Overbuilt and capable of virtually everything; three cab configurations, two bed lengths and two drive types; top-notch optional Duramax diesel V8
Dated compared to more recently updated competitors, especially inside; all-new 2015 model already on its way; doesn't offer manual transmission like RAM HD does
The Silverado HD is unchanged for the 2014 model year, pending a full redesign for 2015.
We'd opt for an extended cab 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT with 4-wheel drive, the 6.0-liter V8, Z71 appearance package, off-road suspension and forged 18-inch wheels. So equipped, it would have a window sticker of just over $42,000 with destination. Given the menu of typical incentives, however, we'd expect it to go for a figure substantially lower than that.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD comes in three trim levels -- a base-level Work Truck, mid-level LT and upscale LTZ. Both the 2500HD and 3500HD offer all three trim levels.
The base-level HD Work Truck ($30,500 in 2500HD form; $32,500 as a 3500HD model) comes standard with only the bare essentials. Vinyl seat covers are standard, as is a vinyl floor covering. The pickup includes an AM/FM stereo, but it doesn't feature a standard CD player. Other bare-bones features include crank windows and manual-adjustable mirrors.
Drivers add a long list of important features stepping up to the mid-level LT ($34,000 in 2500HD form or $36,000 with the 3500HD chassis). The upscale trim level adds alloy wheels, keyless entry, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control and a CD/MP3 player.
At the top end of Chevrolet's Silverado HD lineup is the LTZ ($41,000 for the 2500HD or $43,000 for the 3500HD). Offered only in extended cab or crew cab guises, the Silverado HD LTZ features many upscale amenities, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, a center console, Bluetooth, a remote starter and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Heavy-duty Silverado models offer several key options, such as a sunroof, a navigation system, a rearview camera and even a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Rear parking sensors and a heated steering wheel are also available.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Ford F-Series Super Duty -- The F-Series Super Duty offers many of the same traits as the Silverado, including torquey engines and a dizzying array of body styles and bed configurations.
GMC Sierra HD -- The Sierra HD is essentially a mechanical twin of the Silverado. Its biggest advantage is an upscale Denali trim level for shoppers interested in the ultimate in luxury and capacity.
RAM Heavy Duty -- The full-size RAM Heavy Duty offers a similar array of options, engines and configurations as the Silverado. But it can tow a little more and boasts an available manual transmission -- a must-have for some drivers.