By Cars.com EditorsJuly 6, 2017
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We spend some time behind the wheel of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 pickups, empty and loaded with John Deere equipment, and find a few things we like, and a few we don’t.
(high energy rock music) We're here in Coal valley, at the John Deere training facility, where we've had the opportunity to drive 2017, Silverado HDs.
Both the three quarter ton, and one ton trucks, with the all new Duramax diesel, and upgraded Allison transmission. Now, this is our first chance, due to some very tight scheduling we've had this year, to spend quite a bit of time, both in empty and loaded pickup trucks. So, we've had a chance to figure out what we like, and what we don't like about these new vehicles. Here's three likes and three dislikes for the 2017 Silverado HD. The first like, the new power from this Duramax. 445 horsepower. 910 foot pounds a torque. A brand new gigantic variable vain turbo, gives you crushing power, off the line, which is absolutely wonderful. First dislike, DEF tank's still located under the hood, and the tank itself is all the way underneath here, relatively exposed. Second thing we like. When you order the gooseneck towing package, you get this very cool storage box. Second thing we don't like. Not enough information in the data screens. The DEF exhaust fluid level is just a, okay or not okay. And the tire pressure monitoring system only gives you tire pressures for single rear wheel. You don't get any tire pressures on duos. Our last like, this new dedicated exhaust brake. It's beautifully integrated into the tow haul mode into the cruise control, and the grade breaking. Makes this exceptionally confident when pulling and trying to slow down a heavy load, Our final dislike, and this is something of a nitpick. We like the size of the towing mirrors, and we like the fact that they can extend electronically, but you still have to get out of the truck, and extend them manually. When you're towing. From behind the wheel, we can't say that this new Duramax diesel changes the personality of this vehicle. After all, this is the same chassis and interior that it has before, but the big power numbers, 445 horsepower, 910 pound feet of torque definitely makes this a huge improvement over the vehicle it's replacing. And it's a big option package for a lot of people who have to do any kind of payload carrying or heavy trailer towing. This would be the vehicle to get. It's very comfortable and easy to drive, and probably the most confident, one ton pickup truck in the segment. You want to know more about this vehicle? Go to pickuptrucks.com.
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