2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD-V8

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Lou Ann Hammond
2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 is a 3/4 ton two-wheel drive heavy duty and four-wheel drive heavy-duty pickup. The construction is a body on frame.
There are two engines to choose from:
Gasoline
There is the Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 sequential fuel injection that gives out 360 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. This hydra-matic six-speed automatic takes regular gasoline.

The payload (amount of weight you can put in the bed) for the Silverado 2500 gasoline engine ranges from 3,123 to 4,192 pounds. The conventional towing capacity for the 2500 gasoline engine ranges from 9,300 to 13,000 pounds. Fifth wheel towing capacity for the 2500 gasoline engine ranges from 9,300 to 14,700 pounds.
Diesel/B20 Biodiesel
The other option is a Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel V-8 direct injection diesel with high pressure common rail that gives you 397 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and a whooping 765 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm. The allison 1000 six-speed automatic can take diesel or B20 biodiesel!

The payload (amount of weight you can put in the bed) for the Silverado 2500 diesel engine ranges from 2,613 to 3,425 pounds. The conventional towing capacity for the 2500 diesel engine is 13,000 pounds. Fifth wheel towing capacity for the 2500 diesel engine ranges from 15,600 to 17,800 pounds.
Brakes
With this type of power you need great brakes and Chevy has brought out the all new power-assisted, Hydroboost brake-apply system, four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS.

The models can be confusing, but if you look below you will notice a trend. From the regular cab, standard box down to the crew cab long box, the overall length gets longer. The longer the vehicle the larger the turning radius.
Models
Chevy Silverado 2500 regular cab, long box is a standard front seat with room for 2-3 passengers. A long box is 8 feet long. The regular cab long box has a turning radius, curb-to-curb of NA. The overall length is 225 inches.
Chevy Silverado 2500 extended cab standard box is a 5-6 passenger cab. A standard box is 6 1/2 feet long. The extended cab comes with two full doors and 1/2 doors that were first known as suicide doors. The bottom seat in the back is not as long as a crew cab bottom seat, since there isn't as much room in the back as a crew cab. The standard box is four feet long. The extended cab standard box has a turning radius, curb-to-curb of 47.9 feet. The overall length is 230.6 inches.
Chevy Silverado 2500 extended cab long box is a 5-6 passenger cab. The long box is seven feet long.The extended cab long box has a turning radius, curb-to-curb of 51.8 feet. The overall length is 249.5 inches.
Chevy Silverado 2500 crew cab standard box. The crew cab is a full 4-doors and about 6-8 inches longer than an extended cab. The standard box is four feet long.The crew cab standard box has a turning radius, curb-to-curb of 50.5 feet. The overall length is 240.1 inches.
Chevy Silverado 2500 crew cab long box. The long box is seven feet long.The crew cab long box has a turning radius, curb-to-curb of 54.8 feet. The overall length is 259 inches.
Chevrolet has spent so much money and time on the heavy duty segment because 25-30 percent of pickup sales are heavy duty. In the 3/4 ton market Chevy owns 45 percent of the market and in the 1-ton market Chevy owns 28 percent of the market. Chevy wants more of that market.
It's not a mistake that Chevy compares itself to Ford. Consumers that purchase Chevys cross-shop Ford the most. If people are looking for a GMC the pickup they cross-shop the most is a Toyota.
The drive
We drove a crew cab, standard bed with a trailer that weighed over 9,000 pounds, bringing our total ride to almost 14,000 pounds. The overall length was almost fifty feet.
The Brent brake
When a star is discovered the person who discovers it gets to name it. While there were many engineers that worked on the exhaust brake it was Brent Deep that fought to bring it to market.
The exhaust brake system is a driver selected feature (you just press a button) that creates backpressure that allows the vehicle to slowdown on downhill grades without touching the brakes. The system is integrated through the cruise control and the braking changes to account for the grade and vehicle load.
Fuel economy
Chevrolet won't tell us the miles per gallon because they don't have to, but they did say the Silverado has a highway cruising range of up to 680 miles and a 36 gallon tank. Rudimentary math would put the diesel version at 18.8 miles per gallon.
The cost
The 2011 Chevy Silverado heavy duty gasoline engine base pricing starts at $27,965, and goes all the way up to $45,865 for a 4WD Crew cab Denali. Add another $995 for destination charge. If you opt for the Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission combination add $8,395. This is the same price as 2010.
Tips on towing
I drove a 3500 four-wheel drive crew cab standard bed with a 9,000 pound trailer behind me. I have never driven anything that long, and first thing out of the gate I almost took out a stop sign because I didn't make the turn wide enough. There were items on the car, and technology, that made the drive a lot easier. In fact, after I got used to the length and the weight I had to remind myself that I was driving a vehicle that was longer than six Smart cars.
As we talked my Chevy guru gave me some tips on hauling and towing:
1. Always make sure your tires are properly inflated. This is not just for fuel economy. With this have of a load you need to be concerned with wearing out the components on your truck faster.
2. If you're hauling in the back of the bed make sure your load is properly constrained and distributed. The load should be centered over the rear axle.
3. Your stopping distance will be longer so leave more room to brake.
4. Accelerate moderately and smoothly.
5. Don't be afraid to use a load equalizer hook between the tongue and trailer. Even if you're an expert tower, if you get caught in a crosswind this will even out the stress on your load.
6. Always get the trailering mirrors that extend, especially the ones with the 1/3 of the bottom spotter mirrors. It takes a little bit but once you learn how to use them they are lifesavers.
After towing that much length and weight I have a new appreciation for our roads and how they are built.

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