08-03-22

2022 Silverado Towing Capacity

One of the benefits of owning a pickup truck is that you can tow heavy items, like cars, boats, and trailers, around with you. However, it's important to get a pickup truck that's capable of handling what you need to tow, as some trucks are stronger than others. If you're interested in making the Chevrolet Silverado your next pickup truck, you may be wondering about its towing capacity. Below, we'll highlight some of the available Silverado configurations along with some other great features that make the Silverado a great option to consider.

Types of 2022 Chevrolet Silverados

Chevrolet produces a few different types of Silverado, which are the Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500HD and the 3500HD. There are a lot of similarities between these models but also some key differences, one of which is the towing capacity. Read below to learn more about the towing capacities of the different Chevrolet Silverados:

2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes with a few different engine options, which means there are different towing capabilities depending on what you get. The engines include a turbocharged four-cylinder, a Duramax diesel, and two V-8 options. If you want to get the maximum towing capacity, which is 13,300 lbs, you'll need to get either the diesel engine or the 6.2-litre V-8. The 5.3-litre V-8 models can handle up to 11,500 lbs, while the Silverados that have the turbocharged four-cylinder engines can tow up to 9,500 lbs.

2022 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD Towing Capacity

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD have similar capabilities when it comes to towing. This is largely because they have the same powertrain options. Inside the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD, you can either get:

  • A gas-powered 6.6-litre V-8 engine that produces 410 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque.
  • A diesel 6.6-litre V-8 that produces 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque

If you get the gas-powered powertrain, the Silverado is rated up to 17,400 lbs. For the diesel option, you'll be able to tow up to 36,000 lbs. This is clearly an upgrade over the Silverado 1500 models, but you may not need that much towing capacity, depending on what you typically need to tow.

2022 Chevy Silverado Payload Capacities

Similar to towing capacities, the Chevrolet Silverados each have their own payload capacities. The payload capacity is how much weight you can haul in the truck bed. For the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, expect to be able to haul between 1,870 and 2,280 lbs, depending on which powertrain you get. As for the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, the maximum you'll be able to tow is 7,442 lbs.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado Interior Features

Of course, towing capacities are just one thing to consider when deciding which truck to buy. You'll also want to consider the interior features, such as entertainment and safety. Here are some key features you should know about for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500:

Comfort and Convenience Features

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can come with a wide range of features aimed at making things more comfortable for the driver, depending on which trim you select. Some available options include leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and hands-free driving technology. The front seats are also adjustable in several ways to allow drivers to find the best position, while also providing plenty of space for both driver and passengers alike.

Entertainment Features

At the centre of every Chevrolet Silverado is a touchscreen infotainment system. The size of this screen can vary based on your trim, with more premium models having larger screens. This infotainment system can easily connect to both Apple and Android devices, allowing drivers to stream their favourite music, use their preferred navigation apps, and make hands-free phone calls.

Safety Features

There's a long list of safety features included or available with every version of the Chevrolet Silverado. Some safety features you can get include:

  • Super Cruise — a hands-free driving technology that works while pulling a trailer.
  • Forward collision warning.
  • Automatic emergency braking.
  • Blind-spot monitoring.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Lane departure warning.
  • Lane-keeping assist.

You can also upgrade your Chevrolet Silverado with several features that make it easier and safer to tow. For example, there are towing assists that make it easy to line up your truck with a trailer.

How Much Towing Capacity Do You Need?

Which Silverado you ultimately choose will depend on how much towing capacity you need. You don't want to spend extra for towing capacity that you won't use, but at the same time, you want to ensure that you have enough. To help you decide, here are some common trailer weights:

  • Canoe trailer: 300 lbs.
  • Motorcycle trailer: 600 lbs.
  • Fishing boat trailer: 800 lbs.
  • Car trailer: 2,000 lbs.
  • Large boat trailer: 3,500 lbs.
  • Large travel trailer: 6,000 lbs.
  • 5th wheel camper: 10,000 lbs.

Keep in mind that these are only the weights of trailers and that you'll need to factor in the weight of whatever you're loading onto the trailer as well. It's best if you can get a close estimate of exactly what you want to tow before buying a Chevrolet Silverado, but the above estimates can help you calculate this.

