Totally overhauled for the 2015 model year, the Silverado 2500HD boasts the industrial strength you sometimes need to get the tough jobs done. Even so, it's a surprisingly civilized machine, with enough available features to almost match the selection on some luxury cars. Lighter-duty Silverado 1500 pickups are available, while the heavier-duty 3500HD surpasses even the 2500HD's impressive limits. As usual, Chevrolet’s Silverado is similar to the Sierra, including HD models.
What's New for 2017
The biggest Silverado HD news for 2017 is happening beneath the hood. GM increased the output from its 6.6-liter, Duramax turbodiesel V8 to 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. HD trucks with the diesel engine get a functional hood scoop. Fleet buyers can now order a version of the gasoline V8 that’s can run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 2500
As before, the 2500HD comes with a three-person Regular Cab, a Double Cab with a full-length backseat and narrow rear doors (now hinged in the front), or a Crew Cab with full-size rear doors and extra rear legroom. The Regular Cab is only available with an eight-foot bed, while the Double and Crew feature a 6.5-foot bed instead. Rear bumpers have corner steps for easier access to the cargo area.
The standard 6-liter, gas-powered V8 produces 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, driving a six-speed automatic transmission. If you want the CNG engine conversion, the 6-liter V8 is your only choice. For maximum vigor, Chevrolet offers a more potent rendition of GM’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8, which now develops 445 horsepower and a mammoth 910 pound-feet of torque. The turbodiesel gets a heavy-duty six-speed automatic and exhaust braking.
All 2500HDs come standard with rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is available for each version. All models include an automatic locking rear differential. To assist with towing, GM includes trailer sway control, automatic grade braking, and integrated cruise control that automatically adjusts to load weight as standard equipment. Properly outfitted, the 2500HD can tow up to 18,100 pounds and haul 3,534 pounds.
The 2500HD is available in four trim levels: basic WT, popularly equipped LT, luxurious LTZ, and exclusive High Country. Touchscreen displays incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Chevrolet offers a safety minded Driver Alert Package for Silverados in the LT and LTZ trims, that adds lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and front/rear parking sensors. LED cargo box lighting is available across the range.
Picking out a pickup truck isn’t so easy with so many possibilities to choose from. With HD models, the process is a bit more straightforward, based largely upon numerical capabilities and capacities. The base WT version isn't nearly as austere as it used to be, so it can qualify as a personal vehicle as well as a workhorse. Even so, the better-equipped, more flexible LT edition remains the best overall value for varied uses, though the extra equipment on an LTZ can be tempting.
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