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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab Review: Expected Price, Performance, and Rivals

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist July 31, 2020 at 12:48 PM
The Chevrolet Silverado will be followed with the same engine options as the previous model year: a gasoline V8 and a diesel V8. The gasoline 6.6L V8 belts out 401 horsepower and a torque rating of 464 lb-ft. It is one of the most popular trucks in the US and let’s find out how the 2021 model is expected to perform.

The Silverado is the most American thing to come out of the Chevy's shelter. It is enormous, has a V8, immense pulling power, and comes with the option of a diesel. Completely redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Silverado gained a design overhaul, upgraded powertrains, stiffer chassis, redesigned interior, and higher tow ratings than the previous model year. 

Chevrolet serves the Silverado 3500 HD with two robust V8s that includes gasoline, and a tried and tested Duramax diesel. The latter enables the Silverado to tow up to 35,500 pounds! With statistics like this, the Silverado is up against some of its older rivals like GMC Sierra 3500 HD, Ford F350 Super Duty XL, and the RAM 3500.

What’s new with the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 Regular Cab?

After receiving a major overhaul in terms of powertrains, chassis, and tech in the 2020 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado will be unchanged for the 2021 model year. It will carry over the same exterior design. There are some tweaks expected in the rear-view camera of the Silverado for the 2021 model year, along with some software updates and improvements.

Expected price and release date of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab

As the regular cab is in consideration, there are only two trims: Work Truck and LT. The current generation Silverado 3500HD will set you back by $35,395 for the no-nonsense work truck. Upgrading to the LT will cost you $39,395. These prices do not include Chevrolet’s $1,595 destination charge. Equipping with the Four-Wheel Drive powertrain will set you back by $2,800. The standard list of features in this is limited but you can add many packages to it to increase comfort. 

The crux of the Silverado has always been to provide the maximum utility and reliability for a reasonable price. Sticking to this statement, we expect the 2021 model year to cost the same as the 2020 model year.

The word is out in the market is that the 2021 Silverado will be released in the Summer of 2020 if we consider the standard model rollover sequence. The 2021 Silverado will be the second model year in the current generation of Chevrolet pickup trucks.

What can we expect from the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Silverado in terms of engine options?

The Chevrolet Silverado will be followed with the same engine options as the previous model year: a gasoline V8 and a diesel V8. The gasoline 6.6L V8 belts out 401 horsepower and a torque rating of 464 lb-ft. The 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 belts out an impressive 445 horsepower and a mammoth 910 lb-ft of torque! The torque figures are like David and Goliath for the gas V8 and the Duramax V8, respectively. Rear-Wheel Drive is standard, but you can upgrade to Four-Wheel Drive for some extra dough. 

The gasoline V8 is married to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and the Duramax gets a new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. The 3500HD with the Duramax V8, with all of that 910 lb-ft, is suitable for a towing capacity of 35,500 pounds.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab (Expected)

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty SuperCab

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

MSRP

$33,853

$35,900

$34,155

$33,645

Engine

6.6-liter Duramax turbocharged diesel V8

6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8

6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8

6.7-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder Cummins diesel

Drivetrain

Rear-Wheel Drive/Four-Wheel Drive

Rear-Wheel Drive/Four-Wheel Drive

Rear-Wheel Drive/Four-Wheel Drive

Rear-Wheel Drive/Four-Wheel Drive

Transmission

6-speed automatic Allison 10-speed automatic transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power [hp @ RPM]

401 @ 5,200

445 @ 2800

445 @ 2800

450 @ 2800

385 @ 2800

Torque [lb-ft @ RPM]

464 @ 4,000

910 @ 1600

910 @ 1600

935 @ 1800

930 @ 1700

0-60 (seconds)

6.1

6.3

6.6

8.1

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.7

15.2

15.1

16.3

Every truck here is powered by a V8, except the Ford that employs an in-line 6. Every truck gets Rear-Wheel Drive as standard and can be updated to Four-Wheel Drive. The Chevrolet and the GMC are the ones with the most power and torque in the list, which automatically translates to an impressive towing capacity. 

For a truck with a curb weight of nearly 7,000 pounds, the Silverado makes a pretty impressive 0-60 sprint of 6.1 seconds and registers a top whack of 95 miles per hour. The standing quarter-mile stands at 14.7 seconds. All these figures are for the Duramax diesel V8, and we expect these to be similar to the gasoline V8 on board.

How will the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500HD handle?

The Silverado is a sizable truck, as they are supposed to. You sit up high, and you feel like you can conquer the world, you sit up so high and it is the case with some other pickups. You have a lot of visibility around you, which makes it easy to see what's happening around you. It is comparatively easy to maneuver around town, considering all the mass that you're carrying around. 

The steering is very light and provides a decent amount of feedback. The brakes aren't too jerky and deliver ample stopping power whenever you need it! The 6-speed gearbox is smooth while shifting gears but does not provide that instant torque as soon as you need it.

