It was achingly necessary to get the restyling done on the 2015 Chevy Silverado HD interior. The base WT model sports a vinyl bench and doesn’t bring much else with it. The WT model is exactly what its initials stand for: Work Truck. The upper-echelon LT trim comes with features like an EZ-Liftgate, Sirius XM radio, leather seats, and a 4.2-inch display screen for the driver. The top-flight LTZ trim brings all of the aforementioned features plus a heavy-duty locking rear differential.
The other major restyling point on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD is its exterior, which catches up to that of its light-duty Silverado 1500 sibling. Now, a boxy front-end with chrome accents, a raised power-dome hood, and sculpted taillights set the 2015 Silverado HD model apart from those before it. A rear bumper CornerStep has also been added for the latest model year. The same two models, the 2500 and 3500, are still offered.
Notable Standard Equipment
Being that it is a work truck at its core, the Silverado HD won’t spoil you too much. It will, however, bring you a beefy V8 engine, antilock disc brakes, air conditioning, and stability control. Climbing up the trim ladder brings you leather seats, steering-wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth, and a heavy-duty locking rear differential. An all-new electric assist heater, standard on all Silverado HD models equipped with a Duramax engine, helps to warm the cabin quickly. The new CornerStep bumper seen on the 2014 Silverado light-duty makes the jump to the 2015 HD models. A locking tailgate is also standard.
Notable Optional Equipment
Perhaps the easiest option to spring for on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD is the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8. The robust Duramax engine and the 4-wheel drive are two options we recommend going for. Other notable options include a touch-screen navigation system, Bose audio, an EZ-Lift tailgate, and a snow-plow prep package.
Under the Hood
There are two choices of V8 motivation under the hood in the form of a 360-horsepower 6.0-liter gasoline engine and a 380-horsepower 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine, both mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions. The gasoline engine is rated 397 lb-ft of torque while the 6.6-liter V8 Duramax diesel churns out an awesome 765 lb-ft of twist. Maximum conventional trailering for the gasoline V8 goes up to 13,000 pounds when properly equipped and has a Gross Combined Vehicle Weight of 20,500 pounds. The Duramax V8 also has a maximum conventional trailering weight of 13,000 pounds and a Gross Combined Vehicle Weight of 24,500 pounds. An exhaust braking system comes along with the diesel engine to help control the truck and its load’s speed while descending a hill.
6.0-liter V8 with 6-speed automatic transmission
360 horsepower @ 5,400
397 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8 with Allison 6-speed automatic transmission
380 horsepower @ 4,200 rpm
765 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
If you want the bare essentials, you can get out the door with a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD for as low as $31,310. A well-equipped 4-wheel-drive 3500 crew cab LTZ can cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $48,000. Adding the $8,400 Duramax engine/Allison transmission combo (our recommendation) and checking every option box means you’ll be looking at forking over more than $60,000. At first glance, that figure may be a little shocking for a pickup truck, but when you look at its closest competitors in Ram and Ford, that number falls right in line. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for a 2015 Silverado HD. The resale value of the Silverado HD is also in line with the competition, and springing for the diesel engine will help keep the value high.
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