DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: If you’ve got to get a lot of work done, haul a bunch of stuff or pull a house off its foundation, this here’s your truck. See also: “Super Duty, Ford,” and “Heavy Duty, Ram.” There’s the same pissing match among heavy-duty diesel pickups as there is with half-ton models, so pick your flavor and your brand and expect to be able to accomplish just about anything you need to.
In the case of our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, buyers opting for the LTZ model get a comfortable, fully-equipped interior more reminiscent of a loaded Suburban than a work truck. If parking spaces near you are big enough, there's no reason this truck couldn’t be a no compromises daily driver. Yes, $61K is a lot of money for a pickup truck but the price difference between a similarly equipped half-ton Silverado and this diesel 2500HD is not as great as you may think -- it’s mostly in the cost of the engine and transmission package, well worth it if you plan on doing any significant amount of towing. Depending on how much driving you do (particularly freeway driving) the extra cost may be absorbed in fuel savings with the remarkably thrifty diesel. 765 lb-ft of torque in a nearly 4-ton truck and we’re seeing both indicated and calculated economy between 15-20 mpg? Amazing stuff, particularly when you consider the outstanding driveability, zero odor/smoke and NVH of this Duramax/Allison combo. You feel bulletproof and 10 feet tall in this semi-Semi, mainly because you pretty much are.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a “truck guy,” but I love any vehicle that does its intended job well -- that probably explains why I so enjoyed my weekend in the Silverado 2500HD. It’s a superb heavy-duty truck.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71 Crew Cab pushes out 397 hp with 765 lb-ft of torque.PHOTO BY GENERAL MOTORS
ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: The standard Silverado is a big, flying brick of a truck that’ll handle almost anything you throw at it, payload wise. If it doesn’t, there’s always this 2500HD.
I like the new squared styling of this truck and the hood, grille and rear haunches all look intimidating to me. Sometimes you understand why “truck guys” act like “truck guys” on the road.
The interior is extremely comfortable, with all of the luxury trimmings you would want from a nice sedan. The dash is clean and the radio/entertainment system is one of the easier ones to use. For some reason, I always find it comforting to have a hand on the wheel and the right hand on the column shifter.
Power is nearly unbelievable and the torque will make your neck sore if you don’t brace it against the headrest. I didn’t attach this truck to anything but I’m guessing you could pull the horn off a rhino with this thing. The brakes are stellar; I wish my car felt like this. They move about one inch, and then grip hard before arresting any speed you still have.
Sixty grand seems about right, considering everything this truck can do.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71 Crew Cab is equipped with a 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8.PHOTO BY GENERAL MOTORS
Options: Duramax plus package including Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel, Allison six-speed automatic, Chevrolet MyLink audio system with eight-inch diagonal color touch and navigation screen, LTZ plus package including power adjustable pedals, Bose audio system, front and rear park assist ($9,905); 6-foot tubular chrome assist steps ($750); heated and cooled front seats ($650); Z71 off-road package including monotube Rancho shocks, underbody shields, hill decent control, door sill plates, unique Z71 grill, Z71 pickup box decals ($555); spray-on bed liner ($475) cargo convenience package including all-weather floor mats front and rear, front console organizer, underseat storage ($435); front full-feature leather appointed seats ($325); chrome recovery hooks ($250); 18-inch all-terrain blackwall tires ($200); heated steering wheel ($150); tilt and telescoping steering column ($100); four moveable upper tie downs ($60); LED cargo box lighting ($60); radiator cover ($55); fifth-wheel/camper trailer wiring provisions ($35); Duramax plus package discount (-$1,500)
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