2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Review
Pros & Cons
- Stout hauling and towing capabilities
- Powerful optional diesel engine
- Solid build quality inside and out
- Telescoping steering column has limited availability
- Seating and ride are uncomfortably firm
- Thick roof pillars create large blind spots
List Price Estimate
$28,228 - $33,053
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Which Silverado 3500HD does Edmunds recommend?
If you're interested in purchasing a 3500HD for your business and you'd like the bare-bones trim level, then feel free to go with the base Work Truck. Otherwise, we recommend the next level up, the LT. The LT gets a larger 8-inch touchscreen and cloth upholstery with carpeted floors. And, since you're probably doing some towing with your 3500HD, we recommend upgrading to the more powerful 6.6-liter diesel V8. Get the LT Convenience package (a power-adjustable driver's seat, remote start and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel) to boost the Silverado's livability.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The updated (optional) 6.6-liter turbodiesel is an impressive engine that gives the Silverado 3500HD big towing numbers and impressive acceleration. The steering and braking are less impressive, but objectively this truck performs well by most standards that matter to truck buyers.
Overall comfort isn't the Silverado 3500's strong suit. Heavy-duty trucks aren't exactly models of comfort, but this one is particularly rough on the senses because of its stiff seats, wind noise and rigid suspension. A heavy payload, however, settles things out a lot.
The Silverado LTZ's interior is likable and user-friendly. Hop in and you'll be able to operate almost all the controls without busting out the manual. It certainly has a no-nonsense vibe, but that's not necessarily a negative in this segment.
The 3500HD can tow and haul massive loads, and it has abundant interior storage. But offerings from Ford and Ram outclass it by pretty much every measurement. And in the arms race that is towing capacity, it falls behind by several tons.
Using Chevy's MyLink interface is pretty simple, but we had several usability issues with our test vehicle. Finicky voice controls and subpar device integration made for a frustrating user experience.
|Overall||7.1 / 10|
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Silverado 3500HD models:
- Teen Driver Modes
- Allows owners to keep tabs on secondary drivers by reporting driving behavior, as well as activating all available safety features.
- Safety Alert Seat
- Vibrates to warn the driver when the front or rear parking sensors, lane departure warning or forward collision warning is triggered.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Alerts the driver if the truck begins drifting outside its lane.