I did a lot of research before I bought a new pickup. I've owned pickups from all of the "Big 3" and had no great loyalty to anyone. I spoke with several ME game warden's who drive thier trucks in all types of weather and off road conditions, and they all said Chevy's were the best. I was undecided about an X-tend or Crew cab, went with the Crew cab. It's longer, harder to dock, uh park, but the convience of the 4 doors is worth it. Drives well, rides great. Load it up and it rides like a Cadillac. The longer length takes some getting used to, and the gas mileage isn't bad for a 300HP engine. If you take it off road make sure you have plenty of room to turn around. You'll need it! Overall, very happy!
The plow package makes installing a plow easy! The locking rear differential really locks! 1000% better then Ford or Dodge's joke "Limited Slip" The overhead swivel reading lights are great. Why didn't anyone think of them sooner? The towing package is 100% ready to tow, hook and go! Great visibility all around.
Get rid of the 40-20-40 seat. No one can sit in the middle of it. Move the cup holders off of the floor and make the console bigger. How about a choice of rear axle ratios 4.10 3.73 or 3.55? Bigger stock tires, the 245's look like donuts in the wheel wells. Get the G-80 locking rear end, it's worth it!