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Chevy Will Get The Job Done

The 2020 Chevrolet lineup offers a prime opportunity for anyone interested in joining the ranks of millions of satisfied Chevy truck owners. If you count yourself among them, you can choose from either the lighter Colorado or its full-sized sibling, the Silverado. For the latter, there’s the accessible 1500 models to consider, or you could opt for heavy-duty powerhouses like the 2500HD and 3500HD – each of which delivers progressively heightened performance capabilities.

Colorado

Amongst the selection of Chevy’s trucks, if you find yourself on a tighter budget but still desire a work-horse vehicle, look no further than the Chevy Colorado. Starting at $21,300, the base model will give you a powerful machine that even Chevy refers to as “The midsize truck with full-size capability” with the ability to tow up to 7,700 lbs, or to carry a 1,578 lb payload.

Let’s say you want to purchase the Colorado, but are not entirely satisfied with the base engine, luckily for you, Chevrolet offers three engines for the Colorado. Each engine is a suitable choice, but you’ll find one of them might fit you better. You will get the choice of the standard 2.5L 4-cylinder, 3.6L DOHC V6, and the Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel.

At the lowest end, 2.5L 4-Cylinder engine allows up to 3,500 lb towing capacity while including 191 lb-ft of torque and 200 horsepower. You can expect to see 20 mpg in the city and roughly 26 mpg during highway travel. This is promptly outpaced by the more powerful 3.6L DOHC V6 engine, which features a whopping 308 horsepower with 275 lb-ft of torque and is slightly less fuel-efficient at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway due to its ability to tow up to 7,000 lbs.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can opt for the 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine for 369 lb-ft of torque and a very impressive 7,700 lb towing capacity. While also pushing 30 mpg during highway travel, making it one of the most tempting engine choices for your new Colorado.

We believe safety is something that Chevy always does right. Your Colorado comes equipped with some great safety features that are designed to not only protect you and your loved ones inside of the vehicle but also help protect those outside as well. The Colorado can detect if a pedestrian is in front of your car and may even automatically apply the brakes if you don’t react quick enough. This technology also stays in effect to avoid any collisions with another vehicle in front of your car. Parking and maneuvering are as easy as it’s ever been thanks to a “birds-eye” view of the area surrounding your car on the center display, which should help you get that perfect fit when you’re parallel parking.

A blue 2020 Chevy Colorado, popular among Chevy trucks, is driving on a dirt road.

Silverado

The head-honcho of Chevy trucks starts at the Silverado 1500, and this is where things start getting serious. Starting at $28,300, you are given a total of six engines to choose from which you can expect nothing but pure strength. You can tow up to 13,400 lbs and carry a 2,250 lb payload meaning this is the machine to get the job done. The Silverado is very customizable, and Chevy gives you eight trims to choose from: the LTZ, LT Trail Boss, RST, LT, Custom Trail Boss, Custom, and Work Truck. Each trim offers varying capabilities mixed with stylish preset exteriors. No matter the task, the Silverado should be your next choice.

Deciding on which engine to equip your new Chevy Silverado with can be a tough decision, and because it features six engines to select from, this task is also daunting. You can choose the Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine if you want a quiet yet powerful engine with 277 horsepower, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and 460 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, you can expect 23 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway.

Next up is the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6, which utilizes AFM (Active Fuel Management), meaning the engine will dynamically switch parts of itself off depending on workload. This EcoTec3 V6 engine supports a 6-speed automatic transmission, 285 horsepower with 305 lb-ft of torque. The 2.7L Turbo engine with AFM cranks this up to 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque with its 8-speed automatic transmission. The next three engines are the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with Dynamic or Active fuel management, the former being able to shut off up to seven cylinders based on workload. The third engine, the 6.2L V8, supports a best-in-class 420 horsepower with 460 lb-ft of torque and an impressive 13,400 lb towing capacity on its 10-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2L V8 is a beastly engine and is the ultimate choice for your Silverado 1500 to fully maximize its potential.

The safety features in the Silverado 1500 are enhanced equivalents of those found on the Colorado. The most enhanced is the cameras that give you visionary feedback on your surroundings from up to 15 different camera angles and views. You can keep track of your speed through the HUD (head-up display), which projects your speed onto your window in front of you, meaning you no longer have to take your eyes off the road to know how fast you’re going. If you are going less than 50 mph, the automatic emergency braking feature will apply emergency braking to prevent collision with a vehicle in front of you. It’s important to prioritize safety when purchasing a vehicle, and these Silverado’s are no joke when it comes to safety features.

A white 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 is driving on a dirt road near a lake.

Silverado HD

We get it, you want more, and that’s where the Silverado HD comes in. Let’s say you’re no stranger to trailering things the size of a small house; then this is the vehicle for you. The 2500 HD allows you to tow up to 18,510 lbs which is very impressive on its own, but immediately outpaced by the 3500 HD where towing capability is raised to a class-leading 35,500 lbs. Simply put, the 3500 HD is the ultimate Chevy 4×4.. Starting at $36,500, this truck packs a punch when it comes to the competition and is loaded with state of the art features and sheer performance. The Silverado HD gives you five trims to select from with varied aesthetics, chrome handlebars, side steps, and wheel sizes. The trims you can choose from are the High Country, LTZ, LT, Custom, and Work Truck.

For the Silverado 2500 HD/3500 HD, your car comes equipped with a 6.6L V8 Gas Engine, which is a 6-speed automatic transmission with a maximum 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft torque. This is a great engine for towing things up to 17,370 lbs. However, if you decide to upgrade this engine, you will be greeted by a Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine, which delivers an incredible 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired with a 10-speed transmission, and you can get class-leading capability, with the ability to trailer up to 35,500 lbs with the 3500HD. Simply put, this is the ultimate engine for the ultimate truck.

The Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD features a touch screen display connected to a variety of services for you to connect to, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can even turn your Silverado HD into a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, which would work wonders on camping trips. You are also given a wireless charging pad for your phone, and six USB data ports for charging all of your devices.

Making Your Choice Easier

We definitely believe that Chevy understands what it takes to be a worthy competitor in the modern day of automotive manufacturing. When it comes to premier four-wheel drive trucks, Chevy should be your first consideration for their quality, durability, and longevity. One-hundred years of quality and customer assurance is nothing to gawk at and is one of the many reasons why they may be the perfect brand for you. Why not start your adventure here with the 2020 Chevy Truck lineup?

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