The Silverado 3500HD provides decent performance on-road and grips well. You won't be feeling as if you'll fall off the cliff with a truck this huge. But, if you start to push the Silverado, there is body roll due to the ladder frame chassis. This also means that the leaf spring suspension on the rear makes you feel all the bumps on the road because it's continuously shimming and shaking around.

The 2021 Silverado 3500HD will be very similar to the 2020 model year, although with a few changes to the suspension to make the ride less jerky. We also expect improvements to the overall driving experience by tweaking the suspension and the brake pedal feel.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD deliver?

The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD is a heavy-duty truck, and so, the EPA does not give any miles per gallon figure for vehicles like these. People buying these trucks aren’t bothered about how much the engine is chugging, but those of you who do care should not fret because according to various users, their mpg figures are nearly 19 miles to a gallon on the highway with the gasoline V8. This same V8 has posted an average of 15 miles per gallon in the city. 

The Duramax diesel will surely be more frugal than the gasoline counterpart. Chevrolet fits the Silverado 3500HD with a fuel tank of 36 gallons, ensuring that you get a good range whenever out on a drive.

How will the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD be from the inside?

On the inside, the Silverado has a traditional pickup truck design. The interior material used is vinyl but is softer and has a very plush feel to it. The leather-wrapped steering houses the control for voice calls and cruise control. To the steering column's right, you have your column shifter, which is a bit of a workout to operate.

The dashboard is basically like a wall. It's like a vertical slab. There are some bits of trim to make the interior a bit livelier like the metallic-looking plastic around the infotainment screen and some wood trim on the door. Everything is padded from the center armrest to the dashboard to the doors to make it feel premium. 

Some trim pieces are just hard plastic like the center console—the center console houses physical control buttons like the home button for the infotainment screen and radio controls. Beneath them, you get physical knobs for adjusting the climate control temperature and buttons for controlling the airflow. 

You also get heated seats in the higher trim for the driver and passenger, and the center console houses buttons for them too! Coming below the climate control controls, you get badges for hazard indicators, power tailgate, etc.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab (Expected)

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty SuperCab

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

1stRow (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

42.8/66.0/45.3

42.8/66.0/45.3

40.8/66.7/43.9

39.9/66.0/41.0

Bed Capacity (cubic feet)

83.5

83.5

78.5

57.5

The Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra offer more space inside the cabin and similar cargo capacities. The Silverado is a tad bit better due to the dashboard being as straight as a brick wall, providing adequate legroom to the 3rdperson seated inside. 

The Ford F-350 SuperDuty offers decent capacity in its bed and also inside the cabin. The RAM 3500 offers less space than all the other trucks here. 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD: Infotainment System and Connectivity

There is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system to keep you entertained. You also get a wi-fi hotspot on-board. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and help you connect your smartphone without any hassles. 

You also have settings for your trailer, which help you with all the essentials needed for when towing a trailer. There’s a control for your climate control as well as for the rear-view camera. You get Chevrolet’s OnStar facility on-board too.

The 7-inch touchscreen powered by Chevrolet’s latest Infotainment 3 software. The user interface is smooth and intuitive, and the icons are laid out in an easily navigate-able manner. This infotainment system equips Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for seamless smartphone integration. 

Audio duties are handled by a two-speaker set up in the regular cab. Other cab variants offer a 6-speaker setup but the sound quality remains impressive nonetheless. You also get physical shortcuts to get back to the home screen or return to a menu. You can also seek tracks using physical buttons on the dash. 

You also get two physical knobs, one of which powers the infotainment, and the other one helps in selecting anything on the system.

How will the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD look on the outside?

The big Silverado is absolutely massive and intimidating for sure. There is ‘CHEVROLET’ proudly embossed on the tailgate. From the side, it looks like a generic truck, though. The front is Camaro-ish with the thin headlights but with a face like that of a Silverado, you never want to be confronted by a person driving this truck. 

The big bow-tie grille up front adds to the bold look and also gives it a stance, of sorts. This truck is also one of the longest and the widest in its class which translates to more cargo space. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab (Expected)

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty SuperCab

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

Maximum Payload (lbs)

4390

4390

3930

4080

Length (inches)

224.4

224.4

231.8

230.4

Width (inches)

80.1

80.1

80.0

78.9

Height (inches)

77.8

77.8

77.8

78.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.4

8.4

8.5

8.6

Wheelbase (inches)

133.6

133.6

141.6

140.5

Again, the Silverado and the Sierra are similar physically too. The F-350 is longer and has a longer wheelbase, which means it can carry more than the others. The RAM possesses the highest ground clearance and is a good bet off-road, and also has more height translating to more headroom for the occupants.

What should you expect from the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab?

Chevrolet is one of the main American brands producing SUVs and utility trucks since the beginning of time. The Silverado 3500HD offers a very good overall package in terms of muscle and practicality. If you want a very powerful pickup truck with a no-nonsense interior and very strong powertrains on offer, the Silverado 3500HD is your best bet.

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