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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

$34,261 — $63,797 USED
Truck
2-6 Seats
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Eight-speed transmission's performance
  • Acceleration
  • Quiet cab
  • Seat comfort
  • Braking, loaded and unloaded

The Bad

  • Steering wheel not centered on driver's seat
  • Small windshield
  • No spotter mirror on right side
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • Light-duty 1500 gets new front-end styling
  • Remote locking tailgate available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone-mirroring available
  • Forward collision warning available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Full-size pickup trucks are Detroit's bread and butter, and when Chevrolet redesigned the Silverado for 2014 it took a conservative approach with the styling and stuck with a traditional steel frame and body. The Silverado 1500 shares its platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are significant styling differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes. Competitors include the Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra. The Silverado comes in regular-cab, double-cab and crew-cab body styles, and cargo-box lengths range from 5 feet 8 inches to 8 feet.

For truck buyers who need to tow 20,000 pounds or more there are 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions of the Silverado, which were updated last year.

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New for 2016
All models get new front-end styling with prominent horizontal elements and LED accent lighting. High-intensity-discharge headlights are standard and LED headlights are available. The eight-speed automatic transmission is now available with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine on LTZ and High Country trim levels while wireless phone charging is included on all models with front bucket seats.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available and let passengers access apps from compatible smartphones through the Silverado's dashboard screen. A remote locking tailgate is also available, and High Country models can have power-retractable running boards.
Significant Standard Features

  • 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V...
Vehicle Overview

Full-size pickup trucks are Detroit's bread and butter, and when Chevrolet redesigned the Silverado for 2014 it took a conservative approach with the styling and stuck with a traditional steel frame and body. The Silverado 1500 shares its platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are significant styling differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes. Competitors include the Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra. The Silverado comes in regular-cab, double-cab and crew-cab body styles, and cargo-box lengths range from 5 feet 8 inches to 8 feet.

For truck buyers who need to tow 20,000 pounds or more there are 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions of the Silverado, which were updated last year.

(Skip to details on the: Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD)
New for 2016
All models get new front-end styling with prominent horizontal elements and LED accent lighting. High-intensity-discharge headlights are standard and LED headlights are available. The eight-speed automatic transmission is now available with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine on LTZ and High Country trim levels while wireless phone charging is included on all models with front bucket seats.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available and let passengers access apps from compatible smartphones through the Silverado's dashboard screen. A remote locking tailgate is also available, and High Country models can have power-retractable running boards.
Significant Standard Features

  • 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Hill start assist
  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8
  • 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Remote locking tailgate
  • Power side steps
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD
The heavy-duty versions of the Silverado were redesigned last year when they received stronger cargo boxes, new exterior styling with improved airflow and new interior styling.

For 2016, Digital Steering Assist power steering that continuously adjusts assist is available on double-cab and crew-cab trucks. A new Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package includes a spray-in bedliner. Also newly available is wireless phone charging, a remote locking tailgate, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
What's Special

  • Standard 360-hp, 6.0-liter gas V-8
  • Available 301-hp, 6.0-liter compressed natural gas or gas V-8
  • Available 397-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 765 pounds-feet of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 20,000 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch
  • Maximum fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing capacity of 23,200 pounds

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
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Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

Grate truck

by Vimar from texas on May 24, 2018

This is the perfect match the i was looking for Excellent price and people are the dealer and got out really fast i recommended 100% Read full review

(5.0)

excellent truck

by bogman from cataumet, ma. on March 19, 2018

good value for the money fits the needs of my business truck equipped the way I would order one and overall it fits my needs Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Silverado 3500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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