There’s something special about watching a Regular Car Review video. No, the cinematography is nothing special. It’s not Top Gear. It’s the words and language—the pop culture, societal, and academic references—that connect the car with the world around, helping to solidify its place in time. You’d think there wouldn’t be much to say about the 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 and Allison six-speed gearbox, but Mr. Regular does a fantastic job at dissecting the purpose of the Chevy Silverado HD today.
What the review focuses on first and foremost is how the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD is stock. It’s common to see such beefy work trucks lifted with massive wheels and smokestacks behind the cab spewing black soot into the sky that’d give the Lorax nightmares. On this truck, the wheels are stock, the exhaust stock, and the tow mirrors stock, too. The modifications are minor—a leveling kit and new tires because the old ones were garbage. It’s a truck ripe for turning into something obnoxious, but the owner has kept things restrained.
Under the hood is that 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 producing 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque, which gives the Chevy Silverado HD a 13,000-pound towing capacity. The truck is loaded with various packages, too, extending the trucks already ludicrously long name—2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LTZ Duramax Diesel Allison Z71. The LtZ pack adds features like heated and vented front seats while the Z71 off-road package adds upgraded shocks, hill descent control, and underbody shields and skid plates.
Mr. Regular is right. This is an all-purpose vehicle. It’s a family car, workhorse, and road trip machine. And it does all three exceptionally well, even if the city fuel economy is terrible and any sort of spirited handling is non-existent. The 2016 Chevy Silverado HD is a Masterclass in Americana whether we like it or not.