Silverado like a rock, no matter the model
What kind of Silverado you want may well depend on how much “Like a Rock” you want your truck to be. The Silverado has been the standard Chevy truck since a major redesign in 1990 and has consistently won accolades from Car and Driver, as well as Motor Trend, since then.
The 1500 is the basic light truck that is most popular, and there are a lot of options available, including a SS package and a hybrid version. As your work gets harder though you need a tougher truck, and as you work harder you can opt for a 2500 or a 3500 since both are considered heavy duty trucks.
All three versions have most of the trim packages available, and you may get a two-door, four-door and extended cab version in any of the size of rock you want with your Silverado. The SS package is only for the light truck version.
Chevy engines are tough, but you may eventually need to buy a used one. The Silverado features a wide variety of sizes and types of engines, from a solid V-6 to a powerful V-8 or Diesel application. There are also some hybrids in the works on the latest models of Silverado trucks.
One example of the toughness of a Chevy truck is that the heavy duty version of the Silverado is used by the United States Army. The company beat out Ford and a few other companies to get the Army contract. The 3500 also has a cab and chassis version used in various other applications such as utility trucks or ambulances.
The basic consideration is the strength of the truck as it relates to what you plan to do with the truck. A basic measure of the work a truck can do is its “torque,” or pulling power rating. The 1500 is rated at 417 pounds per foot of torque and the hybrid is at 367. Both the 2500 and 3500 Silverados are rated at a stout 765 feet of torque.
The payload is another good measure of the ability of a truck. The 1500 has a respectable 1,949 pound payload rating. The 2500 can haul 4,212 pounds and the 3500 can haul a whopping 7,499 pounds. The 2500 and 3500 models have a 35-gallon gas tank and can go 680 miles on a single tank.
The 3500 is the heaviest duty truck, and features a 6.6 V8 Turbo-Diesel and an Allison Transmission and can tow 23,000 pounds. As you can see, no matter the model, with Chevy trucks you get a lot of power for you money. Visit http://www.swengines.com/Engines/Chevy~motors/ for more information.