The outgoing 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD boasts an impressive towing capacity of 35,500 lbs. For the 2021 model, the engineers at Chevy worked out a way to boost that by another quarter ton, giving the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD a maximum towing capacity of 36,000 lbs. This updated rating just happens to top the 35,750 lbs towing capacity of its long-time rival, the Ford F-350 Super Duty. Its incredible tow rating makes the Silverado 3500 HD an obvious choice if you desire a truck that can handle nearly anything.
But a high maximum towing rating is far from the only thing that the 2021 Silverado 3500 offers - it also features advanced trailering technology that will make towing a far safer experience. There are eight cameras that offer 15 different views to keep an eye on everything around you, show you how long the trailer is when you are changing lanes, and zoom in on the trailer hitch to make connecting a trailer easy. In addition, the trailer tech will provide a better view when you are attempting to back up and a split view down each side of the truck and trailer when in either forward or reverse gears. With this class-leading system, trailering is safer and more convenient than ever.
Chevy offers two powertrains for the 2021 Silverado 3500 HD. There is the standard 6.6-liter V8, which runs on gas and provides 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. You can also choose the much talked about Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8, which boasts 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. This motor is paired with a rugged Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. Both engines offer the power and towing capacities needed for a heavy-duty work truck, so deciding between them might be tough.
The base level 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is the WT trim, but even this trim includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The LT trim goes a step further with a WiFi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, a leather steering wheel, and remote entry. The LTZ trim adds luxury with options that include a sunroof, wireless charging, and a Bose premium sound system. The High Country trim is the top-tier level and includes premium features such as standard navigation, perforated leather seating, and heated rear seats.
All trim levels in the Silverado HD lineup come standard with a 7 or 8-inch touchscreen that supports Chevy’s Infotainment System 3. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is a useful feature whether you are using your truck for work or play. Smartphone integration is a great safety feature as it allows you to make calls, stream music, or access other apps without having to take your eyes off the road. The infotainment system can even be used to store various trailer profiles to control trailer function and monitor trailer maintenance.
Modern Safety Features
The Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is available with several safety and driver-assistance features. Some essential features include ABS, a host of airbags, daytime running lamps, a traction control system, and electronic stability control, to name a few. In addition to general safety features, Chevy offers standout features that will help keep you safe while driving your Chevy Silverado 3500 HD.
Front and Rear Park Assist with a camera in the rear helps drivers park safely by providing alerts when you get too close to an object. The rear camera also makes it easier to back the Silverado into tight spots. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert helps drivers navigate parking lots safely by checking for cross-traffic when in reverse. If the system detects traffic, an alert will sound. Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert detects any vehicles in your blindspots and will give an audio warning if you begin making a dangerous lane change.
Teen Driver Technology is a safety feature that improves the driving style of young or otherwise inexperienced drivers. It also provides reports based on the driving habits of your child. If the truck is being driven roughly or dangerously, a notification will be immediately sent. The Chevy Silverado 3500 HD also offers other safety features inducing OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services, Automatic Emergency Braking, and StabiliTrak, which is a stability control system that helps adjust the brakes and engine torque during emergency maneuvers.
The 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is built with high-grade steel, which makes it tough and able to withstand the rigors of work. Everything from the bed floor to the frame is comprised of seven different types of steel. The use of new alloys means that the truck is lighter yet stronger than previous models.
The exterior of the Chevy Silverado 3500 HD was freshly redesigned for 2020, so there isn’t much of a change in looks for 2021. Still, the Silverado maintains an aggressive look thanks in part to the grille design and the size of the grille. The overall appearance of the truck can differ quite a bit between the different trim levels. The duel-rear-wheel setup enables the most towing capabilities but will also give the truck a very different look.
Cargo and Passengers
The Chevy Durabed boasts more cargo space than any of the competitors in its class, and it is also one of the most functional beds available. With the 2021 Silverado 3500 HD, you can enjoy a built-in 120-volt outlet, available LED lighting in the cargo area, and 12 tie-downs for securing your cargo.
Depending on the choice of cab configuration, the Silverado 3500 HD lineup will seat anywhere from three to six adults. Choose the Crew or Double Cab if you need the room for more passengers as both will seat six comfortably with the front bench seat. If you opt for the High Country trim, the front bench seat is replaced with bucket seats, so there is room for five. Regardless of which cabin you choose, there is plenty of headroom and legroom for the front passengers. The rear headroom and legroom in the Double Cab are quite sufficient, even for larger passengers.