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Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Diesel Pickup Truck

The Silverado 2500HD is Chevy's basic diesel work truck but it has been winning some rave reviews. One of the major auto magazines named it the "Truck of the Year for 2011." The 2500HD does seem to provide everything that you would want in a pickup truck including plenty of power.

Chevy Silverado 2500HD

The Duramax 6.6 liter turbo diesel in the 2500HD delivers 11-percent more fuel efficiency and 17,800 pounds or 4.6 tons of towing power. The Silverado gets 13.5 miles per gallon which is decent for a pickup truck.

The Duramax can also burn B20 Biodiesel fuel which is composed of 20-percent biodiesel and 80-percent regular diesel. That makes the 2500HD one of the greenest trucks on the block. Yet it can produce 397 horsepower and 765 pounds of torque.

In addition to improved engine and fuel performance the 2500HD has a new six speed Allison transmission. The improved transmission has a stronger torque converter, a larger output shaft and more durable clutches. This makes the Silverado 2500HD an ideal pickup for the farm or the construction site.

Sturdier Redesigned Body

It is easy to see why many enthusiasts like the Silverado 2500HD. Chevy has completed redesigned it and come out with a tougher and sturdier body designed to take a lot of abuse. The fully-boxed steel frame is five stronger than previous models. That enables it to haul up to 4,192 pounds in the bed.

GM's engineers also added bigger components to the Silverado to make it more rugged. This includes a rear suspension that is 20-percent wider and a new independent suspension that is supposed to let each wheel react to rough terrain. That would make for a smoother ride.

A High Tech Work Truck

Even though it is a work truck, the Silverado 2500HD does accommodate a lot of the latest technology. Optional electronics includes Chevrolet WiFi by AutoNet mobile that can turn the 2500HD into a hot spot on wheels. That means workers can connect to the office via their laptops while at the worksite.

Three different navigation systems are available for the 2500HD. These include Chevy's proprietary OnStar turn by turn navigation system which also includes emergency communications, a touch screen navigation radio that can also double as a CD and DVD player, and XM NavTraffic that includes live traffic information as well as navigation.

Some other features include a new exhaust break system, trailer sway control, Hill start assist, auto grade braking, intelligent brake assist, an integrated brake controller that means a driver can control a trailer's brakes from the 2500HD.

Also standard is the StabilTrack Electronic Stability Control system which provides for a smooth ride. A trailer sway control system enables the Stability Control to control the trailer operations. The exhaust breaking system actually uses the power of the turbo diesel to slow the 2500HD which provides for better braking and less wear and tear on the brakes.

The Silverado 2500HD is one impressive diesel pickup truck. It looks like it will be the standard for the next generation of work trucks. It is also big so it might not be a good city driving vehicle. Persons that need a heavy-duty work truck should definitely take a look at it. As can be expected several special versions are available as well. The Chevy Silverado 3500HD is the larger version which has a bit more power than the 2500HD.

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