Get Your Next Chevrolet Silverado at Jim Tubman Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Silverado has a lot to offer. One of its best features is its towing capacities, which are sure to make many owners happy. If you need a truck that's reliable when it comes to towing and hauling, you'll likely enjoy one of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado models.

To learn more about the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, Jim Tubman Chevrolet of Ottawa is here to help. We can answer any questions you may have, help you pick out a truck that has the right amount of towing capacity, and take you out for a test drive. To get started, please contact us today or check out our latest vehicle specials for additional ways to save. We look forward to helping you find the right pickup truck for your needs.

 

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07-20-22

Chevy Electric Vehicle Lineup: EVs & EUVs

GM has developed a great lineup of EVs for Chevy shoppers to choose from. With the upcoming release of the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, Chevy has a car, crossover, and truck in its EV repertoire. Do you want to know more about Chevy's EVs and what it's like to own one in Ottawa? Our GM experts here at Jim Tubman Chevrolet have some answers for you.

 

Chevy Electric Vehicle Lineup

There are three electric vehicle options available for Chevy shoppers: the Chevy Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV, and the Silverado EV. The Bolt EV is a sedan, while the Bolt EUV, which stands for electric utility vehicle, is a crossover. The Silverado EV is an all-new version of Chevy's classic full-size pickup.

You can check out these EV options at our Ottawa showroom. We'll be happy to arrange for you to take a test drive in a Bolt EV or EUV so you can get a feel for how it performs on the road before you commit to a purchase. Fill out a form to get in contact with us today!

 

Chevy Bolt EV

The Bolt EV is a five-seater car with plenty of space in both rows for adult passengers. The Bolt is powered by a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that puts out 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This power train gives you plenty of acceleration for highway driving, with the Bolt able to move from zero to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds.

At the rear, the Bolt has over 16 cubic feet of cargo space. That's ample room for a large load of groceries or a weekend's worth of luggage. You get cloth seats in the standard setup, but you can upgrade to leather upholstery, along with heated front and rear seats, to create a more luxurious cabin.

The Bolt has a driving range of 259 miles. With a standard 120-volt charger, you can charge the battery at a rate of about 4 miles per hour. This won't be a viable option for most drivers, since it would take several days to fully charge your battery. A more practical alternative is a 240-volt charger, which allows you to fully charge the Bolt's battery in approximately eight hours.

 

Chevy Bolt EUV

The Bolt EUV is slightly longer than the Bolt EV, has more rear-seat legroom, and boasts some different exterior design features. GM brought out Chevy's first-ever electric crossover for the 2022 model year, and it's already proved to be a popular choice.

The Bolt EUV's power train is the same as the Bolt EV's, and it returns the same horsepower and torque numbers. It gets a driving range of 250 miles on a full charge. With a Level 2 240-volt charger, you can fully charge the Bolt EUV in seven to eight hours.

Inside the cabin, you'll have just over 16 cubic feet of storage with the second row of seats in use. With the rear row folded down, you'll have around 56 cubic feet of space, which is among the roomiest cabins in the class.

Several upgrade packages are offered to give you the option of a more upscale cabin. You can add a power-adjustable seat for the driver, heated and ventilated front seats, and leather upholstery. In the higher trims, you can add GM's semi-autonomous driving system, which includes steering, braking, and acceleration along 200,000 miles of highway in Canada and the United States.

 

2024 Chevy Silverado EV

The Silverado EV will start to arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2023. The first configuration is expected to be a Silverado EV WT or work truck, which is aimed primarily at the job site. The Silverado will have a battery pack and electric motor capable of achieving up to 400 miles of driving on a full charge.

The Silverado EV will share some technology with the GMC Hummer EV, which was the first all-electric truck built by GM. The Silverado EV will have a four-door crew cab and four-wheel steering. It's expected to boast a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds, although GM has promised to release a Silverado EV capable of pulling 20,000 pounds in the future.

Shortly after the work truck hits dealership lots, GM will bring out the range-topping RST model. This trim is expected to be packed full of technology and will have a six-figure price tag. It will also pack a powerful punch, with initial reports suggesting that it will put out at least 660 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque.

 

The Benefits of Buying an EV

If you're considering buying an EV for the first time, there are many good reasons to do so now. The network of public charging stations in Ottawa and across the country is growing, ensuring that you'll be able to access charging options while you're on the go. Additionally, the cost of installing a 240-volt charger in your home, which allows you to charge a Bolt overnight, has become much more affordable over recent years.

