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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Reviewed AB-Drives
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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Reviewed


Have you seen the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Diesel 4×4 Crew Cab, a heavy-duty pickup truck with enormous 21.5-foot-long shadow and takes up eight feet of lane width in its largest and widest configuration?

The LT trim adds $5525 to the $43,715 base price of a four-wheel-drive crew-cab, long-bed Work Truck and brings features such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system; a 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display and cloth seats (in place of vinyl) to the interior.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500hd, has both dualie and nondualie Silverado 3500HDs with able haulers, that regularly tow heavy loads, so you will want to spend more for the extra rubber and flared box that adds 15.5 inches to the truck’s width.

If you’re really serious about towing, you’ll want to upgrade from the 3500HD’s standard 360-hp gasoline-swilling 6.0-liter V-8 to the 445-hp 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 fitted to the truck.

It costs more than $9000 to make the swap.


2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Reviewed AB-Drives


An overwrought but functional hood scoop is specific to diesel-equipped 2017 Silverado 3500HDs (and their GMC Sierra counterparts) and feeds a new air intake for the big 403-cubic-inch engine.

Although strong, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD towing capability is far from class leading; similarly equipped like the Ford F-350 Super Duty and Ram 3500 trucks that are able to tow up to 31,300 and 30,240 pounds of hitched trailers.

Whatever the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD lacks in outright towing ability, its more than makes up for in refinement and civility, as Chevy’s latest turbo-diesel V-8 engine is as impressive in day-to-day driving as it is on paper.

Diesel-powered 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD relegates cog-swapping duties to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission that’s every bit as smooth as the nine-speed automatic found in the Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC.


2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Reviewed AB-Drives


Further adding to the ease of piloting the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD dualie were a host of dealer-installed cameras fitted to the test truck, the bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls that offer enough luxuries for most 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD buyers.

Those figures can also be compared favorably to a 2509-pound Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.

Keeping more than four tons of truck planted to the ground is no easy task. This big truck concedes towing-capacity bragging rights to its competitors yet offers the still noteworthy ability to pull 11-plus tons.

In America, huge is the norm, and the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD crew-cab dualie does a great job of making massive feel utterly ordinary.


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