Chevrolet Silverado 3500 0-60 Times
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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
|LT 6.6L Diesel Crew Cab DRW (8.2 ft. Bed)||6.6L Turbo Diesel V8||RWD||6A||7.0 sec||15.4 sec @ 87.9 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
About Chevrolet Silverado 3500
For some people, full-size pickup trucks are cool. They’re big and macho and they seem to tell every other vehicle to get out of the way. They tower over everything else, and they can’t help but hog the spotlight. For those who want and crave attention, there’s no other vehicle that will get everyone’s attention.
Then there are the workhorse pickup trucks which actually serve a purpose. Perhaps they carry heavy loads in the truck bed or tow serious loads at the back. Maybe they’re used to climb mountains, who’s to say? For the serious work, what you need is acknowledged beast of all the pickup trucks in the Chevy lineup. And that’s the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD.
Choosing among the 3500 Styles
Just like before, the Silverado 3500 comes in three possible body styles: the regular, double cab (the new designation for “extended”), and crew-cab style. You can only get the long cargo box for the regular and double cabs, but the crew cab comes in either a long box or a short box.
Now in theory you have choices when it comes to your engine. You have the standard 6.0-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. With the biofuel option you can get this V8 to use compressed natural gas, but this drops the output to 301 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque.
But if you’re bothering to get the 3500 because of its strength and capabilities, then your only real engine choice is the optional 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8, which is matched with an exclusive Allison six-speed automatic. This gives you 397 horses, 765 pound-feet of torque, a maximum payload of 7,180 pounds, and a monstrous towing capacity of up to 23,200 pounds.
Each 3500 can be either a 4-wheel or a 2-wheel drive, and every cab style can have a dual-rear-wheel configuration. Every model and trim comes with an automatic locking rear differential.
Features of the 3500
The 2015 power capabilities of the 3500 aren’t really all that different from the previous model, since the same engines are used. The engineers just improved the structure by putting in some reinforcements. But it is in the features which truly showcase how the latest model is different from its predecessors. Before, the interiors and features were called lackluster, but now it can even compete in luxury features with modern luxury SUVs.
The regular cab only has the work truck (WT) and LT trims, while the double- and crew-cab body styles come in WT, LT, and LTZ trim. Then there is also the High Country trim, which really offers serious luxury features.
Managing the cargo is super easy with the 3500. The truck bed is made from lighter yet tougher high-grade steel. The spray-in bedliner provides uniform protective coating 90 mils thick for the floor and 50 mils on the sides.
The LED lights under the rail make it easy to load in the dark when you’re working very early or very late. The available load-bearing upper cargo tie-down hooks can each secure loads of up to 250 pounds each. Each corner of the rear bumper comes with integrated steps, so you won’t have to break your back getting to your load. The EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate is easy to raise and it lowers gradually when opened.
For comfort, the new features are a godsend. The quiet ride is assured due to the thicker windshield glass and sound-deadening materials. The seats have been redesigned for greater support. A six-gauge cluster and integrated center control display comprises the instrument cluster, and the knobs and buttons can be manipulated even if you’re wearing gloves.
An 8-inch touchscreen control lets you manage the infotainment. This is where you can get the navigational aids, use various apps, or get to your digital playlists. You also get the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, which basically turns the 3500 into a Wi-Fi hotspot. With the wireless Internet offering connectivity to as many as 7 devices, everyone can get work done inside or use the Internet for entertainment.
For safety, you have air bags galore along with advanced safety features like the Safety Alert Driver Seat, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert. Rear view cameras are available as well.
So do you have heavy duty work to do with your pickup? What you need is the Chevrolet Silverado 3500, there’s no doubt about that. The consensus among the experts is that this is simply the best choice you can make, as it’s better than the GMC Sierra 3500HD, the Ford F-350 Super Duty, and the Ram 3500. You’ve got a monster capable of monstrous loads, except the ride can be truly comfy with all the features and options available for you. The steering is quick, the cabin is quiet, and the ride is very smooth indeed. The price ranges from $33,300 to $56,120 and the Silverado 3500 is worth every cent.
To learn more about Chevy Silverado 3500, visit the official Chevy website.