Technology improvements have reduced the price of electric vehicles significantly over recent years. It's no longer the case that you have to pay substantially more for an electric crossover such as the EUV than a traditional gas-powered SUV.

 

Why Shop at Jim Tubman Chevy?

You should make Jim Tubman Chevrolet your No. 1 stop for electric vehicles in Ottawa. In addition to the great range of EVs in our showroom, we can offer competitive auto financing to help fund your purchase and a professional service centre to provide you with regular maintenance. You can also take a look at our new vehicle incentives to make sure you get the best deal for your purchase. And if you decide purchasing an EV outright isn't the right choice for you, there are always our leasing options to consider.

If you have any questions about the Chevy EV lineup, don't hesitate to contact our dealership. Our team of GM experts knows the Bolt and Bolt EUV inside out and is looking forward to the arrival of the first Silverado EV in the coming months. We'd be delighted to assist you in learning more about our auto loan options and help you have a hassle-free buying experience.

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04-11-18

CHEVROLET’S SILVERADO 2500 HD IS ONE SMART TRUCK

Silverado

By Jil McIntosh, Driving.ca - In the world of truck advertising, torque and towing are kings.  It's an all-out war and there are some pretty impressive numbers out there, but there's more to a truck than just pound-feet and how much it can pull.

Those biggest numbers belong to the heavy-duty trucks - three-quarter-ton (2500/250) and one-ton (3500/350) - and I had the Chevrolet Silverado 2500.  The heavy-duty Silverado models, and their mechanically-identical GMC Sierra siblings, start with a 6.0-litre V8 gasoline engine making 360 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.

My chariot carried the optional Duramax 6.6-L V8 turbodiesel engine, which ups the ante to 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque.  It's not a cheap upgrade; the engine is an additional $10,430 and it hooks exclusively to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission, priced separately at $1,445.  The Silverado 2500 starts at $42,070 for the Regular Cab 4x2 in Work Truck trim, while my Crew Cab 4x4 LTZ tester began at $63,065 with gas engine.

Adding the optional diesel engine and transmission, along with such options as a Midnight Edition black-out accent package, power sunroof and Z71 off-road package, brought it to $80,005 before freight and taxes.  In a nutshell, trucks ain't cheap anymore.

An all-new Silverado 1500 half-ton is coming for 2019, completely redone from the tires up.  The new heavy-duty versions usually lag at least a year or two behind, so expect the current-generation 2500 and 3500 to hang in for a while.

The Silverado's 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque slots in between archrivals Ford F-250, with a 6.7L Power Stroke diesel that makes 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque, and the Ram 2500, with a 6.7-L Cummins engine that cranks out 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque.  That's about it for your choices in this segment.  Toyota doesn't make a heavy-duty Tundra, while Nissan offers the Titan XD, a truck it says bridges the gap between half- and three-quarter-ton models, and with an available 5.0 L Cummins that makes 555 lb-ft of torque.

As for towing, turn off the TV when the oversized numbers start rolling up.  Tow ratings are a complicated science, and whenever an automaker promises you'll be able to haul an apartment building off its foundation, that's the very top number for specific truck configurations with a specific type of hitch.  It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Buy the truck that best matches your trailer.

I recently towed and hauled with all of the Detroit Three heavy-duty trucks in back-to-back testing, and all of them get the job done without fuss, but I give the nod ahead to the Chevy.  That Duramax-Allison combination is a match made in heaven; acceleration is smooth and linear with a heavy load, and braking is confidence inspiring.  The Silverado's exhaust brake sound is nowhere near as much fun as the Ram's booming hey-good-buddy-we-got-a-convoy blatt, but it does a good job of slowing everything down on deceleration.

All of these big trucks are meant to look intimidating, and the Silverado plays the part with its huge domed hood and squared-off styling (beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that, but I think the GMC Sierra is better looking).  At the back, GM uses a simple step into the bumper ends that's absolutely brilliant: Put your foot in, grab the handhold in the box side, and pull yourself up (and you need it, because trucks these days are needlessly oversized).  Ford gives you a tailgate-mounted step that works well, but requires you to pull it out and set it up, while Ram offers nothing more than a sliver of rubber-topped bumper when the tailgate's down, and I'm terrified that my toe will slip and my knee will slam into the edge on my way down.

