Specifications of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab Long Bed 6.6 Duramax V8 (445 HP) AWD Automatic SRW
General characteristics of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab Long Bed 6.6 Duramax V8 (445 HP) AWD Automatic SRW
There are three body styles to choose from, so dimensions vary. The overall length is 235.5 inches for the Regular Cab with a long bed. The Double Cab with a standard bed is 240.5 inches with a standard bed and 256.5 inches with a long bed. The Crew Cab is the longest at 249.95 inches with a standard bed and 266 inches with a long bed. In terms of wheelbase, 141.55 inches is the shortest option, while the Crew Cab with a long bed has an impressive 172-inch wheelbase. The overall width is 81.75 to 81.85 inches in SRW guise or 96.8 in DRW, while overall height ranges from 80.2 inches to 80.94 inches between configurations. The lightest model in the range is the single-rear-wheel Regular Cab at 6,231 lbs. Weighing in at 8,300 lbs, the Crew Cab with a long bed, diesel engine, and dual rear wheels is the heaviest model.
The Silverado 3500HD comes standard with a 6.6-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine producing 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that feeds the power to the rear wheels, but four-wheel-drive is available on all models. Providing 0 to 60 mph figures for this truck is meaningless, but it can reach a top speed of 91 mph. The way this engine delivers its power is far more critical, and its performance in this regard is excellent. The full whack of torque is available from 4,000 rpm. It provides ample power for most situations, but the V8 diesel is the answer if you want the ultimate.
The 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. It generates 445 hp and a whopping 910 lb-ft of torque from just 1,600 rpm. Couple that with the more robust chassis, and you have a class-leading towing machine capable of pulling 36,000 lbs in gooseneck configuration. The conventional tow rating is between 14,500 lbs and 20,000 lbs, depending on the model.
The EPA doesn't provide consumption estimates for large trucks, mainly because everyone would just be depressed. Look, a 6,000 lbs (best case scenario) truck with a V8 engine was never going to contend with the Prius, but the average pickup owner knows what they're in for. Luckily, most owners are more than happy to share their real-world mileage results on forums. The most common figure is 14 mpg in the combined cycle for the V8 diesel. That's on par within the segment and should result in a range of around 500 miles between refills, thanks to a 36-gallon tank.
The seating arrangement depends on the specification. Work Truck and LT trims provide seating for three people in Regular Cab and six in Double and Crew Cab body styles. This is thanks to a three-seater bench in the front, and another added in the back for the larger cabs. High Country and higher-trim models get two individual buckets up front, retaining the three-seat bench in the rear, reducing overall capacity to five. All models have ample room up front, but taller passengers will struggle in the rear of the Double Cab. The Crew Cab adds ten inches of rear legroom, making it the best option for families or crews. Seats are manually adjustable on lower trims, but LTZ and higher trims get ten-way power-adjustable front seats. Visibility is as good as it can be in a truck, though ingress and egress will always be a problem for the vertically challenged. High-end models get around this problem by adding assist steps.
Chevrolet offers a choice between two bed lengths: 6.8 feet or 8.2 feet. Both are 71.4 inches wide and 21 inches tall. The result is 69.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the standard bed, rising to 83.5 cubic feet in the long bed. This is more than any of Chevrolet's rivals provide. Now that the EZ liftgate is standard at a much lower price, on the LT, loading and unloading are easier than ever. Depending on the model, the maximum payload capacity ranges from 4,013 lbs to 7,442 lbs.
Interior storage options comprise two cupholders for front passengers, a large storage area under the center armrest (in applicable models), and two gloveboxes. The door pockets are disappointingly small, but models with rear seats get under-seat storage for smaller items. The seatbacks can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, creating ample storage space behind the front seats.