Today, we're looking at a vehicle that's built for the sort of work only a select few are capable of accomplishing. For them, having a dependable workhorse is the top priority. The 2023 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is just such a vehicle. For well over a century, Chevrolet has produced vehicles that have moved mountains and maintained the infrastructure from coast to coast. The Silverado 2500 HD is another chapter in this ever-expanding tale of determination and drive. For you, the challenges that make others feel intimidated are just another day on the job. For these tasks, the Silverado 2500 HD is perfect, poised, and ready to take on the world.
It doesn't matter whether you need a partner that can help alleviate the burdens that come from a hard day's work or you plan on hitching up the camper this summer to get a break from it all; Chevy has the ideal solution just for you. Since its debut over two decades ago, the Silverado 2500 HD has exemplified hard work, determination, and prowess. This is why we're here to take a look at a high-end, heavy-duty truck in the form of the 2023 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. Get ready to saddle up because this workhorse has some serious kick.
As we begin our examination of this titanic workhorse, we believe it's only logical to first answer the question that many have asked over the years: "what's under the hood?" We're more than happy to talk to you about the powertrains with which Chevy has equipped its heavy-duty dynamo. Chevy gives its customers the opportunity to utilize a tried and true gasoline-powered V8 or take part in the unrelenting power that comes from the Duramax diesel engines. For any heavy-duty truck, it all begins with the engine, and for our thorough examination of the Silverado 2500 HD, we'll be taking a look at the two distinct options that are available. But more than that, we'll be illustrating the advantages that each one possesses and how they can benefit you.
The standard offering is a 6.6L gasoline-powered V8. The engine has been in service since 2020 and was purpose-built for the Silverado HD. Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the gasoline V8 can produce 401 hp and can generate 464 lb-ft of torque. A maximum towing capacity of 17,370 lbs certainly delivers, and this engine unlocks a maximum payload capacity of 3,979 lbs. Plus, with a cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft, this is an engine that you can count on to stand up to the toughest jobs.
It's more than apparent that the gasoline-powered V8 that comes standard in the 2023 Silverado HD can get the job done. That said, there are those who need even more. This is why Chevy offers an alternative in the form of a 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel. You might recall some of the older diesel engines from years past. They were loud and produced odors that were unpleasant, to say the least. The modern Duramax is a far cry from those days. Part of the Silverado HD family since the 2017 model year, this diesel means business.
Producing 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, the 6.6L Duramax manages to accomplish both feats at incredibly low RPMs. Working alongside a ten-speed Allison transmission, this is performance that far surpasses the competition. Speaking of surpassing, choosing the diesel-powered engine allows a more potent towing capacity of 18,510 lbs. We call that putting the "heavy" in heavy-duty.
One of the best things about the Chevy Silverado HD series is that these trucks are offered in trims designed to meet the needs of different drivers. For someone who needs some power in the workplace, there's the WT (Work Truck) trim. Drivers who would like a little bit more comfort can upgrade to the Custom or LT trim, and of course, there are the LTZ and High Country trims for those who want it all. As you might expect, which trim you decide upon has a direct impact on what the interior of your truck will come with. To give you a better idea of what will work for you, we'll examine what's in store for you once you get behind the wheel.
The basic amenities that come with the WT and LT trims include a two-speaker audio system, Bluetooth compatibility, and single-zone climate control. The infotainment option is a seven-inch touchscreen running Chevy Infotainment 3 (an eight-inch touchscreen is available on the LT and standard on the LTZ). While the WT and LT are simple in their offerings, they still allow you the power and performance that many job sites require.
The LTZ trim, while still relatively cost-effective, affords drivers some more luxuries that make a day on the job site slightly more entertaining. The added features mean this trim is great for those who rely on the vehicle for work, everyday activities, and weekend getaways. Advantages with the LTZ include a six-speaker audio system that can be upgraded to the Bose premium speaker system that's standard on the High Country trim. Dual-zone automatic climate control and heated seats come standard, along with a rear window defogger. Because the stereo system in the LTZ trim is of a higher quality, a three-month trial of SiriusXM with 360L is also included.
The varying advantages of the different trims aside, the design of the interior has an inviting look that maximizes comfort and convenience while you're on the job site and everywhere else. Chevy has opted for a symmetrical design anchored by the infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard. A sloping windshield offers excellent visibility and accentuates the exterior of the 2023 Silverado 2500 HD. User-friendly and accessible, you'll have no trouble finding everything you need in this heavy-duty truck.
Today's vehicles are modern marvels of technological innovation, with manufacturers continuing to make strides in new and improved ways to keep their drivers safe and provide assistance during the long trips that need to be made from time to time. The 2023 Silverado 2500 HD is equipped with a wide range of safety and driver-assist features that speak to the level of commitment that Chevy has when it comes to the quality of its products.
Standard across all trim levels of the Silverado 2500 HD is Stabilitrak, allowing drivers to exert complete control over their vehicles, even when road conditions are less than favorable. A tire pressure monitoring system is also standard, as is a rear vision camera with Hitch Guidance. Many drivers who utilize the Silverado HD series are trailering enthusiasts, and this feature has been put in place to assist with hooking up and towing.
For those who desire additional peace of mind, there are a variety of available features that can help with driving assistance and towing. For instance, added assurance can be found with Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. For drivers who regularly embark on trailering expeditions, some features are available on the upper trims to ensure safety for both you and your cargo. Trailer tire pressure and temperature sensors allow for oversight, as does a Hitch View and an auxiliary trailer camera.