The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD has everything going for it where it counts. If only it did not looks as though it was designed by a pre-schooler.
The European auto brands have supercars as flagships to display their technical know-how. American brands have Heavy Duty trucks. Ok, that’s not fair as Chevy’s C8 Corvette will be a knockout and Ford’s got the GT. Although they count, the Ford Super Duty, RAM HD and Chevrolet Silverado are the real stars.
The latter three trucks are monumental juggernauts in their own right. Each outdoing the other is the motive behind the constant improvements and changes brought to these trucks. The latest round of updates belongs to the Chevy Silverado HD but are they enough to out-class and out-do the RAM and the Ford?
Should you skip passed Ford and RAM dealers and head straight to the neighborhood Chevy dealer for a new Silverado 2500 or 3500 HD? Let’s dig a little deeper into the questions.
Why you should buy a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD:
- With certainty, from the Custom trim (2nd from the bottom – I’ve not driven the WT), the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD displays an incredible amount of poise, refinement surefootedness when driven.
- There are five trims and five fairly specific tow ratings. The 3500 with DRW and Duramax will manage 35,500 lbs. It is the current towing king.
- The Duramax V8 engine is blessed with more than ample power, is plenty responsive and is extremely quiet. The assorted Allison 10-speed automatic transmission is the key to its success.
- Unlike the competition, according to GM, the Silverado HD can make use of all the available power in 1st gear thanks to a slew of improved mechanical components.
- The new Silverado HD is prepared for everything. The Durabed is wider and features numerous accessories, its fascia is designed for easy snow-plow installation and includes an integrated engine heater outlet.
- The all-new 6.6-litre petrol V8 is 22% more powerful and capable than the outgoing 6.0-litre V8.
Why you should not buy a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD:
- Its nose makes the Wicked Witch of the West look like Gal Gadot. There are no two ways about it… The HD’s new grille is a disaster.
- Unfortunately, GM opted to stick with the old 6-speed automatic transmission from the 6.0-litre and mate it to the 6.6-litre. Its older configuration leaves the engine working harder than it needs especially when towing.
- Beyond working and towing, these trucks are about social standing. It might be difficult to skirt the topic of the plain interior and dreadful front end when boasting about its towing power and how great it drives when chatting with friends who drive Fords and RAMs.
At the launch event, much of the talk surrounding the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD pertained to the fact that, according to GM, it has the best in class towing experience. My personal towing experience is limited however trekking up, down and around Mount Bachelor in Oregon never had me worried.
Perhaps it’s a combination of not being the owner of the trucks and trailers, perhaps it was all about the Silverado. The 6.6-litre petrol was underwhelming, to say the least, but the Duramax seriously impressed on every conceivable level.
I’ve driven and towed with a Ford Super Duty and driven but not towed with a RAM HD. At the time, I recall the Power Stroke performing to expectations however I do not remember feeling this at ease hauling up to 17,000 lb, ever. The 3500 SRW Duramax with the trailer was actually fun to drive, I swear.
Finally, and for the moment, the Chevrolet Silverado HD with Duramax is the way to go, despite the RAM Cummins’ providing 1,000 lb of torque. Unlike the Chevy, not all of it is available on take-off.