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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab Review

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The Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks are Chevrolet's line of heavy-duty pickups meant for hauling big loads and other applications where power is the priority. Like its GMC twins the Sierra 2500 HD/3500 HD and heavy-duty rivals from Ford and Ram, the Silverado HD comes in a variety of trims, from just-the-basics to versions with leather interiors and premium sound systems. Also like its rivals, the Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD can be had with a gasoline or diesel engine, the latter of which has exceptional – but not class-leading – towing capacity. For 2013, a bi-fuel system is available on the 2500 HD that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas, the latter of which has the potential to provide cost savings depending on where fuel prices go.

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If you've been a longtime Chevy Silverado HD fan and it's time to trade in your old rig, the features in the 2013 model should help you remain loyal. For those looking to potentially save fuel costs, the compressed natural gas option may make the Silverado 2500 HD more tempting.

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Even the most powerful Silverado HD won't grant you bragging rights when it comes to towing ability and torque. In the never-ending quest for "best in class" for those stats, the leader (at least for 2013) is the Ram 3500 with its 30,000-pound max trailering capacity and 850 lb-ft of torque.

What's New for 2013

A bi-fuel system is available on 2500 HD models with the 6.0-liter engine and extended cab. With it, the truck can run on regular gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). Also, the Duramax 6.6-liter V8 diesel engine is now available on 3500 HD chassis cab models.

Driving the Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab

Driving Impressions After testing several Silverado HD trucks with gasoline and diesel engines, long and short beds, and in various trim levels, we found all exhibited a firm suspension, good steering ability,...

and a fairly compliant ride. We are particularly fond of versions with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 under the hood that boasts 397 horsepower and a stout 765 lb-ft of torque. When pulling a 10,000-pound trailer, the 2500 HD had no qualms whatsoever. The 3500 HD model with that engine can pull 18,000 pounds in conventional towing, and 23,100 in fifth-wheel setups. The diesel engine is a bit loud, but once inside the passenger compartment much of the noise is mitigated.

SMART EXHAUST BRAKE
This feature on diesel models works by progressively restricting the engine's exhaust, depending on speed and grade of descent, to help slow the truck using compression braking.

BI-FUEL SYSTEM
Available on 2500 HD extended-cab models as an $11,000 option, this system enables the Silverado to run on traditional gasoline or compressed natural gas. The CNG tank takes up some bed space near the front, but can potentially save you money by using the alternative fuel.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab Details
Interior

The 2013 Chevy Silverado HD's interior varies widely depending on what trim and cab configuration you choose. A base WT model with regular cab, for example, seats three on a vinyl bench and has few frills, not even power windows. It's made to be exactly what its initials stand for: a work truck. Extended-cab models, meanwhile, expand passenger count to six with a rear bench. Crew cabs are also configured to seat six or, with individual front seats, five. Foremen, meanwhile, can appreciate the premium, leather-lined accommodations of LTZ models. When properly equipped, the Silverado HD can serve as a rolling office thanks to multiple power outlets and the option of becoming a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

Exterior

The 2013 Silverado HD comes in two flavors: the 2500 and 3500, representing 3/4-ton and 1-ton models. Though each shares the boxy overall element of the Silverado 1500, these heavy-duty versions are even bolder with a larger chrome grille and a raised power-dome hood. The even-heavier-duty 3500 models can be had as a dualie with a pair of dual rear wheels. If you plan to park your Silverado HD in the garage, make sure it can fit. Even with a regular cab, at 225 inches, the Silverado HD is more than two feet longer than the Chevy Impala full-size sedan. Crew-cab versions with a long box, meanwhile, measure 259.1 inches, or over 21 feet in length.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base WT form, Silverado HD models won't exactly baste you in luxury. These are work trucks through and through, and part of that work will be cranking your own windows unless you pay for the option or upgrade. However, the base models are equipped with a powerful V8, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, air conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM stereo, and a heavy-duty handling/trailering suspension package. LT trims add features such as power windows/doors, a CD player and premium cloth seating. Top-line LTZ models come with steering-wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth, Bose premium sound, leather seats and a heavy-duty locking rear differential. All 3500 HD models get the locking differential and heavy-duty trailering equipment.

