Chevy Silverado 2500HD: The Right Tool for All the Difficult Jobs
Anybody who has ever pulled a butter knife out of a kitchen drawer to turn a screw knows that there is a better tool for the job. Have a traffic-choked commute to the local metropolis? A Chevrolet Cruze or a Volt might be the answer you’re looking for. Hauling 8,000 pounds worth of backhoe on a dual-axle trailer? Meet the right tool for that job: The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.
The Silverado 2500HD (MSRP starting at $28,415) is a truck designed around the jobs that need getting done. It’s a complete package of engine, transmission, technology and construction advantages that result in a truck that can do the heavy lifting, but can also provide the kind of comfort and convenience features you’ve come to enjoy in your passenger car.
No matter what kind of work you do, there’s a Silverado 2500HD configuration ready to take it on. Begin with the choice of a Regular Cab (with greater headroom and legroom than the Ford F-250 Regular Cab), Extended Cab (priced lower than the F-250, and Ram doesn’t offer an Extended Cab) or a Crew Cab (nearly 500 pounds lighter than the competitive Ford). From there, choose standard or long beds, and rear- or four-wheel drive.
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Three trim levels offer work-truck functionality, more car-like creature comforts, or a level of equipment you might confuse with something from Cadillac. The WT (work truck) trim level features StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, tire pressure monitoring, AM/FM stereo, front reading lamps, huge dual gloveboxes, an auxiliary power outlet, durable leatherette-covered 60/40 bench seats, intermittent wipers, remote keyless entry and an adjustable steering wheel. The LT includes a CD player, lockable underseat storage, cruise control, floor mats, cloth seats, power windows and locks, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, driver lumbar support and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment.
Ready for uptown sophistication from your truck? The LTZ trim provides heated, leather appointed, 10-way adjustable driver and front passenger seating with dual-density foam for comfort on long rides, a massive floor-mounted console to securely stow your stuff, a Bose® seven-speaker surround-sound audio system, dual-zone climate control, a Driver Information Center and OnStar with six months of the Directions and Connections plan, among other comfort and convenience features.
Engine selection starts with a 6.0-liter gasoline-powered V8 engine capable of 360 hp at 5,400 rpm paired with a six-speed HD automatic transmission with overdrive. The sequentially fuel-injected engine delivers 380 lb/ft of torque at 4,200 rpm, and is capable of a gross combined weight rating (truck and trailer) of up to 20,500 pounds with the optional 4.10 rear axle ratio. The Silverado 2500HD features a standard 36-gallon fuel tank that allows greater range between fill-ups.
The old hot-rodder’s saying goes, “You buy horsepower, but you drive torque.” The optional Duramax Turbo-Diesel turns that axiom on its head. While the engine offers an impressive 397 hp at 3,000 rpm, it’s the jaw-dropping 765 lb/ft of torque that make the Silverado 2500HD so adept at towing boat trailers, pushing snow or transporting heavy generators. And that maximum torque comes on at just 1,600 rpm, so instant hauling power is just a feathered throttle away. The B20 biodiesel-compatible Duramax Turbo-Diesel comes with a heavy-duty Allison® six-speed automatic transmission. While the engine’s doing the heavy work on the way up the mountain, the six-speed Allison transmission takes center stage on the way back down. It features a Tow/Haul mode that holds shifts longer while the engine also provides electronic engine braking, which saves the brakes from overheating on long descents.
The titanic engine choices would be for naught if the rest of the truck wasn’t up to the task. The Silverado 2500HD’s high-strength, fully boxed steel frame provides five times the torsional rigidity than ever before. A frame with lower torsional rigidity twists, sags and sways, especially when trailering heavy loads. The Silverado 2500HD, with that exceptionally stiff chassis, provides confidence that you can back that trailer into place or load the bed up with the maximum payload of 4,192 pounds (in the Regular Cab with a gas engine) without issue.
Blending massive load-hauling capabilities with over-the-road comfort is both art and science. The Silverado 2500HD’s suspension features components designed not only for their load bearing, but for their ability to provide outstanding ride quality as well. Out back, the Silverado 2500HD features a live axle with asymmetrical leafsprings three inches wide. The rear suspension setup increases payload and reduces wheel hop on acceleration. Up front, an all-new, fully independent suspension allows each wheel to react to rough terrain and maximizes wheel contact with the road surface.
It all adds up to a customizable truck that beat out all of its competition in independent AMCI testing for zero-to-60 mph acceleration; zero-to-60 acceleration with a 3,000 pound payload on a seven percent grade at 6,000 feet; frame strength and passing ability towing a 9,750 pound trailer up a seven percent grade. No wonder Motor Trend named the Silverado HD line the 2011 Truck of the Year®. It’s time for you to come in and find out for yourself!