The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado
is a series of full-size pickup trucks manufactured by General Motors (GM). It’s mechanically identical to the GMC Sierra, although there are some minor cosmetic differences. The Silverado is also re-badged as the Chevrolet Cheyenne is sold in Mexico. The Silverado replaced Chevrolet’s C/K line of pickups in 1998, and the Silverado is named after one of the trim levels in the C/K series. The Silverado is currently in its third generation, which entered production for the 2014 model year. This version of the Silverado received the North American International Auto Show's Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) award
The Silverado is available in heavy-duty (HD) consisting of the 1500, 2500 and 3500 models. These models generally correspond to the ¼-ton, ½-ton and ¾-ton truck classifications, respectively. The HD variants of the Silverado are intended for towing and hauling heavy cargo, so they have generally have stronger bodies and heavier suspension than their lighter counterparts. The 3500 is the largest non-commercial truck that Chevrolet makes. The primary difference between the 2500 HD and 3500 HD is the 3500 HD has twin wheels in the rear and heavier suspension.
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2018 Chevy Silverado Platform
The third generation of the Chevy Silverado represents a major redesign for this series. GM changed the platform of the Silverado from the 900 to the K2XX in 2014, which isn't currently used by any of GM’s other vehicle lines. The K2XX platform has a fully-boxed frame made from high-strength steel with hydroforming technology. The cab's frame is also made from high-strength steel, although the hood, engine block and control arms are made of aluminum to save weight. The bed is made from roll-formed steel rather than stamped steel for greater strength.
Silverado 3500 Body Styles
A 7.0-inch touchscreen
is a standard feature on the WT trim level of the Silverado 3500 for the first time in 2018. Rearview cameras have also been added to all versions of the Silverado with a cargo box. A tire fill alert that makes an audible tone when a tire has been fully inflated has also been added to the High Country and Z71 trims for the 2018 models. The graphics on the 4x4 and Z71 badges have also been redesigned. The premium colors Cajun Red Tintcoat, Havana Metallic and Iridiscent Pearl Tricoat have been added to the exterior color choices for models with a crew cab.
Silverado 3500 Powertrain
The standard engine for the 2018 Silverado 3500HD is a 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine that produces 360 horsepower (hp) and 380 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque. This engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with a 3.73 rear axle ratio. It’s also available with an option that allows it to run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG).
A 6.6-liter turbo diesel V8 is also available as an option, which produces 445 hp and 910 lb-ft. This engine is connected to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission with a 4.10 rear axle ratio, which is more robust than the standard transmission. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard for all versions of the 2018 Silverado 3500, with four-wheel drive (4WD) available as an option.
Silverado 3500 Performance and Handling
The Silverado has abundant low-end torque that provides strong acceleration off the line, especially the more powerful 6.6-liter turbo diesel engine. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, even under full-throttle acceleration. The turbo diesel engine takes the 2018 Silverado 3500 from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The Silverado 3500 can haul up to 7,153 pounds and tow up to 23,300 pounds when properly configured with the turbo diesel engine.
The cornering capability of the Silverado 3500 with a crew cab, long bed and DRW is 0.68 g. This figure means it’s surprisingly agile in turns, given its size. The 3500 has minimal body roll when cornering during normal driving. It maneuvers into tight spaces well, even with a DRW setup. The Silverado 3500 is also very drivable on the open road.
The braking is strong and consistent, bringing this vehicle to a stop from 60 mph in 199 feet. The exhaust brake and cruise control do a good job of keeping the Silverado 3500’s downhill speed under control.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn't provide estimates on fuel economy for trucks as large as the Silverado 3500. Real-world testing indicates that its fuel economy on the highway should be in the range of 18 to 19 miles per gallon (mpg).
Request a quote on a Chevy Silverado 3500 by calling us at (866) 892-2302. You can also schedule an appointment for a test drive at Gunn Chevrolet in Selma. Our friendly staff can answer all of your questions and help you find the best Silverado 3500 for your needs. You can also take a Virtual Test Drive without leaving your home, which includes interior and exterior views of the Silverado 3500 in a virtual environment!
2018 Silverado Technology
The 2018 Silverado 3500 makes use of advanced technology in several areas, including the infotainment system, smartphones and voice control. These technologies include the MyLink infotainment system, which has been available in GM’s vehicles since the 2012 model year. The menus are easy to use, especially with the 8-inch touchscreen.
The Silverado supports the Apple CarPlay standard that allows you to control iPhones with the vehicle’s touchscreen, especially for downloading and playing music. The Android Auto mobile app allows you to operate Android devices with the Silverado’s touchscreen. Voice controls allow the driver to operate the display with less driver distraction. You can access the Google Voice and Siri apps holding the talk button on your smartphone down, which allows you to control your smartphone via voice.
