2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab

Matt Tierney

I put the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD to work during a recent weekend as an official race vehicle for the Traverse City Triathlon. It wasn't heavy lifting, but we definitely needed the bed space to move a 7-foot-tall stack of plastic crowd-control barricades, a dozen 5-gallon water coolers, kayaks, and countless cones. It's also nice that flipping up the rear seats creates a large, virtually flat area for dry and safe transportation of electronics and more expensive equipment.

While the Silverado took care of its hauling duties without complaint, it was when it was unloaded that I was most impressed with the heavy-duty Chevy. That's because I made two four-hour trips in the empty Chevrolet between southern and northern Michigan and found it to be the best driving heavy-duty truck on the market. The ride is absolutely stunning for such a large hauler. After a long weekend, I was hardly looking forward to the late-night drive home, but with such a gentle ride, smart and smooth transmission, and torquey diesel, the Silverado delivered comfort and a relaxed demeanor on par with some car-based crossovers. I was thrilled to find that the heated seats offer a back-only setting for my aching back while remaining comfortable in the summer heat. And while the interior isn't up to the style of the Ford Super Duty or the fantastic cabin of the Dodge Ram, that's hardly a reason to stay away from the Chevy. Instead, I'd say the Silverado's compliant ride and strong powertrain are more than enough reason to put this truck at the top of the heavy-duty pecking order.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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