08 Silverado 2500 HD Z71 4X4
If you’re a guy who needs a vehicle that can go from work to weekend to play seamlessly, take a look at the Silverado 2500 HD (that’s for “heavy duty” not “high def” for you tech heads), with crew cab.
When I test drove one last week at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds, I was surprised at two things: the handling and the interior. Because it’s essentially a workhorse, designed to haul stuff to and from the job site, I expected it would drive rough and have a utilitarian interior. Not the case. While it didn’t handle like a car (not even close), it wasn’t the rough ride I anticipated when I climbed behind the wheel.
The 6.0 liter, Vortec V8 cranks out 353 horses and 373 lb-ft of torque that you feel the second you hit the accelerator. And you’ll need if you’re hauling a load of masonry on Monday, and towing your boat to the lake on Saturday. (The 4X4 doesn’t hurt either.)
Inside it’s refined enough that she won’t be embarrassed when you pick her up in it for dinner. There’s some well thought out features too, like the dual glove box that lets you store stuff for work and for play, and the wide swinging suicide doors that let you get wide loads in the back seat, like a small fridge or your beer-swilling friends.