2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 MODEL
$35,695 - $42,395
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7.9

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 18, 2020
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Charan Narain Khandelwal

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The Silverado has been a recognisable name in America for decades. While the 1500 has always been a crowd favorite, when someone needs to get tough tasks done, they turn to its elder brother, the Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty.

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Pros

Spacious interiors

Superb towing capacity

Class leading cargo bed storage

Advanced trailering system

Cons

Interiors are dated

Options get pricey

What's New?

Completely Redesigned for 2020

New 6.6L V8 engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35695

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

400 cu.in.

horsepower

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

464 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic heavy-duty

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14/14

dimensions

wheelbase

141.6 in.

length

68.3 in.

width

81.8 in.

height

79.9 in.

curb weight

5741 lbs.

ground clearance

10.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

76.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

18510 lbs.

payload capacity

3534 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/23/19 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Exterior video

Styles

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD in Black color 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD in Cajun Red Tintcoat color 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color
Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.6

Safety

8.9

Competition

8.2

Final Verdict

8.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Work Truck

Work Truck

power
401 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
mpg
19 combined

$35,695 - $38,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $35,695 MSRP (17/19/23) 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
6-speed automatic heavy-duty rear wheel drive 3
Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB 4WD (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $38,495 MSRP (17/19/23) 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
6-speed automatic heavy-duty four wheel drive 3

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT

LT

power
401 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
mpg
19 combined

$39,595 - $42,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $39,595 MSRP (17/19/23) 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
6-speed automatic heavy-duty rear wheel drive 3
LT 2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB 4WD (6.6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $42,395 MSRP (17/19/23) 401 hp @ 5200 rpm, 6.6 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
6-speed automatic heavy-duty four wheel drive 3

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


Although the last generation of the Silverado was a very capable car, it lacked refinement and fell slightly behind the competition in capability. The solution is the all new 2020 Chevrolet SIlverado 2500. It has a fully upgraded exterior, revamped interiors and a new engine, which pushed out more power and has better towing capacity.

However, even though the Silverado has improved a lot since last year, we will have to see how it fairs againsts its main competitors, the Ford F-250 Super Duty and the GMC Sierra 2500 HD.


6.5/10
Features

 

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

7.6/10
Exterior

 

8.9/10
Safety

 

8.2/10
Competition

 

8.5/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Features

6.5/10

While the trim tree of trucks can be very complicated, the Silverado 2500 HD offers its Regular Cab in only two trims. These trims are the WT or Work Truck and the LT. The WT is the least expensive Silverado 2500 HD on offer across all its trim levels. The difference between the two is only of features. Here are some of its features.

Trims

WT

LT

MSRP (RWD)

$35,695 $39,595

MSRP (4WD)

$38,495 $42,395

Key Features

StabiliTrak

Adds/Upgrades to WT

 

Daytime running lights

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable

 

Halogen headlamps

Deep tinted glass

 

3.5" diagonal monochromatic Driver Information Screen

Tailgate with EZ lift and lower assist

 

All season tires with 17 inch steel painted silver wheels

4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center

   

All season tires with 17 inch machined aluminium wheels

Which trim do we recommend?

Among the two, the LT trim seems like a better option to us. It has some upgraded features and amenities which we think are worth the price premium.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Engine and Performance

9.9/10

A massive vehicle needs an equally massive engine. Powering this hefty vehicle is a 6.6L V8 engine. This gigantic engine makes 401 horsepower and 464 pound feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission. The combination of the two works well for the Silverado here. The engine has both more power and more torque than last year making the Silverado a little quicker.

Models

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

MSRP

$35,695

$33,705

$35,600

Engine

6.6L Regular V8

6.2L Flex-fuel V8

6.6L Regular V8

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic

Power

401hp@5,200rpm 385hp@5,750rpm 401hp@5,200rpm

Torque

464lb-ft@4,000rpm 430lb-ft@3,800rpm 464lb-ft@4,000rpm

Comparing the SIlverado to the Sierra is almost a must. Both are essentially the same vehicle. There are some very minute differences between the two, however, as far as the engine and its performance is concerned, it is the same. Having the same engine, they both make 401 horsepower and 464 lb ft of torque, which makes them the class leaders. The Ford F-250 makes less power from a smaller engine. However, it does cost a little less.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty 2500 Regular Cab 0-60

Despite the humongous body the Silverado 2500 HD has, it manages breathtaking acceleration. For a truck weighing 5700 pounds, it takes only 6.1 seconds to reach 60 mph from 0. The 6 speed transmission puts power to the wheels quite well. Sudden accelerations are met with a quick drop of gears, thrusting this beast forward.

