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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

$35,500 — $59,900 MSRP
Regular Cab Pickup
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
  • Optional 6.2-liter V-8
  • Quiet cab
  • Seat comfort
  • Braking — loaded and unloaded
  • Composure while towing

The Bad

  • Steering wheel not centered on driver’s seat
  • Small windshield
  • No spotter mirror on right side
  • Ride quality with Z71 off-road equipment
  • Eight-speed automatic on higher trims only
  • 6.2-liter on higher trims only
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • 7-inch touchscreen radio, backup camera now standard
  • Updated grille styling for heavy-duty High Country, Z71 models
  • Remote locking tailgate available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking available
  • Eight-speed automatic available with 5.3-liter V-8

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: Full-size pickup trucks are Detroit’s bread and butter, and when Chevrolet last redesigned the Silverado, for 2014, it took a conservative approach with the styling, sticking with a traditional streel 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.

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New for 2018

A backup camera and 7-inch touchscreen radio are now standard. The tire pressure monitoring system now includes a tire-fill alert.

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD

The heavy-duty versions of the Silverado were redesigned for 2015, when they received stronger cargo boxes, new exterior styling with improved airflow, and new interior styling. For 2018, High Country and Z71 versions get updated grille styling.

What's Special

  • Standard 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter gas V-8
  • Available 445-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 910 pounds-feet of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 20,000 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch (3500HD with dual rear wheels)
  • Maximum fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing capacity of 23,300 pounds (3500HD ...

What it is: Full-size pickup trucks are Detroit’s bread and butter, and when Chevrolet last redesigned the Silverado, for 2014, it took a conservative approach with the styling, sticking with a traditional streel 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.

(Skip to details on the 2500HD and 3500HD)

New for 2018

A backup camera and 7-inch touchscreen radio are now standard. The tire pressure monitoring system now includes a tire-fill alert.

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD

The heavy-duty versions of the Silverado were redesigned for 2015, when they received stronger cargo boxes, new exterior styling with improved airflow, and new interior styling. For 2018, High Country and Z71 versions get updated grille styling.

What's Special

  • Standard 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter gas V-8
  • Available 445-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 910 pounds-feet of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 20,000 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch (3500HD with dual rear wheels)
  • Maximum fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing capacity of 23,300 pounds (3500HD with dual rear wheels)

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
15 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

overpriced

by Pete from Ava on October 19, 2018

i believe Chevrolet is overpriced when compared to competitors and resale of same 3500 series. A nice truck ,no doubt but to 10 thousand above competitors is hard to justify and i had not meant a ... Read full review

(5.0)

My first new truck.

by jessejameslnw from Prague, OK on October 7, 2018

I use this truck for work and it has done everything I have asked it to. It's comfortable, has plenty of power, and I could use $300. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker