Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Road Test

Model Year Summary
The HD Silverado and its twin the GMC Sierra HD are designed for heavy towing and hauling. The 6.0-liter V8 and 6.6-liter turbodiesel are both mated to a six-speed automatic. The latter works well, and employs a heavy-duty Allison-made transmission. There is also a natural-gas version of the 6.0-liter V8. The LTZ trim has a luxurious cabin. If you don't plan to go off-road, the Z71 suspension is superfluous -- it tends to compromise ride comfort. The HD pickups are the better choice for commercial snow-plowing duties. Available safety features include forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and front and rear park assist. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible with the infotainment system.

Better than average New Car Reliability Prediction

Based on the latest survey, we expect reliability of new models will be 32% above average

Warranty

All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.

Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.

Basic (years/miles)
3/36

Powertrain (years/miles)
5/60

Rust through (years/miles)
6/100

Roadside aid (years/miles)
5/60