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2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2500HD Engine Options and Towing Capacity

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2500HD Engine Options and Towing Capacity

It’s no secret that we think the Chevy Silverado is the best full-sized truck on the market. This beefy pickup has long been praised by critics and drivers for its jack-of-all-trades ability to suit a variety of needs – no matter if it is on the farm, at the construction site, or out in the wilderness. This, along with the Silverado’s top-notch quality and sharp styling, turns many drivers into devoted Chevy fans for life.

The 2017 edition of the Chevy Silverado is one of our best-selling vehicles here at Russell Chevrolet, and many customers travel long distances to buy it from us. Once in a while, we serve customers who are not sure if the 1500 model is strong enough for their needs or if they should consider the 2500HD version. If you are looking at buying a new Chevy Silverado and have that same conundrum, then you have come to the right place! We have put together a simple and easy-to-follow guide that explains how these two models can best serve you, and it includes a list of the available engine options and their respective towing power.

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Engine Options and Towing Capacity of the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500

The 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500, which usually weighs at about half a ton (though it can come close to three-quarters of a ton when certain features are chosen), is a top choice for drivers who want/need a truck for everyday transportation and light to medium-weight towing. Of the three engine options available with the Silverado 1500, the largest one allows the truck to pull a large boat or a livestock trailer loaded with a few market-ready steers. The engine options for the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 include:

4.3L EcoTec3 V6

Horsepower: 285
Torque: 305
Towing Capacity Range: 4,785 to 6,000 pounds
Payload Capacity Range: 1,770 to 1,980 pounds

5.3L EcoTec3 V8

Horsepower: 355
Torque: 383
Towing Capacity Range: 6,100 to 10,800 pounds
Payload Capacity Range: 1,710 to 2,430 pounds

6.2L EcoTec3 V8

Horsepower: 420
Torque: 460
Towing Capacity Range: 9,100 to 12,500 pounds
Payload Capacity Range: 1,650 to 2,160 pounds

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 pulling a lightweight trailer
2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD pulling a heavy trailer

Engine Options and Towing Capacity of the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

If you are looking for more power – whether it is for work or play – there is the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. This model weighs in at three-quarters of a ton and is outfitted with a stronger suspension, along with beefier engine and transmission options to help it pull heavier loads. This model is ideal for when you want/need to tow large and heavy machinery (like your prized antique tractors) or draft animals (like Clydesdale or Belgian horses) to the many agriculture shows and fairs around Arkansas. It is also a great option if you love exploring the Arkansas Ozarks and have a large camper to bring along. The 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD can be outfitted with one of the following engines:

Vortec® 6.0L VVT V8 SFI

Horsepower: 360
Torque: 380
Max. Towing Capacity Range: 9,400 to 14,800 pounds
Max. Payload Capacity Range: 2,943 to 3,534 pounds

Duramax® 6.6L TD V8

Horsepower: 445
Torque: 910
Max. Towing Capacity Range: 12,400 to 18,100 pounds
Max. Payload Capacity Range: 2,356 to 3,204 pounds

Please note that the actual towing and payload capacity of your 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500HD may vary due the cab size, box size, added features or packages, and axle ratios.

For more details about the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, please contact us or visit our dealership.

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