Around April last year some analysts and investors were speculating that General Motors was already losing its ground as a best seller for the full-size truck segment to Fiat Chrysler as Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand had outsold the Chevy Silverado, which is GM's main full-size pickup model, by 5% in the first quarter of 2019. A year later the worries proved to be downright silly since despite GM’s pricier full-size pickups it has retaken the top spot in the US market when it comes to pick up in the last quarter of 2019. This came about after the 27% year-over-year jump in Chevy Silverado deliveries. Over the years the Chevy Silverado has become a mainstay for the best-selling work trucks in America. So what is it about this work truck? And is it really worth the investment?
Focusing on the latest model, the 2020 All New Silverado HD let us take a closer look at what the hype is all about. The work truck comes in ready for work with two heavy-duty powertrain options, not only larger but also stronger and more functional Durabed, topped with new technologies for confident towing. The Silverado was built to take on the toughest jobs you can throw at it, evident on it being named as the Most Dependable Large Heavy-Duty Pick Up by JD Power, a car rating and consumer reviews site. Starting on its composition it is made of high-strength steel on all the right places. This heavy duty beauty delivers strength and maximizes efficiency from its frame to its cargo bed floor.
The Silverado HD also offers its toughest powertrain lineup ever with its all-new 6.6 V8 gas engine that comes in standard and the available Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8. The standard engine generates 401 hp and has a best-in-class standard torque of 464 lb. -ft with 6-speed automatic transmission. It also features direct injection and variable timing plus a cast iron engine block for durability.
The available engine, on the other hand, has a segment-exclusive air induction system and a variable geometry turbocharger that helps deliver durability and performance. It generates 445 hp and has 910 lb.ft of torque. It has Allison 10-speed transmission.
As Chevy steps up its game day in and day out they continue to improve their core components to get the work done faster and better by adding a heavy duty chassis to their superb engine lineup.
The Silverado HD has also been redesigned to have a longer wheelbase, larger cargo bed and a higher cab setting it apart from any other trucks. It also has INTEGRATED BEDSTEPS that no other competitor is offering to provide comfortable access to the front of the cargo bed. If that is not enough the Silverado HD also is complete with power up/down tailgate, LED Cargo lighting and Chevytec spray on bedliner.
Its chrome and bronze grille showcases the iconic Chevrolet bowtie emblem at the front and at the center. It has chrome assist steps and 20-inch polished aluminum for the single-rear-wheel models.
This Chevy work truck also offers an all newly designed driver exterior mirror view/trailering mirrors mounted with power adjustment for folding and extending capability. It has up to four types of lighting that includes perimeter lighting, puddle lamps and turn signal indicators. The truck also comes in as Snow Plow Ready with a removal skid plate. The front air dam does away the need to drill holes at the bumper for convenient installation of snow plows.
The work truck is perfect for a mobile office with Chevy’s newest technology that offers the perfect combination of functionality and comfort. The truck has an impressive steering wheel and driver information system and its head up display is available as a 15-inch multicolor screen which reflects navigation, speed and safety alerts available at the windshield so you are able to keep your eyes on the road.
The new Chevy Silverado also has an increased cabin space. The longer wheelbase and the higher cab position may look staggering at the outside but when you look at the inside it gives you and your passenger an impressive best in class front head room and also leg room. The 2020 Chevy All-New Silverado HD Truck has convenient two rows of seating in interior cabin
The truck also has the best infotainment system to help you stay entertained and connected to your jobsite on your travels. It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, up to six USB data ports, available wireless charging pad, available SiriusZM 360L system and streaming music apps. You may also explore other connected services. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system and myChevrolet Mobile App are also available to help you.
The all new work truck also comes with powerful safety tools to help validate your confidence on the road. The list includes front and rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert to help you prevent lane change accidents, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, safety alert seat and intellibeam headlamps. These safety tools come in standard adding up to the reasons why a Chevy work truck is worth the investment.
The work truck also offers new storage solutions with availability of segment-first rear in-seatback storage compartments that are perfect for small items to be stored. And for bigger storage needs the truck comes available with a large 24-liter storage compartment under its rear seat that can handle a toolbox you may want to secure safely and out of the way.
With this Chevy work truck you can find confidence for the long haul as it allows you to tow heavy loads with ease. The 2500 HD has a superb maximum towing capability of up to 18,510 lbs. And when it comes to 3500 HD gooseneck towing, the capability even increases by up to 52% to a stunning 35,500 lbs. From its long haul towing capacity alone you’ll already be getting the bang for your buck.
