Year after year, Americans buy more full-size Chevy trucks than any other vehicle produced by General Motors. Needless to say, no other model is so closely tied to the company's fortunes. To keep sales rolling, the Silverado 1500 receives an evolutionary but thorough redesign for 2014 with emphasize on refinement and efficiency. However, the brawny 2500HD and 3500HD models will continue in current form for one more model year.
Although built for serious hauling, the 2500HD is the more civilized of the two Silverado HD models, and plenty of folks buy it for personal use. The range of configurations and options is immense, allowing buyers to order up everything from a plain workhorse to a beefy luxury liner.
The standard flex-fuel 6-liter V8 with six-speed automatic produces 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. So equipped, the Silverado tows up to 10,200 pounds -- this rating jumps to 13,000 with an optional 4.10 axle ratio. Payload capacity is rated at 3,760 pounds, or 4,212 with the available high-payload package. Interestingly, the 6-liter can be equipped to operate on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG), which burns cleaner and costs less. In CNG mode, engine output drops to 301 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque.
For those who need maximum grunt, Chevy again offers the Duramax Turbo Diesel with a heavy-duty Allison transmission. The 6.6-liter V8 cranks out 397 horsepower and a massive 765 foot-pounds of torque for a maximum towing capacity of 17,800 pounds. Models powered by the Duramax also get an exhaust brake, a 730-amp battery and an engine block heater. When not hauling a load, the engine provides exceptional acceleration for this class. Zero to 60 mph comes in 7 seconds flat.
As before, the 2500HD comes in three trim levels: the basic Work Truck (WT), popularly equipped LT, and luxury-themed LTZ. Four-wheel drive is available across the board and includes an automatic setting on LT and LTZ models. The WT, with its vinyl interior and lack of ornamentation, is the daily laborer of the lineup. Buyers looking for a truck they can hose off and take on the town will be more at home with the LT. At the top of the line, the LTZ offers premium style and comfort for those who might otherwise opt for a luxury vehicle if they didn't need the muscle of a pickup.
The volume leader of the line, the LT comes equipped for civilian duty. Standard features include clothing seating and full carpeting, driver seat lumbar adjustments, power windows and locks, 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, tinted rear windows, keyless entry, a locking storage console, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio and OnStar.
From there, buyers can add a plethora of equipment, from work-oriented to indulgent: 20-inch wheels, bed extenders and liners, a power-sliding rear window, a sunroof, power-adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, Chevy's EZ-lift tailgate system, navigation, a rearview camera, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package adds skid plates, specially-tuned shocks and a beefier front stabilizer bar. There's also a Z71 Appearance Package, which offers a chrome mesh grille with body-color surround, a body-color lower fascia, and 18-inch polished alloy wheels.
The LTZ package spares no effort in making the Silverado a plush and accommodating brute. In addition to the LT's standard equipment and options, you get leather bucket seats with heat and power, a front center console, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, remote start, Bluetooth compatibility, and a Bose sound system with a USB port.
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Smooth ride, refined inside, but lacks the all-American macho feel of the Chevy
Rugged and powerful, but trails in towing ability
Comfortable car-like interior, fine workmanship, but not so rugged
Deep model range, standout style, but lacks the Chevy's bullet-proof dependability record