2020 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 2500HD 4x4, sort of vs. the 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab: Two ways to the big boys.
This week: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Price: $73,265 as tested ($9,890 for the 6.6-liter diesel engine; $7,805 for the LTZ Premium Package; $1,080 for the Z71 Off-Road and Protection Package: $545 for the Fifth Wheel hitch; and $495 for red paint).
Conventional wisdom: Motor Trend liked the acceleration, transmission, and interior, but dinged the 2500HD for its weak braking and for the near $10,000 price tag for the engine alone.
Marketer's pitch: "The strongest, most capable Silverado HD ever."
Reality: The Incredible Hulk but watch out for Hulk smash.
Meet the big fella: The familiar tapping of a diesel greeted me as I walked to my driveway to meet the fleet driver with the latest heavy-duty Chevrolet pickup. (This happened during pre-coronavirus days.)
It towered over me, taking up far too much space in the narrow lane to my house, and the hood sat above my sight line.
The huge lights and grille made an imposing face as I walked past.
"It looks like a semi parked there," Sturgis Kid 4.0 said.