By on August 15, 2018

The truck you see above has a measured length nearly as long as its full name. Its overall length? A hair under 250 inches. In fact, its wheelbase is eight inches longer than an entire Nissan Micra.

Heavy Chevys have been around seemingly since the dawn of Detroit, alternating between hard work and getting shined up for a night at the Tastee Freeze. Of late, GM (and other companies) have ladeled on the chrome in an never-ending quest to quench the thirst of luxury truck buyers. And, oh yeah — profits, too.

What about at the other end of the scale? Surely there’s room for a no-options two-wheel drive Silverado HD on the worksite. As it turns out, the thing is endowed with a lot more kit for a lot less cheddar than even your flinty-eyed author expected.

Yes, there are arguably “better” Silverado HDs on offer, namely the dandy High Country trim (if gen-u-wine leather and gonzo rims are your bag). This WT trim bears a sticker price of just $37,500 before destination and whatever money is on the hood in your particular corner of America.

Thirty. Seven. Five. For a truck that’ll happily haul 14,400 pounds. Go price up a new Ranger or Colorado and see how long it takes you to crest forty large. It won’t take long.

Under that long hood is GM’s Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine making 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Many noises have been made about replacing this unit with the almighty 6.2L found in its little brother, but there’s no denying this engine can get the job done, especially with all the standard-equipment towing gear playing a supporting role.

Oil cooler? Check. Transmission cooler? Check. Extendable elephant-ear towing mirrors? Yessir. With all that hauling kit, you know they’re also going to toss in an electric trailer brake controller. It also comes equipped from the factory with a hitch receiver and 4/7 pin trailer wiring plug-ins.

In the rear pumpkin is an automatic locking rear diff and a set of 4.10 gears. That Eaton locker is said to sense a difference in wheel speed of a mere 100 rpm, perfect for those tricky boat launches or that slippery grass down by the lake where you’re not supposed to be and if the warden finds us we’ll all lose our fishing licenses.

What? You thought I was doing something other than fishing down by the lake in my big ol’ pickup? Get yer mind outta the gutter.

This truck’s interior won’t be mistaken for an Audi anytime soon, but that’s not the point. A vinyl bench is standard — however, one should pop for the no-charge cloth seats to avoid searing temperatures in the summer and frigid conditions when the mercury drops. Cloth seats get a few more adjustments, too. Carpet is optional. Stick with the standard hose-em-out rubber floors.

Chevy’s basic 7-inch color touchscreen serves duty as infotainment, bearing a backup camera and Apple CarPlay. Bluetooth is there, of course, as is a USB port. Economies of scale assure the presence of power windows, cruise control, and air conditioning. LT tires are mounted on 17-inch steel wheels.

The color shown above is called Red Hot (guffaw) and is the only non-greyscale hue offered gratis. Blue will set you back $395.

In GM’s own wheelhouse, a Colorado 4×4 Crew Cab Z71 is priced just $1,300 south of this Heavy Chevy. Sure, the Z71 has legions more features and power to all four wheels, but for those who need a tool – and don’t need four-wheel drive – a base model 2500HD packs a lot of value.

[Images: General Motors]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selection.

The model above is shown in American dollars with American options and trim, absent of destination charges and available rebates. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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26 Comments on “Ace of Base: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4×2 Double Cab Long Box...”

  • avatar

    Well, I don’t need a tank like the example above – I have been down that road over 40 years ago. No need to repeat THAT experience!

    The principal of the article is exactly the type of truck I would want – a base model Silverado, standard cab, short bed. V6, automatic, A/C, 2 wheel drive and other than a chrome surround grille, little else, save a pinstripe and body side molding – that I can do myself.

    Oh yes – color? Red, brown or whatever strikes my fancy at the time. I would prefer a saddle tan interior, but that option no longer seems to exist.

    Do I need a truck for putting around town? Of course not, aside from fuel cost, I sure would enjoy seeing myself in one!

    I must admit the Dodge Ram impresses me, but not sure I would ever buy an FCA product, regardless of CR rating them higher than the GM trucks.

    One thing is for sure – I would have much better all-around visibility, which is very important to me.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree. The HD is more truck than I’d want right now, but in a few years I’ll be looking for a good deal on a rig to tow my retirement home. However, I priced a Silverado 1500 regular cab in Havana Metallic (brown) w/ only chrome bumpers, the trailer package and a convenience package (pwr doors and locks). That base 1500 totalled $31,455 USD! Seems like the resale on the HD would more than offset the price differential. But that brown standard cab Silveraro actually looks pretty sweet!

      • 0 avatar

        You’d be better off with the 1500 than the 2500 if the 1500 fits your needs; resale only holds on a 2500 with a diesel. Take a look at prices for 10 y/o gasser Silverados today and you’ll see that nobody cares what the numbers are.

        • 0 avatar

          “Take a look at prices for 10 y/o gasser Silverados today and you’ll see that nobody cares what the numbers are.”

          Is the difference more than the upfront price difference between the 6.6 and V8 gas motors and upgraded transmission?

          Looking at CL in my area, 2008 crewcabs with the 6.6 and allison lists at about 27k for something with 100-150k miles. I would be VERY surprised to see same year and condition gas 2500s for under 20k.

          • 0 avatar

            @TwoBelugas here in Houston and most of Texas, the diesels go for about $23-30k and the gassers can be had for about $10k. The market is saturated with gasser Chevys and they’re generally worthless.

