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1996 Chevrolet K3500

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1996 Chevrolet K3500 Review

Raises the bar for work trucks.

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The 1996 Chevrolet K3500 is a powerful workhorse. The truck comes in a range of powerful engines and will be great for a variety of situations like farm work. These features together guarantee a vehicle that will sell well for years to come. While it's known as the ultimate truck in power, comfort and convenience, it also extends its variety with regular cab, crew cab, and extended cab models.

The Range

Body Styles: extended cab, regular cab
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet K3500 Cheyenne extended cab, Chevrolet K3500 Silverado extended cab, Chevrolet K3500 Silverado crew cab, Chevrolet K3500 Cheyenne crew cab, Chevrolet K3500 Silverado regular cab, Chevrolet K3500 Cheyenne regular cab

What's New

The Chevrolet K3500 got a lot of changes in 1996. Many new engines were introduced such as a 4.3-liter V-6, a five-liter V-8, and a 5.7-liter V-8, and a powerful 7.4-liter V-8. An optional third door on the passenger side is now available in the extended cab models. Other added features include a lighted entry system, height adjusted seat belts, and on board diagnostics.


The slick appearance is a definite plus to the 1996 Chevrolet K3500. Chrome bumpers and chrome side step give a polished look that’s hard to rival. Standard exterior features include power windows and mirrors and 16-inch wheels. Many optional features are available such as two-toned paint, bed liner, and a camping/towing package.


The 1996 Chevrolet K3500 is a truck spotlighting comfort and convenience. Comfortable cloth seating and convenient features such as a lighted entry system make the truck stand out. Standard interior features include tachometer, air-conditioning, power controls, and a leather steering wheel trim. Optional features include things like leather seating and a power driver’s seat.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Chevrolet K3500 has a variety of engine options, ranging from a 4.3-liter V-6 to the powerful 7.4-liter V-8 engine. Since there are a variety of engines, the truck has a variety of horsepower and torque, ranging from 200 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque at the lowest end, all the way up to over 250 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. Performance features such as a five-speed manual transmission, power steering, and cruise control come together for the ultimate riding experience.


The 1996 Chevrolet K3500 was not tested in crash tests. To add insult to injury, it doesn't come equipped with very many safety features, which is a downside. However, it does come with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and daytime running lights as standard features. Optional safety features include power door locks and a keyless entry system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet K3500: 11/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Wide range of engine sizes
  • Convenient features
  • Great work truck
  • Very powerful

You Won't Like

  • Not safety tested
  • Few standard safety features

Sum Up

Raises the bar for work trucks.

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