What it is: The Silverado 2500 High Country is a big truck with matching big capabilities. The 2500 name means that it is part of Chevy's Heavy Duty line of trucks (commonly referred to simply as HD), but the High Country name is the new and interesting part of the truck. High Country is a trim package that sits just above the loaded LTZ trim and adds a Saddle colored leather interior with 12-way power driver and front passenger seats, 20-inch chrome wheels, Bose premium stereo, navigation with an 8-inch screen, a unique grill, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
The hotspot is a feature that stands out, and it's designed so that seven devices can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot built right into the car. It uses a cellular data connection (apparently off of the AT&T cell network) and you can purchase a variety of data options through Chevy. Plans are as cheap as $5/month (for 200 MB), but the best option is for current AT&T subscribers who can add the hotspot to their current data plan for $10/month. There are 12 different options if you aren't an AT&T subscriber, so there is surely a plan that fits your usage and budget.
The other special feature that stuck out on my test truck was the Duramax diesel engine with Allison 6-speed transmission. The 6.6-liter engine pumps out 397 horsepower and a staggering 765 lb-ft of torque. This allows you to tow up to 17,400 pounds conventionally or 24,500 pounds with a fifth wheel tow setup. While I didn't do any towing (and my small boat wouldn't make much of a chore for the Duramax) it was rather enjoyable to drive around town. The throttle was great, and the truck was easy to see out of. There are definitely difficulties parking a vehicle of this size, and I found myself having to park further back in parking lots to make sure I wasn't sticking out into the aisle. This is to be expected with an HD truck, so it's not a knock against Chevy at all.
MPG: The truck is so large they aren't required to report it. No joke.
Price: $54,565 base price for High Country 4WD. $66,095 as-tested with Duramax engine
Upsides: Staggering amount of capability and luxury for mid $60s. This truck will last a very long time.
Downsides: Diesel option is expensive. The gas engine is a better choice for lots of people shopping for a 2500 instead of a 3500.
Wrap-up: I was assuredly one of the biggest and baddest trucks on the road, even though it was 'only' a 2500 and I wasn't sporting dual rear tires. I felt effectively limitless as I could drive over curbs, bushes, or Priuses as necessary with ease. While I kept my manners of course, it was still empowering to know that I could hook 15,000-plus pounds up and haul it wherever I needed to go. While highly competitive offerings are available from Ram and Ford, I would put the Chevy equal with the Ram and above the Ford. Some deals have been floating about for HD trucks, so be sure to shop around as there are potentially some great deals on some truly fantastic trucks.