2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Towing Capacity

March 12th, 2021 by

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The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD towing capacity comes in at 18,500 pounds, while the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD towing capacity tops out at 36,000 pounds. Of course, this isn’t all you should know if you’re getting ready to configure a heavy-duty Chevrolet truck of your own. We’ve detailed each of the Silverado HD engines and broken down maximum payload and tow ratings for both models.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Engines

Two engines are available for the 2021 Chevy Silverado HD, and they’re going to look familiar to drivers who’ve been following the changes year-to-year. Once again, you’ll be able to choose between the standard 6.6L V8 gas engine and an available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8. Here’s a closer look at their specs:

6.6L V8 Gas Engine: Standard

  • 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque
  • Paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Maximum towing capacity of 17,370 pounds

Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8: Available

  • 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque
  • Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Maximum towing capacity of 36,000 pounds

Which engine is right for you? Both engines are offered on 2500HD and 3500HD pickups. No matter which you’re considering, choosing the Duramax® diesel engine will allow you to enjoy much higher towing capacities on Chicago and job sites.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Towing Capacity & Payload

How will your choice of engine or trailer setup impact your Silverado 2500HD towing capacity? While precise capabilities will vary from configuration to configuration, your upper limits are as follows:

Silverado 2500HD: Conventional Towing

  • With V8 Gas: 14,500 pounds
  • With Duramax® V8: 18,500 pounds

Silverado 2500HD: Gooseneck/5th-Wheel Towing

  • With V8 Gas: 17,370 pounds
  • With Duramax® V8: 18,500 pounds

What about the 2021 Silverado 2500HD payload ratings? If you want to carry heavy cargo in your truck bed, keep these weight limits in mind:

  • With V8 Gas: Up to 3,979 pounds (2WD) / 3,965 pounds (4WD)
  • With Duramax® V8: Up to 3,715 pounds (2WD) / 3,715 pounds (4WD)

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Towing Capacity & Payload

Now let’s look at the larger, mightier 2021 Silverado 3500HD. Here’s how your capacities break down:

Silverado 3500HD: Conventional Towing

  • With V8 Gas + DRW: 16,800 pounds
  • With Duramax® V8 + DRW: 20,000 pounds

Silverado 3500HD: Gooseneck/5th-Wheel Towing

  • With V8 Gas + DRW: 17,200 pounds
  • With Duramax® V8 + DRW: 36,000 pounds

The 2021 Silverado 3500HD payload limits are no less impressive:

  • With V8 Gas: Up to 7,442 pounds (2WD, DRW) / 7,145 pounds (4WD, DRW)
  • With Duramax® V8: Up to 6,523 pounds (2WD, DRW) / 6,196 pounds (4WD, DRW)

The Silverado 3500HD can be had in SRW (single rear wheel) and DRW (double rear wheel) configurations. The latter is capable of accommodating much more weight.

Shop for a New Chevrolet Silverado HD at Badger Truck & Auto Group

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD towing capacity and payload limits will be more than sufficient for most drivers, but the Silverado 3500HD might be an even better fit for your commercial fleet. Find both models at Badger Truck & Auto Group in our vast inventory of new Chevy Silverado HD trucks. We’re easy to reach from anywhere near Milwaukee or .

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