Models

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

0-60 MPH

6.1 Sec

8 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

NA

NA

NA

Top Speed N/A N/A N/A

Engine

6.6L Regular V8

6.2L Flex-fuel V8

6.6L Regular V8

The Ford F-250 is the lightest car in the bunch here, but still puts forward unimpressive acceleration. A 0-60 of 8 seconds is quite troubling, especially when the heavier trucks of the class manage to be much quicker. The heaviest here is the GMC Sierra 2500 HD, which still manages a time of 6.5 seconds. The Silverado is the quickest here.

How does the new Chevrolet Silverado 2500 handle?

Being the heft vehicle the Silverado is, it is expected to be much heavier it actually is. The stiff front suspension and sturdy body helps iron out imperfections on the road. The rear leaf suspensions do their job well, but while they remain stable with payload, they react violently to bumps when unladen. This is a problem carried forward from its smaller sibling. Body roll is present, which is expected in a truck this size. However, what is unexpected is the degree at which it leans. The suspensions do their job well.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab 60-0?

When a truck this size has a capability of such stupendous acceleration, it needs good braking power. Thankfully, the Silverado delivers. Both the front and back 14 inch disk brakes are ventilated. Along with that, it stops from 60 mph in just 134 feet in case of a panic stop.

The brakes work great, despite a very obvious flaw. The brake pedal has a substantial amount of dead travel. Nearly a quarter of the pedal delivered no braking at all. However, when the brakes do deploy, they provide a confident feel. The soft pedal makes it easier to push it all the way. Seeing adjustable pedals here would have been nice.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Brake Rotors Front

14"

14.3"

13"

Brake Rotors Rear

14.1"

14.3"

13.6"

Curb Weight

5741 lbs

5683 lbs

6106 lbs

60-0 MPH

134 ft

166 ft

N/A

The Ford F-250 continues to fall behind the class, with a panic stopping distance of 166 feet. Despite being the lightest in the class, it got one upped by the Silverado, which is heavier. The performance of the Sierra is not known at the moment.

How much can the 2020 Chevy SIlverado 2500 haul?

The all new Silverado boasts more power and capability than the outgoing model. Its towing capacity is astonishing, one it maintains while travelling uphill. In tests, the Silverado easily healed around 12000 pounds at high altitudes.

Models

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Towing Capacity

14500 lbs

15000 lbs

14500 lbs

Payload Capacity

3534 lbs

4170 lbs

3857 lbs

While the SIlverado’s towing capacity is very impressive, the F-250 has it beat. With 15000 pounds towing limit, the F-250 takes the podium here. Payload capacity shows the same pattern. Here, the Silverado and the Sierra don’t reflect the same numbers, with the Sierra having a slightly more payload capacity.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The official numbers of the Silverado 2500 HD’s fuel economy are not out yet. The engine being used here is new for this model year, so speculation is out of the picture. We do know it has a 36 gallon fuel tank.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

MPG (City)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Capacity

36 gallons

34 gallons

36 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

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

NA

NA

NA

Like the Silverado, the F-250 and the SIerra 2500 also don't have official ratings. One would assume that having a smaller fuel tank, the F-250 will have less range. However, if we take its smaller sibling as an example, it is possible the F-250 can have more, or at least competitive range thanks to better fuel economy.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Interior

7.5/10

The interiors of the new 2020 Chevy Silverado have been completely revamped. This follows the redesign of the Silverado 1500, 2500’s younger sibling, which was introduced last year, in 2019. The interiors are very well made. They use good quality materials. However, they do seem somewhat dated for 2020. The layout is somewhat generic as it is common across the competition.

Starting from the driving position, it is quite elevated. This is to be expected from such a massive truck. The driver sits high in his seat, giving him a good view of the road. The view out back is also clear, making it easy to navigate on the road. However, in order to reverse or park the car, it becomes necessary to take assistance from the back up camera and parking sensors, especially in cramped spaces. The A pillars can block the a little, but that's common for a truck this big.
Since this is a Regular Cab, there is only one row of seating available. The 40/20/40 split-bench seats can accommodate 3 people and are made of vinyl. The seats themselves are slightly stiff, but occupants will remain comfortable on long trips.
The gauge cluster is quite standard, however it does offer up to 4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center screen which includes driver personalization options and displays error messages and vehicle information.

The cabin remains fairly quiet. Wind noise bothers more than tire noise here. The engine seems fairly calm in idle or low revs, however, push the Silverado and the sound of the glorious V8 engulfs the cabin.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

43.1/66/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

43.1/66/44.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Silverado and Sierra have the exact same interior room. However, the Sierra pulls up ahead as it has a better quality of interiors. The Ford F-250 falls behind when competing in cabin room space. Head room is the least here, which is due to a high ground clearance while almost having the same height as the rest.

