2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD Preview

Jeff Youngs | Feb 25, 2013
  • Two new colors for 2013: Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic
  • New bifuel option available with Extended Cab
  • Conventional gasoline-powered, diesel-powered, or CNG drivetrains
  • Optional heated and cooled seats
  • Optional navigation radio and dealer-installed Wi-Fi
  • Grade-braking capability now standard in normal driving mode, with the available 6-speed automatic transmission and gasoline engine, as well as in Tow/Haul mode
  • Slightly increased gross vehicle weight for some 3500HD models


General Motors has been producing trucks since 1930, introducing the Silverado name as a trim level in 1975 and adopting it as the badge for its standard truck in 1999. The Silverado is Chevrolet's full-size pickup truck. The basic model is the 1500; the 2500HD and the 3500HD are heavy-duty models, meaning they are rated to tow and haul heavier loads than the 1500 series, light-duty trucks. With the exception of some luxury and styling features, the various iterations of the Silverado are equivalent to the GMC Sierra. The Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD mainly compete with the Ford F-250 and F-350, and the Ram 2500 and 3500.

Exterior Features

In anticipation of redesigns for 2014, the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD are little changed for the 2013 model year. Both are available with a regular, Extended, or Crew Cab. The 2500HD is available in three trim levels: WT, LT and LTZ; the 3500HD is offered in WT or LT. The base trim features a chrome-surround grille, 17-inch steel wheels, daytime running lights, black door handles, and black manual outside mirrors. The upper trims upgrade the wheels and tires and add body-colored moldings and power outside mirrors. A heavy-duty Handling/Trailering Suspension package is standard. All Silverados are available with rear-wheel (2WD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD).

Interior Features

The WT trim offers vinyl or cloth seats, AM/FM radio, single-zone manual air conditioner, power door locks, daytime running lamps, and cruise control. The LT trim upgrades the seating fabric, features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and adds a stereo with CD player, speakers, driver-side seat adjuster, and more power features (including power windows). The LTZ trim adds leather-appointed front bucket seats, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, fog lamps, remote vehicle starter system, rear-window defogger, and power heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.

Optional Features

Options for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD models include the dealer-installed On The Job package, which is designed to protect the cargo box and make it easier to secure cargo. It includes a skid-resistant ribbed bed liner, molded bed rail protectors, and flush-mounted tie-down hooks. Many other options are available, including an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission, heavy-duty trailering equipment, tubular assist steps, splash guards, premium tires, a selection of hard or soft tonneau covers, color-coordinated carpeting, and a stationary tool box, plus much more.

Under the Hood

The standard power plant for the 2500HD is a Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 FlexFuel engine with variable valve timing that generates 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. The same engine in the 3500HD generates 322 horsepower. Available for both is the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine, which produces 765 lb.-ft. of torque and 397 horsepower. The Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with the latter engine. With the standard 6.0-liter V-8 engine, the 2500HD can tow 10,600 pounds or haul 4,058 pounds in the bed. The 3500HD can tow 16,100 pounds or haul 5,511 pounds. Four-wheel drive slightly reduces these numbers.


Standard safety features on the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD include driver- and passenger-side air bags, Stabilitrak, tire-pressure monitoring, and daytime running lamps. A rear-vision camera and rear park assist are also available.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 2WD received an overall rating anywhere from 2 to 4 (out of 5) stars for front crash protection, depending on cab style and whether or not the vehicle was equipped with side air bags. The Silverado 2500HD 2WD Crew Cab with side air bags earned 5 stars for side-impact crash protection, 4 stars without side air bags (the Regular Cab model without side air bags earned 2 stars). No test information is available for either model from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


A Tow/Haul mode modifies the automatic transmission shift schedule for heavy-duty pulling and hauling. Auto Grade braking helps control the vehicle on steep downgrades and saves wear and tear on the braking system, and an integrated trailer brake controller is available. OnStar with vehicle diagnostics is standard for a 6-month trial period. OnStar automatically runs hundreds of diagnostic and maintenance checks and sends the results via e-mail. The MyChevrolet mobile app permits remote start and temperature adjustment, locking and unlocking, and much more through a mobile phone.
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