Optional Equipment

All trims of the 2013 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD can be had with the more powerful Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel engine, as well as 4-wheel drive in place of the standard rear-wheel drive. Other options vary by trim, and range from power windows and door locks in base models to a rearview camera and heated and cooled leather seats in top trims. Creature-comfort options include a touch-screen navigation system and premium audio, while work-related add-ons include an EZ-Lift tailgate, snow-plow prep package and dual 125-amp alternators. 2500 HD models with the 6.0-liter V8 and extended cab can be equipped with a bi-fuel system that enables the engine to run on gasoline or compressed natural gas.

Under the Hood

Two engines are available on 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD models: a 6.0-liter gasoline V8 that's flex-fuel capable, or a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that can run on B20 biodiesel fuel. For 2013, the gasoline engine can be modified as a factory option to also run on compressed natural gas (doing so lowers power output). In addition to offering much more power than the gasoline engine, the diesel offers an exhaust braking feature to help slow the truck on descents. To reduce emissions, the diesel engine uses a urea-based fluid in a 5.3-gallon tank that needs to be replaced every 5,000 miles. Both engines are linked to 6-speed automatic transmissions, with a heavy-duty Allison 1000 available for the diesel. The EPA does not rate the fuel economy on heavy-duty trucks such as the Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD.

6.0-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8
397 horsepower @ 3,000 rpm
765 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 109 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

was a great truck

By on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "rides nice for a 1 ton Dually"

Cons: "nothing bad to say about truck"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"hit a 1500 # cow going 65 mph and walked away but know its totaled . hoping to get a new one! took trip to Florida and pulled 45' 5th wheel with no problems."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

This is the best truck i have owned.

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,350

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "At $47.500.00 it is well worth it."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I hate that I have to let her go, This truck has everything including a engine brake. We used here to pull a live stock trailer and she never let us down " She can pull anything no joke " My wife drove it more than me she loves the comfort, and the feeling of being safe while driving the truck. Like I said I hate letting her go."

21 people out of 45 found this review helpful

Good Design, Decent power, Good 4x4 Unit

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,850

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Enterior space and versatility"

Cons: "Miles Per Gallon"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

2007 Silverado 3500HD Crewcab 4x4 53850 Miles

"No complaints other than it could be better on fuel The best I've ever got out of it was 13 highway Average MPG is around 11 to 12 For a small block gas motor it does decent"

27 people out of 52 found this review helpful

2007 Silverado 3500HD Crewcab 4x4 53850 Miles

very nice truck

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 326,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this truck for a while now and love the truck. i would say it would pull anything you want to put behind it. also l and I have had no problems with this truck other than the normal over the road maintenance that it need. the two things I would say to be cons it the amount of room in the truck because I'm 6"3 and I would like to have more room. second I would say the winters are hard do to the fuel filter I've had to put in this truck when winter hits. other any that it's a great truck. hope to make this truck as far has it will go."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Good truck. Nothing fancy.

By on Thursday, January 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "No frills work truck. Very quiet smooth diesel."

Cons: "Wish it had more towing capacity."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Compared with the Fords and Rams, the Chevy 3500 HD dually is plain vanilla. Doesn't have the styling of either one of those, but I use this strictly as a hauling and towing vehicle. No King Ranch or Big Horn fur-fru appointments. Where this truck really outshines the others is in the Isuzu-made diesel engine. It's smooth, very quiet and powerful. I routinely haul 20k plus trailer loads and whlie Im pushing the limits of what it can handle - and it feels like it - this truck chugs along as it should. The Fords and Rams have rattle box diesels by comparison. If you like that sound, get one of those. This is my second 3500HD diesel from Chevy and Ive had zero mechanical or electrical problems. But the paint is peeling in a couple of places....not real bad but annoying and the dealer acted like he was doing me a favor by fixing it - within the warrantee period. Sometimes I look at the new 1 ton trucks by Ford and Ram because they have much higher towing capacity than my 2011, but they run almost 70k ! Ouch. Unless I come into some $ or this truck starts crapping out, its a keeper."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great Truck

By on Monday, November 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have put 160,000 miles on it towing 18k for about 40k miles, couldnt ask for a better more reliable truck. Very comfy to drive!"

59 people out of 98 found this review helpful

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