The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado is currently the oldest full-size pickup truck on the market. Chevrolet and GMC are readying the next-generation pickup for the 2019 model year, but in the meantime, the Silverado makes do.
However, despite a solid performance, its credentials weren’t enough to place it ahead of its domestic rivals in the latest work truck comparison test by PickupTrucks.com.
Judges found the chassis and auto-locking, limited-slip differential as high spots in the 2017 Silverado 2500 WT and amenities such as Apple CarPlay, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, towing mirrors and more were appreciated. But, other spots were a letdown.
Specifically, during a loaded braking test where the Silverado WT was hauling 3,300 pounds, the weight actually began to bend the truck bed and signs of stress were also seen in the cab. Judges noted this did not happen with the other contenders – a Ram 2500 Tradesman, Ford F-250 Super Duty XL and Nissan Titan XD S.
Meanwhile, the test’s first place finisher, the F-250 Super Duty, was lauded as a jack-of-all-trades work truck. It boasted the best fuel economy, capability and livability when off the work site. We doubt a die-hard Chevrolet guy or gal will seriously switch their beliefs and turn to Ford, but the test does show a serious need for Chevrolet to update its workhorse. Thankfully, that’s coming sooner rather than later.