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2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 Crew Cab is one sexy beast

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By Jeff Mitchell

Recently, I had the chance to test drive a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Crew Cab pickup and I came to appreciate the nature of what makes up a modern American work truck.

My tester, which came in a beautiful “Silver Ice Metallic” paint, was big — as in big-big. Most folks will need to learn to use the truck’s side step rails with confidence in order to get into the spacious cab.

Once there you will find a spacious, comfortable interior environment that supports the idea that sometimes you really can have it all — comfort and ability.

Newly redesigned for 2020, this Silverado 2500 is part of a modern breed of heavy-duty pickup trucks now available. 

My tester was surprisingly quick, too. It was powered by a 6.6 liter V-8 gasoline engine that was mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission.

The engine has more power and torque than last year’s model, which increases payload and towing capacity. The powerplant on my tester generated 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque.

My Silverado came sitting on handsome 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and featured a rear bed that was cavernous with thinner and higher walls than found in previous years.

My tester came trimmed out with heated and power-adjustable mirrors, a remote locking tailgate and a leather-wrapped steering wheel among other available niceties. Other cool goodies include driver safety systems, trailer and bed cameras and a head-up display. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a six-speaker sound system are standard. A 7-pin wiring harness with a trailer brake controller is also available.

Out on the road, this 4-wheel drive behemoth was responsive although it did tend to amplify every blemish in the asphalt it encountered. Drivers learn quickly, because of the Silverado’s size and weight, to brake a bit more aggressively than normal — and certainly more than when driving a passenger car.

On dirt, this truck handled with confidence and made quick work of ruts and uneven trail surfaces.

Final thoughts: After driving the Silverado for a week it became clear to me that American domestic auto producers still “own” the venerable pickup segment.

I found my Silverado one of the most capable pickups I’ve driven. This vehicle competes mainly with similar-sized products coming from both Ford and Dodge. Get out there and test drive them all I say. My hunch, however, is that you’ll come down on the side of the Chevy when you’re through.

Jeff Mitchell is a Los Angeles-based automotive writer and reviewer. Contact him at j.edward.mitchell@gmail.com

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