Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD/ GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD
IN 2016, CHEVROLET and GMC introduced the latest iteration of the impressive Duramax L5P diesel engine. The 6.6L V-8 makes 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm, and it’s optional in Silverado and Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD models. There’s a lot to like, starting with the capability of GM’s most powerful truck to date. You can tow 20,000 pounds of conventional trailer or 23,100 pounds of fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer with a 3500; the 2500 will tow a respectable 14,500-pound conventional trailer and up to 15,400 pounds of fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer.
General Motors is set to debut the next generation of its HD trucks for the 2020 model year, so for 2019, the automaker’s biggest trucks are staying the course. Accordingly, the 6.6L Duramax L5P engine is only available on crew cab models, meaning base price for a diesel is increased and maximum towing capacity is decreased slightly. Inside the ’19 models, the infotainment system is updated to the simply named Chevrolet Infotainment System (from Chevrolet MyLink) but is still available with a 7- or 8-inch screen.
Prices for ’19 Silverado 2500 models start at $49,090, and $50,990 for 3500s. Cost for GMC’s ’19 Sierra 2500 opens at $49,690 and $51,490 for the Sierra 3500.
If you’re looking for a diesel Chevy or GMC this year, you had better like crew cabs, because it’s the only style available from either brand.
For a luxurious office-on-wheels experience, look for either the Denali (GMC) or High Country (Chevy) pickups, with their leather-trimmed interiors and multitude of convenience features.