Trucks are like any other product made for consumers. Depending on what you might be using it for, there are several models and variations available. While some have been outfitted for sportiness and comfort, there are those who need a workhorse. The ability to get any job, no matter its size, finished on time is of concern to many. As one of America’s prominent manufacturers, Chevrolet is a brand that’s always been there for farmers and tradesmen and has continuously manufactured vehicles with hard workers in mind. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is just such a vehicle. Made of the same steadfast determination that many possess, Chevrolet once again puts the “heavy” in “heavy-duty.”
A Big Block for Big Ambition
We’ll cut right to the point—a full-size truck needs a full-sized motor. Nothing else but a Chevy big block can handle the jobs you have in mind. The Silverado 3500 comes standard with a 6.6L V8, capable of generating over 400 HP and over 460 lb-ft of torque. As the flagship motor for GM, this big block is found in several of the models that comprise their current fleet. Ever since its 2020 debut, it’s gone on to make new levels of performance available to the public.
However, there are those who aren’t content with what’s standard. For the jobs that are larger than life and tougher than the average workday, Chevy has something just for them. First entering production back in 2001, the Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel is top tier engineering, and the concept of the diesel engine reborn for a new generation. Aside from the mind-blowing capabilities of 445 HP and over 900 lb-ft of torque, the Duramax has an unprecedented life span of up to 350,000 miles. This is diesel that goes the distance.
A 10-speed Allison automatic transmission will make the Duramax perform to its maximum potential. The Silverado’s tow/haul mode enables capable shifting when carrying the heaviest of loads. An advanced braking system adds automatic downshifting to slow down much more smoothly than ever, ensuring that your load and your safety won’t be compromised in any way. There is even a factory power take-off to help you on the job.
Payload and Towing Capabilities
Chances are, if you’re investing in a Silverado 3500 HD, you’ve got some big jobs ahead of you. You’ll be happy to know that no matter how big your workload may be, you’ve invested in a vehicle that will accomplish any job you have. With a trailering capacity of 36,000 lbs and a maximum payload of almost 7,442 lbs, the heavy loads won’t seem so heavy, and the most difficult jobs just got a whole lot easier.
One of the major concerns with hauling a trailer, or towing anything for that matter, is the arrival of your equipment to its destination safe and sound. While a driver with experience can handle this situation with little to no effort, it might be a concern for the novice. Luckily, Chevrolet has your best interest in mind when it comes to the 3500’s towing features. An available auxiliary trailer camera gives you an extra set of eyes on your payload. For added security, you also have the option of a camera inside the trailer, just in case your cargo is fragile and needs to arrive in one piece. Chevrolet’s trailering package comes standard, which comes with a hitch and an electrical harness to properly attach lights and hazard flashers to your trailer.
With great power comes great responsibility. While a powerful engine and substantial towing capabilities are a no-brainer when it comes to the 3500’s attributes, Chevrolet also includes a wide variety of standard safety features. There are no two ways about it; the Silverado is a large truck, and making sure that you, your passengers, and those you share the road with, all have a right to be safe.
- StabiliTrak – There’s a good chance that both your jobs and adventures will take you off the beaten path from time to time. Life is unpredictable, and the road ahead isn’t always smooth and well-maintained. GM’s Stabilitrak helps you maintain control of your vehicle.
- Teen Driver – Teaching safe and effective driving is always important when it comes to the next generation of vehicle owners. GM’s Teen Driver program allows you to monitor your teenager’s driving habits so you can reinforce the rules you’ve set down.
- Lane Change & Side Blind Zone Alert – Lane change and blind zone alert are very beneficial, especially when towing a large gooseneck or 5th wheel rig. Because the Silverado is such a large vehicle and towing anything requires due diligence, these features will let you know if there is anyone in your blind spot when you’re changing lanes and can be an effective measure for avoiding accidents.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System – While you’re on a long commute, pulling over to check tire pressure might not always be possible. Chevrolet’s monitoring system keeps an eye on it while you’re driving. Tire fill alert will let you know when it’s the best time to stop.
- OnStar & Chevrolet Connected Services – This is one big brother that you’ll be glad is watching. OnStar and Chevrolet’s roadside assistance program are the eyes that will be there should anything occur on the road.
Warranty & Coverage
There’s a very special feeling that comes from being watched over. When you buy a Silverado 3500 HD, Chevrolet stops looking at you as a consumer and sees you as part of the family. Your new purchase is an investment, and one which will be covered by some of the best warranties in the industry.
- Special Extended Powertrain Coverage – If you opt to go for diesel power, you’ll be eligible for Chevrolet’s extended powertrain package. While the standard powertrain warranty for new Chevy vehicles covers a period of 5 years or 60,000 miles, your coverage is extended to 5 years or 100,000 miles.
- Bumper-To-Bumper Limited Warranty – Just like any new Chevy, your Silverado is covered for a period of 3 years or 36,000 miles.
- Extended Limited Warranty – For some drivers, having protection is one of the most important fundamentals of vehicle ownership. Since 2018, GM has offered customers the opportunity for an extended limited warranty. You’ll still be covered for all the same items and occurrences, but the coverage lasts for a period of 5 years and 36,000 miles.
- Roadside Assistance – Chevrolet offers its customers 24/7 roadside assistance for the first 5 years or 60,000 miles. This also covers towing cost and tire repair, should the situation warrant it.
The Final Verdict
The Silverado 3500 HD encapsulates the work ethic that built the roads we travel on yet has enough features and coverage to keep you safe while you’re driving on it. Although it’s a phrase that sometimes gets overused in the automotive industry, the 3500 HD is the total package. The combination of power and towing capability is accented by a variety of safety features that come standard with any purchase. Two of the industry’s best motors and coverage that goes the distance are proof positive that Chevrolet continues to be the vehicle Americans trust most.