Finding the Chevrolet Truck That’s Right for You
If you want a great vehicle at an even better price, shopping used is the way to go. Vehicles like used Chevy trucks will hold their value, come packed with the latest technology, and are ready for whatever the road throws at them. When you choose a reliable manufacturer like Chevrolet, you’re investing in a vehicle that’s guaranteed to get you through life's greatest adventures.
Pickup trucks are some of Chevy's most popular vehicles, and with their perfect balance of strength and luxury features, it’s easy to see the appeal. Even more, there’s the perfect Chevy truck for every kind of driver. However, with so many models available on the used truck market, it can be hard to narrow down which one is perfect for you, so we are here to help. Chevy currently has three truck models perfect for everyday use available on the market: the Colorado, Silverado 1500, and Silverado HD (including the 2500 and 3500). Each has its own unique features and benefits, but only one belongs in your driveway.
A powerful midsize truck able to take on city streets and rough, untouched terrain, the Chevy Colorado is a capable performance truck for the young and young at heart. Recent editions of the Colorado include a fully boxed frame with excellent ground clearance, 4-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors that are ultra-reliable, and off-road-ready suspension. Chevy Colorado trucks with the available ZR2 package are supremely outfitted for all-terrain driving.
Meanwhile, the Colorado’s quiet cabin has plenty of storage space, as well as luxurious interior features like heated front seats, a Bose sound system, and one of the best infotainment systems around. However, these features are only available with higher trims. The infotainment system comes standard in many Colorado trucks, but more recent systems can include Amazon Alexa, real-time navigation, multiple exterior camera views, and other amazing technology.
In addition to all these strengths, you also get a capable tower and payload hauler, able to carry thousands of pounds––well beyond its own weight. All of this comes in a sharp, aerodynamic truck that performs like a dream. An available V6 engine makes any Colorado a speedy truck that handles like a performance car––with competitive gas mileage, too. There’s no doubting what the Chevy Colorado can do. Take the 2018 edition, which Kelley Blue Book named “the off-road enthusiast’s dream” while also celebrating its hauling and towing potential. However, just about any Chevy Colorado edition will be versatile enough for just about any truck shopper.
Lightweight but hardy, the Silverado 1500 delivers some of the best from Chevy. The 6.2L V-8 engine in recent editions provides best-in-class towing, while a Duramax diesel engine delivers best-in-class fuel economy. While the Colorado may be the off-road expert, the popular Z71 package in some Silverado editions adds an excellent off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, an automatic locking rear differential, and more.
Even better, the Silverado 1500 has some of the top luxury interior features in the pickup market. For example, the High Country edition of the Silverado includes chrome detailing, ventilated front seats, premium upholstery, a luxurious interior ambiance, and even technology like a Head-Up display––all depending on the year. Add to that the available infotainment and advanced safety technology, and you have the most well-rounded truck out there. Best of all, if you shop used you can enjoy a luxury level Silverado at a much lower price than buying new.
While it tows and hauls better than similar-size competitors, Chevy recommends the Silverado 1500 for carrying objects that you can load by hand, like boxes and a big shopping hoard, as well as trailers and compact sports vehicles like an RV or speedboat. But don’t discount its strength. It may be a recreational truck, but it’s built by Chevy. Editions like the 2014 model can tow as much as 12,000 pounds, while Silverados built since then have enhanced transmissions for superior performance.
The tougher, larger, and more work-hardy version of the Chevy Silverado, the Silverado HD (heavy duty) is for those truck drivers who mean business. Designed for optimal towing and payload capacity, these are the best Chevy trucks for getting heavy stuff in line. Recent editions of the Silverado HD are equipped with one of two tough powertrain options, including a Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine that delivers optimal torque and excellent driving performance.
The Silverado 2500 HD is tough enough for all your private towing and payload needs. Pull a boat, RV, motor home, or horse trailer, and load up the ultra-durable bed with your home improvement needs. For example, the 2017 and 2018 Silverado 2500 HD can tow over 18,000 pounds with little to no effort. Whether you’re an avid traveler, rancher, or someone who wants a tough and capable pickup, the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is for you.
As for the 3500 HD, you get one of the toughest trucks on earth. It’s perfect for those who need to get some serious work done, capable of towing and hauling equipment way too heavy for you to possibly maneuver by hand. The 2017 Silverado 3500 HD has a max trailering capacity of 23,300 pounds. Pull construction equipment, heavy loaded-up trailers, other vehicles, and just about anything you need to get the job done. Think of its work potential this way: If it’s anything less than what you’d need an 18-wheeler truck to carry, the Silverado 3500 HD can probably handle it. Just about any Silverado HD will get the job done, but search for a model from 2015 or sooner for enhanced towing packages, a superior transmission, and more.
To make tough work even easier on you, more recent Silverado HDs also include Durabed, a truck bed designed with multiple tie-downs, LED cargo area lighting, built-in outlets and charging stations, a tough liner that resists scratching or dents, and more. Add to that extended trailering mirrors, bed steps, compatibility with snow plows, and multiple cab and bed configurations, and it’s clear that the Silverado HD 2500 and 3500 mean business. Best of all, most editions of the Silverado HD truck have high-end trim options available so you can maximize comfort, elegance, driver-assist features, and infotainment technology––for a truck that does it all.
While you’ll save money buying a Colorado or Silverado––on both sticker price and gas mileage––the Silverado HD models can do what these other trucks can’t. In fact, they do what many other competing trucks can’t, and with available luxury trims, they also look good doing it.