2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Truck
  • Engine:
    360-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Towing Capacity:
    10,500 lbs.
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Allison six-speed automatic
  • Duramax diesel performance
  • Integral steel box, not composite
  • Dually fenders
  • Towing mirrors
  • Independent front suspension on 4x4 models
  • Integrated brake controller

The Bad

  • No side curtain or side-impact airbags
  • Captain's chairs not available in LTZ crew cab
  • 6.0-liter V-8 isn't E85 capable
  • Huge chrome front bumpers

Notable Features of the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

  • USB input
  • Available rearview camera

2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks are built on a more robust version of General Motor's full-size pickup truck platform. The heavy-duty trucks share the same mechanicals, but are differentiated with unique interiors and front-end styling. Both can have a powertrain that consists of a Duramax diesel engine and an Allison transmission, which continues to draw rave reviews.

There are some configuration differences between the light-duty Silverado 1500 and its big brothers. The regular cab version comes only with an 8-foot bed, while the 2500HD extended cab is available with both the 6.5-foot standard bed and the long bed. The crew cab is also limited to just the long bed. All 3500HD models have long beds and can be ordered with dual rear wheels or single rear wheels. All 2500HD models are single rear wheel. All models are available in two- or four-wheel drive.

A 6.0-liter V-8 gas engine is standard on all models. The popular 6.6-liter Duramax diesel and six-speed Allison transmission are optional. GM says the 2500HD and 3500HD can tow up to 13,000 pounds with the diesel engine and a conventional hitch. Maximum towing capacity with a fifth-wheel hitch mounted in the cargo box is 16,700 pounds. Payload varies between 2,331 pounds and 5,309 pounds, depending on the model.


New for 2010
The only noticeable changes are USB audio playback with recharging for certain MP3 devices and two new exterior paint colors: Taupe Gray Metallic and S...
Vehicle Overview
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks are built on a more robust version of General Motor's full-size pickup truck platform. The heavy-duty trucks share the same mechanicals, but are differentiated with unique interiors and front-end styling. Both can have a powertrain that consists of a Duramax diesel engine and an Allison transmission, which continues to draw rave reviews.

There are some configuration differences between the light-duty Silverado 1500 and its big brothers. The regular cab version comes only with an 8-foot bed, while the 2500HD extended cab is available with both the 6.5-foot standard bed and the long bed. The crew cab is also limited to just the long bed. All 3500HD models have long beds and can be ordered with dual rear wheels or single rear wheels. All 2500HD models are single rear wheel. All models are available in two- or four-wheel drive.

A 6.0-liter V-8 gas engine is standard on all models. The popular 6.6-liter Duramax diesel and six-speed Allison transmission are optional. GM says the 2500HD and 3500HD can tow up to 13,000 pounds with the diesel engine and a conventional hitch. Maximum towing capacity with a fifth-wheel hitch mounted in the cargo box is 16,700 pounds. Payload varies between 2,331 pounds and 5,309 pounds, depending on the model.


New for 2010
The only noticeable changes are USB audio playback with recharging for certain MP3 devices and two new exterior paint colors: Taupe Gray Metallic and Sheer Silver.

Exterior
The Silverado 1500's features are bolder for the heavy-duty models than for regular-duty models. This includes specific grilles, headlamps, hoods and front fenders that are a little more muscular than the half-ton model's. The cargo boxes on 3500HD dually models are made of steel, including the hydroformed sheet metal outer fenders that give the truck extra strength and a more integrated appearance.
  • Available EZ Lift tailgate
  • Available rail system with adjustable tie-downs
  • Available moonroof on extended and crew cabs
  • Dual-port grille is wider and taller than 1500 model's
  • 3500HD dually has side, roof marker lights
  • Chrome bumpers for all models
  • Tow mirrors available


Interior
GM's efforts to improve its interiors have paid off with the Silverado's spacious cab. Materials have a softer touch, gaps are tighter and the surfaces are flush. The LTZ draws inspiration from the Tahoe/Suburban and is targeted toward luxury owners, while other trims appeal to those who use their trucks for work. While GM doesn't have as many interior packages as Ford, its choices are distinct enough to meet most buyers' needs.