Still, not everything on the Chevy seems as smart as its step.  The front bumper is cut out to provide airflow for the intercooler, but without a protective mesh over it, it looks vulnerable to stones and debris.  Meanwhile, the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank sits lot under the passenger-side rocker, waiting for a driver to bump over a tall curb.  The stock mirrors are also too small for the truck's size.  Why make a fuss over what it can pull, and then expect customers to pay $450 for optional towing mirrors?

The interior is a nice place to be, and the Silverado features supportive seats, a roomy second row with fold-up seats for extra storage, large centre storage console, and controls that are easy to use, even when you're wearing gloves.  And unfortunately you are likely to have them on in this truck.  While it sounds like a needless luxury, heated steering wheels are the new gotta-have-it feature, especially on a truck where the idea, at least in theory, involves some work outdoors in the cold.  The top-trim High Country has one, but not this LTZ tester, and it's a glaring omission on something that costs 80 grand.

Heavy-duty diesels are seldom an impulse buy, but if it's your first one, remember that in addition to the engine's initial stiff cost, it's also more expensive to service.  So ignore the big numbers in the ads and instead consider your needs, and buy appropriately.

Overview: Chevrolet's entry in the tow-and-torque wars

Pros: Impressive engine and transmission combination, simple box step, nice interior

Cons: A few missing items, considering its trim level

Value for money: Good

What I would change: Give it bigger mirrors

How I would spec it: LT trim; it is one step below, but still lots of stuff

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04-11-18

CHEVROLET BOLT EV WINS AJAC 2018 CANADIAN CREEN CAR OF THE YEAR

2018 Chevrolet Bolt

By General Motors of Canada, Toronto - The Chevrolet Bolt was named Overall Winner of the 2018 Canadian Green Car Award.  The Chevrolet Bolt was also named Overall Winner in 2017, marking the first time in the Award's six-year history that a vehicle has won back to back.  The Chevrolet Volt took home the award in 2016, making this the third consecutive win for the brand.

The Bolt EV, winner of this year's Zero Emission category, was selected by a panel of top Canadian automotive journalists from among six category winners as the vehicle that best combines environmental benefits and mass-market appeal.

The Canadian Green Car Awards recognizes vehicles, widely available in Canada, that combine impressive environmental attributes with strong mass-market appeal.  The assessments included criteria, such as fuel consumption, emissions and price, as well as the judges' evaluations of performance, driving experience, value, features and "green" qualities.

QUOTING:

"Chevrolet is honoured to accept the Canadian Green Car Award for the third consecutive year", said Ester Bucci, brand, product and technology communications manager at Chevrolet Canada.  "This award reinforces Chevrolet's commitment to offering an affordable, world-changing vehicle that delivers on the promise of an electric car for the masses.  Chevrolet is dedicated to continued innovation in electrification, that will bring the thrill of driving an electric vehicle to many more Canadians."

2018 BOLT EV BACKGROUND:

Chevrolet is proud to lead the market and sell more plug-in electric vehicles in Canada than any other brand.  The Chevrolet Bolt EV sets the range benchmark for an affordable EV capable of going the distance by delivering up to 383 kilometres on a full charge.  Bolt EV starts at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $44,300 (plus $1,795 freight charge and $100 air conditioning tax).  In Ontario, pricing can be as low as $31,911 after the eligible Ontario provincial incentive of $12,389.

About the Canadian Green Car Award

The Canadian Green Car Award is Canada's premier award recognizing vehicles with the greatest potential for environmental benefits.  The Award is an independent program developed by automotive journalists Eric Novak, Michael Bettencourt and Peter Gorrie, who comprise its steering committee.  The Award recognizes vehicles, widely available in Canada, that offer both impressive environmental attributes and strong mass-market appeal, since any product can have a significant impact only if it sells in large numbers.

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01-25-18

CHEVY’S DIESEL-POWERED EQUINOX IS CERTAINLY EFFICIENT, BUT BE PREPARED FOR SOME STICKER SHOCK

Equinox DieselBy Jil McIntosh, Driving.ca - Diesel engines have been around for more than a century, but North Americans have never really flocked to it for light-duty use the way Europeans have.  That hasn't stopped automakers from trying, though, and with its all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, GM offers an equally-new diesel.

