The extended-cab configuration is no more, leaving the aging Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models -- which still ride on the old GMT900 truck platform -- to be offered only in two-door-regular-cab and four-door-crew-cab forms for the 2014 model year. Trucks built with the 6.0-liter V-8 are available with a compressed natural gas bi-fuel option, which likely will appeal only to fleet customers...
Chevrolet has been building pickup trucks since the Great Depression, but the Silverado moniker was first applied to a Chevy truck in 1973. Initially a mere trim level, the Silverado name grew in popularity over the decades until it became the official title of Chevrolet's full-size pickup range in 1999. The current Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, derived from GM's previous-generation truck platform, were introduced in 2007 and given mechanical upgrades -- including a beefy new frame and an uprated Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 -- in 2011.
Like most manufacturers, General Motors doesn't redesign its entire pickup range in one fell swoop. Instead, the light-duty trucks are treated to an overhaul a year or two before the heavy-duty ("three-quarter-ton" and "one-ton") pickups get the same makeover. Case in point: despite the Silverado 1500 being made over for 2014, the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are carried over virtually unchanged. All-new replacements are waiting in the wings, but those trucks won't likely roll into dealerships until early 2015.
As such, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD look and feel dated when stacked against their competition. Nowhere is this more evident than in the interior, which is lined with hard, oddly grained plastics, even on luxurious LTZ-trim models.
Fortunately, the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD remain formidable performers. 2500HD models can be equipped to handle up to 4212 pounds of payload and tow up to 17,800 pounds. 3500HD models, on the other hand, can carry up to 7222 pounds and tow as much as 23,100 pounds. A 360-hp, 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 is standard in both models, as is a 4.10:1 rear axle, but for the ultimate pulling power, step up to the optional Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8. Backed by a rugged Allison six-speed automatic transmission, the engine produces 397 hp and a meaty 765 lb-ft of torque, the latter delivered at a low 1600 rpm. Better yet, an integrated exhaust-brake function helps slow the rig on long downhill grades without overworking the brakes -- a godsend for keeping large trailers in control.
A few competitors -- notably the Ram 3500 -- may barely eclipse the Silverado in terms of torque or towing numbers, but despite its age, the Silverado HD remains an incredibly capable pickup.
- Ford F-series Super Duty
- Ram 2500 and 3500