If you have any interest in a heavy-duty pickup, it is probably because you want a truck that can handle a lot of weight. The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD trucks offer excellent payload and towing capacities, but there are a lot of different values depending on their configurations and which one you choose. To keep things simple, here are payload and towing capacities for these trucks in general, but be sure to ask about any specific model you are interested in.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD has a payload capacity of between 3,536 lbs and 3,979 lbs depending on how you configure it. In general, the payload is higher for regular cab models and lowest for crew cab setups due to the added weight of the cab. The diesel engine also makes for lower overall payload, so keep that in mind.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500HD has a payload capacity of between 4,013 lbs and 4,534 lbs depending on the configuration. One thing worth noting about the 3500HD, however, is that it is available with dual rear-wheels, whereas the 2500HD does not have that option. A dual rear-wheel setup greatly increases the payload capacity of the 3500HD, with a maximum payload of up to 7,442 lbs available with a regular cab and gas engine.
For towing capacity, the numbers follow a similar pattern, with the 3500HD coming out on top. The maximum towing capacity of the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is 18,500 lbs with a crew cab and the turbo-diesel engine; other configurations of the 2500HD have a maximum towing of 14,500 lbs. The 3500HD has a maximum towing of up to 20,000 lbs with the right configuration, though some have max towing of just 14,500 lbs.
Where the 3500HD truly shines, is if you are interested in gooseneck or 5th-wheel towing. With a gooseneck setup, the 3500HD can get up to 35,500 lbs of towing done when properly configured and equipped. Even with the gooseneck, the 2500HD still tops out at 18,500 lbs, so if you want to use gooseneck towing, go with the 3500HD.