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Confused? Chevy Silverado 1500 GVWR ratings explained


When shopping for a new truck, you might come across various Chevy Silverado 1500 GVWR ratings and wonder what they mean. It’s simple — and then, not so simple.

The Chevy Silverado 1500 got a refresh for the 2022 model year with a new interior, some exterior changes and a new Silverado ZR2 model. While these changes have made the truck look visually different, the Chevy Silverado 1500 GVWR ratings remained the same — but that’s after you figure out which rating goes to which type of truck.

Chevy Silverado 1500 GVWR ratings

First, GVWR is gross vehicle weight rating and it is the maximum amount of weight the truck can weigh without causing long-term damage to the frame, powertrain and suspension components. This number is basically determined by taking the curb weight or how much the truck weighs parked and the payload limit, how much weight you can add to the truck, to determine the total amount of weight of the truck.

For the Chevy Silverado 1500 GVWR ratings, you will find five different ratings on the spec chart on Chevrolet.com. These ratings include: 6,800 pounds, 6,900 pounds, 7,000 pounds, 7,100 pounds, 7,200 pounds and 7,300 pounds.

Chevy Silverado GVWR ratingsWe reached out to Chevrolet to figure out which GVWR went with each type of truck and if the differences in GVWR were related to mechanical changes or cab/bed lengths. The answer is both.

Megan Soule, director, Chevrolet Trucks & Full-size SUV Communications, sent us a chart breaking down the GVWR ratings.

Chevy Silverado GVWR ratings

As you can see the GVWR differs by 2WD or 4WD, cab/bed configuration as well as “Lifted” and “NHT.”

For reference, Lifted refers to trucks with a factory-lift kit like the ZR2, Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss.

NHT is General Motor’s code for the max towing package.

The bottom line

Overloading your truck is never a good thing, and buying the right truck for your needs is pretty important since you can’t improve the stated GVWR — regardless of whatever a friend or an aftermarket company told you.

The simplest way to look at this information is if you plan to tow/haul, avoid the off-road focused truck. If you don’t plan to tow or haul much weight, then you can buy whatever truck you’d like.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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