Chevro­let Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD/ GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD

Diesel Power - - 2019 Diesel Truck And Van Buyerõs Guide -

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.

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