Comparing the 2023 Silverado 1500 vs. 2500 vs. 3500

2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup

When you need a pickup truck to do the heavy lifting around the Puyallup jobsite, the popular 2023 Chevy Silverado lineup is here to help. That said, there are several different Silverado models to choose from, the most popular being the Silverado 1500, the Silverado 2500, and the Silverado 3500. Which should you choose? And what are the differences? To help you decide between these three Chevy Silverado models, Sunset Chevrolet has put together this guide of the major differences. Read on to learn more about the Chevy Silverado lineup!



1500 vs. 2500 vs. 3500 Silverado: Classifications

When performing a Chevy Silverado model comparison, one of the biggest differences to point out is the truck classification. All truck classifications are based on GVWR, or the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, which tells you the maximum amount of combined weight a vehicle can safely handle when towing, hauling, or otherwise performing its job. The heavier the GVWR rating is, the more capable a vehicle tends to be. See where each of these models falls based on the GVWR rating below:

  • Light Duty (1500): The Chevy Silverado 1500 has a maximum GVWR of 7,300 pounds which puts it in the light-duty class. This class is great for personal use and light work use alike, with versatile towing and payload capabilities.
  • Heavy-Duty (2500 & 3500): The GVWR ratings of the Silverado 2500 (11,550 pounds) and Silverado 3500 (12,250 pounds) place them in the heavy-duty pickup classification. Trucks in this class are built to be workhorses, capable of impressive towing and hauling for the toughest Tacoma jobs.

1500 vs. 2500 vs. 3500 Silverado: Towing Capacity

While all of the Silverado models are powerful, moving up in the GVWR class significantly improves the overall performance of the model. As such, the 1500, even with its impressive towing capacity, can’t match up to the 3500. How much Silverado towing capacity you need is based on the work you plan on doing, so consider the job at hand when deciding between Chevy Silverado models.

  • Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity: 13,300 pounds
  • Chevy Silverado 2500 Towing Capacity: 18,510 pounds
  • Chevy Silverado 3500 Towing Capacity: 36,000 pounds

1500 vs. 2500 vs. 3500 Silverado: Engine Options

Another important factor in our Silverado model comparison is the number of engines each Silverado has available and the respective power they can provide. The Chevy Silverado 1500, which is meant for more general use around Auburn, has several engines of varying capability to give drivers more opportunity to tailor their Silverado to their needs. The Silverado 2500 and 3500 on the other hand, are meant for hard work. That’s why there are only two engines, both of equitable power to choose from so that drivers and business owners have a choice between diesel and gas. See all the engine options for the Silverado models here:

Chevy Silverado 1500 Engine Options:

  • 2.7L Turbo High-Output Engine capable of up to 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 Engine capable of up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 Engine capable of up to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque
  • Duramax® 3.0L Turbo-Diesel Engine capable of up to 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque

Chevy Silverado 2500 & 3500 Engine Options:

  • 6.6L V8 Engine capable of up to 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque
  • Duramax® 6.6L Turno-Diesel V8 Engine capable of up to 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque

Find More Chevy Silverado Model Comparisons at Sunset Chevrolet!

Now that you’ve seen our 2023 Silverado 1500 vs. 2500 vs. 3500 comparison, do you know which is the right Chevy truck for you? If not, that’s okay– you can always come down to Sunset Chevrolet to see them all in person! Contact us online or at (800) 836-6148 to set up a test drive and experience the power of these three Silverado models. Want to do more research before you come in? Visit our Chevy Research Hub and find even more information about your favorite Silverado.


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