Here is my experience with towing my 33ft Travel Trailer (9500 lbs) with this truck. It tows easily at whatever speed you set the cruise at, what I never thought thru was where the torque band is on this truck. It will select whatever gear is needed to pull the load, this sometimes results in driving in third gear up hills at 4200 rpm. It rarely would shift up into 6th gear and would not stay there long even on the slightest uphill. This all resulted in an average MPG of 6.9 on my 1300 mile trip to Florida. Encountering a strong headwind coming home it would still pull no problem at 66 mph but it got 5.8 mpg into the wind. Around town it gets 11.6 MPG driving very easy. disappointed MPG.
I recently bought a 2015 Chevrolet LTZ Silverado 2500 6.6 Liter diesel from a local dealer in my area. My family has always had the Duramax 6.6 Liter diesel engines and I bought mine for farm use. I knew the retail price would be very large but I traded my half-ton pickup in for the three-quarter ton. My dealer worked very hard on getting the lowest price for me since I have done business with them before this purchase. I am very happy with my purchase price of my pickup and it added more value to my family farm by purchasing another diesel engine pickup. My expectations far surpassed what I have originally imagined when purchasing this pickup. The amount of horsepower and torque has been rewarding when pulling trailers for our farm. The fuel economy while pulling a trailer long distances have been between 18-19 miles per gallon and without a trailer is between 19-21 miles per gallon. As you can see, there is very little difference in fuel economy and I am completely satisfied because diesel fuel is nearly the same price as gasoline. The interior in my pickup has the normal LTZ package with touchscreen controls. Though this may be a little distracting while driving, Chevrolet has made is easier to use the touchscreen through the command center screen in the middle of the gauges in front of the steering wheel. The rear seating is very spacious and allows a person in the rear to enjoy more leg room than before. I would also comment on the business filing console because it is very unique and useful for keeping files or papers from being cluttered throughout the vehicle. I have also used the Wi-Fi capability in my pickup numerous times while working in the fields for my computer or iPad. To sum up my purchase of my pickup, I am very happy with the purchase price, interior design, fuel economy, and engine choice. My vehicle is and will continue to be put to work on the farm and I know for sure that it will always be reliable for me.
2016 Chevy 2500 HD High Country. I have owner this truck new for 3 1/2 months now & I've had it back to the dealer twice for water leaks. I owned a GMC 1500 before the chevy that leaked too. Shame on me for trying GM again. The dealer has been great for trying to fix the leak. General Motors on the other hand has done nothing but read from a script of lines to make it sound like they are concerned about you. I wish General Motors would pull there collective heads out of the back side & address the problems that they are having with a bunch of there model vehicles introducing water into the cabin and trunk areas.
I have owned several new vehicles, this is by far worse than any vehicle I've had (new or old). Been back to dealership 4 times in two months, totaling 11 days in shop. I will never buy another GM product or from Apple valley Chevy in martinsburg wv.
Duramax Plus Package ($9,115 -- includes Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, Allison six-speed automatic transmission, power-adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, Driver Alert package: lane departure warning, forward collision allert, safey alert seat); Rear Seat Entertainment System ($1,495); Power Sunroof ($995); Chrome Trailering Mirrors ($230); Duramax Plus Package Discount (-$1,500)
Turbocharged, direct-injected V8, diesel
Pushrod, four valves per cylinder
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
397 @ 3,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
765 @ 1,600
Six-speed automatic with column shifter and column-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Despite the massive torque and power at play here, the HD Silverado isn't as fast as we had thought it might be. It'll probably run similar times towing a light load. Power delivery is as you'd expect -- early and abundant but finished by about 3,200 rpm. Turning off traction control and power braking does measurably reduce acceleration times. It also can result in detrimental wheelspin, however. This truck feels very out of place here. It's not made to do anything fast. By the fifth stop, braking distance increased and there was both smoke and stench in the air. All runs in two-wheel drive.
Yes, this is a big, heavy truck designed to tow big, heavy loads. It also requires more distance to stop from 60 mph than virtually anything else we've ever tested. What's more, the brake pedal, when in full-ABS application -- feels artificial. The pedal goes soft at maximum effort in a non-natural way. It doesn't feel like fade, but rather like the ABS system has taken full control from the driver and won't give it back until pedal pressure is reduced, which is probably the case.
As expected, the Silverado HD was rather awkward through the slalom cones. Though its body doesn't roll too much, it's a lot of work to wrestle the Silverado between the cones. Steering is slow and responses can be trying for the driver. Drive at 7/10ths and it goes more or less where it's pointed, with ESC doing an admirable job of keeping the truck behind the front wheels. ESC isn't terribly intrusive and would be a welcome companion on the road if it were needed. The skid pad can be handled at wide open with ESC on -- just steer and keep the throttle wide open. Turn ESC off and you'll actually need to sense the big truck's limits, which can be difficult. There's little steering feedback to help and because it's so stiff, the chassis hardly communicates. It is just a big, stiff truck made for towing, not handling.