Car Review: 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 — Big and bad, what’s not to like?

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is all about classy, but heavy duty and not for the faint of heart. Photo: 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, October 1, 2012 — What do I like about the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500? Everything when it comes to what a driver is looking for in big and bad. It’s a solid hauling vehicle, but inside it’s all about the ride.

New in 2012, the folks at Chevy only made a few tweaks since 2011 saw the big changes for this one. Take note on the 2012 models with a hard-drive-based navigation system and heated/ventilated seats depending on trim choice.

When you need to play with the big boys, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is a perfect option. Of note is the strong diesel engine optional and a stronger-than-strong suspension that can support over 4,000 pounds of payload.

Competition comes from the Ford F-250 Super Duty or the Ram 2500, but even so the Silverado has no trouble keeping up with these two offerings.

For trims, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is all truck and can be had in either regular, extended or crew cab body styles and that also comes with an option of either two- or four-wheel drive.

The regular cab has an eight-foot bed and the extender and the crew cab can go with either the eight-foot bed or the standard bed at six-and-a-half feet. Trim levels are the base Work Truck, midlevel LT and the top of the line LTZ, but note that the LTZ does not come with a regular cab.

On the Work Truck, it is bare bones with rubberized vinyl flooring, vinyl seat coverings, a 40/20/40-split front bench with fold-down center armrest, 17-inch steel wheels, and a tilt steering wheel.

On the LT trim you get alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, keyless entry, full power accessories, cloth seats with a locking storage console, leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-side lumbar adjustments, and cruise control.

The LTZ trim will get you 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic locking rear differential, a heavy-duty trailering package, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering-wheel-mounted cruise, remote starting, and heated leather front bucket seats.

There are also a number of additional features available on the LT from the LTZ package.

Both trims can be upped with 20-inch wheels, aluminum bed extender, protective bedliner, sliding or stationary tool box, sliding bed divider, sunroof, power-sliding rear window, power-adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, rearview camera, and an EZ-lift tailgate.

There is also an Off-Road Suspension package called the Z71 that will add skid plates, specially tuned shock absorbers and front stabilizer bar. The Appearance package has body-colored grille surround, a chrome mesh grille and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Under the hood the standard on the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is a 6.0-liter V8 engine with six-speed automatic. It throws out 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

There is also the option of a 6.6-liter turbo diesel V8 engine with 397 horsepower and 765 pound- feet of torque together with a six-speed Allison automatic transmission and manual shift control.

On all models, you get rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is optional. On the Work Truck 4WD there is a floor-mounted transfer case, but the other trims have an Autotrac, knob-controlled electric transfer case with automatic setting that engages 4WD during slippage.

The standard safety features on the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 are antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, trailer sway control and hill-start control, driver and front passenger, front seat side and side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera, all adding to the overall safety.

A look inside the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 shows a choice of dash designs either the simple look in the Work Truck or LT with dual glove boxes or the LTZ with a luxury feel that includes a center console with wood-grain trim.

From standard work on the Work Truck to high-end leather on the LTZ, the choices are yours on the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and either way it makes for a comfortable ride. So no matter the option, you can make sure you own the road.

Should You Need to Know: The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is all about heavy duty, but still offers that middle-of-the-road option for drivers who want more than light duty, but are not ready for a 3500 model.

Miles Per Gallon: On average this one comes in at 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: I drove the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2WD Crew Cab with a price tag of $57,120.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.

She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at www.unregularradio.com.

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from www.historypress.net. Her third book in the Haunted Series will be released in October “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma.” Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.

 

 


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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