Choosing the Right Truck For Work – The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

February 28th, 2019 by

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD work truck

Choosing a truck for work initially seems similar to buying a car — pick a color, transmission, and style and off you go, right? In fact, because pickup trucks can be used for such a wide range of jobs, from hauling heavy tools and plywood to the worksite to transporting crew over rugged terrain, there’s a lot more to buying a work truck than meets the eye.

Whatever job you need your truck to do, a Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD for sale in Purcell, Oklahoma can be specced to do it. The challenge only lies in sorting through the various options on the market and choosing the vehicle that best suits what you need it to do. You want to find the best balance between performance, towing capacity, acquisition cost, and fuel economy.

What Should I Consider When Buying a Pickup Truck for Work?

  • How many miles will the truck be expected to do each year?
  • Will you need to use the truck off-road? How harsh could the conditions be?
  • Will the truck primarily be used in the stop-and-go traffic of the city, out on the highway, or in mountainous terrain?
  • How many people will the truck need to carry at a maximum?
  • What type of cargo will be carried, and how will it be secured?
  • How much cargo room will be needed (bed size)?
  • Will the truck need to hail a trailer? What is the total weight that will need to be towed?
  • How much will the truck need to carry on its bed? (payload)

½ Ton vs. ¾ Ton vs 1-Ton Trucks

Mid-size truck range from 4,300 to 6,000 pounds. Full-size trucks range from 6,000 pounds upwards, and this segment is further delineated into three classes — ½-ton, ¾-ton, and 1-ton pickups.

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a ½-ton truck. It is a great daily driver and is perfect if you will have minimal hauling needs. Due to its lighter weight, it gets better fuel economy, but it can’t handle the same payload or towing capacity as the other trucks discussed here.

The Chevy Silverado 2500HD is a ¾-ton truck. Fuel economy takes a dip, but the size of the fuel tank is increased, and the truck is equipped to handle larger workloads and rougher conditions, such as farm work or heavy towing.

The Chevy Silverado 3500HD is a 1-ton truck, similar to the 2500HD but with more robust suspension. It’s the main choice if you expect to carry consistently very heavy payloads.

Spotlight on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Many businesses decide that the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is the best option of the three. With a starting price of around $37,000 dollars, the 2500HD is longer than the 1500 and has slightly less ground clearance.

As standard, all trims of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD come with a 6.0-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. This offers 360 horsepower and 380 pounds per foot of torque. A bio-fuel option can be added to this engine, allowing it to run on gas or compressed natural gas.

An optional turbocharged 6.6-liter diesel engine is tempting. With the diesel V8, you’ll be getting 445 horsepower and 910 pounds per foot of torque. This makes a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD into an incredible workhorse.

Consider whether you’ll be traveling on rough terrain when you choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

Similarly, consider whether the type of cargo you’ll be carrying will benefit from a long bed. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD offers you a standard 6-foot-5-inches bed or a long 8-foot-2 inches bed.


Choosing the trim level of your 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is relatively easy, especially when compared to some trucks that seem to have hundreds of trims. The 2500HD gives you four basic options:

  • Work Truck — The basic truck, with an auto-locking rear differential, power doors and windows, vinyl upholstery, rubberized floors, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple and Android support, and a rearview camera.
  • LT — adds, among other things, 17-inch alloys, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, satellite HD radio, and CD player.
  • LTZ — 18-inch chrome alloys, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power adjustable front seats, driver memory functions, a trailer brake controller, and a tilt/telescope steering wheel.
  • High Country — 20-inch wheels, side assist steps, power adjustable pedals, a navigation system, wireless charging, Driver Alert package, and a Bose audio system.

If you’re looking for a setup somewhere between the trim levels, optional packages exist at all levels.


The 6.6-liter diesel engine offers the best performance, and it is the reason that the Silverado 2500HD has so many class-leading statistics. Expect a 0-60 mph time of around 7.7 seconds. The steering is well-weighted, and it provides excellent stability whether you’re towing a big load or making U-turns. There’s almost no body roll around corners, and the low-end torque makes for a very approachable truck.

The max payload of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD depends on your configuration. Choose the 6.0-liter engine, and enjoy a payload of 3,233 pounds. The turbo-diesel offers less, at 2,803 pounds.

On the other hand, if you’re planning to tow more than haul on the back of the truck, then the diesel engine is your best bet. The 6.0-liter VVT V8 can only handle 9,800 pounds to the diesel’s 15,400 pounds (Max 5th Wheel Trailering, 3.73 Rear Axle). With the right trailer and setup, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD can tow up to 23,100 pounds.

Resale Value

Thanks to its legendary durability, strength, and dependability, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD was awarded the best resale value award for full-size pickups in 2018 by Kelley Blue Book. This will be important in the future when your business plans to get a new vehicle.

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD for a work truck makes a lot of sense, no matter what your business is. Schedule a test drive today at Zeck Chevrolet in Purcell near Noble, Goldsby, and Norman, OK.

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