Pros: Useful and practical; exceptional towing and hauling capabilities

Cons: Poor fuel economy; spartan equipment

What's New: The Silverado HD Work Truck is carried over from 2012 with minimal changes.

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD is a full-size, heavy-duty pickup truck. Chevrolet offers it in two variants: the 2500 HD and the 3500 HD, with the 3500 HD boasting a higher payload capacity. Three trims are available: luxury LTZ, mid-level LT and a base-level Work Truck version. This overview primarily covers the Work Truck model.

Aimed at commercial shoppers interested in a pickup for doing big jobs, the Silverado HD Work Truck includes all the capabilities of more upscale HD models but with fewer features. For example: Work Truck models do not include power locks, remote keyless entry, satellite radio or even a CD player. To get those, shoppers must upgrade to the LT or add options.

Instead, the Silverado HD Work Truck comes standard with cruise control, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. It also includes vinyl upholstery and anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes. In other words, the truck boasts few amenities, which proves its status as a work truck for hauling, towing and other heavy-duty jobs.

All Silverado HD models come standard with a 360-horsepower 6-liter V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Shoppers can upgrade to a 397-hp 6.6-liter turbodiesel.

The Chevrolet Silverado HD Work Truck starts around $32,400 with shipping in its base-level, regular-cab configuration. Unlike the Silverado 1500, the Silverado HD doesn't offer an extended-cab model -- just a 4-door Crew Cab. That version starts around $39,500 in Work Truck guise. Four-wheel drive is optional with both body styles.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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