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The Silverado is undergoing some big changes for 2016, though most of them are centered around the 1500 series’ new exterior looks. Nevertheless, the Silverado HD is getting a few upgrades that help make it more attractive in the highly competitive heavy duty pickup market.

Though you won’t find a new grille or dashboard design on the 2016 Silverado HD, the truck now offers some new technologies. Leading the pack is the Digital Steering Assist system that helps the Silverado HD manage heavy loads on uneven road surfaces. Available on several double and crew cab models, the new system is said to enhance road holding and stability on the highway, especially over crowned roads.

Chevy is also now offering a gooseneck and fifth-wheel prep package. The trailering pack includes a spray-in bed liner, the frame-mounted hitch platform that accommodates a gooseneck ball or fifth-wheel hitch mounting brackets, and a wiring harness plug on the sidewall of the cargo bed.

Like the Silverado 1500, the 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks now come with an upgraded version of Chevy’s MyLink software that allows for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though Android auto will have some late availability. Wireless phone charging is also a welcomed new feature.

Lastly, a remote-locking tailgate and three new colors join the 2016 Silverado HD lineup.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • Year:
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    360 @ 5400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    380 @ 4200
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    33000 (Est.)
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There’s not much different on the Silverado’s exterior – at least in terms of its design. There are three new colors: Siren Red Tintcoat on double cab models, along with Red Hot and Butte Red Metallic on crew cab models.

Opting for the new gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing prep package also includes a spray-in bed liner, making the bed’s interior nearly impervious to moderate impacts and regular abuse.

Chevrolet will still offer a wide range of special editions for the Silverado HD, including the Custom package for 2500 HD models with the WT trim, the Custom Sport Edition on the LT and LTZ trim levels, and the Midnight Edition offer on the LT trim level. Like always, the Z71 Off-Road package can be had with the LT and LTZ trim levels. This adds underbody skid plates, upgraded shock absorbers, front tow hooks, and the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential.


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Like the 2016 Silverado 1500, the Silverado HD’s interior remains unchanged. You won’t hear complaints from me, though, as the Silverado’s interior is still fresh and offers great ergonomics and good materials. The three cab configurations carry over as well and include the regular cab, double cab, and crew cab. A nearly flat load floor under the second row bench in double cab and crew cab trucks offers extra storage for items that aren’t fit for the cargo bed.

There are software changes in the interior, however. The Chevy MyLink infotainment system now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These allow customers to plug their respective smart phone into the infotainment system and project a condensed version of their phone’s operating system onto the truck’s dash-mounted screen. Functions like calling, texting, music, and maps are accessible through the truck’s touch screen via the phone.


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Chevrolet is leaving well enough alone when it comes to the Silverado HD’s powertrain. That mean the venerable (yet now aging) 6.0-liter V-8 and well-liked 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel are the two engine options. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, though the Duramax gets the option of the Allison 1000 heavy-duty transmission.

The 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 is sadly one of the segment’s least powerful engines, producing 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The 6.6-liter Duramax is also the runner-up to both Ford’s Power Stroke V-8 and Ram’s Cummins inline-six. However, the Duramax certainly holds its own at 397 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 765 pound-feet of torque at only 1,600 rpm. Those were class-leading numbers only a few years ago.

Properly equipped, the Silverado 3500 HD with dual rear wheels can tow 23,000 pounds via its bed-mounted hitch.

Drivetrain Specifications

Vortec 6.0L V-8 (L96 / LC8) Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V-8 (LML)
Type 6.0L V-8 6.6L V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc) 364 / 5967 403 / 6599
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 4.00 x 3.62 / 101.6 x 92 4.05 x 3.89 / 103 x 99
Block material cast iron cast iron
Cylinder head material cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing overhead valve, four valves per cylinder
Compression ratio 9.6:1 16.0:1
Horsepower 360 HP @ 5,400 RPM (L96 / LC8 w/ gas)
301 HP @ 5,000 RPM (LC8 w/ CNG)
397 HP @ 3,000 RPM
Torque 380 LB-FT @ 4,200 RPM (L96 / LC8 w/ gas)
333 LB-FT @ 4,200 RPM (LC8 w/ CNG)
765 LB-FT @ 1,600 RPM


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Chevy has yet to announce pricing for the 2016 model year, but there should not be a significant jump of 2015 prices. In that case, expect the base Silverado 2500 HD to start at $32,980. Opt for the Silverado 3500 HD with the Duramax diesel, 4WD, and all the options, and you’d easily be looking at a $60,000 MSRP.


