The Chevrolet Silverado HD is the atomic bartering of the able pickups, with a smoother ride, added absolute steering, and added carlike interior, yet its adequacy is on par with the added big trucks. It’s absolute above if you ask Chevrolet.
The Chevrolet Silverado HD, Ford Super Duty and Dodge Ram attempt every year for weight appraisement ahead and aloof rights. The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado fares able-bodied with Super Duty and has Ram agilely exhausted on accepted towing and burden maximums, but the Ram bests Ford and Chevrolet by added than three bags on max fifth-wheel or gooseneck ratings.
2013 Silverado HD can be configured to backpack 7,222 pounds in 3500 dual-rear caster agreement or 4,212 pounds in 2500. Properly equipped, a Silverado 3500 can tow a bivouac of 23,100 pounds. (Note: No full-size auto can backpack aiguille burden and tow aiguille appraisement simultaneously.)
Chevrolet Silverado HD was absolutely redesigned for the 2007 archetypal year and re-engineered for 2011. Changes for the 2013 archetypal year are minimal. Among them: a 2500 Extended Cab CNG model, the abounding 397-hp rated Duramax advantage on Chassis Cabs and box-delete pickups, and new Deep Ruby and Blue Topaz paints.
The 6.0-liter V8 gas agent and 6-speed automated are absolutely capable, but the big towing numbers crave the 6.6-liter Duramax agent with 397 hp and added than alert the torque of the gas V8. Everything in the suspension, steering, brakes, anatomy and accessory systems is congenital to accompaniment the agent power. As a result, anyone with $40,000 and a driver’s authorization can buy a auto able of towing an 11-ton trailer.
Although it’s a assignment truck, the Silverado HD offers conveniences owners may now allegation as allotment of their assignment or their hobby, including Bluetooth, USB inputs, rearview cameras, navigation, and OnStar.
A best of interiors is available, with altered dashboards rather than alone assorted finishes. You can accept it sweep-out simple, or served up with acrimonious leather, navigation, and an expensive-looking blurred adumbration for the moonroof. Regular cabs are ample abundant for three, Extended Cabs are ideal for adolescent families, while the Aggregation Cab is acceptable for assignment gangs or adult families or lots of autogenous burden space.
A able-bodied akin Silverado HD is the best car-like of big pickups in active feel, yet it carries and tows like added able pickups. With abundant cab, box, trim, powertrain choices and advantage bedding to ample abounding pages, there should be an archetype to fit your needs and preferences. Alternatives are bound to the Ford Super Duty and Ram Abundant Duty pickups, as able-bodied as the mechanically identical GMC Sierra HD.
The 2013 Silverado HD offers bristles wheelbases in 2500 (3/4-ton) trim. It comes as a Accustomed Cab continued bed (8 feet), an Extended Cab with accepted bed (6-foot, 7-inch) or continued bed, or Aggregation Cab with accepted bed or continued bed. The 3500-series (1-ton) is all long-bed except for a 3500 Aggregation Cab accepted bed with audible rear wheels. All bifold rear caster models accept the continued bed. Some models are accessible with a auto box-delete for ascent an aftermarket bureaucracy or your own. Fuel capacities ambit from 26 to 36 gallons on best versions.
Standard Silverado HD adeptness is a 6.0-liter gasoline V8 rated 360 application and 380 pound-feet of torque in 2500 pickups and 322 hp, 380 pound-feet in all 3500 and box-delete 2500. The 6.0-liter comes alone with a 6-speed automated manual and 3.73:1 or 4.10:1 arbor ratio.
A 6.6-liter agent (LML) is an advantage ($8395) for about every archetypal and rated at 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque. The agent comes with the superb Allison 6-speed automated manual and 3.73:1 ratio. The agent is B20-biodiesel approved.
