Trucks are the workhorses of the automotive world, but not every truck can handle every job. The Chevrolet Silverado comes in three different flavors to suit the varying needs of today’s truck buyers.
This full-size truck is available as the 1/2-ton 1500, 3/4-ton 2500HD, and 1-ton 3500HD. The go-to truck for most people is the 1500, which can handle what the average person needs to do to get through their day. Step up to the 2500HD, and now you have a truck ready to do serious work.
In addition to picking the size of your truck, there’s also a choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive and regular, double, and crew cabs. If you’re new to the truck world then your head might be spinning, but that’s okay.
Part of the beauty of the Silverado is the seemingly infinite number of configurations – did we mention there is also a choice between a long bed or short bed? It’s a lot to figure out, but it means there’s a version of the Silverado perfectly suited to you.
Your neighbor might plan to haul nothing more than the occasional bag of bark mulch and want a Silverado 1500 that looks like a luxury car when you open the doors. Your plumber might want a Silverado 2500HD that’s clean and simple without a fancy interior for his crew to destroy. It’s all good. Chevrolet has you covered.
Chevrolet provided the 2017 Silverado 2500HD 4WD LT Double Cab to test out for a week. Our first thought, and likely the first thought of anyone who has never been behind the wheel of a 3/4-ton truck, was that it’s big. It’s the kind of big that makes you look for two parking spots next to each other so you don’t accidentally turn the car in the neighboring space into a hood ornament.
You’ve heard of starter homes. Well, the Silverado 2500HD is definitely not your starter truck. Our tester came equipped with the optional 6.6-liter turbodiesel Duramax engine, a $9,340 option, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. It gave our truck 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque with a 2987-pound payload capacity and a maximum 14,500-pound trailering capacity. This truck isn’t messing around.
Making the choice to move up from the 1500 to the 2500 might not be easy for everyone. Even if you need the extra capability, going with a truck this large can be a daunting proposition. Chevrolet makes the decision easier by including standard and available features that help even the novice truck owner manage the 2500HD like a pro.
The side-view camera kicks in with the turn signals and shows the view along either side of the truck. This helps keep you from clipping the curb or a mailbox and makes changing lanes on a congested highway much easier. Those new to driving a truck will love this feature, although there’s a caveat. It also overrides the navigation temporarily, which is disconcerting.
The bed on the Silverado 2500HD is high, so it’s not easy to toss things in back. Chevrolet has a simple solution with steps built into the corners of the rear bumper. It’s not fancy like what you’ll find in some other trucks, and that’s a bonus. Rather than an awkward step that deploys, these steps are always there whenever you need a lift.
Getting into the Silverado 2500HD is not easy even if you’re tall. The assist steps make it manageable, especially if you might have kids trying to climb inside. The steps also make it possible to lean in and grab something from the center console without having to climb all the way in and take a seat.
Cargo Area Lamp
Mounted on the back of the cab and activated from inside the vehicle, the cargo area lamp ensures you can see the whole bed. It makes things much easier at night, especially if you’re unloading small cargo, say bags of groceries, and don’t want to miss anything.
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a big step up from the 1500 with increased capability and the size to match. Its wide range of configurations and convenient features ensure it’s a work truck that anyone can manage.