2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Duramax™ Diesel –
More Heavy. More Duty.
Chevy’s heavy-duty Silverado was completely redone for 2020, with greater capacities and a new look. It is longer, wider, and taller than the 2019 version, and its chrome grill looks huge when looking at it through your rearview mirror. Most truck folks absolutely love it…or they absolutely hate it. This truck has 20” chrome wheels, cab lights, huge trailer towing mirrors, LED fog lights, and a built-in step just ahead of the rear wheels to help load things in the bed. The hood has a large air scoop with the logos of Allison™ transmission and Duramax™.
Under the hood, you’ll find a 6.6-liter Duramax™ diesel, rated at 445-horses and 910-pound feet of torque. New for 2020 is a 10-speed Allison™ automatic transmission for improved fuel economy, although the EPA does not rate ¾-ton (and up!) trucks. If you’re looking for a gas version there is a 6.6-liter engine with over 400-horses and 464-pound feet of torque, more than enough power to handle the 18,500 pounds capacity.
Our test truck was the LTZ model with the Z71 off-road 4-wheel drive package. LTZ is next to the top-of-the-line High Country, and there are three trim levels beneath it. Inside this truck are captain chairs in the front and a 60/40 rear bench that folds up from the bottom to reveal a hidden cargo area.
All the controls in the dash are easy to understand and operate. The infotainment system is a touchscreen, and from it you operate audio, navigation, all the apps, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi Hotspot. The infotainment system features voice recognition, a rear-seat reminder, and a Bose™ Premium stereo system. There is a wireless phone charger, USB ports, a 12-volt power source, and a very handy 110-volt electrical outlet. Rear seat passengers have air conditioning vents, a couple of cup holders, USB ports, a power outlet, and heated rear seats.
The LTZ package comes well equipped, but this truck has almost $20,000 in options, half of that being the Duramax™ diesel. This truck has the Premium package which gives you cooled front seats, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, power sliding rear window, park assist, blind-spot monitoring, surround vision camera, a terrific heads-up display, and a power tailgate. You can lower the tailgate with the key fob, but you must push a button on the tailgate to raise it. Still, a power open and close aluminum tailgate is a very nice touch.
Chevy now offers new trailer towing mirrors that will extend out or fold in with the push of a button. Inside the 6’10” bed there is a bedliner, bed lighting and a 120-volt power outlet for tools. It is drilled for a 5th-wheel hitch, and one of the camera views will allow you to see the bed and any cargo back there.
With a camera that offers 15 different views you can see the front view, overhead view, at the rear bumper for hooking up, and a transparent trailer view. An optional camera can be mounted on the back of your trailer to be able to see behind you.
Chevy’s newest 2500 features both a redesigned independent front suspension and a new frame for 2020. It is a very quiet cab and the diesel engine is very quiet, also. With that, the interior is perhaps too quiet visually. Moving up to the High Country, where the visual vibe is amplified, will cost you an additional $12,400.
Total MSRP as equipped is $73,265 and that puts it in line with Ford and Ram offerings. The standard base price is $53,300.00.
This new Chevy Heavy-Duty has a capacity of 18,500 pounds. The Duramax™ with the Allison™ transmission work very well together. If you consider the gas engine while calculating the cost of the diesel option ($9,890.00), you’ll know you can buy a lot gas for a long time and travel lots of highway miles with the gasoline V8. Your money – your choice.