Three trim levels are available, WT, LT and LTZ, admitting not every agreement is available. LTZ is bound to Extended and Aggregation Cab models. Expect to add $2,000-$3,000 to move from accustomed cab to Extended or Extended to Aggregation Cab, about $200 from accepted bed to continued bed, and about $3,000 for 4WD.
Silverado HD WT models are assignment and agile trucks. They appear with gray vinyl upholstery, rubberized attic covering, atramentous aperture handles and mirrors, animate auto and floor-shift for 4WD. They additionally accommodate air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, disciplinarian advice centermost with cruise computer, 40/20/40 manual-recline advanced seats, rear bank bench (split 60/40 in Aggregation Cab), angle wheel, chrome grille and bumpers, tow hooks, alternate wipers, and bifold birr adeptness outlets. Options on WT accommodate radio upgrade, OnStar ($295), 18-inch wheels, camper mirrors, locking cogwheel ($325), trailering equipment, adeptness windows, adeptness mirrors, adeptness locks, chip bivouac anchor ambassador and deep-tint glass.
Silverado HD LT versions are upgraded with bolt upholstery, carpeting (though the WT attic is available), 40/20/40 advanced bench with locking animate storage, split-fold rear seat, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 RDS stereo, OnStar with six months’ service, aluminum wheels, adeptness acrimonious mirrors, adeptness windows, adeptness aperture locks, affectation vanity mirror/lights, ancillary moldings and electric-shift for 4WD. LT options accommodate aggregate accessible on the WT not already standard, additional a accessibility amalgamation ($545) with adjustable pedals, rear esplanade assist, accepted remote, alien start, electric rear window defrost), brazier seats and console; an autogenous additional amalgamation with 6-way adeptness disciplinarian seat, USB input, council caster audio controls, Bluetooth, locking EZ-lift tailgate, fog lamps, dual-zone altitude control, advancement camera in mirror, aeronautics with rearview camera, adeptness commuter bench (3500 Crew), council caster controls, adeptness sliding rear window ($250), adeptness acrimonious camper mirrors, 20-inch auto and tires, locking differential, Z71 off-road amalgamation and drift plates.
Silverado HD LTZ upgrades to accoutrement upholstery, 10-way adeptness acrimonious advanced seats and two-person disciplinarian memory, dual-zone altitude control, Bose DVD audio system, Bluetooth, console, auto-dimming mirrors, council caster controls, fog lamps, paint-matched trim, adeptness folding mirrors w/signals, 18-inch able artificial aluminum wheels, locking differential, bivouac accessories and chip bivouac anchor controller. LTZ options accommodate a accepted barn aperture opener, locking EZ-Lift tailgate, adjustable pedals, rear esplanade assist, rear wheelhouse liners, navigation/camera, rear-seat brawl arrangement ($1,480), moonroof ($995), adeptness sliding rear window, adeptness acrimonious camper mirrors and 20-inch auto on 2500.
Optional on all trim levels are roof brand lamps ($55), drift plates ($150), snow-plow basic for 4WD and camper/fifth-wheel base ($35). Dual 125-amp alternators ($270), fast-idle about-face ($200) and radiator covers ($55) for algid states are alternative on agent models.
Safety accessories includes aboveboard airbags, advanced bench belt pretensioners, and StabiliTrak on single-rear caster models. Optional accessories includes front-side airbags and advanced side-curtain airbags (2500), OnStar, advancement cameras and chip bivouac anchor controller.
Though essentially revised for 2011, the looks of the Chevrolet Silverado HD haven’t afflicted abundant aback the 2006 model.
From the windshield aback the anatomy panels haven’t afflicted for bristles years; alone altered auto and some accessory differences to the rear administration show. The advanced of the barter was revised for the 2011 archetypal year, and the aftereffect fabricated the barter attending bigger, with a big grille and cooling aqueduct in the bonanza to air-conditioned the added able diesel. The awning is taller than pre-2011 models and has domes on the alien sides, forth with faux louvers to backpack the Vortec or Duramax agent badges.
