For 2024, Chevrolet updated the Silverado HD’s exterior design. The front bumper, headlamps, and grille have been redesigned into a more attractive mug. The exterior color scheme has been updated with a number of new hues, and the High Country model is now offered with a Midnight Edition package that swaps out the external chrome highlights for black ones.
For the LT, LTZ, and High Country versions, an updated interior includes a new 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge display. Additionally, those trims get a center console facelift with a built-in wireless smartphone charging station.
The 10-speed automatic transmission that comes standard with the diesel truck’s Duramax diesel engine has been upgraded to 470 horsepower and 975 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine now has the same 10-speed automatic transmission.
Additionally, Chevrolet has improved the available driver-assistance functions on the Silverado HD to make them more beneficial when towing. For instance, when towing, the adaptive cruise control feature now takes into consideration greater drag and longer stopping distances, and the blind-spot monitoring system now covers a wider region.
The portfolio now includes an off-road-oriented ZR2 model, although it’s only available with a crew cab.
The ZR2 has an electronically locking rear differential, steel skid plates, a raised suspension with Multimatic advanced spool-valve dampers, and 35-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires. Chevy now sells a ZR2 Bison model that is even more aggressive thanks to body modifications provided by aftermarket vendor American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).
We would pick a 2500HD with a crew cab and a regular cargo bed. The Duramax diesel engine and all-wheel drive would also be added to the LT trim level. For greater capability and enhanced style, we suggest the Z71 Off-Road package (18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, a spray-in bed liner, revised suspension, and underbody protection).
The 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, LED cargo-bed lighting, a heated steering wheel, remote start, and other features are all included in the convenience package, which seems like a good deal. Finally, the Safety package’s blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors make this beast more manageable.
Performance – Engine, Transmission
The basic gas-powered 6.6-liter V-8 in the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD generates 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. The 6.6-liter V-8 Duramax diesel engine is still an option from the previous model.
It continues to produce 975 pound-feet of torque and 470 horsepower. Both engines can be used with a single or twin rear-wheel axle and an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission with either rear- or four-wheel drive. We tested the diesel’s capabilities in 2019 while pulling several tons through mountains.
Although the gasoline engine isn’t bad, people who frequently pull heavy loads should choose for the Duramax powerplant.
When these trucks are performing the function for which they were designed—moving mountains—their enormous strength and the transmission’s smooth reflexes give drivers an extra sense of assurance and security.
Even with the electric assist system installed, the heavy-duty Silverado’s lack of steering accuracy and feedback was less comforting. Despite this, the large Chevy rides surprisingly well given all the equipment it needs to operate at its astounding capacity.
Capacity for Towing and Payload
Even though the majority of people never put those enormous loads to the test, heavy-duty trucks are evaluated based on their maximum towing and payload ratings.
The diesel-powered Silverado HD can draw up to 36,000 pounds, while the gasoline-powered model can tow up to 17,400 pounds. Up to 7442 pounds of payload may be transported by the strongest Silverado 3500HD with the conventional cab and dual rear-wheel axle.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
We can only evaluate the Silverado HD and its enormous competitors’ real-world mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route because the EPA doesn’t test huge cars. The 2024 Silverado HD hasn’t yet been put to the test, but when we do, we’ll update this article with the findings.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
There are many different interior design options and technological capabilities for pickup trucks. The heavy-duty Silverado comes in a variety of styles, from an unadorned crew cab to a bare-bones work truck. All have a rocky dashboard stuffed with user-friendly controls.
With a longer wheelbase than the previous generation, the Chevy’s crew cab, short-box configuration offers more passenger room.
The Silverado’s cabin and features nonetheless manage to go beyond ordinary truck luxury, despite the fact that even the most expensive variants can’t equal the Ram HD’s material quality and sophistication.
The most desirable features include a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, heated back seats, and more. The Chevy has plenty of internal cubby storage, which is distinguished by a sizable center console bin. Additionally, some models can come with bins incorporated into the backs of the rear-seat cushions and a storage space behind the back seat.
Connectivity and Information
A touchscreen is standard on every Silverado HD and supports Chevy’s Google-based infotainment system, which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as defaults. In addition to physical buttons and voice commands that support the touch-sensitive display, it has a helpful volume and tuning knob.
Users of the infotainment system can also save various trailer profiles to track maintenance and even manage trailer features via a smartphone app. The LT, LTZ, High Country, and ZR2 trim levels all come standard with a bigger 13.4-inch touchscreen and a wireless smartphone charging pad.