2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4WD Pickup Truck Review

28 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4WD Pickup Truck Review
Chevrolet Silverado

Hi-Ho, Silverado!

The universe balance. Heat/Cold. Yankees/Mets. Over-the-roll/Under-the-roll. Ford pickups/Chevy The balance teeters, but balance is Usually. Then, I spend a in the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado With a base price of ($51,770 as tested), the 2011 Silverado 3500HD SRW 4WD Crew LT with a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty and a 5-year/100,000 mile warranty.

The EPA doesn’t require economy estimates for vehicles 8,500 lbs GVWR, but I got 15.5 per gallon of diesel fuel my week with the big Silverado Let’s drive.

First at the Silverado HD Truck – Bones

Silverado got a makeover year. Not a total redesign, a significant amount of work the skin. The truck still on the same GMT900 platform has formed its underpinnings since The same architecture forms the for the GMC Sierra full-size pickup, as as the Chevy Avalanche, the Chevy and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and the Cadillac and probably a whole mess of GM vehicles that I’ve about.

The good news that is that GMT900 is a good platform, even for pickup trucks than it is for

The sheet metal hanging off the boxed frame of the Silverado is attractive. The big grille is all business, its layout emphasizing width and anchored on each side by headlamps and highlighted in the center by a big Chevy bowtie emblem. than show off with big features, like the Ford Duty and Dodge Ram pickups, the front end is classy and relatively but still with plenty of metal parts to maintain interest.

Coming around the Silverado’s modest body serves to protect its doors bumps and dents. Big arches the wheel wells, but no exaggerated bulges brag about 18 aluminum wheels are standard on the LT, and look good on the 3500HD.

lose the drop in bedliner comes with the Silverado. It sealed to the body. so it may let moisture underneath, a very bad thing. The also complicates access to the bed tie necessitating the removal of round plugs in order to use them.

A good spray-in liner be a much better choice, and get one installed as soon as I bought a new

In the Silverado HD Driver#8217;s Seat Bringing Back the Bench

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4WD

Jason Fogelson

Silverado comes in several flavors: the WT, popular LT and fancy LTZ. trim level is available single-track wheels or with wheels (in Chevy parlance the Three cab sizes are offered: Extended and Crew Cab.

And two bed Standard (78.8) and Long Crew Cab can be matched with bed, but Regular and Extended cab only get the Long Bed. So, my limited command of math, means that there are 30 combinations available.

Add in the choice of 4WD or gas or diesel and there are 1,000 Not really, it just seems it.

The Crew Cab/Long Bed combination may be the spot for a lot of truck buyers. The LT level felt just right to me, a comfortable level of in the cabin without too much and nonsense. The front seat is a three-passenger bench seat. but a big fold-down armrest that as a center console when no passenger present.

The second row is almost as roomy as a SUV’s, and even has a few cupholders at floor level. When the 60/40 split bench easily folds up to reveal a flat 65.4 wide floor inside the cabin. is my favorite feature in the Crew because it provides weather-proof, storage for tools and other without compromising the pickup bed a tonneau, cap or storage box.

I of wish that Chevy had the Silverado’s dash a little attention when it was attending to makeover. Some of the plastics are a hard, and the places where meet do not reflect the highest of fit and finish. Check out the Nissan and Toyota Tundra to see how nice a interior can be, then get back to me,

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On the Road in the Silverado HD Truck Big Torque on Tap

The real test of big pickup will come it’s time to get to work. My vehicle was certainly equipped to get done, with an Allison automatic transmission ($1,200) and a 6.6-liter turbo diesel ($7,195) packing 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of The stock 6.0-liter gas V8 is no slouch with 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque on

But for pulling power, you can’t the diesel 3500HD’s 17,000 lb capacity (21,700 lbs with a wheel) and 6,635 lb payload. are class-leading (for now), work truck specs. If you more capacity, you’ll to step up to a real truck, not a

Silverado’s cabin is a serene to be, even with the diesel fired up and working hard. just a hint of that diesel clatter at idle, but underway, the sound was as subtle as a gas V8. The up frame and suspension on the 3500HD affects the ride and handling, stiffness and a transmitting a bit of harshness the cabin. I would say it’s a trade-off for the added capacity and

Silverado is still a very all-day ride.

I loaded up my truck with twenty of mulch, about a half-ton of to see how it affected the ride, handling and The Silverado ignored the puny like a rhino with a on its shoulder. If anything, the ride and were a little better some weight in the bed.

End – Buying Decisions

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4WD

Silverado 3500HD is a serious for serious work. Posers not apply. I like what has done with this concentrating on ability and capacity, and not on features.

The most important of tool selection is making that you know what of job you need to accomplish before your tool. A hammer is a great tool, but if you are fixing a on a jewelry box, it’s not the tool. Same thing pickup trucks. If you occasionally tow a speedboat or pop-up camper, you don’t need a heavy-duty pickup.

If you regularly haul loads of or tow a four-horse trailer over a range, you will love the efficiency and power of the Silverado

Silverado HD’s serious are the Ford Super Duty and Ram HD. along with stable GMC Sierra HD. Chevy has upped the on the spec sheet this but the numbers are all very close the three vehicles. Your may come down to how well the fits you, and which one best on you.

Silverado is the of the four choices, with the big truck visual cues. a matter of taste. I do think Silverado HD and Sierra HD have a advantage in ride quality the other two, especially it comes to cornering and handling, and as would be my choice for best pickup.

Your opinion may

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