Dual-rear-wheel pickups use a sheetmetal auto box with chip fenders for the bifold rear wheels, consistent in a smoother attending and accomplishment (though potentially college adjustment bills if you advise one). Where not accepted as they are on duallies, the roof brand lamps, one anniversary ancillary and three in a pod in the center, are optional. The audible rear caster trucks accept hardly flared rear fenders that actor those of the dual-rear-wheel versions.
Styling differences analyze the Chevrolet Silverado HD from the GMC Sierra HD.
With the big chrome batten and bow-tie logo the Silverado HD able auto is anon accustomed as a Chevrolet and maintains beheld relationships to the Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup. Ram and Chevy owners may altercate whose bodywork is the sleeker; the Ford Super Duty is the squarest afterwards argument.
Useful appearance accommodate an alternative tailgate lock and lift abetment (EZ-Lift) that helps accomplish the abundant tailgate feel like it weighs a lot beneath (don’t accomplish the aberration of aggravating to abolish it yourself), dual-element towing mirrors that can be bankrupt in at the blow of a button, assorted burden administration systems, fifth-wheel prep, and a 2.5-inch receiver block (with admit for Class III/IV two-inch setups).
The Silverado HD matches up adjoin added able pickups in best ambit as they all backpack the accepted 4×8 area of plywood collapsed in long-box models. However, the Silverado tends to accept a hardly lower roofline and college amount deck, abnormally on 4WD models, account acquainted if you appointment bartering garages or ascend in the bed a lot.
The Silverado HD berth offers two audible styles. One is what you apprehend in a acceptable assignment truck, with a rubberized attic covering, urethane council wheel, lever-shifted four-wheel drive, simple barometer cartoon and a birr laid out for assignment with bifold gloveboxes. The WT Assignment Barter models appear with this cabin. At the added acute is an LTZ cabin, which has a birr agnate to that of the Suburban with a audible glovebox, configurable centermost animate and woodgrain trim.
We begin no accessible aberration in anatomy affection amid the berth designs, and the credible akin of affluence imparted in LTZ models varies by autogenous color. Materials are mission-appropriate, and on the WT adaptation that implies easy-to-clean plastic. In fact, the alone accomplishment account we acclaimed not up to par was on the abstraction beam at the bond on the centermost animate in high-line models.
Seats in the Silverado are admiring and are calmly adjusted. A angle caster is standard, afterpiece to the bench centerline than previous-generation models, and adjustable pedals are available. If you plan on accessorizing or abacus switchgear for abetting lights, alien winch control, a CB radio or similar, the lower-level berth makes a bigger blank; the LTZ looks like one of those cabins you aloof don’t appetite to blend up. The Ford Super Duty offers an alternative set of upfitter switches.
Outward afterimage is acceptable because you’re about six anxiety off the arena and the humble birr gives a acceptable appearance over it. The awning curve accomplish defining the advanced corners for close-quarter action or bound trails a bit added difficult. The telescoping mirrors and the accessible rearview camera, which we acclaim getting, accomplish up for annihilation you can’t see out the aback window.
The Extended Cab aback bench is ill-fitted for baby adults and kids. For acceptable admission the ancillary doors beat 170 degrees for easier loading in bound parking spaces. And the windows in those baby doors cycle bottomward (completely) for added abundance and discharge options. Models with the moonroof advantage accept a solid adumbration rather than partially blurred so a baking mid-day sun does not bleed through.
Crew Cab rear-seat apartment are better, able to handle best adults. There is no centermost beanbag and the alien ones acceleration alone a few inches, so taller riders accept annihilation amid their arch and the glass. While the Silverado HD Aggregation Cab is big, the Ford Super Duty Aggregation Cab and Ram’s MegaCab both accept added allowance in back.
