In the world of diesel trucks, you have basically four choices: Ford, Ram, Chevy, and GMC.
Diesel drivers are a proud lot, and if you ask them, they’ll tell you quickly that their diesel is the best, no matter which brand they have. Now comes a truck that will likely confuse some folks because the looks of the 2015 Chevy heavy-duty are pretty irresistible.
If you like the looks of the new 2014 Silverado 1500, you’ll probably love the 2015 Silverado 2500. My tester is the Crew Cab with the Z71 4-wheel drive package. It is fire engine red, although they call it Victory Red. A massive grill and raised hood with Allison and Duramax chrome emblems scream “I am tough”.
My test truck is moderately loaded with the $9905 Duramax Plus package, which besides the diesel engine, gives you the 6-speed Allison automatic tranny, MyLink Audio system with navigation package, Bose audio, power adjustable pedals, and front and rear park assist.
Under the huge steel hood is the 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel that puts out 397-horses and 765 pound-feet of torque. Even though the truck weighs 7500, from a dead stop the truck has extremely strong acceleration when the turbo kicks in to do its job. At idle, the engine is quiet, albeit not quite as quiet as rival Ford Powerstroke.
This truck has a 3:73 rear axle ratio, which will allow you to tow 13,000 pounds from the rear, and 17,100 pounds if you are dragging a 5th-wheel around. Although the Government does not give us any fuel economy ratings on ¾ ton and larger trucks, I am getting a little over 16 miles per gallon in city driving, and just over 20 on the highway at 65 miles per hour.
The new Silverado HD has an upgraded interior, much like little sister 1500, and has a great configurable dash and a massive center console that has hanging file folders for documents.
The LTZ comes nicely equipped with leather seats, trailer towing package, an EZ lift lockable tailgate, 18” aluminum wheels, the cool corner step rear bumper, remote start, keyless entry, climate controlled air conditioning, power seat, rear view camera, Bluetooth, MyLink, and a lot more. MyLink is the GM telematics system that controls virtually all the entertainment systems and works through a series of app. The system is easy to use and intuitive, through a vibrant color display.
Options on this truck includes chrome step bars, heated and cooled seats, the Z71 off-road package, a spray-in factory bed liner, heavy duty all weather floor mats, chrome tow hooks, a heated steering wheel, and 4 tie downs in the bed. Total options, not counting the Duramax Plus package, is $3795.
Although I did not tow anything with this truck, you get the sense that is it very capable and that it would take something really heavy to slow it down. Like all ¾ ton trucks, you feel a lot of the road and you’ll do a little bouncing when you hit a rough road, but that’s just the nature of the beast. Turning radius is very good and the truck isn’t burdensome even in the city.
I love that the truck comes with 2 years or 24,000 miles of scheduled maintenance including diesel exhaust fluid.
I feel sorry for you folks trying to make a decision on your next diesel, the truck wars just got more heated.
What I liked most: The restyled exterior and new interior.
What I would change: I wish the Duramax was just a little quieter.
MSRP: Base price $48,130 as equipped $61,425.
Fuel Economy: Not rated.
Odometer reading when tested: 3840 miles.
Weight: 7500 Pounds.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 36 gallons
Towing Capacity: 13,000 pounds from bumper/17,100 for 5th wheelers.
2015 Silverado 2500 in a few words: A capable and enjoyable beast of a truck.
Warranty: 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance, 2-years/24,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.
Manufacturers website: www.chevrolet.com
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