2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab 4x4 LTZ

With few exceptions, people buy giant six-tired, one-ton monsters like this Silverado 3500 HD to work. And work it did during my weekend behind the wheel, although the to-do list I had in store for it certainly paled in comparison to its physical abilities. My wife and I loaded it up several times to move out of our apartment and into our new house, and between moves, were subjected to Mother Nature's worst, including several inches of rain and a pair (yes, a pair) of funnel clouds forming alongside our route.

The ordeal was exhausting for us, but not the Silverado -- considering the behemoth tips the scales at 7094 pounds, can tow 13,200 pounds, and has a payload of 5906 pounds, even our largest single load (two filled filing cabinets, a futon, a couple pieces of exercise equipment, and several boxes packed into the back of the cab) hardly taxed the truck.

At times, the truck did tax me; this is an extremely large vehicle, and it takes some getting used to the fact an eight-foot bed is constantly following you around, not to mention that the rear wheel wells stick out several inches from the body sides. Luckily, the towing-style mirrors with convex "spotting" sections, along with the rear-view camera and the sonar park detection system, aided greatly during tight maneuvers.

As Phil Floraday notes, the Silverado's interior (as well as those found in any of GM's full-size trucks) is starting to feel quite dated, but with heated leather-trimmed seats proved to be a comfortable retreat from the world of packing, lifting, and hauling. In fact, since our TV and DVD player were still encased in bubble wrap and packing peanuts, we picked up some take-out Chinese food, popped a DVD into the rear seat entertainment system, and transformed the rear seat into a surrogate living room. The perfect way to end a hectic three days.

Evan McCausland, Associate Web Editor

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