2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Truck
  • Engine:
    360-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Towing Capacity:
    13,000 lbs.
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Quiet cab
  • Memory-foam seats

The Bad

  • Small windshield

Notable Features of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot-spot capability available
  • Regular- and heavy-duty versions available
  • Gas, diesel or CNG versions

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Full-size pickup trucks are Detroit's bread and butter. Last year Chevrolet played fairly conservatively with the Silverado's first major redesign since the 2007 model. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 shares its platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are significant styling differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes. Competitors include the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

There are five trim levels: WT, LS, LT, LTZ and High Country. For truck buyers who need to tow 20,000 pounds or more there are 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions of the Silverado, which have been significantly updated for 2015.

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New for 2015
Silverado 1500s with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine have an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system adds text messaging alerts and Siri Eyes Free mode, while 4G LTE internet connectivity is available through the OnStar communication system. A three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included. Trailering side mirrors with backup lighting are available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Regular-cab, double-cab and crew-cab body styles
  • Several box lengths available
  • Available heated side mirrors
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available trailer hitch receiver
  • Available remote start

Interior Highlights

  • Seats up to six people in certain configurations
  • Available leather upholstery
  • ...
Vehicle Overview

Full-size pickup trucks are Detroit's bread and butter. Last year Chevrolet played fairly conservatively with the Silverado's first major redesign since the 2007 model. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 shares its platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are significant styling differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes. Competitors include the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

There are five trim levels: WT, LS, LT, LTZ and High Country. For truck buyers who need to tow 20,000 pounds or more there are 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions of the Silverado, which have been significantly updated for 2015.

(Skip to details on the: 2500HD and 3500HD)

New for 2015
Silverado 1500s with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine have an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system adds text messaging alerts and Siri Eyes Free mode, while 4G LTE internet connectivity is available through the OnStar communication system. A three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included. Trailering side mirrors with backup lighting are available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Regular-cab, double-cab and crew-cab body styles
  • Several box lengths available
  • Available heated side mirrors
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available trailer hitch receiver
  • Available remote start

Interior Highlights

  • Seats up to six people in certain configurations
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available heated and cooled front seats
  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available power-adjustable pedals
  • Available navigation system
  • Available heated steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • Base 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Available 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8
  • Available 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8
  • Six- or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available forward collision warning
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available backup camera

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD
The heavy-duty versions of the Silverado get new, stronger cargo boxes; new exterior styling that improves airflow over the engine for better performance in extreme conditions; and new interior styling.
What's Special

  • Maximum payload of 7,374 pounds
  • Maximum towing capacity of 19,600 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch
  • Maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity of 23,200 pounds
  • Choice of V-8 engines that run on gas, diesel or gas/compressed natural gas
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

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2015 Silverado 2500 Video

It's been years since we've brought the newest and biggest heavy-duty pickup trucks together for a head-to-head comparison test, and with the changing marketplace and upgrades to the trucks, this ultimate test could not be more timely.

Latest 2015 Silverado 2500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best truck out there.

by Smith2132 from Canton Ohio on October 13, 2018

Best truck. Best motor. The LML motor is a beast. The truck rides great. The interior is awesome. Everything works together great. Best truck that I have bought. Read full review

(5.0)

Best truck I've owned

by Country Squid from jacksonville, FL on July 15, 2018

Besides the gas mileage being extremely low due to being a gas truck it was worked extremely well for my family. Pulled my camper fully loaded and the bed filled. On long drives was very comfortable ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 currently has 3 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 WT

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
3 Star
Overall Front
2 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
2 Star
Passenger's
2 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chevrolet
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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