The 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel is offered alongside two four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines: a 1.5-L unit making 170 horsepower and a 2.0-L engine producing 252 hp.  The diesel isn't the strongest of the three - its 240 pound-feet of torque sits between the two gas engines - but at a published combined city/highway fuel consumption of 7.4 L/100 kilometes, it's the most efficient.

Those fuel numbers are a big reason many automakers are sticking with diesel, especially a truck-heavy company like GM that needs to off-set thirstier members of the fleet.  As with all current diesels, you have to add diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, which automatically squirts into the exhaust system to neutralize pollutants.  The company estimates about 8,000 to 9,000 kilometres between refills.  So for most drivers, it'll probably be replenished during the oil change.

The engine is a clean-sheet design, engineered by GM in Italy and built in Hungary, and it's pretty heavy on tech.  The injection system can deliver fuel ridiculously fast - up to 10 times per ignition cycle - for quieter operation, and it has an intake port with a butterfly valve to swirl the air for better combustion.  The timing chain is on the back of the engine to further reduce noise.  I don't know if I'd quite call it a "whisper diesel" as GM does, but it's definitely nothing like the clattery versions of days gone by.

Pricing depends on the trim and driveline.  The Equinox starts at $25,445, which gets you the 1.5-litre gas engine and front-wheel drive; for all-wheel drive, it's $27,845.  The 2.0-L turbo-four runs from $34,020 to $37,445.  The diesel versions are the priciest, starting at $34,120 for front-drive models and at $36,520 for AWD versions, while my Premier Diesel tester was the chart-topper of the entire Equinox range, at $37,945.  Mine was then further equipped with the True North package, which adds such items as a power sunroof, navigation, ventilated seats and such electronic safety nannies as lane keeping and emergency braking, which took it to $41,945.

Overall, this new Equinox is impressive.  I like the size and the styling, and the new cabin is handsome and roomy.  The seats are supportive both front and rear, and the rears fold down easily to provide an almost-flat cargo floor.  There are dials and buttons for most of the controls, so changing the temperature or the radio volume should always be quick and straightforward, and the icons on the infotainment screen are large and simple to use.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported, and there's an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot that can handle as many as seven devices, but you have to buy a subscription to stay connected once the trial period is up.

The driving experience is a typical commuter vehicle done well.  Handling is predictable, and steering is just light enough to be easy without feeling vague.  The ride is equally smooth and well planted, and you have to hit a pretty big pothole before you start to hear any bumps.  The all-wheel system runs primarily in front-wheel drive until the back wheels need power.  It can be disconnected via a button on the console, ostensibly for better fuel economy, although I'd rather spend whatever small amount of fuel it saves to have that all-wheel drive on tap should the conditions warrant it.

The engine gets the job done, but it's no powerhouse.  Don't expect the torque-rich, low-end power that you'd get out of a diesel-equipped sports model or truck.  For that matter, don't expect it to have superior towing capacity; both the 1.5-L and the diesel are rated for 1,500 pounds, while the 2.0-L can pull 3,500 pounds.

In my week with the diesel Equinox, I averaged 9.7 L/100 kilometres; that's well over the official number, although I'll cut it some slack because it was brutally cold weather.  All engines have an automatic start/stop feature that shuts them off at idle, intended to improve consumption and emissions.  What I really hate is that GM has ditched the over-ride button, so you can't disable this feature if you don't want the engine shutting itself off.

All Equinox models include such safety features as a rear-view camera, a rear-seat reminder, and a Teen Driver program that tattles if young driver's don't wear seatbelts, or if they speed or set off the safety nannies.  Still, forward-collision alert, emergency braking, bird's-eye camera, and lane-keep assist are only available as options on the top-line Premier models.  In a vehicle intended for families, why not offer them across the board?

Offering three engines provides lots of choice, although each has its pros and cons.  The 1.5-L costs the least, but it works hard; the 2.0-L is powerful, but it's the thirstiest and prefers premium gas.  The diesel is efficient, but the most expensive.  Overall, though, for ride, comfort, practicality and good looks, this newest Equinox is a really good machine.

Overview:  An excellent makeover of a practical sport use

Pros:  Quiet ride, comfortable seats, handsome styling

Cons:  Costly diesel option, safety features should be available on lower trims

Value for money:  Good

What I would change:  Let me shut off the idle-stop if I choose

How I would spec it:  The diesel in LT trim

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