2019 Chevrolet Silverado-2500HD Introduction

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD returns for a final model year before it’s replaced with a new truck in the 2020 model year. It’s still an excellent heavy-duty truck that’s worth consideration, especially for its energetic engines and impressive capability.

A new Tribute Edition (actually an option package) bedecked with a number of unique visual elements has joined the lineup for the 2019 model year. Otherwise, the Silverado 2500HD and its heavier-duty 3500HD compatriot are little changed.

Heavy-duty Silverados come in three-quarter-ton (2500HD) and full-ton (3500 HD) configurations. Four trim levels are offered: WT (Work Truck), LT, LTZ, and High Country.

Either a gasoline or diesel V-8 may be installed. Silverado HDs come in three cab types: two-door Regular, four-door Double Cab, or four-door Crew Cab. Cargo beds may be short (6-foot-6) or long (8-foot). Only 3500HD models can have a dual-rear-wheel (duallie) setup.

Chevrolet’s standard 6.0-liter V-8 engine develops 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, mating with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Payload capacity reaches past 3,500 pounds.

The turbodiesel option is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 that makes a strong 445 horsepower, but conjures up a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to tow more than 18,000 pounds, in some configurations. Optional for specific models, the turbodiesel engine adds more than $9,000 to the truck’s price.

Rear-wheel drive is standard on most versions; four-wheel drive is optional.

The NHTSA has given the 2019 Silverado 2500HD four stars overall in its crash-test, five stars for side-impact, and a three-star rating for frontal-impact and for rollover prevention (a calculated figure, not based upon testing). The IIHS has not crashed a Silverado HD.

LT and LTZ models can have optional forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, plus a rear-seat reminder to check for children in the back seat. Those warning systems are standard on High Country trucks. Automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors are not available.

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