If you have wondered what would happen if you combined a Cadillac Escalade with a semi truck, then you will almost certainly appreciate the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country.
The full-size truck market is easily one of the most competitive segments in the U.S., so it is no surprise that these behemoths attempt to outdo their rivals each year especially in regards to towing capacity and power output. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD easily accomplishes the latter with a revised Duramax diesel engine, but the luxury-minded High Country trim level proves that this truck is no one-trick pony.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Exterior:
While the highlight of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is the upgraded engine, this big truck gets an updated look to back up its mammoth diesel power ratings. Bringing more air to the engine, the Duramax-powered Silverado HD models receive a massive hood scoop in addition to the oversized grille and large air opening in the bumper. This new hood only makes the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD look even more menacing when combined with the muscular, squared-off wheel arches.
The top-of-the-line High Country trim level (only available on the Crew Cab) takes things up a few notches with standard features such as the 20-inch wheels and exclusive, body-color front and rear bumpers. This truck also came with the extendable, power-folding trailer mirrors with integrated turn signals and LED spot lights. The abundance of chrome on this trim level was a contrast to the dark Butte Red Metallic of this tester. This package also includes chrome side steps and a spray-in bedliner with movable tie downs.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Interior:
While the exterior of this truck is all business, the cabin of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country is fit for a luxury sedan. The cabin of the High Country is adorned in black perforated leather interior with grey piping and wood accents, while the front passengers are welcomed with heated and cooled seats. The High Country is only available with a five-passenger seating configuration with an oversize center console between the front seats, and the trim level also includes the Bose premium audio system and Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation – both displayed on the eight-inch touchscreen display. As far as entertainment goes, this truck was also equipped with the $1,620 Rear Entertainment Package 9.2-inch flip-down LCD screen, which happens to block most of the rearward view for the driver, and to accommodate personal entertainment devices, the Silverado has two USB ports and an HDMI plug for the rear passengers and two USB ports, two standard power outlets and a three-prong power outlet for the front occupants.
Aside from an extremely tall step-in height (made easier with the running boards), there is really nothing to complain about when it comes to comfort inside this truck. The Crew Cab body with four full doors allows for ample room for ingress and egress, and the rear bench seat has lots of space regardless of whether you’re hauling a work crew or your family. When passenger space isn’t needed, the rear seat can fold up to expose a spacious – yet not flat – load floor.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Powertrain:
Budget-conscious buyers will probably be content with the 6.0-liter gasoline V8 that is standard on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, but if you need to tow anything, then the updated 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 is the way to go. This engine is stronger and cleaner than the previous Duramax, and it lays down 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft torque! That is class-leading horsepower to go along with a 19 percent increase in torque. With this engine, the Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab can tow up to 14,500 pounds using the conventional trailer hitch and up to 14,800 pounds with a fifth wheel trailer.
In the past, driving a heavy-duty truck suffered from a rough ride, loud diesel engine and unrefined interior, but that is no longer the case in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country. The truck is easy to use as an everyday driver as the suspension isn’t brutal and the noise from the diesel engine is kept to a manageable level. Not that most drivers will be thinking about fuel economy, but my week in this truck resulted in an average of 12.1 mpg in mostly city driving – and that will certainly only get better as this engine racks up more hours.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Safety:
Towing is probably the biggest selling point for any fullsize truck, but the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is proof that these trucks can be safe, too. In standard form, the Silverado HD is equipped with a backup camera, stability control and full airbag protection, and the High Country takes this a step further with the standard fitment of the Driver Alert Package, which includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist. A “Marginal” small overlap rating meant that this truck missed out on a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but it did earn a four- star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Overall:
Whether you’re looking to make a commanding presence at the job site or haul a massive trailer for family vacations, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country exudes refinement, style and luxury. Of course, the ultimate cowboy Cadillac comes with a matching price as this trim level starts at $57,815, and this fully loaded example came with an as-tested price of $70,395*.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealership and test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.