Chevrolet is back in the medium-duty segment with Series 4, 5 and 6 trucks. Well, the company decided to go with a more conventional names, rather to bring back old titles. So, the entry-level model for this segment is the 2023 Chevy Silverado 4500, not the Kodiak, as we expected to see. The competition in this class is not huge. In a matter of fact, we are seeing archrivals, GM and Ford, battling for a piece of profit pie like in many other segments of the automotive industry.
The company also offers Series 5 and 6 trucks, with improved capacities. But, there are no big differences between models. The price gap between 2023 Chevy Silverado 4500 and Silverado 6500 is just $5,000, and it is the best indicator of upgrades. The truck is a working machine, without too many fancy cabin options. Still, you can make the job more comfortable with some upgrades. Let’s check the highlights of the Chevy Silverado 4500, a.k.a. Kodiak.
2023 Chevy Silverado 4500 Specs
There are no big differences between medium-duty trucks, but you can also find a lot of similarities with the heavy-duty segment. For example, engines. The 2023 Chevy Silverado 4500 comes with the Duramax diesel under the bonnet. Nevertheless, the company is not using the configuration that maximizes outputs. For the Kodiak (truckers use an old name for the truck), the 6.6-liter mill cracks up to 350 hp and 700 lb-ft, out of 445 horsepower and whooping 910 pound-feet of torque. Even the towing capacity is not so great. The entry-level medium-duty truck hauls 17,000 pounds. There is one of the significant differences between Silverado 4500 and 5500/6500 models. Series 5 truck can tow 20k pounds, and the top of the class configuration even 24,000 lbs. Truckers are praising the new Allison gearbox that shifts power to one or two axles.
Equipment and Accessories
The 2023 Chevy Silverado 4500 is a working truck without too many unnecessary options. you won’t find premium systems that can’t help with work. Those are practically useless on the construction sites. But, the SiriusXM radio is there as one of the advanced options on some other vehicles. The company tries to make everything easier, such as access to the engine. That is why the hood design is very important for the Kodiak. Not only on the practicality side, but also safety. The visibility is excellent.
Moving on to the comfort and infotainment is not leaving a strong impression. But, the 2023 Chevy Silverado 4500 offers the convenience systems, such as noise isolation and extra airbags, including so-called curtains. The company upgraded the infotainment system. Now, more options are available. Of course, smartphone integration is one of the priorities, so Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. However, there are no premium options, such as leather seats, advanced audio, or HUD.
2023 Chevy Silverado 4500 Price
The medium-duty truck is coming with a $50,000 price tag. If you need more muscle, Series 5 costs $3,000 and Silverado 6500 is a $6,000 investment. With a few optional upgrades, the Kodiak’s price can reach $57,000.