What Is The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Towing Capacity?

October 22nd, 2020 by

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is one of the best trucks for towing, thanks to its solid construction, powerful engine options, and advanced towing features. It comes in three different versions —1500, 2500HD (Heavy-Duty), and 3500HD — with varying towing capacities. Learn from the truck pros at United Chevrolet Buick GMC about the towing capacity of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and how it compares to other trucks on the market.

Towing Capacities of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2020 Chevy Silverado

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The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers five engine options to suit the needs and preferences of different buyers.

  • 2.7-liter turbo-four: This base engine produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. When fitted with this engine, the truck has a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.
  • 4.3-liter V-6: This engine generates 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Although it delivers less power than the standard engine, this engine has a tow rating of 7,900 pounds.
  • 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6: The Chevy Silverado also comes with another V-6 engine, but this one is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine gives the truck impressive fuel-economy figures and a tow rating of 9,300 pounds.
  • 5.3-liter V-8: If you need significantly more lugging power, you can upgrade to this engine, which serves up 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine is a big step up in terms of towing limit, enabling the Silverado to pull up to 11,600 pounds.
  • 6.2-liter V-8: As the most potent engine in the lineup, this V-8 churns out a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. In the four-wheel-drive, Double-Cab configuration, this engine delivers a maximum towing capacity of 13,400 pounds.

These engines are mated to either a six-speed, eight-speed, or 10-speed automatic transmission. Some models come standard with rear-wheel drive, while others are equipped with all-wheel drive.

Towing Capacities of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD

For 2020, Chevrolet gave the most powerful Silverado trucks a complete overhaul, resulting in the all-new 2500HD and 3500HD. These two heavy-duty trucks have a standard 6.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to pull up to 18,510 pounds with a gooseneck trailer or fifth wheel. The engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission to send power to the rear wheels or all wheels.

If you won’t settle for anything less than the absolute best, go for the optional 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 that cranks out an incredible 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. Mated to an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, this monstrous engine gives the Silverado a mind-blowing towing capacity of 35,500 pounds.

Towing Features of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado

Besides potent engines, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado also comes with an array of towing features to enable you to pull heavy loads effectively and safely. 

The Silverado 1500 comes with the following towing features:

  • Trailering Package: This standard package consists of a trailering hitch platform, 2-inch receiver hitch, four-pin connector, seven-wire harness with a seven-way sealed connector, and an automatic locking rear differential.
  • Max Trailering Package: The optional Max Trailering Package includes an enhanced cooling radiator, handling/trailering suspension system, upgraded shock tuning, heavy-duty rear springs, 9.76-inch rear axle, integrated trailer brake controller, and additional trailering equipment.
  • Advanced Trailering Package: The Advanced Trailering Package offers an in-vehicle app that provides information such as mileage, fuel economy, and transmission temperature. It also comes with a trailer tire temperature and pressure monitoring system and hitch guidance with a hitch view.

In addition to having the trailering packages available on the Silverado 1500, the Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD also have a long list of tow-ready features, such as:

  • High-strength steel reinforcements in key areas of the truck, such as the frame and the floor of the cargo bed.
  • Heavy-duty chassis.
  • StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control.
  • Integrated trailer brake controller.
  • Tow/Haul mode.
  • Digital steering assist.
  • Rear-vision camera.

How Does the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Compare With Other Trucks In Terms of Towing Capacity?

As mentioned earlier, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado can tow up to 35,500 pounds when equipped with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 engine. Let’s see if any other truck on the market can match this figure. Below is a list of the most popular pickup trucks and their towing capacities:

  • 2020 Chevrolet Colorado: The Chevrolet Colorado comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a tow rating of 3,500 pounds. The capacity rises to 7,000 pounds with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 7,700 pounds with the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel inline-four engine.
  • 2020 Ford Ranger: Regardless of the trim level, the new Ford Ranger gets its power from a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine that enables it to pull up to 7,500 pounds.
  • 2020 Ford F-150: The Ford F-150 offers a wide range of engine options. With its 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine, the truck has a maximum towing capacity of 11,500 pounds. Its towing potential maxes out at 13,200 pounds when it’s fitted with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine.
  • 2020 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450: Ford’s F-Series Super-Duty trucks have an available Power Stroke 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine, which is rated at 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. This engine enables the F-250, F-350, and F-450 — when equipped with a gooseneck hitch — to lug 20,000 pounds, 21,200 pounds, and 37,000 pounds respectively.
  • 2020 RAM 1500: The RAM 1500 comes with three potent engines, but one of the most notable includes its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that delivers 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque and gives it a tow rating of 12,560 pounds. The truck also has a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that helps it pull up to 12,750 pounds.
  • 2020 RAM 2500 and 3500: The largest engine powering these two RAM trucks is the 6.7-liter High Output powertrain that generates 400 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, the RAM 2500 has a towing capacity of 19,680 pounds, while the RAM 3500 can tow up to 23,000 pounds or up to 35,100 pounds with a gooseneck hitch.

As you can see, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is right up there with the best of the best when it comes to towing capacity. If you want to know if this truck is the right choice for you, schedule a test drive with United Chevrolet Buick GMC.