            Ford was smart to keep the Super Duty as its own bodystyle separate from the F-150 because you almost never find an F-250 that *isn’t* a diesel down here. Take rate must have been something like 90%, versus Chevy with around 25% from my observations.

          • 0 avatar

            I can get a 100k mile 2008 Silverado 6.0L for $10K in Texas?

            Heck, I might as well just do that and let it bake out in the sun.

          • 0 avatar

            Cause they’re road hard. Wholesale is worse.

            Section 179 25k deduction…all works out in the end.

  • avatar

    The interior looks better than the new trucks. Which is kind of sad…

  • avatar


    Other things you could buy with this money:

    Your own boat slip

    A used diesel pickup and half of a bigger boat

    About 200 tons of already-scrap steel (as opposed to 3-1/3 tons of steel that will be scrap in 15 years)

    • 0 avatar

      Or a GTI and Golf (at sale prices).

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      A base 3/4 ton truck will most likely be performing more work than other vehicles on the road. As someone who has purchased F250 XLs and Silverado 2500 WTs for fleet use, these are vehicles that you need to make money.

      This truck will tow or haul stuff all day, every day, for 200K miles. Their owners livelihood depend on that. You have this truck so you can buy a boat slip, a cottage, or whatever else you want.

      And I’ll take the GM 6.0L workhorse V8 over the Duramax diesel if I am a fleet factoring in costs and up time.

      • 0 avatar

        Bingo. Mine is 2015 gasser with 157k miles. Makes me money every time I start it. Traveled at full payload while towing 10k pounds multiple times across the country. Nothing but scheduled maintenance and a brake line repair at 114k (cracked tubing at compression fitting) repaired in the field.

        Solid performer.

        Summit White to be a true AOB

        • 0 avatar
          Adam Tonge

          This is why people buy 3/4 ton trucks.

          Thank you good sir.

        • 0 avatar

          If you are a fleet owner, this is the truck for you.

          If you need to tow your boat, this is not the truck for you.

          • 0 avatar

            “If you are a fleet owner, this is the truck for you.

            If you need to tow your boat, this is not the truck for you.”

            Explain the logic here please. If it makes sense to fleet operators who value cost and reliability, why would private users not find them suitable goals as well?

          • 0 avatar
            Adam Tonge

            I would buy this to tow a boat. Well, the Ford equivalent. Diesel engines are costly to buy and maintain. As long as I am towing around 10,000 lbs or so, the 6.2L gas is more than enough. It also costs almost $10,000 less than the 6.7L diesel. You’ll never make up the cost difference in fuel. Now if you are towing above 10,000 or 12,000 pounds on a regular basis, get the diesel.

          • 0 avatar

            1/2 tons are sedans with open trunks. Trucks start st 3/4 ton.

      • 0 avatar

        In my part of the world, a base fleet truck has 4×4. 4×2’s are lot poison.

  • avatar

    250 / 2500 offer great value. IF YOU NEED THEM.
    Most do not.

    My uncle runs a 1000 acre, 200 head cow/calf, wheat, beans and corn operation in mid Michigan. He used to do fine with a f150, straight 6, 4 on the floor.

    PS-Section 179 is theft from you! The common citizen tax payer.

  • avatar

    “The Ford F-150 contains the greatest number of American-made parts for a pickup truck, with 75 percent of them coming from within the country. The most American SUV is the Jeep Wrangler, at 73 percent, with the General’s Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia close behind at 72 percent.

    ***The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins rank low on the list compared to other pickups,*** with [just] 40 percent of their parts being made in America.*** This is bested by nearly all of GM’s competitors, including Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Ram.”





    • 0 avatar

      Deadweight is correct.
      Spralty Islands.
      Downing our P-3 and stealing all the tech.
      Currency manipulation.
      Unfair Trade.
      Rare Earth metals – they are cornering the market.
      Human Rights abuses.
      World pollution.

      It is an evil empire. Supporting this evil place puts your children and grandchildren in grave future harm!!! OPEN YOUR EYES !!!

    • 0 avatar


      At this point I’m just waiting for ellipsis abuse and irrelevant references to the Uniform Commercial Code for the collapse to be complete.

  • avatar

    This is an actual truck, epitomizing the durability, toughness, and simplicity inherent in what a truck should be.

    Sucks you can’t get one with a dogleg granny-gear manual, though.

  • avatar

    To get a longbed Ram with more than a reg cab, you’ll end up with another 10 inches of length. Ford will sell a similar length longbed, but with clamshell doors. Besides, the new Superduty is tall, even in 2wd.

    The Vortech, despite being a bit light on specs, seem to cool better than the other two’s larger gassers. So may well end up the top choice if your power needs are more than intermittent on a hot day. And GMs independent front end is, my estimate, about 10% faster than the axle of the others, with a heavy trailer on a bumpy, off camber road; corrected for tracking, comfort, wheelbase and truck weight. The GMs are more stable with a tall load, like a camper in the bed, as well. Just seem to run flatter and less rolly overall, than comparable Rams and Fords.

  • avatar

    Pretty amazing that a base model work truck in 2018 gets cloth seats, color touchscreen, backup camera, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a USB port, power windows, cruise control, and air conditioning!

    I haven’t owned anything newer than 1980’s pickups, but of the ones I’ve owned they’ve had exactly one of those things (cloth seats).

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