What Infotainment features does the Silverado 2500 have?

Chevrolet offers the Silverado 2500 with the same system which came in the 1500. The Chevrolet Infotainment System 3 might not have a catchy name, but is quite intuitive to use. It provides a lot of features, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are now standard. The bluetooth connectivity is strong, allowing you to connect up to 2 devices at a time. Voice command lets you control your phone, which makes it easy to make calls or reply to messages while driving. The cabin is equipped with 2 speakers, which sound great, and are more than enough to encompass the interiors.

How much cargo space does the Silverado 2500 offer?

The cargo area is the main attraction in any truck. Chevrolet offers the Durabed with the Silverado 2500, a bed which is ready for any challenge or trial. Chevrolet claims the bed has more volume than any other competitor and also provides more utility. Getting into the cargo bay is easy enough. The is lightweight and can be lifted with one hand. There are integrated steps and grab handles into the rear bumper and body to make climbing easy. To increase productivity, the Silverado offers a total of 12 cargo hooks, 3 in each corner. Each hook is said to be able to withstand 500 pounds each. There is sufficient cargo lighting and 120 volt outlet makes any job easier.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Cargo Capacity

83.5 cu.ft.

78.5 cu.ft.

83.5 cu.ft.

Chevrolet claim for best in class cargo volume is somewhat true. It does have more cargo volume than the Ford F-250, but has the same cargo volume as the Sierra 2500.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Exterior

7.6/10

With the newly released 2020 model, the Silverado sports new exteriors as well. The boxy and rugged look reminiscent of a pickup truck is still present, however everything else has changed. The 2500 follows the same design language from the 1500 update last year, but looks bigger, badder and meaner in every aspect. The first thing one sees is Chevrolet’s name written on a giant beam which splits both the grille and the halogen headlights in two.

The scoop on the hood is functional and is used to cool the massive engine it houses. The front of the body integrates well with the rest of the body. It seems equally massive from the side, making the giant 17 inch wheels it offers look miniscule. Side steps are integrated into the body itself, used to climb into the truck as it stands very high. The rear now proudly displays Chevrolet’s name in giant fonts. The rear bumper also ingrates the steps on climbs on to access the cargo bay.

Overall, the design change is prominent and makes the Silverado one of the meanest looking trucks on the road.

Model

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Curb Weight

5741 lbs

5683 lbs

6106 lbs

Length

235.5"

231.8"

235.5"

Width

81.7"

80"

81.8"

Height

79.9"

77.9"

79.9"

Ground Clearance

10.2"

8.5"

10.2"

Wheelbase

141.5"

141.6"

141.5"

The outside styling of the Silverado is among the most aggressive in the class. The Ford’s outside styling is the most toned down. The Sierra is bulky and feels a little too much. The Sierra is also the heaviest in the class.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Safety

8.9/10

As the market flourishes, car manufacturers are integrating new safety features in their cars to make them more user friendly and make the buyers feel safer while driving them. While features like reversing cameras and parking sensors are common, the Silverado also has features specific to its use, like the Hitch Control, which allows the user to use cameras to help align anything being hauled while reversing or check up on it while driving. Some other features are as follows:

  • StabiliTrak - Electronic stability control
  • Teen Driver mode
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Traction control
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Engine immobilizer

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Competition

8.2/10

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab vs 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Regular Cab

On paper, the Silverado is the car anyone will prefer. It is quicker than the F-250, because of an engine which makes more power, it has better stopping power, has better cabin space and most importantly, more cargo bed space. Well, the Silverado may have more cargo space or may be faster, but the F-250 is ahead in one key factor, towing capacity. Although the difference in towing capacity isn't much, it is enough to push it forward in the public’s eyes. For our money though, we would choose the Silverado.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab vs 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

The Silverado and the Sierra are basically the same car. It is based on the same platform, has the same engine and mostly has the same performance numbers. The difference lies in their nature. While the Silverado focuses on getting the work done, the Sierra is generally seen as the more polished of the two. It has better interiors and a flashier exterior. The exterior however, just like a well done steak, isn't for everyone. The Sierra has consistently stayed behind the Silverado in sales. Let's see how they perform this year.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Final Verdict

8.5/10

The Silverado 2500 HD promises enormous power in a very attractive package. The powerful engine makes it capable of great towing prowess and makes it quite fast too. While the interior here is a little bit behind the curve, what the Silverado offers in its price point is the assurance of getting the work done at all costs. To us, the Silverado is an easy recommendation. Chevrolet really has hit the right mark with this one. Although, its competition is also gearing up to give it a tough fight, this just means that the Silverado will just offer us improvements in the future.