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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Extended Cab

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Extended Cab Review

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The Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks are Chevrolet's line of heavy-duty pickups meant for hauling big loads and other applications where power is the priority. Like its GMC twins the Sierra 2500 HD/3500 HD and heavy-duty rivals from Ford and Ram, the Silverado HD comes in a variety of trims, from just-the-basics to versions with leather interiors and premium sound systems. Also like its rivals, the Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD can be had with a gasoline or diesel engine, the latter of which has exceptional – but not class-leading – towing capacity. For 2013, a bi-fuel system is available on the 2500 HD that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas, the latter of which has the potential to provide cost savings depending on where fuel prices go.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've been a longtime Chevy Silverado HD fan and it's time to trade in your old rig, the features in the 2013 model should help you remain loyal. For those looking to potentially save fuel costs, the compressed natural gas option may make the Silverado 2500 HD more tempting.

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Even the most powerful Silverado HD won't grant you bragging rights when it comes to towing ability and torque. In the never-ending quest for "best in class" for those stats, the leader (at least for 2013) is the Ram 3500 with its 30,000-pound max trailering capacity and 850 lb-ft of torque.

What's New for 2013

A bi-fuel system is available on 2500 HD models with the 6.0-liter engine and extended cab. With it, the truck can run on regular gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). Also, the Duramax 6.6-liter V8 diesel engine is now available on 3500 HD chassis cab models.

Driving the Silverado 2500 HD Extended Cab
Driving Impressions

After testing several Silverado HD trucks with gasoline and diesel engines, long and short beds, and in various trim levels, we found all exhibited a firm suspension, good steering ability,...

... and a fairly compliant ride. We are particularly fond of versions with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 under the hood that boasts 397 horsepower and a stout 765 lb-ft of torque. When pulling a 10,000-pound trailer, the 2500 HD had no qualms whatsoever. The 3500 HD model with that engine can pull 18,000 pounds in conventional towing, and 23,100 in fifth-wheel setups. The diesel engine is a bit loud, but once inside the passenger compartment much of the noise is mitigated.

SMART EXHAUST BRAKE
This feature on diesel models works by progressively restricting the engine's exhaust, depending on speed and grade of descent, to help slow the truck using compression braking.

BI-FUEL SYSTEM
Available on 2500 HD extended-cab models as an $11,000 option, this system enables the Silverado to run on traditional gasoline or compressed natural gas. The CNG tank takes up some bed space near the front, but can potentially save you money by using the alternative fuel.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Extended Cab Details
Interior

The 2013 Chevy Silverado HD's interior varies widely depending on what trim and cab configuration you choose. A base WT model with regular cab, for example, seats three on a vinyl bench and has few frills, not even power windows. It's made to be exactly what its initials stand for: a work truck. Extended-cab models, meanwhile, expand passenger count to six with a rear bench. Crew cabs are also configured to seat six or, with individual front seats, five. Foremen, meanwhile, can appreciate the premium, leather-lined accommodations of LTZ models. When properly equipped, the Silverado HD can serve as a rolling office thanks to multiple power outlets and the option of becoming a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

Exterior

The 2013 Silverado HD comes in two flavors: the 2500 and 3500, representing 3/4-ton and 1-ton models. Though each shares the boxy overall element of the Silverado 1500, these heavy-duty versions are even bolder with a larger chrome grille and a raised power-dome hood. The even-heavier-duty 3500 models can be had as a dualie with a pair of dual rear wheels. If you plan to park your Silverado HD in the garage, make sure it can fit. Even with a regular cab, at 225 inches, the Silverado HD is more than two feet longer than the Chevy Impala full-size sedan. Crew-cab versions with a long box, meanwhile, measure 259.1 inches, or over 21 feet in length.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base WT form, Silverado HD models won't exactly baste you in luxury. These are work trucks through and through, and part of that work will be cranking your own windows unless you pay for the option or upgrade. However, the base models are equipped with a powerful V8, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, air conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM stereo, and a heavy-duty handling/trailering suspension package. LT trims add features such as power windows/doors, a CD player and premium cloth seating. Top-line LTZ models come with steering-wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth, Bose premium sound, leather seats and a heavy-duty locking rear differential. All 3500 HD models get the locking differential and heavy-duty trailering equipment.

