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For those who need a full-size pickup and then some, Chevy offers the Silverado 2500HD, the most capable truck in the lineup for 2014. While the light-duty 1500 has been thoroughly reworked, the 2500HD continues for one more year in familiar form.

What's New for 2014

The extended cab 2500HD has already been retired, leaving a choice of regular or crew cabs. For now, it’s the only heavy-duty Chevy truck available—the brawny 3500HD is sitting out 2014 completely.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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All models start out with a 360-horsepower 6-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission. A bi-fuel option allows the engine to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). For maximum grunt, Chevy offers a 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8, which produces 397 horsepower and a stunning 765 pound-feet of torque. The turbo-diesel gets a specially designed Allison six-speed automatic with manual shift control.

A traditional four-wheel drive system with a floor-mounted transfer case is available for the base truck. Buyers can upgrade to an automatic-dial system known as Autotrac, which is the only four-wheel drive setup available in the upper trim levels.

The 2500HD can handle up to 3,670 pounds of cargo, or 4,212 pounds with the optional High Payload Package. Towing capacity reaches 13,000 pounds with the standard ball hitch, but that balloons to 17,800 pounds with a fifth-wheel connection.

Like all Chevy trucks, the 2500HD comes in three flavors, from basic to plush:

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Work Truck (WT)

Comes modestly equipped with a dark vinyl or cloth bench seat, vinyl floor coverings, air conditioning, a basic sound system and steel wheels.

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LT

Makes the 2500HD a more pleasant place to be with features like premium cloth upholstery, full carpeting, a locking storage console, power windows and locks, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio.

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LTZ

Adds leather bucket seats with heat and power, a full center console, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls, a Bose sound system and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Both the LT and LTZ can get a variety of individual options like Chevy’s EZ-lift tailgate system, navigation, a rearview camera and a rear-seat entertainment system. You can further individualize your 2500HD with these packages:

  • Convenience: Adds power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, a universal home entry system, remote start and a rear defogger.
  • Z71 Off-Road Suspension: Includes skid plates, a unique front stabilizer bar, specific shock absorbers, all-terrain tires and special badging.
  • Z71 Appearance: Spruces up the exterior with a chrome mesh grille with body-colored surround, a body-colored lower fascia and 18-inch polished alloy wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

With the all-new 1500 model already in showrooms, the carryover 2500HD is bound to draw less attention from buyers. That means greater bargaining for you and increased dealer incentives—unless you want to wait for the all-new 2500HD in 2015.

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