2016 Silverado 2500HD On The Road
2016 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD are the heavy-duty versions of Chevy’s full-size truck. While the Silverado HD pickups appear similar to their popular half-ton sibling, the 2500 and 3500 are beefier under the skin. With powerful engines, upgraded suspensions and the capability to tow over 23,000 pounds, the 2016 Silverado HD is meant to work hard and play hard, whether serving at a construction site or pulling the family boat. As with the Silverado 1500, the 2500 and 3500 come in a wide range, from a basic work truck to the luxurious High Country edition. Chevy’s heavy-duty truck line still can’t tow as much as a Ford Super Duty or Ram 3500, but for Silverado devotees looking for significant muscle, this is it.
After a complete revamp last year, the Chevy Silverado HD enters 2016 with the new Digital Steering Assist feature for more comfort and responsiveness, wireless phone-charging capability, and updates to the infotainment system that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Driving the 2016 Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab
The latest Silverado HD is further proof of how much heavy-duty trucks have evolved. While still workhorses, they’re equally adept at catering to passengers. In our time with the Chevy 2016 Silverado 2500HD, it made highway miles slip by thanks to its spacious cabin and non-intrusive powertrain. After hours of seat time with and without a trailer in tow, we never felt worse for wear.
When towing a 10,000-pound trailer up and down steep grades, the Silverado HD’s Duramax diesel engine was more than adept. Even at an altitude of 5,000 feet, the powerful turbodiesel engine didn’t complain and proved that it can control just about anything you’ll ever need to tow. The trailers we towed experienced minimal wag, while the 6-speed Allison automatic transmission – working in conjunction with an exhaust brake – kept everything under control when going downhill.
The latest-generation Silverado HD carries the premium interior that first appeared in the standard, half-ton Chevy pickup. Higher trims boast loads of creature comforts like leather-appointed and climate-controlled seats and tech necessities such as 7- or 8-inch touch-screen infotainment systems and multiple USB inputs for charging and syncing mobile devices.
6.6-LITER DURAMAX ENGINE
The cheapest way to feel like you’re driving an 18-wheeler without actually buying one. Paired with a 6-speed automatic Allison transmission, the Duramax turbodiesel engine is the strong, silent type as it operates quietly and pours on the power in an even fashion.
2016 Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab Details
As mentioned, the interior of the 2016 Silverado 2500HD is among its highlights, at least in higher trims. At the low end, the WT (work truck) is basic but functional, with a 3-passenger 40/20/40-split bench with vinyl upholstery and a small, 4.2-inch color display for audio functions. We recommend stepping up to the LT or LTZ trim, which come with a more advanced infotainment system and flashes of bright work to complement cloth or leather seating. Double-cab versions can accommodate up to three passengers in back for a total of six (or five if you opt for bucket seats in front).
The Silverado HD’s exterior also caught up with its half-ton sibling in last year’s revamp. The 2500 and 3500 HD versions stand out with their big, boxy front end that’s even more pronounced thanks to a raised power-dome hood. Regular-cab models are fitted with an 8-foot bed (long box), while double-cab and the roomier crew-cab models are available with the long box or a 6-foot-6 standard box. All 2500 and 3500 Chevy trucks have the helpful CornerStep bumpers for a better foothold when loading and unloading. The Chevy Silverado 3500HD is available as a dually with two pairs of rear wheels.
Under the Hood
Two V8 engines are offered in the 2016 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD. Standard is a 360-horsepower 6.0-liter gasoline engine. For bigger jobs and more towing ability, there is the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine, a roughly $8,400 option. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline engine is rated at 397 lb-ft of torque while the 6.6-liter V8 Duramax diesel churns out 765 lb-ft of twist. Maximum conventional trailering for the gasoline V8 is 14,500 pounds, or 14,800 when using a 5th wheel/gooseneck. The Duramax V8 diesel models increase those numbers to 20,000 and 23,200 pounds, respectively, and feature an exhaust-braking system. Additionally, bi-fuel versions of the Silverado HD are available that can switch from gasoline to compressed natural gas (CNG).
360 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8
397 horsepower @ 3,000 rpm
765 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A