Review: The 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is rugged, comfortable & Cadillacky pick-up

December 2011 News

I find truck stops romantic-not for the leathery hot dogs or fluorescent-lit mini-mart aisles, but for the sounds. Specifically, I like the sound of an 18-wheeler's diesel engine. I don't think of that sound as "clatter." A diesel engine sings of power and potential borne of an efficient, robust design, and its hypnotic industrial tune is one big reason that I'm a sucker for a well-executed, king-of-the-road style, diesel pickup like Chevrolet's 2012 Silverado 2500HD.

Chevrolet's truck engineers-and plenty of Americans-apparently enjoy the same song (pickups again top American sales charts). I recently drove a Silverado 2500HD 4WD LTZ Crew Cab packed with enough luxuries to almost make me forget I was in a utility vehicle. But then there was that rhythmic rat-a-tat-tat emanating from underneath the contoured hood as well as the cannon-sized exhaust pipe, courtesy of the 6.6-liter, Duramax V8 turbo-diesel engine. During hundreds of miles of driving, sometimes I turned off the Bose-speaker stereo and the GPS's female narrator just to hear the diesel go.



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