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Chevy Silverado 1500 Engine Options and Towing Capacities

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The biggest reasons people buy trucks like the light-duty Chevy Silverado 1500 is for the convenience of transporting large objects in the truck bed and towing abilities. While truck bed options are pretty straight forward, there are a lot of things that consumers don’t realize affect a truck’s towing capacity.

Engine

A truck’s powertrain is the most dominant factor when it comes to towing capacity. A truck’s engine and transmission produce the horsepower and torque, which are the biggest factors in how much weight a truck is able to tow. The Chevy Silverado 1500 is available with three engines:

4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine

285 horsepower / 305 lb-ft of torque
Hyrda-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission
Max Towing Capacity: 7,600 pounds

5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine

355 horsepower / 383 lb-ft of torque
Hyrda-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission or Hyrda-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission
Max Towing Capacity: 9,800 pounds (without Max. Trailering Package)

6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine

420 horsepower / 460 lb-ft of torque
Hyrda-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission
Max Towing Capacity: 9,400 pounds (without Max. Trailering Package)

However, not all Chevy Silverado 1500 models with the same engine and transmission that produce the same amount of horsepower and torque can tow the same amount and that’s due to the overall weight of the truck (truck cab and other equipment), as well as the truck’s axle ratio.

That’s because the power (horsepower and torque) a truck produces has a maximum amount of work (in this case towing capacity) that is can do, and that amount of work changes based on the truck’s weight. The more a truck weighs, the less it will be able to tow.

The weight of a truck varies based on the size of the truck cab as well as the other equipment on the truck. Trucks that are equipped with four-wheel-drive typically have a lower towing capacity (typically less than a couple hundred pounds) than trucks with two-wheel-drive because the extra equipment needed to transfer Miami-Lakes-Chevy-Silverado-1500-trailer-tow-guidetorque to all four wheels, or in other words, the four-wheel-drive equipment, adds weight to the truck, and that weight takes away from the amount of weight a truck can tow. The same thing applies to other equipment that may be on a truck like audio systems, seating materials and interior features.

Axle Ratio

Aside from the power an engine produces, a truck’s towing capacity is also affected by a truck’s axle ratio. Typically, higher axle ratios deliver more torque to the wheels, which increases the amount of pulling power. However, higher axle ratios also decrease a vehicle’s fuel economy, so it’s important to determine how much pulling power you actually need.

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is available with a few different axle ratios. The standard axle ratios include a 3.08, 3.23, 3.42, and the 5.3-liter V6 engine and 6.2-liter V8 engine are both available with a Max. Trailering Package that includes a 3.73 axle ratio.

When the Chevy Silverado 1500 is equipped with a 5.3L engine and the Max. Trailering Package it has a max towing capacity of 11,000 pounds (1,700 pounds more than the standard max towing capacity) and when the Chevy Silverado 1500 is equipped with a 6.2L engine and the Max. Trailering Package it has a max towing capacity of 12,500 pounds (3,100 pounds more than the standard max towing capacity).

Chevy Silverado 1500 Available at Miami Lakes Automall

Want to learn more about the Chevy Silverado 1500 and any other Chevy trucks? Come by Miami Lakes Automall to test drive a model today. If you have any questions, we have answers.

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Chevy Bolt EV Exceeds Range of Tesla Model 3 by 25 miles

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Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular each year and one American automaker isn’t shying away from the new technology. Though Chevy is well-known for their powerful trucks and performance cars, they are embracing electric vehicles in a powerful way. Chevy already has a few hybrids under its belt, but in late 2016, Chevy will release its all-new 2017 Chevy Bolt, a revolutionary electric vehicle (EV). The 2017 Chevy Bolt will be one of the most affordable EVs and it will offer the best all-electric range of 238 miles, beating out competitors like Tesla.  

2017 Chevy Bolt

The 2017 Chevy Bolt is a mix of new and standard technology features. It is equipped with a 200-horsepower electric motor, a nickel-rich lithium ion battery and the Chevy Bolt has a sleek style inside and out. Car and Driver has predicted that once the Bolt is released, it will jump to the number one spot on their list of electric vehicles.

238-Mile Battery Range

As mentioned earlier, the Chevy Bolt has an EPA-certified range of 238 miles when the 60 kWh lithium-ion battery is fully charged. That means that the Chevy Bolt’s electric distance is better than the 215-mile electric range that Tesla models and the future Tesla Model 3 offer. 

With a 240-volt outlet, the battery charges 25 miles every hour, and it is estimated to be fully charged in 9 hours. This may seem like a long time, but if you plug the car in after work and unplug before work the next day it will be fully charged many days of use — impressive! Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Keep Your Tools Organized in Your Truck

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When you need a dependable and rugged truck, shopping at Chevy dealers is your best choice. Not only will Chevy dealers give you a large selection of high-quality Chevrolet trucks, but they will also provide the service and parts you need to keep your truck in top shape.

A Chevy truck is one of the best choices for a work vehicle, whether you are just a hobbyist or you run your own business. However, it is important that you create a professional appearance by organizing your tools and equipment in your truck instead of just throwing everything in the bed.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your tools organized in your truck:

Get a Good Toolbox

Of course, a good toolbox is the standard for your hand tools like Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Choose the Right Vehicles for Your Business

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When you are looking to stock a fleet of company cars, you’ll need to evaluate your options more carefully than you would if you were buying a personal vehicle. Your choice of company cars will impact your profit, leave an impression on your customers, and play a role in the safety of your employees. It’s important that you carefully evaluate all of your choices so that you select the best cars to meet your goals.

Chevy dealers have a variety of options that would be suitable for any company fleet. Here are a few things to keep in mind for choosing the right vehicles for your business, whether you choose a Chevy or another brand:

Cost

The cost of purchasing and operating each and every company vehicle can have a Read the rest of this entry >>

GM Wants to Expand in India

General Motors has long had a presence with Chevrolet in India. However, company officials would like to expand their presence in the country and take a large stake in its growing automotive market. If the company is successful, it could have a ripple effect for Chevy dealers all over the world, increasing the success of the brand and contributing to the diversity of its selection and the competitiveness of its pricing.

Stefan Jacoby, the executive vice president and president of GM International, told a group at Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Choose the Best Tires for Your Chevy Truck

Shopping at Miami Lakes Chevrolet, one of the top Chevy dealers in South Florida, will do more than get you a great deal on a top-of-the-line Chevrolet. You’ll also get expert advice, professional service and quality parts.

Choosing tires for your truck is one of the most important decisions you will make for it. The tires will affect everything from the truck’s handling and performance to your safety.

Here are a few tips for how to choose the best tires for your Chevy truck:

Weight Capacity

Of course, you’ll need to buy tires that can hold the weight of Read the rest of this entry >>