What Separates the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD From Other Trucks?

By Scott KingLast Updated October 5, 2020
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Fans of heavy-duty pickup trucks may have fewer options than someone who's shopping for an affordable four-door sedan or compact SUV, but there are still plenty of choices. Year after year, Chevrolet has stood out for its affordable, functional and dependable vehicles, and especially its pickup trucks. From its innovative technology to unmatched performance, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD pulls ahead of its competitors in unexpected ways. While it has its downsides as well, the 2500 HD is still a vehicle worth considering, especially if there's heavy work to be done.


The Silverado 2500 HD is built for work. The gas-powered model can tow up to 17,400 pounds, while the diesel variant can manage an impressive 35,000 pounds. However, when you’re hauling a heavy load on a mountain road, you need more than just towing capacity: You need reliability. Fortunately, with a consumer score of 86 out of a 100 from JD Power, you can be confident that the 2500 HD won’t fail when you need it most.

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In terms of performance, the 2500HD comes standard with a 6.6-liter V-8 engine with 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed transmission, with a beefier Duramax diesel 6.6 liter V-8 engine also available. Whether the better fuel efficiency and price of the former or the raw power of the latter is the right choice for you will depend on what you use your 2500HD for, but both engines perform well while towing and on the highway. If there’s a weakness to this truck, it’s steering accuracy, but that flaw is somewhat compensated for with an electric assist system and a range of safety features. Speaking of which...

Safety Features

Many 2020 trucks come standard with a rear-view camera, but the Silverado 2500 HD offers up to 15 available camera angles at once on its infotainment screen. There’s even an “invisible trailer” mode that pieces together footage from all of the other camera angles to show you what’s directly behind whatever you’re towing. While the sheer size and rough handling can still make parking a challenge, these features make maneuvering the 2500 HD much more manageable.

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Unfortunately, the base trim comes with unusually limited safety features compared to similar vehicles on the market. If you’re willing to spend more, however, you can get top-of-the-line technology for keeping your vehicle and yourself safe, including forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts and a lane-departure warning system.

Putting the ‘Work’ Back in ‘Work Truck’

The Chevrolet Silverado is ultimately a work truck before everything else. While its interior design and features may be a bit spartan, it wasn’t made with the idea that it would be used solely for milk runs and other errands, and that fact shows in how well-designed the truck is for heavy-duty projects. In addition to its raw towing capacity, the 2500 HD is equipped with an available segment-first available trailering system that lets you create customized trailer profiles so that you’re always ready to transport your gear wherever you need to go. You can even track tire pressure, trailer maintenance reminders and more through the accompanying mobile app.

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If you’re moving smaller loads, the spacious cargo bed of the 2500 HD can also help. Long-bed models boast a maximum cargo volume of 83.5 cubic feet, which is plenty of room for hauling equipment, construction materials and anything else you need to transport. Additionally, the 2500 HD features 12 standard tie-downs along with available LED lighting for when you’re working late at night, while an available integrated 120-volt outlet lets you charge power tools on the go.