Heavy-duty Silverados are monster trucks that generally
find themselves toiling for businesses that require extreme
towing and hauling ability out of their vehicles. Or, if
you're a serious weekend warrior who really likes to tackle
tough projects on your down time, then the lineup of Silverado
HDs is probably right for you.
For 2005, the Silverado HD lineup features a redesigned
hood and grille, giving it a fresher, more distinctive look
than the past. As Chevy likes to put it, the Silverado Heavy
Duty lineup presents such a wide selection of weight ratings,
body styles and powertrain combinations-including diesel
and compressed natural gas (CNG) models-that it is the segment's
most diverse offering,
The 2005 Chevy Silverado HD lineup consists of 1500, 2500
and 3500 models. Regular 1500 models and 2500 models are
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
2005 Chevy Silverado HD models have a standard dual-zone
heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
It is available with both manual and automatic climate control,
allowing the driver and front passenger to adjust the temperature
to their own comfort levels-as much as a 30-degree Fahrenheit
difference between the two front zones.
3500s come only with an eight-foot cargo box, while 2500s
offer a 6.5-foot box as well. All 3500s have dual rear wheels
on each side.
Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations are
available across the Silverado HD lineup. The standard engine
on all models is a 6.0-liter Vortec V8, capable of 300 horsepower
at 4400 rpm and 360 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
Though 5-speed manual transmission is standard, there are
three other transmission types offered. 4-speed automatic,
5-speed heavy-duty automatic and 6-speed manual are provided
to give the Silverado the type of power it needs to fit
Two additional engines are optional for 2005. One is an
8.1-liter V8 with 340 horsepower at 4200 rpm and 455 lb-ft
of torque at 3200 rpm, the other is a tough 6.6-liter Duramax
turbodiesel V8 with 300 horsepower at 3100 rpm and 520 lb-ft
of torque at 1800 rpm.
Safety and Security
The same features that make for good hauling ability-tough
frames and advanced suspension components-also double as
added security. Other standard safety equipment includes
dual front airbags, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and daytime