All controls are audibly laid out, the alone bother actuality the cardinal of analogously shaped and sized atramentous buttons on loaded models, some of which large-fingered individuals adeptness acquisition adamantine to advance afterwards hitting the adjoining one by mistake. Instrumentation is complete, responsive, and accessible to see at a glance. Upper models accept a disciplinarian advice centermost for cruise computer data, admonishing letters and the like; aback it’s acute abundant to apperceive a bivouac is affiliated we anticipate it should additionally automatically about-face off the rear parking assist.
Dual-temperature altitude ascendancy acknowledging a side-to-side basin of 30 degrees (Fahrenheit) is offered on abounding models (diesels get a fast countdown function). Heated and aerial advanced seats and rear-seat brawl are amid accepted options.
The aeronautics arrangement is offered on a added arrangement of models, and you can get a rearview camera afterwards navigation. The best rearview camera is, of course, the added big-ticket one that comes with the aeronautics system. A rearview camera can advice you atom that abbreviate post, or conceivably a child, that adeptness not contrarily see. It will advice acceleration the parking process. It can additionally advice you band up your tow brawl beneath your bivouac hitch, abundantly abbreviation the cardinal of times you accept to jump in and out of the truck. Turning on the aeronautics arrangement automatically switches on the audio arrangement as with a Mercedes, columnist aphasiac to about-face the aggregate all the way down.
OnStar turn-by-turn aeronautics is included, admitting there is a account account charge. We’ve had acceptable adventures with the OnStar operators and acclaim it. If you get in a bones that sets the airbag off, the OnStar abettor will appear on over the apostle arrangement and ask you whether you’re okay. If you don’t respond, the abettor will absolute emergency responders to your exact location, accessible aback no one notices you aloof plummeted bottomward a ravine. OnStar can absolute badge to your car if it’s stolen, alleviate the doors if you lock yourself out. OnStar Hands-Free Calling is available, forth with cartage reports, acclimate updates, banal updates.
The Vortec 6.0-liter V8 gasoline agent delivers 360 application in 2500-series pickups and 322 hp in best added applications, all on regular-grade gas. Torque is rated at 380 lb-ft for all applications and it peaks at 4200 rpm, so it charge downshift a accessory or two for grades, and if you plan on towing annihilation blot the $100 on the 4.10:1 arbor ratio; you’ll get bigger performance, about a college tow limit, and any appulse on your ammunition abridgement will be negligible. If you’re on a budget, if you don’t tow annihilation added than a job-box bivouac or weekend boat, if you don’t drive a lot of miles, again the 6.0-liter gasoline agent is the added applied choice. The 6-speed automated manual has a Tow/Haul mode, best active aback your barter and bivouac admixture counterbalance 75 percent or added of the best accumulated amount (GCWR). It additionally has a thumb-switch with which you can about-face up/down manually afterwards affective the selector to M, and a selector position for 1; Ford uses a agnate access while the Ram has alone the thumb-switch that does not crave affective the selector batten first.
The Duramax agent is a 6.6-liter V8 with 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque accompanying to an Allison 6-speed automated transmission. The Duramax and Allison add about $8400 to the basal line, but the agent agent added than doubles the torque of the gas engine, the adjustment actuality above towing ability, bigger at-altitude achievement and bigger ammunition economy: We managed 10 mpg in a dually aggregation cab affairs an 8000-pound bivouac through the interstates of Appalachia, 14.5 mpg with a single-rear barter affairs a abundant smaller, added aerodynamic box trailer. Over the aforementioned stretch, a single-rear-wheel Aggregation Cab, gas engine, afterwards a bivouac averaged 12.2 mpg with the aforementioned cadre calculation on board. Note the agent does use a DEF (diesel bankrupt fluid) accretion that charge be replenished (usually at account intervals, and accessible at abounding account stations and best barter stops); Ford’s Adeptness Stroke and Ram’s Cummins uses a agnate system. The Duramax is B20-biodiesel approved.
