Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD
New: An escalation of the pickup truck wars. Also, new hardware.
Noteworthy: After a year of unflattering comparisons with the Ford "we didn't take the money" Motor Company, General Motors briefly scored a product victory with its fresh heavy-duty pickups. The aesthetics have changed even less than on Ford's truck, but GM engineers enhanced the chassis, in addition to the powertrains, and topped Ford's capability claims for a short time. The gasoline V-8 is largely a carryover from last year, with the exception of a new camshaft, but the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel receives a large output bump of 32 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. The Silverado and Sierra's max capacities-21,700 pounds of towing and 6635 pounds of payload-fall slightly short of the F-350's latest figures, but they're nothing to scoff at. For those who insist on a premium heavy-duty truck, GMC now offers a Denali trim level for its Sierra HD. Unfortunately, even the Denali's interior doesn't match the fit, finish, and style of its competitors.
On sale: Now
BASE PRICE RANGE: $28,960-$46,860
SPECS: 6.0L V-8, 322/360 hp, 380 lb-ft; 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8, 397 hp, 765 lb-ft; rear- or 4-wheel drive
The Twitter Feed:
The one-upmanship of Ford and Chevy in the heavy-duty segment is more competitive than the two companies' ongoing pony car war.