2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Review

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Overview

The current crop of heavy-duty trucks is a far cry from that of only a decade ago. They’ve become more refined and luxurious, but that doesn’t mean these trucks have forgotten what it’s like to put in a hard day of work. With large gas or diesel engines and strong frames, trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD can haul whatever you throw their way. Two years after a massive redesign, the Silverado 2500HD returns to the spotlight thanks to a major engine update and some other minor improvements.

The highlight of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a redesigned turbodiesel 6.6-liter Duramax V8 engine with an output of 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. This updated engine produces 48 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet than the previous version, and it’s paired with a new intake system that pushes cool air into the engine for maximum performance. 90 percent of the engine’s torque is available at a low 1,500 rpm, and it’s sustained up to 2,850 rpm, which makes the Silverado 2500HD perfect for towing. Silverado 2500HDs equipped with the Duramax engine and new air intake system can be easily identified by a distinctive new hood scoop.

The standard engine for the Silverado 2500HD is a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 that produces 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the choice of either rear-wheel (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). An optional compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system enables the engine to run on both gasoline and CNG. With the standard V8 engine, the Silverado 2500HD has a maximum towing capacity of 14,800 pounds and a max payload of 4,043 pounds, although these numbers fluctuate depending on the truck’s configuration.

Aside from the new hood scoop for diesel models, the Silverado 2500HD has remained mostly unchanged since its redesign in 2015. All trims are available as a regular, double, or crew cab and feature a large grille, rectangular headlights, and flared-out wheel fenders. The regular cab is available only with an 8-foot bed, while the double and crew cabs can be equipped with either a 6.5- or 8-foot bed. Two new colors are available for 2017, Graphite Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic.

If you have spent any time inside a Silverado 1500, you should feel right at home in the Silverado 2500HD. The interior layout is the same, and the quality of the materials has been significantly improved. Controls are logically positioned and easy to use, even while wearing work gloves, and the instrument cluster includes the engine and transmission temperature, a tachometer, and fuel-economy information. Depending on the cab configuration, the Silverado 2500HD can seat up to 6 passengers.

The Silverado 2500HD is available in four trims. The base Work Truck comes equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, chrome bumpers, a 40/20/40 split-bench vinyl front seat, power locks, a tilt steering wheel, a 4.2-inch color audio display, and a 4- or 6-speaker audio system (depending on cab type). The LT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, a reversing camera, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink Radio, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The LTZ trim includes 18-inch alloy wheels, power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 10-way power front seats, and dual-zone climate control (on crew and double cab models only).

The High Country is the Silverado 2500HD’s flagship trim and features a special front grille, a spray-on bedliner, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, wireless charging, and a Bose audio system. A new Alaskan Edition package adds 18-inch black aluminum wheels, a spray-on bedliner, a decal package, and a Snow Plow Prep package with dual alternators, a roof-mounted lamp, and underbody shields.

New for the 2017 Silverado 2500HD is the Teen Driver system, which enables a parent to set up a key for their teen with specific limits on speed and audio volume. Teen Driver can also mute the audio system until seatbelts are on and provide a report on vehicle speed and activation of the antilock braking (ABS) and stability control systems. Standard safety equipment for the Silverado 2500HD includes front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, traction control, and stability control with trailer sway control. LT models and above come equipped with GM’s OnStar telematics system, which features automatic emergency notification, stolen-vehicle tracking, roadside assistance, and turn-by-turn navigation.

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Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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