KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 6/14/2013
Those who haul big loads and tow big trailers need a big truck, and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD deliver the size and muscle to get big jobs done. As with their GM corporate cousins, the GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD, and the equivalent heavy-duty competitors from Ford and Ram, the Silverado HD trucks are available with a really strong gasoline V8 or a monstrously-strong turbodiesel V8. There are the usual cab configurations and cargo-bed lengths, and trim levels from basic to leather. The Silverado HD delivers enormous towing capacity – although not the best in class – and offers a bi-fuel system that allows running on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) – meaning a potential cost saving, depending upon fuel prices.
You'll Like This Car If...
You know who you are. You need a big truck, you've been driving a big truck, it's time to get rid of the old one, this new one is better and more powerful. If you're a longtime Chevy guy or gal, the 2014 Silverado HD could be for you.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you need to know your truck has a higher torque rating than the other trucks, the truth is the Chevy HD is behind both the Ram HD and Ford Super Duty turbodiesels. All these trucks will do the job – you need to decide which is for you.
What's New for 2014
Even though the half-ton Silverado 1500 is all-new for 2014, the 2014 HD Silverados won't change over until next year. Meanwhile, a 4.10:1 axle on gasoline-engine models increases tow ratings by 4,500 pounds, the bi-fuel compressed natural gas system is available on the 2500 HD Crew Cab, and there's an available spray-on bed liner.
Just because these are heavy-duty trucks does not mean living with them is a harsh experience. The 2014 Silverado HD trucks all have a firm and well-controlled suspension, nice steering with good feedback, and a reasonably smooth and comfortable ride. We can't help but have a fondness for the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 with its 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque. With a 10,000-pound trailer hitched up, the 2500 HD seemed barely to recognize it was there. Towing capacities are dependent upon a variety of factors, but suffice it to say, if this won't handle it, you need something a lot bigger – probably something with a big, red "S" on its chest. Expectedly, the diesel is louder than the gasoline engine, but not obtrusively so, and the passenger compartment benefits from thorough efforts in sound deadening.
DURAMAX TURBODIESEL ENGINE
Even though it's not the most-powerful of all the HD diesels, it's still as strong as a bad smell at low tide and much smoother than you'd expect of a diesel. As a bonus, the Silverado is commendably quiet, so you don't feel you're in an 18-wheeler.
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.
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