The Silverado 2500 is a true ¾-ton bruiser that
does everything the smaller ½-ton Silverado 1500
does, just with more force and aggression. If there's plenty
of dirty work to be done on your watch, you can't go wrong
by picking up one of these rugged full-size pickup trucks.
The 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 received a number of significant
additions last year, including the unveiling of a brand
new crew cab, so the makers at Chevy couldn't provide as
much glitz for 2005. New tire combinations, new colors and
a wider availability of the OnStar system top the list for
the new model year.
The 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 is offered as a regular cab,
an extended cab and a crew cab. There are three trims available:
base, LS and LT. 1500 models and HD models are all covered
in individual reviews.
Regular cabs have two doors and seat two or three. Extended
cabs have rear-hinged back doors; crew cabs have four full
doors. Both have a rear bench seat that accommodates three
The Chevy Silverado 2500 keeps everyone comfortable on
the inside with a standard dual-zone heating, ventilation
and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It is available with
both manual and automatic climate control, depending on
Satellite radio and DVD entertainment are just some of
the options available for 2005. On crew cab models, available
rear-seat audio controls allow second-row passengers to
enjoy a separate audio source from front-seat occupants.
Chevy Silverado 2500 Regular cabs have an 8.1-ft Fleetside
long box, while extended cabs and crew cabs have a 6.5-ft
Fleetside short box. Bed rails and a bed extender are optional.
The sole engine powering the entire 2500 line is a 6.0-liter
Vortec V8 model. It can generate up to 300 horsepower at
4400 rpm and 360 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
Two transmission choices are available: 5-speed heavy-duty
manual or 4-speed automatic. In a move that surprises no
one, 2500 models can be had with either two-wheel drive
or four-wheel drive.
The Quadrasteer four-wheel turning system is offered with
2500 crew cabs. At low speeds, Quadrasteer enables the rear
wheels to turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels.
That helps the vehicle make tighter turns for parking. The
turning diameter of 2500 models with Quadrasteer is reduced
21 percent, from 49.6 feet to 37.4 feet.
Safety and Security
Two-wheel drive models have traction control for added security.
Other standard safety equipment includes dual front airbags,
antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and daytime running lights.