Choosing a heavy-duty truck makes perfect sense for some individuals who need the payload and pulling power. The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a heavy-duty pickup truck ideal for businesses as well as for recreationists who prize strong pulling power.

Best Value

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500HD comes in regular, double, and crew cab configurations and your choice of engines and drivetrains. You get standard and long bed choices too. For some, the size will depend as much on the cap you choose.

We chose the crew cab with four-wheel drive, as this combination ensures the maximum number of people and the extra grip needed when roads are slick. The LT trim has cloth seats, an EZ lift and lower tailgate, satellite radio, Chevrolet MyLink, connected services and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

Opting for the diesel engine is an expensive proposition, but it's something we chose for two reasons: 910 pound-feet of torque at the ready and engine longevity. When you buy a heavy-duty truck, you typically plan to keep it for many years. This Duramax diesel with its powerful Allison transmission has that longevity in mind. It's one step above the bare bones Work Truck trim and just below the well-equipped LTZ.

  • Model: 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT Crew Cab Standard Box
  • Engine: 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8
  • Output: 445 hp / 910 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
  • MPG: N/A
  • Options: Four-wheel drive ($3,300), Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 engine ($9,395, heavy-duty transmission), Convenience Package ($1,425, remote starter system, rear-window defogger, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power driver's seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 110 AC power outlet)
  • Base Price: $44,895 (including a $1,395 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $59,015

Performance

Chevy Silverado 2500HD

This model’s strength is under the hood where the mighty diesel holds sway. It's a 6.6-liter V8 powerhouse, a turbodiesel making 425 horsepower and a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque. You should allow the second number to sink in for a moment: that’s brute strength at the ready!

At first, the Silverado 2500HD lumbers along, but it responds with authority when you need a strong boost of power. You can pull that trailer, fill the bed, and carry a full contingent of passengers and the engine won’t groan under pressure. The transmission keeps up too and it doesn't hunt for gears.

Like other Silverado models, the 2500HD rides best with weight on the rear wheels because that’s the whole point of this vehicle. Otherwise, the ride is middling at best under most circumstances. Low-speed maneuverability is quite good and handling is fairly nimble with all things considered.

Style

The Silverado 2500HD looks like a Chevrolet and that’s not a bad thing. Then again, the design isn’t especially inspiring, especially as Ford and Ram models deliver a fresher or more invigorating look. Overall, the design is massive with a big grille, wide hood, strong shoulders, and a long, slab body. There are some differences between light- and heavy-duty models, including the wheel well arches; otherwise, the similarities between Silverado models are strong.

Inside, the cavernous interior is comfortable, open, and will make you feel at home even if you're at work. The cloth seats get the job done and are a step up from vinyl, yet a step down from leather. There's ample room for a big driver and the passenger up front. The rear seat holds three with ease and you'll appreciate the space it affords your children if you're buying one for a family.

The Best and Worst Things

The best thing about most any heavy-duty truck has everything to do with payload and towing. Our model as configured pulls 13,000 pounds and that should serve most any need. Of course, fuel economy is always an issue, although those numbers aren't published for these models. Figure that the diesel will offer a slight improvement over the gas model, but not nearly as much as you might have thought.

Right For? Wrong For?

Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Business folk and families pulling a large trailer will gravitate to this model. Sure, you may have some pulling power left, but you'll also have the security of a strong powertrain at the ready. Likewise, if you pull but don't need anywhere near the towing capacity, then the 2500HD is simply overkill. Look at the regular Silverado 1500 models instead.

The Bottom Line

You'll pay handsomely for a well-equipped Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Fortunately, “cash on the hood” can ease the cost. When equipped as suggested here, you can expect your Chevy to last many years. Amortize your cost and it all makes sense.