If you are looking forward to buying a Chevy Silverado, you probably know a lot about this truck already. Chevy Silverado truck models are designed for transporting goods, so truck bed sizes and dimensions really matter. If you want to know hauling capability for your next Chevy Silverado, we've done the research to compare bed lengths and payload capacity for you.
Chevy Silverado's three truck models (1500, 2500, and 3500) are available with varying bed sizes categorized into long, standard/regular, and short. Beds range in length from five to eight feet, but width and height are all standard. Depending on which Silverado model and cab style you select, you can choose the right bed size for you.
You probably wonder what length is significant for a truck bed. Keep reading, and we will explain to you in detail the specific bed sizes of the Chevy Silverado to give dimensions and describe what truck bed size means for hauling.
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How Does Chevy Silverado Truck Bed Measure-Up
Chevrolet's Silverado series features full-size, medium-duty, and light-duty pickup trucks, as well as chassis cab trucks. The first generation of Chevy Silverado was released in 1998, with the GMT400 light-duty truck and GMT800 heavy-duty truck. First-generation Silverado production continued until 2000.
Production of Chevy Silverado trucks has advanced with time due to the advanced technology in the motor industry. Chevy engines have progressed and towing power has increased, making Chevy trucks powerful tools in the transportation industry. Chevy Silverado trucks come in different models with varying features. Let's take a closer look at how each model differs in terms of bed size and payload capacity.
Chevy Silverado Bed Size And Dimensions
As we've already, briefly mentioned the 2020 Chevy Silverado series features three models:
- 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500
- 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500
- 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500
Each Silverado model offers different truck bed options, depending on the trim level and cab style. Eight trim levels are available:
- Work Truck
- Highway Country
- Custom Trail Boss
Cab styles include 2-door regular cab (three passengers), 4-door extended cab (six passengers), and crew cab (six passengers). Let's delve into what these options mean for your choice of truck bed size on each Silverado model.
Chevy 2020 Silverado 1500
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 belongs to the light-duty truck class with a payload capacity of 2,543 pounds and a towing capacity of 12,200 pounds. This Silverado model features three truck bed sizes available for all eight trim levels. Depending on cab style, select from long bed, short bed, and standard bed sizes.
Silverado 1500 truck beds all have width and height of 71.4 inches and 22.4 inches respectively. What differs is their length;
- Short bed is 69.92 inches long, and is available in all the trim levels with the crew cab.
- Long bed is 98.18 inches long, and is available in Work Truck trim with a regular cab.
- Standard bed is 79.44 inches long, and is available in all trim levels with a regular cab and crew cab.
Chevy Silverado 2500
Silverado 2500 is a force to reckon with in terms of pulling power, featuring a towing capacity of up to 14,500 pounds and a payload capacity of 3,870 pounds. Massive truck bed dimensions for transporting goods mean that this Silverado model has everything you need to get every job done. Silverado 2500 truck beds are categorized as standard size, having a width of 50.55 inches, a height of 21 inches, and a length of 82.25-inches. This standard bed size is available on double cab and crew cab Silverado 2500 models.
The long bed length offered for Silverado 2500 is extended to 98.27 inches, with the same width and height as a standard bed. Long bed is an option for Silverado 2500 models with double cab, crew cab, and regular cab.
Chevy Silverado 3500
Silverado 3500 is Chevrolet's most powerful model, featuring a V8 engine with a payload capacity of 4,481 pounds and a towing capacity of 14,481 pounds. Truck bed dimensions on this model are impressive, capable to meet your demands for either work or play. Silverado 3500 standard truck beds are 82.25 inches long, 21 inches high, and 50.55 inches wide. Available long bed option is stretched to 98.27 inches long.
Are Chevy 1500 And 2500 Beds The Same?
As you have just learned, the bed sizes of these two models are the same in terms of their width and height, but differ only in length. They have similar interior bed dimensions, but exterior bed dimensions do vary, meaning that Silverado 1500 and 2500 truck beds cannot be interchanged.
Chevy Silverado 1500 is considered a light-duty truck, designed for easy jobs. Chevy Silverado 2500 is considered a heavy-duty truck, designed to perform labor intense jobs.
Which Bed Is Bigger, Silverado Or F150?
Chevy features longer truck beds on the Silverado than Ford does on the F-150. To give you an idea, Chevy's shortest bed option with a regular cab on Silverado 1500 is 2.82 inches longer than Ford's shortest bed option with regular cab on F-150. The difference between long bed options is minimal, but Chevy still measures out a half-inch longer on Silverado 3500. Get the complete breakdown of F-150 truck bed lengths by reading our blog, "How Long Is The Bed Of A Ford F-150 [3 Types Discussed]."
How Much Weight Can I Put In The Bed Of My Silverado?
The weight your truck can carry, without towing, is called payload capacity. Depending on the model, cab style, and truck bed size combination you choose for Chevy Silverado, the payload capacity varies. Get a better understanding of how payload capacity works and why it is important to your hauling needs by reading, "What Does Payload Capacity Actually Mean In A Pickup Truck?"
Below are the 2020 revised payload capacities for the Chevy Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 models:
- Chevy Silverado 1500 with a regular cab has a payload capacity of 2,250 pounds. With a double cab, this model's payload capacity is 2,190 pounds. Payload capacity for Silverado 1500 with a crew cab and standard truck bed size is 2,130 pounds.
- Chevy Silverado 2500 has a payload capacity of up to 3,700 pounds. Their regular cab can tow up to 18,100 pounds while the 4-door double cab can tow up to 13,700 pounds, and the crew cab can tow up to 14,800 pounds.
- Chevy Silverado 3500 comes in two truck bed models; either double cab with a long bed or crew cab with a standard or long bed. Depending on cab and bed combination, payload capacity for Silverado 3500 is as much as 4,810 pounds.
Now that you know what Silverado has to offer for bed size and payload capacity, you can choose the right cab style and bed combo to optimize your truck. And, if you want to really get into the long and short of it, check out our blog, "How Long Is A Chevy Silverado?" to learn how cab style influences truck bed length.