I’ve often joked around saying that if pickup trucks keep growing at this rate we’ll need a commercial vehicle license by 2030 to road test them. Looking around a parking lot it’s easy to forget that trucks used to be just that, trucks. A bench seat, single cab, and a suspension ready for hauling and towing was all you got with a basic pickup.
Now, trucks are designed with a Swiss army knife approach to daily duty. They have more doors, to carry car seats and do school drop offs. They have nicer interiors to carter to the urban cowboys. While still delivering the necessary utility and performance needed to get the job done at the nearest construction site. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country Duramax is a perfect example of this current trend in trucks.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country exterior
Size was the first impression when I saw the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country Duramax. It’s a tall, big, impressive machine. Trucks in Texas can be as big of a status symbol as rolling up in a Bentley to a valet in California.
The Silverado 2500 High Country applies to the truck owner who wants to add a bit of class to their good ole’ pickup. Chrome 20-inch wheels wrapped in all terrain tires, grille, and hood scoop add enough bling without coming off as cheesy or over the top. The model tested here was sporting a lovely dark forest green, or Graphite Metallic as GM calls it. You don’t always see green pickup trucks, and it’s pleasing to the eye when you do.
Height is a significant trait with the 2500HD High Country. On the road I was able to sit mirror to mirror with older model trucks that had 2-3 inch lift kits and tires. I like the subtlety the High Country provides as a luxury trim truck. It’s tasteful without having to showoff its status in writing on the tailgate like other trucks.
Step notches in the rear bumper are a welcomed innovation in modern trucks for allowing us to climb up easier. Due to the Silverado’s height raising your knee high enough to place a your foot in the notch can feel like getting on top of a horse. If you’re under six feet remember to stretch.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country interior
The High Country trim package is mostly an interior premium. Inside you are greeted with leather seats, which comes in a tasteful array of colors. The model tested came equipped with Medium Ash Gray, which looks black at first but is actually a rich dark brown that goes very well with its dark green exterior paint.
The rear seats came equipped with a Blu-ray entertainment system to keep passengers occupied and in their seats. Upfront you get duel climate controls, heated and vented seats, an 8 inch touch screen infotainment center, and more storage space than remodeled kitchen. A Bose audio system fills the cabin with whatever sound waves make your head bob.
Seating is comfortable and easy to adjust to your ideal position. At first you feel as if you’re towering over the traffic. Rearview cameras, extendable mirrors, and clear visibility all around keeps you from getting size anxiety in crowded parking lots or close-quarter traffic jams.
It’s the first truck I’ve driven where I felt more comfortable backing into a space rather than forward. The rear view camera allows you to be surgical with your parking maneuvers.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country specifications
The model shown came with Chevrolet’s praised 6.6 liter Duramax V8 Turbo Diesel and Allison 6-speed automatic Transmission. That means 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. It’s enough power to carry this 7,700 lb truck from 0-60 in under 7.4 seconds, while having enough brawn to tow up to 13,000 pounds worth of trailer with a payload rating of 2,600 pounds.
The Silverado 2500 handling does feel like a cruise ship on calm waters. It is easy to forget how big you are until you need to stop and feel the laws of physics acting upon over 3 tons of truck.
Even so, the Silverado 2500 can stop from 70-0 in under 200 feet which is good for its size. Steering is smooth and easy, but does feel vague which is typical of larger trucks.
The 2017 Silverado 2500 comes with a 36 gallon fuel tank. When I first received it the range read 580 miles to a tank. I used up nearly every mile while averaging 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on highway with light-footed driving.
If you put your foot down it’s easy for the Silverado to start chugging diesel like its Spring Break.
This model offered 4×4 with locking differentials and an electronic transfer case.
Turning radius is surprising good for a vehicle of this size. I never needed to perform a 27 point turn getting out of the tight parking spaces in my apartment complex.
The ride is not as comfortable as expected, but that’s because this is a company work truck with a CEO interior. The heavy duty suspension means your spine will notice any potholes you drive over. Not enough to complain, just enough to notice.
The bed of the truck is equipped to handle your goose neck or fifth wheel trailer needs. Underneath, the bed has been reinforced with steel plating to secure the gooseneck hitch is secured to the frame of the Silverado. It’s ready for work.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country final thoughts
There is no doubting the 2017 Silverado 2500 High Country Duramax’s capability to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. From school to work to weekend getaways, it can do it all. This utility comes at a cost.
Pricing for the 2017 Silverado 2500 starts at $57k, but the High Country and Duramax packages raised the MSRP to $70,875 for the model shown here.
The sunroof alone is a $995 option and the rear entertainment system is $1,620. If you don’t think that’s expensive, I admire your level of financial stability.
Spending most of my time with the Silverado in the city I can tell you that it’s not the best option for urban community. It’s a lot of real state to park and propel through traffic if you’re not used to dealing with it.
If I had anything negative to say about the 2017 Silverado 2500 High Country Duramax, it is that the price is expensive when you consider what other manufactures offer for that kind of money.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country gallery
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