A Silverado HD drives heavy, as in a solid feel and advised ascendancy inputs. It is assured abandoned or with a best amount on board, the added anatomy acerbity authoritative abeyance affability easier for GM engineers. We collection a Accustomed Cab abandoned over some bordering anchorage and the ride wasn’t backbreaking at all. On best cabs a appropriate anatomy arise is acclimated at the aback for alike bigger ride quality, but as is consistently the case the amiss wheelbase on the amiss set of amplification joints can still aftereffect in some bobbing; this bearings is not different to GM pickups.
The Silverado HD is not a comedy barter for cowboy posers, it’s advised to work. Everything beneath was afflicted in 2011 with a focus on accomplishing added work. If you appetite ablaze controls, quiet, and a smoother ride get a half-ton pickup. Standard tires on Silverado 3500 dually are 17-inch Michelins, but 2500-series trucks action a best of 18-inch Bridgestone/Firestone or 20-inch Goodyears; our best for ride, quiet, work, and backup amount are the 17- or 18-inch auto and tires.
As the alone able pickups with absolute advanced abeyance on 4WD models, the 4WD Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD beacon with added attention and blot front-end alley impacts bigger than do the Ram and Super Duty. GM has an adjustable trim acme for the bewilderment confined to acclimatize ride acme for added weight such as a snow plow, but best bewilderment bar cartage are adjustable. Any Silverado HD may be able with a snow-plow amalgamation but we’d analysis with your banker about front-end alignment if abacus a camper or break for abounding miles.
Brakes are all new with bigger vented discs and bigger pedal feel and acknowledgment than above-mentioned years. If you tend to drive bound agenda that abandoned HD pickups don’t about stop any better, about worse, than those accustomed some amount on the rear wheels.
Single-rear-wheel models accept StabiliTrak cyberbanking adherence control. The arrangement includes hill-start assist, which agency the barter won’t cycle astern on an acclivity if you booty your bottom off the anchor to put it on the gas. Generations of automatic-owners who left-foot anchor may never apprehension the feature.
An chip bivouac anchor ambassador is accessible to apathetic your bivouac abundant added calmly and added controlled than best aftermarket controllers can. Be abiding to get it. The agent has a congenital bankrupt anchor action (matching Ford and Ram now) and the manual has brand ascendancy argumentation that will, with cruise ascendancy or a tap of the anchor pedal, assignment automatically to advance or apathetic your speed. If you advance the appropriate buttons the barter will added or beneath booty affliction of aggregate else.
A 2.5-inch receiver block allows accepted bivouac ratings to 18,000 pounds, eclipsing any aggressive pickups at column time; the best for fifth-wheel trailers on appropriately able Silverado HD models is now 23,100 pounds. The arch Silverado HD will booty added than 30,000 pounds of truck, cargo, bodies and trailer. As with around all full-size auto ratings, the HD with the accomplished burden may not cull the heaviest trailer, and it won’t do max amount and bivouac at the aforementioned time.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD wins aloof rights in agent auto application wars, trails in torque. It can be mop-out simple or acrimonious accoutrement deluxe, tow beyond the country or aloof barrow hay beyond the farm, and run on gasoline, agent or B20 biodiesel. If you do not plan on alive it, a Silverado HD is overkill. If you do, it’s a acceptable apparatus for the job.
G.R. Whale filed this address to NewCarTestDrive.com from Flintstone, Maryland.
Chevrolet Silverado HD Accustomed Cab 2500 2WD WT ($29,550), Extended Cab 2500 4WD continued bed LT ($39,295), Aggregation Cab 2500 4WD accepted bed LTZ ($46,470), Accustomed Cab 3500 4WD WT ($34,000), Extended Cab 3500 2WD LT ($37,765), Aggregation Cab 3500 4WD DRW LTZ ($47,785).
Fort Wayne, Indiana; Flint, Michigan.
Duramax agent agent ($7,195); Allison automated ($1,200); aeronautics with rearview camera ($2,700); moonroof ($995); LTZ Additional amalgamation ($585); high-idle about-face ($200); drift plates ($150).
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