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

If you’re in the market for a new truck in Bloomington, you’ve got a lot of options. Quite a few buyers are unsure about the difference between 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks — and even those that do know aren’t sure where the numbers come from! Things get even more complicated when you look into the difference between what is advertised as a light, medium, and heavy-duty truck — or consider that what’s called a “half-ton truck” may not actually weigh a half-ton!

Is a Chevy 1500 a half-ton truck? What does 2500 mean on a truck like the Silverado? Which type of truck has the capability you’re looking for? No matter what you need to know as you shop for your next pickup, we’ve got answers! Below, Leman's Chevrolet City Llc discusses the origins and key differences between 1500, 2500, and 3500 truck designations to help you find the perfect match.

Key Differences Between 1500, 2500, and 3500 Trucks

Originally, the numerical designation referred to the difference between 1500, 2500, and 2500 trucks in terms of towing power in very rough estimates. Here’s how the numerical designations translate to real-world amounts:

  • 1500 originally meant about a half-ton
  • 2500 originally meant three-quarter ton
  • 3500 originally designated around one ton

You might still hear the Silverado 1500 called a “half-ton” truck. As trucks have grown larger and heavier over the years, it’s now more common for the 1500 to be sold as a “light-duty truck.” The key difference between 1500 and 2500 models is towing power — but the latter is also equipped with specialized towing features that give it more flexibility when dealing with heavier loads. Fittingly, the 2500 and 3500 are considered “heavy-duty” (hence the “HD” in their names), capable of great towing feats.

What Do 1500, 2500, and 3500 Mean on a Truck?

Now let’s look at what these designations mean for the modern-day Chevrolet Silverado, which continues the legacy of this legendary truck for Decatur and Springfield drivers to enjoy.

  • Silverado 1500: While the Silverado is considered light-duty compared to its heavier peers, it still boasts a robust V8 engine and tons of useful amenities across its trim levels. The 1500 can tow well over 9,000 pounds.
  • Silverado 2500HD: Equipped with an optional Duramax engine and a gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitch, the 2500 can tow more than 18,000 pounds.
  • Silverado 3500HD: The 3500HD can tow more than either the 1500 or 2500 with a max capacity of 20,000 pounds. It also offers a greater payload capacity.


Explore the New Chevrolet Silverado at Leman's Chevrolet City Llc

You know the difference between 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups, but there’s so much more to the Chevrolet Silverado. Is the Chevy 1500 the half-ton truck for you? Stop by our showroom in Bloomington and find out! You can find all the Silverado resources you need at Leman's Chevrolet City Llc, and our finance center will help you secure a workable payment plan. Please contact us today to learn more!

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