Comparing the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500: Which is Right For You?

December 17th, 2018 by

2019 Chevy Silverado

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2500 and 3500 belong to the large, full-size, pickups family and are all dependable, long-lasting and award-worthy. Similar on paper, the engines, ground-breaking cargo beds, and fully boxed frames have earned the Silverado line-up some impressive awards, namely the J.D. Powers Dependability Award during 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the Most Dependable Heavy-Duty Full-Size pickup and the J.D. Power Most Dependable Light Duty Award in 2018.

During the past four years, the Silverado line-up has proven to have high dependability. Deciding which pick-up out of the Chevy Silverado 1500, the Chevy Silverado 2500 and the Chevy Silverado 3500 is right for you is a matter of analyzing and comparing each model.

The Silverado’s Features

Silverado 1500

  • A starting price of around $34,600
  • ½-ton truck
  • Gets 22 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city
  • A fuel capacity of 26 gallons
  • A maximum available towing capacity of 13,000 – 14,500 lbs.
  • 285 HP (best in class available V8 horsepower)
  • Torque of 305 pounds per foot at 3,900 rpm
  • A truck weight of 5,359 lbs.
  • Maximum payload 1,710 lbs.
  • Long cabins with extra legroom
  • Massive bed capacity
  • Available with a 4.3L V6, 5.3L V8, or a 6.2L V8 engine
  • Perfect for light duty jobs and everyday use

Silverado 2500

  • A starting price of around $37,050
  • ¾-ton truck
  • Gets 16 mpg on the highway and 12 mpg in the city
  • A fuel capacity of 36 gallons
  • Standard 360 HP
  • Standard torque of 380 pounds per foot at 4,200 rpm
  • A truck weight of 6,625 lbs.
  • Maximum payload of 3,379 lbs.
  • A maximum available towing capacity of 14,800 lbs. (6.0L V8) or 18,100 lbs. (6.4L V8)
  • Available with a 6.0L V8 or a 6.6L V8 engine

Silverado 3500

  • A starting price of around $39,660
  • 1-ton truck
  • Gets 16 mpg on the highway and 11 mpg in the city
  • Fuel capacity of 36 gallons
  • Standard 360 HP
  • Standard torque of 380 pounds per foot at 4,200 rpm
  • A truck weight of 6,680 lbs.
  • A maximum available towing capacity of 14,800 lbs. (6.0L V8) or 18,100 lbs. (6.4L V8)
  • Maximum payload of 4,617 lbs.

Comparisons

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is a lighter truck and is more suitable for lighter duty work. It is perfect for everyday use, is easier to get around in and has better fuel economy.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 is heavier than the 1500 and lighter than the 3500. It is classified as a heavy-duty pickup truck. It has a bigger fuel tank than the 1500 but is less fuel efficient than the 1500. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 has more power.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 is heavier than the 1500 and the 2500. It is better for heavy towing than the 1500 and the 2500. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 is heavier than the 1500 and the 2500 and requires more robust suspension because of its weight. It is better than the 1500 and the 2500 at hauling a heavy payload.

Analysis

When it comes to selecting the 2019 Chevy Silverado model that’s best for you, the deciding factors will be weight, size, towing capacity, fuel economy, torque, horsepower, fuel capacity, and other specifications.

When deciding which model is best for you, you must first determine whether the truck will be used mostly for everyday use or if it will be mainly used for work. Consequently, if you desire a pickup truck that is designed for everyday use, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 will be your best choice. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is the lightest of the three models and is also better when it comes to fuel efficiency. If using the pickup for everyday use as you would for any other vehicle that is designed for everyday use, the smarter choice would be to choose a lighter, more fuel-efficient model that allows you to get better fuel efficiency than trucks that are designed to haul heavy payloads. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 has a smaller tank than the Chevy Silverado 2500 and the Chevy Silverado 3500. The 1500 is a smaller, more fuel-efficient model than the 2500 and the 3500 and has a lower starting price than the other two.

If you’re looking for a pickup truck that is considered heavy-duty and you need a truck with more power, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 or 3500 would be your better choice. All 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500s has 305 pounds per foot of torque, whereas the 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 and 3500 both have 380 pounds per foot of torque.

When it comes to things such as dimensions, all three models are highly similar in length. All three models are also very similar in width, as well as height. All three models have similar cab dimensions, all measuring approximately 98 inches long. This means that all three models have massive cabs.

If you’re looking for a pickup that you intend to use as an everyday vehicle, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 will offer you the same look minus the extra power offered with the 2019 Silverado 2500 and 3500 and also comes at a smaller price tag. The deciding factor is what you intend to use the vehicle for – personal everyday use or heavy hauling, whether you value fuel efficiency more than hauling capacity or vice versa, and the price.

After considering your needs, an informed decision can be made as to which model better fits your needs — the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 or the 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500. All other things aside, your hauling and towing capacity needs and your fuel efficiency needs will be the determining factors that you need to consider before making your choice, as this is where the models differ the most.

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