Ford Super Duty

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Though Ford has announced its all-new, aluminum-bodied Super Duty, that truck won’t hit the market until the 2017 model year. In the mean time, Ford’s current Super Duty remains the Silverado’s biggest competitor.

The Super Duty offers a powerful pair of engines: the 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8. The gasoline mill kicks out 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque while the diesel maxes out at a best in class 440 horsepower and an impressive 860 pound-feet of torque.

Prices for the 2015 Super Duty start at $32,385.

Read our full review here.

Ram 2500/3500 HD

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The Ram Heavy Duty is the closest thing to a Peterbilt this side of a medium duty truck. The big Ram offers the three standard cab configurations, along with the segment’s only “Mega Cab.” The Ram is also a popular choice for aftermarket upfitters thanks to its 4500 and 5500 versions – both of which are technically a part of that medium duty category. Likewise, Ford offers both F-450 and F-550 versions to the commercial segment.

Ram offers both gasoline and diesel engine options, though there are two gasoline choices. The 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 makes 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The bigger option is the mighty 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. That engine makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. If heavy-hauling is on the agenda, then the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel is the best choice. The inline-six makes 385 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque.

Prices for the Ram start around $31,000 for the base Tradesman trim level.

Read our full review here.


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Though Chevy has decided to play it safe for the 2016 model year in terms of changes, the Silverado HD is still a competitive truck. It’s vast array of options; cab configurations; bed lengths; engine, transmission, and drivelines; and trim levels leaves little left out.

This mid-cycle boost in equipment works for now, but Chevrolet will certainly have to do some major upgrading before too long. Both the Ford Super Duty and Ram HD are leading the trio in terms of hauling and towing capacities, as well as engine outputs and drivetrain choices.

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    • Both powertrain options showing their age
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Press Release

Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are engineered to make the toughest jobs easier, and new technologies for 2016 complement features such as integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control.

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New Digital Steering Assist power steering on some double cab and crew cab models helps make hauling and trailering easier and more confident, with electronic controls that enhance road holding and stability on the highway – particularly on crowned roads – regardless of whether the truck is loaded. It also offers greater responsiveness and an improved steering feel. Digital Steering Assist is not available on Work Truck models or regular cab.

There’s also a new Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package, with a spray-in bedliner, that makes Silverado HD models ready to tow larger trailers right from the factory. It will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for gas and diesel models, and features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth wheel hitch mounting brackets, as well as a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. A new Gooseneck Completion Kit will also be available from Chevrolet dealers, featuring a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs.

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Silverado HD’s MyLink systems are enhanced for 2016, offering greater connectivity choices. They include a new HD radio with a 7-inch-diagonal capacitive touchscreen with performance improvements such as a faster processer for better performance, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The available 8-inch system features similar performance improvements and CarPlay capability. Android Auto capability is coming later in the model year.

Additional new features for 2016 include available wireless phone charging, an available remote locking tailgate and three exterior colors: Siren Red Tintcoat (double cab only), Red Hot and Butte Red Metallic (crew cab only).

Also, the 2016 Silverado HDs’ trailering ratings are aligned with SAE J2807 standards, with maximum available capacities including:

Maximum 2500HD conventional trailering rating of 14,500 pounds (6,577 kg)
Maximum 2500HD fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg)
Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 15,000 pounds (6,804 kg)
Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 17,500 pounds (7,938 kg)
Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 20,000 pounds (9,072 kg)
Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 23,200 pounds (10,523 kg).

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Those maximum ratings are achieved with the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed transmission, a proven powertrain combination with more than 1.5 million sold.

What hasn’t changed for the new model year are the core elements that support the Silverado HD’s capability with durability.

Silverado HD lineup

Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. 2500HD and 3500HD regular cab models are matched with an 8’ box, while 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes. Silverado 3500HD double cab is offered exclusively with the 8’ box, while 3500HD crew cabs are available with the 6’6” and 8’ boxes. Dual-rear-wheel configurations are also available on 3500HD.

Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on double cab and crew cab models, while the High Country – Chevrolet’s premium heavy-duty pickup – is offered exclusively on the crew cab.

Special-edition models and equipment packages offer popular options matched with personalized visual distinction, including the Silverado HD Custom for WT models (2500HD only), the Custom Sport Edition offered on LT and LTZ and the Midnight Edition offered on LT. Additionally, the Z71 Off Road package is available on LT and LTZ 4WD models.

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Gas and Duramax diesel powertrains are offered across the lineup, including a bi-fuel option that allows the gas engine to run on compressed natural gas. The Duramax has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul.

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