What’s the Difference Between 1500, 2500, and 3500 in Trucks?

April 30th, 2018 by

2018 Silverado 2500

What’s the difference between 1500, 2500, and 3500 in trucks? Around North Pole, you’ll see 1500, 2500, and 3500 designations used across popular manufacturers, including Chevy, GMC, RAM and Ford. However, it’s common not to understand what the difference is between 1500, 2500, and 3500 in trucks.Here’s a rundown on the differences between these pickups to help you choose which new truck works for you.

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What’s the Difference Between 1500, 2500, and 3500 in Trucks?

These truck differences used to come down to the amount each one could haul in tons. The estimation was rough, but things generally broke down like this:

  • 1500: Half-Ton
  • 2500: Three-Quarter-Ton
  • 3500: One Ton

You’ll still sometimes see 1500 trucks referred to as half-tons, but these days, those labels don’t really describe these trucks’ true capabilities.

Instead, the 1500 is a light-duty truck, while the 2500 and 3500 are considered heavy-duty trucks. The 1500 is commonly used for light work and general driving, while the 2500 and 3500 are preferred by Fairbanks service workers who need to tow and carry heavy loads.

Differences Between 1500, 2500, and 3500 in Chevrolet Trucks

It’s probably easier to explain truck designations with an example from Buick, Chevrolet, GMC:

  • 2018 Silverado 1500: Chevrolet’s light duty truck still commands best-in-class available V8 horsepower, with max available towing of 12,500 lbs. The Silverado 1500 is a fan favorite at Chevrolet Buick GMC of Fairbanks, and so it’s ideal for North Pole drivers.
  • 2018 Silverado 2500HD: With an available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine, the Silverado 2500HD unleashes 910 lb-ft. of torque and can tow up to 18,100 lbs. As you can see, the difference between 1500 and 2500 is clear: The Silverado 1500, while capable, isn’t as beefy as the Silverado 2500HD.
  • 2018 Silverado 3500HD: If drivers equip their Silverado 3500HD with an available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine, the Silverado 3500HD can tow up to a staggering 23,300 lbs. For Fairbanks workers looking for a truck that can get difficult jobs done, this one’s essential.

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Still comparing vehicles? We’ve got you covered. Contact us today to explore our inventory! We have plenty of trucks in stock – including those in fun colors. Learn more about what a 2500 truck can do for you in our Chevy Silverado 2500 towing capacity guide today!

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