The Silverado has every boasting right with regards to its superb towing power, but towing isn’t power alone. Silverado HD also offers more trailering features that includes camera packages. Its camera could give you up to 15 unique views and that is more than any other competitors is offering. This camera improves your towing experience from beginning to end, and helps you even as you drive and park. They can help you ease your way as you hitch up heavy loads and provide you with confidence while you’re on the road, especially as you maneuver into tight spots as you’re ready to park, as it gives you the best visibility in every angle. The 15 unique camera views include four hitch views to provide you a better look at your surroundings for more precise alignment when you’re connecting your trailer. There are also six available driving camera views to help you keep an eye on your trailer and see objects and other vehicles around your truck. It even has the Transparent Trailer View which allows you to virtually see through a hitched box or trailer for an unobstructed view of the back of your truck. And lastly, it has five available parking views to help you maneuver into tight spaces as you park your big truck.
The New Technology of Trailering
The segment-first Advanced Trailering System of the Chevy Silverado HD also allows you to make customized trailer profiles as you monitor important information, from hitching to driving. These all can be done conveniently through the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system or wherever you are through your mobile device using the myChevrolet Mobile App. The available features include:exterior trailer lighting diagnostics, predeparture checklists, trailer maintenance reminders and trailer tire pressure/temperature monitoring.
If that is not enough Chevy has also provided precision tools for towing to help secure a more stable trailering such as the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System, Auto Grade Braking, Tow/Haul Mode and the available Digital Variable Steering Assist.
Chevy has made available every option that you may need when it comes to trailering. All you have to do is choose which available feature suits your needs.
Point of the Matter
The chevy work truck, particularly the Chevy Silverado with its long track record for reliability has justified why it remains to be a best selling work truck in America. As a whole it has ranked reasonably well for reliability. According to RepairPal, the Chevy Silverado ranks slightly above the average as a reliable truck. It ranks at a 3.5 out of 5, while the average reliable truck has ratings of 3.
According to MotorBiscuit, despite the 2014 Chevy Silverado having the highest volume of complaints across all model years, undergoing 19 recalls, pickup trucks like the Chevy Silverado have continued to last longer than ever.
Based on a study conducted by iSeeCars.com, an independent research firm that has studied over 13 million cars, certain Chevy trucks last for 200,000 miles or more. It also found that Chevy’s trucks fared a bit better than Ford trucks.
Getting a used Chevy truck is also a good investment as many pickups have very low depreciation rates, meaning you won’t have a problem selling the vehicle when you decide that it’s time to upgrade. GM reported its trucks only lose around 40% of its original value on the used market and with regular upkeep the average pickup truck can last for up to 10 years. And while a used Chevy Silverado may not have all the latest technology a new model has to offer, you can still bet that its performance hasn’t decreased.
OTHER CHEVY TRUCKS WORTH NOTHING
Other Chevy trucks have of course made it to several lists of the best trucks to buy in 2020. The list includes Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2020 Chevrolet Colorado.
Heavy-duty operators needing an equally heavy-duty full-size truck could never go wrong by picking a Chevrolet Silverado 2500. With its standard 6.0L V8, the truck can pull an estimated 14,500 lb for its 2017–2018 regular cab models with 2WD or 4×4 and when properly equipped.
Choosing the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V8 you can even have more towing capacity up to an estimated 18,100 lbs with the same model, when properly equipped.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, although expected to be one of the most costly full size trucks to own over a period of 5 years due to projected maintenance costs, has an MSRP that is slightly below the average for similarly equipped based models in the segment thus making it a good guy nonetheless.
U.S. News, a site that rates cars scored it high at 8.3/10 as it’s a very capable truck with available seating space in both front and back rows. Its ride quality is pleasing. Chevy has also made available a myriad of engines available with varying degrees of capability so consumers could easily find the truck suitable for them on the job.
Another Chevy work truck worth investing is the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado, a compact truck, with an estimated 5-Year Cost of Ownership at $28,164 as reported by the U.S. News. The Chevy Colorado has a base MSRP that’s below the average compared to other compact trucks in its class. Also taken into account is the wide range of prices and available trims. However, this model ranked low with an overall score of 7.1/10 by US News. That is because of a very poor projected reliability rating so maintenance cost is expected to be higher than other competing compact trucks. It also has inferior cabin materials and interior space compared to other competitors. On the good side however the Chevy Colorado is a comfortable ride with competitive engine options. It also has good towing credentials when properly equipped.