Silverado 3500 Exterior
The Silverado 3500 has a square front end with well-defined fender flares. A prominent hood scoop and its double-stacked headlights are also defining characteristics of the 3500. The standard exterior colors for the 2018 Silverado 3500 are Black, Graphite Metallic, Havana Metallic and Summit White. The premium colors are Cajun Red Tintcoat, Deep Ocean Blue Metallic and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, which are available for an extra charge.
Silverado 3500 Interior
The interior colors of the 2018 Silverado are jet black with ash grey trim. The combination of the highly adjustable driver’s seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals allow drivers of many sizes to obtain the seating position they want. The seating in the 2018 Silverado 3500 is spacious, especially for the crew cab. Drivers of all sizes should find the headroom and legroom to be more than adequate.
The interior of the Silverado 3500 is highly functional, with a basic user-friendly dashboard. The control buttons are large and easy to read, allowing you to operate them with minimal references to the owner’s manual. It also has grab handles and side steps in the right places to help with entering this large truck. The large towing mirrors help determine where the corners of the 3500 are when changing lanes. The interior body panels are put together well to prevent shaking and rattling.
2018 Silverado 3500 Trims
The 2018 3500 has four trims, including the WT, LT, LTZ and High Country. Each trim level has all of the features of the one below it except as otherwise noted. Some of the features that are standard on a higher trim level are available as options on a lower trim. Teen Driver mode is standard on all trim levels of the Silverado 3500. This feature allows the owner to monitor the truck’s location and speed when driven by someone else. It also mutes the radio until all the seatbelts are buckled. A trailer-camera system installed by the dealership mounts cameras to the exterior side mirrors.
The WT is the base trim level for the Silverado 3500 and is targeted for owners who plan to use as a work truck at a job site. The standard features of the WT trim’s infotainment system include a seven-inch touchscreen with a six-speaker audio system. It also has Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth and voice control. The standard features for this trim include 18-inch steel wheels with SRW and 17-inch wheels with DRW. Power windows are also available as standard features for the double and crew cabs.
The following features are also standard on the 2018 Silverado 3500 WT:
• Air conditioning
• Seven-pin wiring harness with a trailer brake controller
• Tow mirrors
• Rearview camera
• 40/20/40-split front bench seat
• Vinyl upholstery
• Rubberized floors
• Driver information display
• Power door locks
• Cruise control
• Tilt-only steering wheel
Options for the WT include a satellite radio and OnStar with a 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Silverado 3500 LT is the minimum trim level intended for family comfort. It includes all of the options on the WT’s infotainment system as standard features and also upgrades the touchscreen to eight inches. Additional standard features of the LT trim include the following:
• Alloy wheels
• Heated mirrors
• Auto-dimming rearview mirror
• Cloth upholstery
• Power accessories
• Remote locking and unlocking
• Remote lift and lower tailgate
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel
The Convenience package is also available as an option for the LT trim, which includes power-adjustable driver's seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and remote start.
The LTZ trim of the Silverado 3500 adds options that provide greater luxury over the LT trim such as chrome accents on the door handles, mirrors and moldings. Additional standard features of the LTZ include the following:
• Power-adjustable and heated front seats
• Driver's seat memory settings
• Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
• Power sliding rear window with defogger
• Power folding mirrors
• Leather upholstery
• Dual-zone climate control
• Fog lights
• Remote engine start
• 110-volt power outlet
The Driver Alert package is available as an option on the LTZ, which adds lane departure and forward collision warnings. It also includes the Safety Alert Driver Seat, which causes the driver’s seat to vibrate when the lane departure or parking sensors are activated.
The High Country trim is the highest trim level for the 2018 Silverado 3500. It adds the Driver Alert package as a standard feature. The High Country trim also replaces the standard sound system to a Bose system. Additional standard features for the High Country trim include the following:
• Upgraded leather upholstery
• Wireless phone charging
• Power-adjustable pedals
• 20-inch chrome wheels
• Body-colored bumpers
• Ventilated front seats
• Cargo box tie-downs
• Navigation system
• Spray-in bed liner
• Redesigned grille
• Side-assist steps
Many option packages on the 2018 Silverado 3500 are independent of trim package. These include the Gooseneck / 5th Wheel Prep package, which adds improved towing capability. The Snow Plow Prep package adds the heavy-duty front springs and wiring necessary to support a snow plow. The Z71 Appearance Off-Road package adds heavier shocks, all-terrain tires, trailer package, and unique interior and exterior accents.
The cabin of the Chevy Silverado 3500 has many pockets for storing small items in both the front and rear compartments. These pockets are primarily located in the doors and center console, and the Silverado 3500 also has two glove boxes. The rear compartment can also store larger items by folding up the rear seats. Three car seats can also fit in the Silverado 3500 easily. The rear seats have two sets of lower latch anchors and three shelf anchors, providing a range of options for securing car seats.
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