SAN FRANCISCO: Im
really not much of a truck guy. I appreciate their versatility and the "just throw it
in the back" way of life, but for me trucks are better left to those that really need
them. I really do not have much patience with trucks that masquerade as cars. At least
give me a truck that I wont feel guilty about getting dirty.
Such a truck is the Silverado LT 2500HD 4WD Extended
Cab, especially the one I drove that had the 6.6-liter, V8 Duramax diesel. Now this is a
truck. It sits way up high where only real men can climb. This is not a truck for any
petite soccer mom to jump in & out of. But before we climb up lets take a look
around this thing.
The first thing youll notice is how big this truck
really is. Its just a touch over 20.5 feet long, 6˝ feet tall, and just a tad over
8 feet wide. Oh yeah, the step in height, the part that will make that soccer moms
skirt ride up, is just about 2 feet high. And for you guys who will use the Silverado HD
on a construction site or logging trail there is a full 7.4" of ground clearance at
the lowest point.
There are four doors on the Extended Cab; two regular size
fronts and two "half" doors for the rear seat. Out back is a 6˝ (with the
tailgate up) by 4 2" bed. The Silverado LT 2500HD has a payload of 3,644 lbs.
OK now climb up into the cab. Whoa Nellie! This is definitely
not the rough and tumble work truck the outside would have you believe. Or is it?
Theres thick carpeting and leather seats. Plus it has just about every power option
and otherwise good thing General Motors could think of. But when you get right down to it,
doesnt a hard working guy deserve a little luxury? He may be hot and sweaty or
freezing cold when he climbs in, but shouldnt he be able to enjoy his CDs in climate
controlled comfort? And when the going gets tough why should he have to manhandle some
transfer case lever to find four-wheel-drive? Heck, just push the 4-wheel drive button and
For standard equipment, theres stuff like 4-wheel disc
brakes with ABS, air bags, battery run down protection, (so if you leave something on it
will still start), chrome bumpers, oil life monitor, 24-hour roadside assistance, and a
host of other things. With the LT décor group you get dual zone automatic A/C, outside
rearview mirrors w/driver side auto dimming/power folding and adjusting/heated and with
built-in turn signal indicators, front fog lamps, a very good Delco stereo with Bose
speakers, cruise control, polished aluminum wheels, and heated front seats (a little
glitch here the power window button was right under the seat heater switch and it
was way too easy to turn the heaters on HIGH).
To make sure I knew this was a real truck, GM put the
optional Duramax 6.6-liter, Diesel V8 in it. Yes, theres some clatter when its
cold, but with 520 lb-ft of torque I dont care what it sounds like, this baby will
PULL! Coupled to the Duramax is an Allison (just like in the really big rigs) 5-speed
automatic that kept the Duramax right in its power band all the time. Plus there is a
manual transmission available, but for the life of me I dont know why anyone would
There is a downside to all this Heavy Duty stuff. Without a
load in the bed, the ride is hella hard. Of course, the upside is it will carry one heck
of a load and tow a 12,000 lbs trailer and up to 16,000 lbs with a gooseneck or 5TH
wheel trailer. Automakers do not list fuel economy numbers for trucks, so theres no
way of knowing what General Motors expects from the Silverado LT 2500HD 4WD. The onboard
computer said I averaged 14.9 mpg, which isnt bad for something this size.
Real work trucks like the Silverado LT 2500HD 4WD Extended
Cab are not cheap. The total price including destination charge is $44,069.00. But who
says you have to have a plain Jane truck these days? By Bruce Hotchkiss © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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