The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Truck is a mammoth workhorse, with plenty of choices for bed sizes, drive types, cab sizes and wheel bases to fit the needs of anyone. Regardless of cargo and trailer weight, the standard 6.0-liter vortec V-8 engine offers 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. It has a strong camshaft profile that gives plenty of launch when moving from a full stop. Alternatively, a Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine is available, which is B20 biodiesel capable. This unparalleled engine produces a strong 397 horsepower and an unbelievable 765 pound-feet of torque! That is just unheard of. It is interesting to note that this diesel engine offers the most strength in its class, while the standard engine is the weakest among competing trucks. Brakes are larger in this newly-redesigned model, giving confidence with quick response and a smoother stop. Although when tested, it did take the 2500HD 144 feet to come to a complete stop, this is satisfactory for a work truck. The diesel models come with an exhaust brake. Also, to address past concerns, front and rear suspensions have also been improved for a sturdier ride.
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There are a variety of interiors, from very basic to top-line luxury. The upholstery ranges from basic cloth to heated leather, which is not really what you would expect to find in a work vehicle. The standard cab fits three passengers across the seat comfortably. Those with families, there are extended and crew cab options, available. The beds on regular cab trucks are a significant length at 8 feet, while the extended cabs have standard beds at 6-feet-7-inches, but the option of the long bed is still there. The crew cab also has a choice of standard or long bed. Select from three trims, including WT, LT, or LTZ, but keep in mind that your cab and bed choice might limit your trim options.
For a reasonable price, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Truck offers the ability to tow 10 tons. Of course, if you don't need that kind of hauling capacity, you may prefer to save your money with a Silverado 1500. Standard features for better handling include hill start assist to prevent rolling backwards, trailer sway control, rear parking sensors, rearview camera and stability control. For those that want some added bells and whistles, there are options for OnStar, XM satellite radio, a navigation system, USB connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Truck has only been scored in rollover crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at this time, receiving four stars (1 = lowest, 5 = highest).