Though it might look essentially the same, the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Truck has been completely reworked on the inside, offering improvements in the structure, suspension, transmission, and engine. All of the cab and truck bed options are still available, so you can design a truck that fits your needs, whether for work or for family purposes. The 6.0 liter V-8 gasoline engine offers 322 horsepower, and the B20 biodiesel capable 6.6 liter engine is stronger than ever before at 397 horsepower. As a result, you can count on a quick start, merging into fast-moving traffic and getting from 0-60 mph in a mere 8.5 seconds.
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The transmission on the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Truck is a 6-speed automatic with overdrive, which shifts nicely when expected and offers plenty of muscle for merging and passing. A fully boxed frame is stiffer than previous models, which makes the truck more durable and provides a smoother ride. Axle hop is minimized with wider leaf springs on the rear suspension, giving better handling. The Silverado 3500HD tows an amazing 14,500 lbs with ease and is a giant of the truck world. Silverados offer torsion bars that can be adjusted to increase height, useful if you plan to add a heavy front mounted load, such as a snow plow. Packages for secure plow installation are available from your dealer. Take extra caution if you will spend a lot of time carrying such an item, as the impact on the frontend alignment is uncertain. You will feel confident with the larger, stronger brakes, and for diesel engines, you can now enjoy an exhaust brake. These now come with the security of better responsiveness, as they have been improved to include larger vented discs.
Other features such as trailer sway control, hill start assist, and stability control come standard for additional safety. Add options like a rear-back up camera, OnStar 9.0, and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell use to make your experience even more secure. Enjoy optional four wheel drive for traveling in snow and ice or sandy beaches and slippery docks. Fewer fill-ups are necessary with fuel capacities anywhere from 26 gallons to 36 gallons (standard) to 63.5 at the high end.
With the highest trim options, passengers get closer to the feel of a car than with any trucks in this class, even while hauling heavy loads or towing large trailers. Choices include the basic WT, the mid-range LT, and the classiest LTZ. The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Truck is available with long beds - eight feet total - for all cab sizes, with the exception of a standard bed option in crew cabs that do not have dual-rear wheels. While the ride is fairly smooth over rough terrain both empty and at maximum capacity, you can improve the ride with an upgrade to larger, better quality tires. The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Truck has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.