque

910lbs-ft @ 1600rpm

910lbs-ft @ 1600rpm

935lbs-ft @ 1800rpm

930lbs-ft @ 1700rpm

The engineers at Chevrolet chose Allison, the brand which makes transmissions for military tanks to make the transmission for the Silverado 3500HD diesel to handle the gigantic torque generated by the diesel motor. This transmission has been extensively tried and tested over time and is a potent transmission.

Acceleration

The 6.6L V8 Motor is no Slouch when it comes to performance. The tried and tested Motor is the fastest to 60 MPH and to the Quarter Mile as well. This is even astounding considering the fact that this engine has not seen much changes from its previous iteration and still uses a cast-iron block.

Which is better to mitigate heat and aid in the heavy-duty operation of the motor without offering much strain to the other components.

Models

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD Regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL Regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman regular cab

0-60 MPH

NA

NA

NA

NA

Quarter mile

NA

NA

NA

NA

Engine

6.6L V8

6.6L V8

6.7L V8

6.7L I6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

7145

7145

6710

NA

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

The Silverado 3500HD was the best driving Heavy Duty truck in its class and the 2020 version continues to be the same. No Pickup Truck in this segment can claim to glide over potholes or sail effortlessly through smooth surfaces and the Chevy is no different either. The Silverado, however, manages to provide a more compliant ride over smooth surfaces with great stability at high speed.

It’s over Potholes, undulations and rough surfaces where the Chevy struggles a bit but is still ahead of the competition in overall comfort. The cabin is well insulated from the outside and very less road and tire noise manage to creep inside the cabin. The Electrically Assisted Power Steering is Light at low speeds and weighs up well at high speeds hence offering good high-speed stability.

Braking

The 2020 Silverado on sale in the US comes with some good equipment on offer. While no official figures are available to us as of now on the 60-0 distances we expect them to be on par with the rest of the segment rivals of the Chevy.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman regular cab

Brake Front (in.)

13.8

13.8

14.3

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

14.7

14.1

14.3

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

7145

7145

6710

NA

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

NA

NA

NA

The Corrosion-resistant Duralife Brake Rotors have Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC) technology in them to help resist rust and increase rotor life. These translate to good real-world braking performance and better heat dissipation during hard braking.

Towing Capacity

The Silverado offers one of the best towing capacities in the segment. Its potent 6.6L turbo diesel motor ensures hauling heavy loads over long distances is effortless and easy. There is very little drop in power and the refined motor makes pulling the vehicle through distances a relatively easy task.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman regular cab

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

14,500

14,500

15,000

13,984

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The EPA doesn’t actually give out ratings for the MPG figures of trucks like the Silverado. To say the least, though, these trucks aren’t for the people who are most concerned with MPG figures or mileage figures.

Our research, however, from various sources and user reviews suggests a 12 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the Highway Mileage Figures for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD irrespective of the engine chosen which is decent for a truck of this size.

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Interior

8.0/10

The Chevy Silverado Regular Cab has a captain Seat arrangement on the front or a bench set up for seating 2/3 people respectively. Seating is very comfortable across all trims of the truck. The overall interior finishing of the truck is good and does add to the overall premium feel of the truck.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman regular cab

Passenger capacity

3

3

3

3

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

42.8/66.0/45.3

42.8/66.0/45.3

40.8/66.7/43.9

39.9/66.0/41.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

-

The seats are well-padded and offer great comfort during long trips. You also get driver and passenger assist handles on the A-Pillars for added support while doing high speeds or tackling bumpy roads.

Infotainment System

The infotainment system inside the 2020  Chevy Silverado regular cab feels like the ones present in Chevrolet’s other sedans. The base Trim WT gets the 7” MyLink infotainment System from Chevrolet replacing the 4.5” system from last year. The LT gets an 8” system and offers connectivity to the phone via Bluetooth or via USB. Some of the other features include

  • 3.5” Monochromatic Driver’s Info Display (4.2” on LT)
  • OnStar Guidance Plan
  • Sirius XM Radio with 3 Months subscription
  • 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity
  • Single Slot CD/MP3 player

Cargo Volume

The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD regular cab has one of its strong points in the cargo space area. There is space for keeping suitcases ad trolley bags and some small bags in the cargo area. Space itself is lower than the Ford F-350 but is bigger than other rivals.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman regular cab

