2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD can't keep up with the competition
If you're from the heartland, you know that America drives trucks, a lot of trucks.
And I've come here to the John Deere headquarters in Illinois to find out just how Chevrolet serves those truck customers with the Silverado Heavy Duty.
The Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty comes standard with a V8 gas powered engine.
But if you're gonna tow stuff, you should spring for the 6.6 liter Duramax diesel.
Yeah, it's gonna add about $10,000 to the bottom line.
But you get a 910 pound-feet of torque.
That's enough to tow anywhere from 13,000 pounds to 23,100 pounds depending on how your truck is set up.
Earlier in the day, I got to tow 10,000 pounds worth of John Deere farm equipment in a Silverado 2500 and with all that torque it's like I wasn't even towing anything at all.
The trailer tracks super straight and the mirrors are wide enough so I can easily look and see if I'm going over a curb when I make a turn.
But I think what was most remarkable is how quiet the cabin was.
There's not a lot of diesel rattle that's coming up into your ears while you're sitting inside.
It's actually pretty interesting to see how Chevy applies tech to these work trucks, because they assume you're probably gonna be towing a lot.
So, adaptive cruise control, it's not offered.
You know, that's the technology where the truck will follow the car in front of you and either speed up or slow down on its own.
I mean I don't want a computer controlling that while I'm hauling 23,000 pounds behind me, but I would like it when I'm not towing anything and I'm in stop and go traffic.
Lane departure warning is available, but there's no counter steer when I drift out of a lane.
Instead I just get a visual warning and a little buzz to my seat which is surprising and kind of awesome.
Perhaps the biggest lack of tech in this truck is that there is no blind spot monitoring.
Yeah, the mirrors are really wide but this is a 20-foot long truck.
And Chevy tells me that they would have to add a sensor into the rear tail lamp housing and and that would mean redesigning the whole assembly and they have no plans to do that- as of now.
Instead what you get is a multiview camera system as a dealer accessory, that includes a wireless camera that you can put inside your trailer if you need to keep an eye on your livestock.
While the Silverado drives like a dream whether you're towing or not, competitors like the Ford SuperDuty have a lot more available tech.
Available blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, which you can get on the Super Duty, you can't get on the Silverado.
This test model 2500 in the LTZ trim, it starts at $50,000 and with the Duramax Diesel, that goes up to about 70 grand.
Now that's a lot if you don't care about tech, but if you do, doesn't offer much value.
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