Optional Equipment

All trims of the 2013 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD can be had with the more powerful Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel engine, as well as 4-wheel drive in place of the standard rear-wheel drive. Other options vary by trim, and range from power windows and door locks in base models to a rearview camera and heated and cooled leather seats in top trims. Creature-comfort options include a touch-screen navigation system and premium audio, while work-related add-ons include an EZ-Lift tailgate, snow-plow prep package and dual 125-amp alternators. 2500 HD models with the 6.0-liter V8 and extended cab can be equipped with a bi-fuel system that enables the engine to run on gasoline or compressed natural gas.

Under the Hood

Two engines are available on 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD models: a 6.0-liter gasoline V8 that's flex-fuel capable, or a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that can run on B20 biodiesel fuel. For 2013, the gasoline engine can be modified as a factory option to also run on compressed natural gas (doing so lowers power output). In addition to offering much more power than the gasoline engine, the diesel offers an exhaust braking feature to help slow the truck on descents. To reduce emissions, the diesel engine uses a urea-based fluid in a 5.3-gallon tank that needs to be replaced every 5,000 miles. Both engines are linked to 6-speed automatic transmissions, with a heavy-duty Allison 1000 available for the diesel. The EPA does not rate the fuel economy on heavy-duty trucks such as the Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD.

6.0-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8
397 horsepower @ 3,000 rpm
765 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 404 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Very good truck

By on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 212,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "rear lock 2wheel drive will handle ice n snow."

Cons: "beat mostly to heck with dents"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Pulled 5th wheel from Ill. to ND. Engine rev sounded disheartening. Mileage is of course horrible but my daily commute is so short makes it 70.00 a month. No engine problems at all. Flip back rear doors are so accessible you'd never go back to 4 door unless you need a crew."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best truck i ever owned.

By on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive on open roads handeling is good"

Cons: "cost is a lot more than gas ,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The truck tows my 15,000 lbs fifth wheel in the mountains with no problems, Exhaust brake works flawlessly, Fuel economy is great for a heavy duty truck average on a trip to Florida was 20.7 mpg"

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Like a rock!

By on Friday, October 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 216,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliability!!!!! Decent gas mileage for a 3/4 ton."

Cons: "Rough ride."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This truck is used to run a construction company and is always on the move. Average about 50k to 60k miles a year on it. Currently at 216,000 and the only two repairs this truck has needed have been a transfer case seal and a axle seal. So far it has been the most reliable truck we have had the pleasure of owning. Without a doubt when the day comes to replace it we will be purchasing another chevy."

19 people out of 24 found this review helpful

best vehicle ever, reliable, roomy comfy powerful!

By on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,003

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "lots of fun to drive!"

Cons: "cant think of on!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this truck! Take the whole family or just us two, its a blast on the beach @ Obx! Its great for shopping from groceries or bigger loads, its also great in the N.E. winter ice & or snow, reliable. In eight years never had a breakdown or anything. Low maintance.ours is still in very good cond., clean, we take good care of her. Will probably buy a new one in due time. Totally recommend the 4X4 , the crewcab, & the on-star!"

18 people out of 38 found this review helpful

I love this truck

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,121

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Unsurpassed reliability"

Cons: "Wind noise from the extended cab doors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Original owner of the truck. The 6.0 is bulletproof even now with 108000 on it. I haven't had to do anything to this truck but change oil and drive it! I couldn't be more satisfied."

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Would buy this truck again!

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought truck to pull 7000# travel trailer in sometimes mountainous terrain but drive everywhere. Effortlessly pulls RV, very comfortable, good mileage (20-22mpg on road w/out RV; 13-15mpg w/RV) and easy to maneuver for size. Truck is sensitive to bio-diesel...runs best on petro-diesel."

18 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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