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

N/A

N/A

78.5

N/A

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2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Exterior

8.0/10

In the first look itself, don’t get intimidated by the Big Silverado. The Silverado HD 3500 is a huge truck from all angles and the big grill adds to the stance. The Silverado is one of the longest in its class and is among the widest in class. This gives it good space in Cargo Area and the rear deck.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck Regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD Regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL Regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman Regular cab

Maximum Payload(lbs)

4390

4390

3930

4080

Length(in)

224.4

224.4

231.8

230.4

Width(in)

80.1

80.1

80.0

78.9

Height(in)

77.8

77.8

77.8

78.5

Ground Clearance (in)

8.4

8.4

8.5

8.6

Wheelbase (in)

133.6

133.6

141.6

140.5

Track width (in) F/R

68.8/75

N/A

N/A

N /A

The Payload capacity is also among the best in Class while the weight is among the lowest hence translating to good performance figures.

Exterior Features

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500 Regular Cab has a dominating stature when it comes to looks. The Square Lines flared fenders and the massive split opening grill gives the Silverado a ‘Macho’ stance. There are some distinct features that can be associated with Chevy Trucks like the Big Bowtie Grill in the Front, Big headlamps and others. Some of the other features include

  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Cargo Box Tie Downs
  • Outside Mirrors with lower Convex spotter glass
  • Auxiliary Cargo Lamp for backing up
  • Remote Locking Tailgate
  • Remote Keyless Entry

Payload Capacity

The Payload Capacity of the Chevrolet Silverado is one of the best in the segment. This makes the Silverado, a great tool for carrying heavy construction equipment or other power heavy equipment like Generators or Wood Blocks or other heavy equipment.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Work Truck regular cab

GMC Sierra 3500 HD Regular cab

Ford F-350 SuperDuty XL Regular cab

RAM 3500 Tradesman Regular cab

Payload Capacity(lbs)

4390

4390

4430

4080

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2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Safety

7.0/10

Safety Features :

  • StabiliTrak stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control which includes electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Daytime Running Lamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Air bags Crew Cab: single-stage frontal and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions.
  • Rear Vision Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Teen Driver mode
  • Disc Brakes on all 4 Wheels with ABS on all 4 of them
  • Digital Steering Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Alert that gives audible warning when the Tire is about to be fully filled
  • Lane Departure Warning

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Competition

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Regular Cab vs. GMC Sierra 3500HD

One of the main rivals to the Silverado comes in the form of its sibling. The GMC Sierra is the Sister Truck from GM and there are not a lot of differences when it comes to comparing both the Trucks. Both the Trucks have the same dimensions in both the Interiors and the Exteriors.

They both share the same Powertrain and Platform and have similar warranties under their belt. The only way we can differentiate these trucks is in the way they look. The Chevy has a more intimidating and muscular look but the GMC is a bit toned down (dare we say this). So it’s up to you to decide if you want the muscular flamboyance of the Chevy or the relatively “Subdued” looks of the GMC.

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Regular Cab vs. RAM 3500 Tradesman Regular Cab

RAM has done well in recent years to up its game and gives a great competition to its rivals. The RAM 3500 is a good example of the same. Priced around $3,000 less than the Chevy, the RAM offers a lot for the price. For the utility point of view though, there are areas where the Chevy Silverado outruns the RAM Tradesman.

The Chevy offers bigger Payload Capacity, has better performance figures, bigger dimensions, and a better infotainment system as well. So for us, it’s the Chevy that we will be betting on.

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Regular Cab vs. Ford F-350 Regular Cab

The Ford “F” series of Trucks have been known to be a worldwide bestseller for their great looks, good build quality, and usability. In 2020 though, GM has taken the game up with its Silverado series of trucks. The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD has a big Payload Capacity, more interior space for the passengers and a better performing engine.

We feel that the $2,000 price difference between the Ford and the Chevy is worth paying for as the Chevy is a better package in terms of Utility and Built that it offers.

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Final Verdict

8.2/10

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Regular Cab is one of the Best Selling Pickup trucks in the segment and there are reasons for the same. The Truck has good build quality, super intuitive Music System which is very easy to use, Super Quiet Cabin and great Towing and Hauling Facilities.

If you are in the market and want a Great Truck that can “Do it All” for, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Regular Cab is one Truck that deserves your Strong Attention.