Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD Models and Silverado 1500HD History

Chevrolet’s 1500 level truck constructed using heavy-duty pickup truck attributes, the Silverado 1500HD was introduced during the 2001 model year. While the 1500 badging is commonly associated with the Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck family, the capabilities and construction of the Silverado 1500HD has ultimately allowed it to be considered similarly to a three-quarter ton truck. From 2001 to 2003, the most defining aspect of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD was the four-door crew cab body style. Until 2004, a Silverado 1500 Crew Cab was not available through the basic 1500 half-ton line-up. Offered with a rear-wheel and a four-wheel drivetrain choice, other noteworthy upgrades to the 2001 Silverado 1500HD over the regular half-ton model included a heavy-duty transmission as well as a beefier suspension and rear axle.

 

Engine power for the Silverado 1500HD was derived from a 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 powerplant. Producing 300 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque, the engine of the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD allowed the pickup truck to handle up to 10,300 pounds. For the 2003 model year, a number of exterior and equipment changes were made to a refreshed Silverado 1500HD. The 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 engine provided the option of running compressed natural gas or run as a flexible fuel vehicle. 2003 also saw the availability of General Motors’ Quadrasteer four-wheel steering on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD.

 

The 2003 Silverado 1500HD equipped with Quadrasteer provided a reduced turning diameter measured at 37.4 feet. Inside the crew cab, standard features included air conditioning, front airbags and an AM/FM stereo system with CD player. For 2006, the Silverado 1500HD was treated to a new front-end design featuring a prominent bowtie badge on the grille and a striking power dome hood. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD carried into 2007 as a Classic model.

New and Used Silverado 1500HD Prices, Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD Model Years and History

A full-size heavy duty pickup truck, the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD is powered by a standard 6.0L V8 making 300 hp.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 5 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 2.8
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 3.8
Dependability
 4.2
Handling
 3.5
Ride Quality
 3.8
Overall Rating
 4.0

A six-passenger full-size pickup truck, the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD is a heavy-duty truck ready for heavy-duty work and comes standard with a 300 hp 6.0L V8 engine.
Consumer Reviews ( 8 )
Braking
 4.2
Fuel Economy
 2.4
Interior Comfort
 4.4
Acceleration
 4.4
Dependability
 4.6
Handling
 4.2
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.2

A four-door full-size heavy-duty pickup truck, the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD comes standard with a 300 hp V8 and a heavy-duty transmission.
Consumer Reviews ( 12 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 2.9
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.6
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 4.8
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 4.7

Tougher than the standard 1500, the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD is a full-size crew cab pickup truck that comes standard with a 300 hp 6.0L V8 engine.
Consumer Reviews ( 10 )
Braking
 4.3
Fuel Economy
 3.1
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 3.9
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.3

A standard 300 hp 6.0L V8 is paired with a heavy-duty four-speed automatic transmission on the full-size 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD heavy-duty pickup truck.
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 3.2
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.8
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.7
Overall Rating
 4.3

J.D. Power Rating Legend
Among the Best
5 / 5
Better than Most
4 / 5
About Average
3 / 5
The Rest
2 / 5

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