The interior of the LTZ is particularly inviting, with its leather seating and standard Bose sound system. Some luxury owners like the idea of captain's chairs in the rear of crew cabs, but that's about the only omission we can find in this nicely appointed interior.
  • Stadium-style seating in second row
  • Double glove box on work interiors, single on LTZ
  • Interiors distinguished by different instrument panels
  • Easy-to-read analog gauges
  • Power windows on extended cab doors roll down completely
  • Available power rear window on extended and crew cabs
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system
  • Power-adjustable pedals available


Under the Hood
There are a couple of engine options on the heavy-duty Silverado.
  • 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 with 380 pounds-feet of torque, iron block and aluminum cylinder head, and two valves per cylinder
  • Mated to six-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission
  • 365-hp, 6.6-liter diesel V-8 with 660 pounds-feet of torque, iron block and aluminum cylinder head and four valves per cylinder
  • Mated to six-speed Allison automatic transmission


Safety
An electronic stability system is standard only on select versions of the 2500HD.
  • Dual front airbags standard
  • Ultrasonic rear parking assist available
  • Antilock brakes
  • Tire pressure monitoring system standard on single-rear-wheel models


Of Interest to Truck Owner
2500HD
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 9,200 pounds (all models)
  • Regular cab payload: 3,924 pounds (4x2, 6.0-liter), 3,203 pounds (4x2, 6.6-liter), 3,644 pounds (4x4, 6.0-liter), 2,911 pounds (4x4, 6.6-liter)
  • Crew cab payload: 3,480 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.0-liter), 2,781 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.6-liter), 3,241 pounds (4x4 SWB, 6.0-liter), 2,530 pounds (4x4 SWB), 3,321 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.0-liter), 2,630 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.6-liter), 3,059 pounds (4x4 LWB, 6.0-liter), 2,331 pounds (4x4 LWB)
  • Extended cab payload: 3,623 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.0-liter), 2,914 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.6-liter), 3,360 pounds (4x4 SWB, 6.0-liter), 2,633 pounds (4x4 SWB), 3,481 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.0-liter), 2,773 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.6-liter), 3,222 pounds (4x4 LWB, 6.0-liter), 2,506 pounds (4x4 LWB, 6.6-liter)
  • Regular cab maximum towing capacity*: 13,000 pounds (4x2), 12,700 pounds (4x4, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x4, 6.6-liter)
  • Extended cab maximum towing capacity*: 12,700 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.6-liter), 12,400 pounds (4x4 SWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x4 SWB, 6.6-liter), 12,500 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.6-liter), 12,300 pounds (4x4 LWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x4 LWB, 6.6-liter)
  • Crew cab maximum towing capacity*: 12,500 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x2 SWB, 6.6-liter), 12,300 pounds (4x4 SWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x4 SWB, 6.6-liter), 12,400 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x2 LWB, 6.6-liter), 12,100 pounds (4x4 LWB, 6.0-liter), 13,000 pounds (4x4 LWB, 6.6-liter)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 26 gallons (2500HD with 6.5-foot bed), 34 gallons (all others)
  • Axle ratio: 3.73:1, 4.10:1
  • Minimum ground clearance: 9.5 inches
  • Cargo floor length: 78.7 inches (standard bed), 97.6 inches (long bed)
  • Cargo floor width: 62.4 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 50.6 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 21 inches


*Maximum towing capacity for all models is for conventional hitch-and-ball mount.


Latest 2010 Silverado 2500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Duramax

by Nathan from Navarre, Fl on July 12, 2018

A Duramax Turbo Diesel 6.6 Liter, 8 Cylinder supplying 397hp connected to the smooth-shifting 6-Speed Heavy Duty Automatic transmission that powers this Four Wheel Drive beast. Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent condition

by Asalinas22 from Lancaster on June 23, 2018

Good for long rider. Comfortable .economy is good. Excellent to camping or go to the beach. A lot power for towing boat or other car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Silverado 2500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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