By Jim Hagerty
According to Motor Trend magazine, the 2011 Chevy Silverado is the best truck on the market. The popular magazine named the truck its Truck of the Year for its features and capabilities as a durable work vehicle.
The line includes the HD2500 and HD3500, and the Silverado out-performed all other trucks in its class, the magazine said. The weight-to-power ratio, towing capacity (21,700 pounds with fifth wheel) and passing power were among features examined.
The new HD model looks similar to the 2007-2010 trucks. However, the difference lies underneath, where the beefing-up is evident. Both the three-quarter-ton and one-ton HDs are equipped with improved front and rear suspensions, axles and brakes.
The latest engines, 6.0L Vortec V-8 OH and 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8 are capable of horsepower of 397 while the Duramax will run on biodiesel. Higher-strength pistons eliminate bushings while a new cooler bypass helps prevent soot build-up in the cooler and EGR circuit during high-mileage driving and towing.
A box frame redesign, complete with ladder frames and enhanced cross members, makes for improved handling and quiet and smooth ride.
While Motor Trend continues to help Chevy stores push increasing numbers in the HD line, Consumer Digest called the HD, “The best full-size truck for the money.”
Available with Chevy’s LT and LTZ trim packages, the 2011 Silverado HD comes with a base price around $28,000. An upgrade to the V-8 and Allison six-speed transmission usually comes with an approximate $10,000 upgrade.
Drivers should expect a fuel economy mark of 11-15 miles per gallon.
From the Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2011