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5 bad-boy work trucks for heavy hauling

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab
  • Price: $41,990
  • GVWR: 10,000 pounds
  • Max. payload: 3,037 pounds
  • Max. towing: 17,400 pounds

Chevrolet redesigned its Silverado for 2014. It comes in several models and body styles, but the price and content here is for the entry-level WT for "work truck." It has easy-to-clean vinyl seats and a vinyl floor covering that can be hosed out.

Although it's missing a few creature comforts, such as power windows and door locks, it's well-equipped with work features such as trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist and automatic grade braking. Air conditioning and a four-speaker audio system are also standard. Wi-Fi, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and satellite radio are available.

Operating on regular diesel or B20 biodiesel, its 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 delivers 397 horsepower via a six-speed automatic transmission. In hauling and towing, torque is the grunt that gets the wheels turning and this V-8 generates a generous 765 foot-pounds of it.

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