2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Review
Solid truck priced to sell.
Though aging, the Chevy Silverado stands tall among a superb crop of newer full-size pickups. Roomy cabins, comfortable seats, a comfortable ride, and powerful engines make the Silverado a great work truck. The Hybrid option promises lower operating costs under certain conditions. A well-equipped LT Crew Cab can serve as a reasonable alternative to a family-size SUV.
New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough contributed to this report.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD SWB Reg Cab ($15,840); 2WD SWB Ext Cab ($21,115); LS 2WD LWB Ext Cab ($26,565); LT 2WD LWB Ext Cab ($26,785); LS 4WD SWB Ext Cab ($27,250); LT 4WD LWB Ext Cab ($29,580); SS ($32,930); LT 4WD Crew Cab ($31,115)|
|Engines:||4.8-liter ohv 16-valve V8|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||dual-stage front airbags, four-wheel ABS with dynamic rear proportioning|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||traction control|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Pontiac, Michigan; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Oshawa, Ontario, Canada|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 2WD Short Box Extended Cab ($23,590)|
|Standard Equipment:||automatic transmission; power steering; bodyside moldings; chrome front bumper; chrome rear step bumper; solar-ray light tinted glass; front air dam; cargo area lamps; recovery hooks; swing-out rear quarter windows; daytime running lights w/automatic exterior lamp control; intermittent wet-arm windshield wipers w/pulse washers; manual dual-zone air conditioning; AM/FM/CD audio w/seek-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, speed-compensated volume & RDS; electric rear-window defogger, driver information center; instrument panel w/speedometer, odometer w/trip odometer, voltmeter, tachometer, fuel level, engine temp & oil pressure gauges; illuminated entry feature; electrochromic rearview mirror w/8-point compass & outside temperature indicator; center fold-down armrest w/storage; assist handles (3); cupholders (4); dual front padded visors w/cloth trim, extenders & driver-side pocket; passenger side vanity mirror; cruise control; 12-volt accessory outlets (2); front 40/20/40 split-bench seat w/driver & passenger manual reclining & adjustable outboard head restraints; front seat storage pockets; folding, full-width rear bench seat; custom cloth upholstery; tilt steering column; black leather-wrapped steering wheel rim; Passlock theft deterrent system; remote keyless entry w/2 transmitters, panic button & content theft alarm|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||Vortec 4800 V8 ($945); high capacity air cleaner ($25): power programmable door locks ($162); power windows and mirrors ($738); overhead mini console w/map lights;($55);|
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|Price as tested (MSRP)||26390|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||285 @ 5200|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||295 @ 4000|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||16/21|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||41.0/61.4/41.3|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||38.4/61.5/33.7|
|Suspension, f:||independent, upper and lower control arms, coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, anti-roll bar|
|Suspension, r:||live axle, two-stage semi-elliptic leaf springs, gas-pressurized shocks|
|Brakes, f/r:||disc/drum with ABS, Dynamic Rear Proportioning|
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