Model Tested: 4WD Crew Cab LTZ
Story: Matt Tuccillo
When it comes to trucks, there are two kinds: There’s that regular ish that your buddy pushes, and then there are real trucks, like Chevy’s 2011 Silverado 3500 dually. Fully revised for the 2011 model year, this rig is as serious as a heart attack—and about as large as someone bound to have one!
Building upon the already stout base Silverado, the 3500 level of trim stands for one thing: heavy duty. Everything about this pickup is designed from the outset to be as big, burly and durable as possible, because this truck is meant to do work, son.
First, the Bowtie crew threw a slew of tech at the package to help make it the most beastly hauler of all time. Looking for a setup that can drag your trailer queen to the next car show? Then you’ll love the Silverado, thanks to things like stability control, intelligent brake assist, trailer sway control, hill start assist, hill descent control, an integrated trailer brake control and, coolest of all, a diesel exhaust brake that helps you keep those heavy loads in check when rollin’ downhill. They’ve also gone ahead and beefed up the frame of the truck with a fully boxed steel piece. It’s not just super stiff and strong, it’s also capable of handling even more towing load. And if you’re not looking to tow but instead just to haul stuff in the eight-foot bed, then you’ll be happy to know you can toss 5,724 pounds’ worth of gear into the back and hit the road.
Yep, of the two types of trucks available out there, when it comes time to cop one for yourself, the choice is obvious. Go big or go home!
Power: 397hp, 765 lb.-ft.
Gas Cash: Too big to fail
Miles Driven: 1,132
Interior: Most pickups end up being cramped inside, even in crew-cab configuration, but the Silverado offers a ton of room in the back for your whole crew. Plus, there’s flip-down entertainment. Dope!
Exterior: Big, bold and beautiful—in a rugged way. If you need a truck that’ll make slower traffic dive to the right lane when you come up behind them, this is your rig!
Floss Factor: This truck makes you feel indestructible, and that’s probably because you are when you’re behind the wheel.
Flaw Factor: At a tick under 60-large, this ain’t a rig for those with a weak wallet or a wack credit score.