Trucks have come a long way and this is exceptional!! Bought this 2500HD LTZ and it is simply impressive. The fit and finish is every bit as good as a Cadillac. The Crew Cab has plenty of room and the leather is soft and supple, but provides good support. The wifi and electronics are great with 7 USB Ports. I have hauled a 20' cattle trailer and it has plenty of pulling torque. Note: Best time to buy is end of year with extra mfg. rebates. I bought this totally loaded LTZ for the same price as a nice LT.
Had this truck for five months so far and no problems very tough truck The ride is a little stiff but love everything about the truck I wouldn't change nothing very happy with my purchase been driving a Chevy truck since I was 17 years old and I would never drive no other brand truck
Overall seems to be a nice truck. Last 4 pickups were Toyota, '97 Tacoma, '01, '08, '11 Tundra. The Chevy isn't near as quick off the line as the Toyota, but it is heavier and runs 4.10 vs 4.32 rear end. The truck is very enjoyable to drive, handles well. There's lots of little features that make the truck user friendly. The first thing my wife noticed is that it's much quieter. The only issue I have with the truck is that the tailgate cables are different lengths. There's 2" of slack in one cable. Even with 200 lbs on the tailgate there's still 1 1/2" of slack. At that rate it will take over 700lbs to just remove the slack. After some research this has been a problem since the late '90's and Chevrolet considers it normal. They've even published a bulletin telling the dealers they aren't allowed to try to fix the problem under warranty. Most trucks have about a 1/2" which isn't a problem as it disappears when you sit on it. Don't ever try to call Chevrolet to get something covered. Dealing with their "senior advisers" is the worst customer service experience I've ever had. I was initially told "We'll contact you within 2 business days". On the 4th day I received one voicemail, with a callback number. I left messages with hour + windows of time that I'd be available, no calls. Finally I reached a different Sr. Adviser who told me Randy had me scheduled for a call 2 1/2 days from now at 5pm. Somehow he knew exactly what he'd be doing 2 1/2 days later. At that point I realized that on Wednesday evening (didn't say if it was 5 EST or CST) I'd need to sit by my phone like a teenage boy waiting for a call from a girl. I knew if I missed the call that it could be another 2 days. Finally the call came! "We're not going to fix it, that's how it's designed". Really? An engineer put two cables there to carry a load and only one works. What's really frustrating is that of all the problems one could have with a $53,000 vehicle this one could be fixed with a $10 cable. Every time I show this to someone the response is the same. "That isn't right, can't they just put a shorter cable on"? Apparently being able to start my truck with a smart phone while on another continent is more important than fit and finish. My *** review is really about 2 things. The inability to solve a simple problem, and the absolutely horrible customer service. As a side note, my dealer EVS in Saukville has been exceptional! The only reason I'd even consider another GM product is because of them.
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.