Truck people know there is something great about a diesel pickup. It goes well beyond the extra torque and the extra ability that comes with it. The diesel just makes a low level rumble like it is an animal lying in wait. So if all costs were equal (which they are not,) there would quite likely be a long line for big diesel trucks like this 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD.
Our 4x4 crew cab retails for $44,645 in top-of-the-line LTZ trim. Once just about every option box was checked on out tester, including $7,195 for the 6.6-liter turbo diesel, and our truck topped out to $62,189 as tested. Although part of our testing was to understand what features on this high-spec truck are essential, there is also another major factor to investigate.
A diesel truck like this Silverado 2500 HD (and its twin the GMC Sierra 2500 HD) is a great workhorse, and the automakers like to showcase this in their advertising. Still, most of these trucks are not going to spend their whole lives carting around a team of polo horses. They are also going to be used as grocery-getters and basic transportation. So while each automaker has shown that its truck can handle moving small mountains, we want to know how it is going to behave the rest of the time.