Moving up from second place on last year's list, the Chevrolet Silverado HD is the toughest, most capable truck in Chevy's fleet that you can drive without needing a commercial driver's license. Offered as a 3/4-ton (2500HD) or 1-ton (3500HD), the Silverado HD is the type of truck you call on when you need to carry 7,000 pounds of payload or tow a 23,000-pound trailer. Already known to be tough, highly capable and offering plenty of tech and comfort features, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD has another feather in its cap: it has the top projected resale value of any full-size truck for 2017.
Both flavors of the Silverado HD get a big change for 2017: a redesigned 6.6-liter Duramax engine, with nearly 50 more horsepower and 145 lb-ft more torque. Not only that, but the engine is more refined and more efficient. It's also designed to run at lower engine temperatures, which helps the engine's long-term durability, potentially lowering repair costs over the long run.
Because heavy-duty trucks are more specialized tools for hard work than smaller trucks, it is much more essential for these to offer a variety of configurations, and the Silverado HD shines there. Buyers can choose a gas or diesel engine, plus multiple cabs, wheelbases, bed lengths and axle ratios, single or dual rear wheels and 2- or 4-wheel drive -- you can make the truck precisely the workhorse you want.
The Silverado HD provides the muscle that's needed for doing the really tough jobs. Its cabin is loaded with creature comforts and safety tech. There's a new, stronger turbodiesel available for 2017. And its resale value is anticipated to be at the top of its class.