Chevy’s first truck dates back to the 1918 One-Ton with a whopping 36 horsepower. Twenty years later, the Half-Ton appears as a quintessential pickup in the later years of the Great Depression. And while the Bel Air was getting all the attention in the 1950s, Chevy’s Cameo quietly introduced car-like features to the pickup world.
Chevy trucks’ advancement continued with the 1960 debut of the legendary C/K series that embraced style and substance. By the late 1980s, the C/K line had recast itself as a modern pickup with contemporary looks, including quad rectangular headlights and driver-friendly technology. This truck offered the first four-wheel-drive on-the-fly system.
But everything changed with Chevrolet pickup trucks upon the 1999 introduction of the all-new Silverado, a 21st-century truck able to hold its against Ford and Dodge/RAM. You can learn about all three generations of this Chevy best-seller by reading our article, What to Know About the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pickup.
As you begin a search of used Chevy trucks for sale, we’ll look at more recent offerings of the Silverado 1500. We’ll also explore the Silverado 2500/3500 HD series and check out the Chevrolet Colorado compact pickup. You’ll have the information necessary to look for used Chevy trucks for sale near you.
2019 Chevrolet trucks underwent a transformation with the release of the fourth-generation Silverado. Innovations like a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine make this newest Silverado efficient and capable. To assist in your search for used Chevy pickup trucks for sale, we’ll look at the details of this Silverado. Remember that certain features such as cab type, powerplants, and equipment can differ by trim and model year.
Also, keep in mind that the 2022 Chevy Silverado benefits from a refresh. But you may also come across a 2022 Silverado Limited, which is, in essence, a carryover of Chevrolet trucks from 2021. Remember this as you look for used trucks for sale.
The best tool is one that’s right for the job, and that’s how many truck buyers think of a pickup. Work-focused owners will rely on a two-door regular cab with room for up to three people; it’s only available in the base WT trim. But everyday driving may require a second row of seats.
For the Silverado, this begins with the double cab that has two standard doors in the front and two smaller access doors in the back. The Silverado also comes in a crew cab version with four standard doors for additional legroom and easier rear-seat entry and exit.
Silverado cargo bed lengths vary by the cab style and model, But, in general, the longer the cab, the shorter the bed. The regular cab comes with either a 6.6-foot or 8.1-footbed, while the double cab is only available with the 6.6-foot configuration. A 6.6-foot or 5.8-foot cargo bed joins with the Silverado crew cab.
The idea of a full-sized pickup with a four-cylinder engine was a head-scratcher for some when Chevy made a turbo 2.7-liter the Silverado’s base power plant. But, its 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque quickly proved more than capable.
The newest version of this engine now makes 420 lb-ft of torque. This tiny but mighty engine now replaces the 4.3-liter V-6 that long served as the base power plant for the Silverado. The six-cylinder option got dropped for the 2022 model year.
A search for Diesel trucks for sale should also include Silverados with the 3.0-liter Duramax. It’s an inline-six turbo-Diesel with 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. And while Ford recently axed the Diesel option for the F-150, Chevy soldiers on with the Duramax.
And V-8 lovers can rest assured that the Silverado still has something for them. Most trims are available with a 5.3-liter V-8 making 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Many versions also have access to a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The 2.7-liter engine combines with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all other powerplants come with a ten-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard across most of the Silverado lineup, with four-wheel-drive (4WD) included with the Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss, and ZR2 trims. Otherwise, 4WD is optional.
Like its Ford and RAM rivals, Chevy offers its bread-and-butter pickup in various trims. These choices range from a bare-bones option to Silverados with luxury features or impressive off-road capabilities.
While the Silverado 1500 is capable of most tasks, some situations call for even more ability. This is when the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD comes in handy. Here’s a quick glance at what the 2500 HD (latest model) can handle.
|TRAILERING||Gas Engine||Diesel Engine|
|Conventional||14,500 lbs.||18,510 lbs.|
|Gooseneck/5th Wheel||17,370 lbs||18,510 lbs.|
|PAYLOAD||Gas Engine||Diesel Engine|
|Rear-Wheel Drive||3,979 lbs.||3,715 lbs.|
|Four-Wheel Drive||3,965 lbs.||3,715 lbs.|
Like its smaller sibling, the 2500 HD comes in three cab configurations: standard, double cab, or crew cab. The standard cab only comes with a long bed (8.1 feet). But the double cab and crew cab are available with the long bed or 6.8-foot standard bed.
Five trims are available for the 2500 HD: WT, LT, Custom, LTZ, and High Country. The standard powertrain is a 6.6-liter gas engine with 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque and paired to a six-speed automatic. For more Chevy Diesel trucks for sale, consider models equipped with the optional Duramax 6.6-liter turbocharged-V-8 Diesel (445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque). It’s got a ten-speed automatic gearbox.
The Silverado 3500 HD shares many similarities (trims and powertrains, to name a few) with the 2500 HD, but it excels at towing and hauling.
|TRAILERING||Gas Engine||Diesel Engine|
|Conventional||16,800 lbs. (DRW)||20,000 lbs. (DRW)|
|Gooseneck/5th Wheel||17,200 lbs (SRW)||36,000 lbs. (DRW)|
|PAYLOAD||Gas Engine||Diesel Engine|
|Rear-Wheel Drive||7,442 lbs. (DRW)||6,523 lbs. (DRW)|
|Four-Wheel Drive||7,145 lbs. (DRW)||6,196 lbs. (DRW)|
Other variations include slightly different cab/cargo bed configurations. The standard bed is only available with the crew cab, while the long bed can be paired with all three cab styles. In addition, while the Silverado 2500 HD has a single rear-wheel (SRW) arrangement, the 3500 HD is available with a dual-rear-wheel (DRW) setup.
Chevy offers other commercial trucks besides the Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD, including the Silverado Chassis Cab and Silverado 3500 HD Chassis Cab. These beefier vehicles are used for more rugged duty and have purpose-built backends for construction, landscaping, or electrical work. Chevy utility trucks for sale may look the same upfront but are quite different behind the cab.
Chevrolet Trucks for sale aren’t just about the Silverado and Silverado HD; we’re talking about the trusty Chevrolet Colorado.
The Chevy Colorado has been serving compact truck owners for almost 20 years and often goes head-to-head with the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier. This Chevy is the ideal alternative for a truck shopper who doesn’t want or need a larger Silverado. We’ll skip the history lesson on first-generation Colorado and cover more recent versions of the second-gen model.
To begin with, the base powertrain is a 3.6-liter V-6 making 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Optional (LT and ZR1 only) is a turbocharged 2.8-liter four-cylinder Diesel (181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque) with a six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive available.
Colorado comes in either the extended cab (similar to the double cab) or crew cab configuration. Along (6.1 feet) cargo bed is available with either cab style, but the short (5.1 feet) bed only comes with the crew cab. Trims are significantly pared down, too: choose from WT, LT, or ZR1).
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