The time of heavy trucks is coming


In recent years, auto sales have shown that trucks are king. The Ford F-150 remains one of America’s best-selling vehicles, with rivals from Chevrolet and Ram not far behind. All three automakers, along with Nissan and GMC, offer heavy-duty (HD) versions of their most popular pickup trucks. Heavy trucks can tow tens of thousands of pounds when properly equipped. And they’re not just beasts of burden. They also offer premium interiors on par with luxury cars. Here are the most anticipated heavy trucks.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD Heavy Trucks

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The heavy-duty version of the 2024 Chevy Silverado has a slightly more powerful engine option. Paired with a longer 10-speed automatic transmission, the turbodiesel V8 can harness 470 horsepower and 975 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is a standard 401-hp V8, but either can be had with all-wheel drive.

The Chevy Silverado 3500HD has a gooseneck towing capacity of 36,000 pounds when equipped with rear-wheel drive. With the turbo engine, the 2500HD offers a maximum towing capacity of 22,500 pounds. A few towing-specific safety features are also available, including adaptive cruise control with trailer detection and trailer weight warning.

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Both heavy trucks also received a substantial interior refresh, now featuring more wood and leather components. They also come with larger infotainment touchscreens and more standard safety features. And every Silverado HD model has a redesigned front end to match the 1500.

Consumer Reports predicts that the 2024 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD will likely sell for between $40,000 and $70,000. They will be available in spring 2023.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD Heavy Trucks

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Consumer Reports says Sierra heavy-duty pickups share the same upgraded powertrain lineup as their corresponding Chevy models. Each also has similar safety features, convenience technology and improved interior styling. CR notes that GMC trucks have slightly different interior layouts, but it’s still a functional cabin.

The GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD feature an available 15-inch touchscreen and six exclusive interior color combinations. Each pickup comes with a six-way multi-function tailgate and headlight animations. They will be available in the first months of 2023 at around the same price as their Chevy cousins.

2023 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Ford pulled a V8 engine from the Super Duty line and replaced it with an even bigger powertrain. But as of this writing, the automaker hasn’t released official horsepower specs. The 6.8-liter V8 is the latest option, joining a similarly sized diesel V8 and a 7.3-liter V8.

The latest V8 engine also has a pushrod configuration, which results in higher low-end torque. The 7.3-liter V8 will likely get more horsepower and torque from its improved air-intake design.

Ford says these trucks will also come with two 10-speed automatic transmission options. We don’t know how much these updated powertrains will tow, but the outgoing F-350 has a maximum towing capacity of 37,000 pounds.

Although the interior of the 2024 Ford Super Duty trucks remains essentially unchanged, Consumer Reports highlights the new Pro Upfit integration system. Adding factory features will be easier, so buyers won’t have to search for replacement parts. New optional safety features include a tailgate safety camera and a 360-degree camera for attached trailers.

Expect the 2023 Ford F-250 and F-350 to be available in early 2023.

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