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2024 Silverado 2500 HD ZR2

Do-It-All Trucks Collide: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD ZR2 vs. Ford F-250 Tremor vs. Ram 2500 Rebel – Who Reigns Supreme?

The Motor Trend blogging team had remarked over this past week that “Gone are the days of heavy-duty trucks sporting a graphics package and skid plate to make up an off-road trim.” These were once thought of as pure workhorses but have now fully undergone the transformation to massive recreation-ready machines. They can tackle tough trails and haul extra-large loads and can surprisingly be even more capable than many half-ton close relatives.

This expert blogging staff recently rounded up a 2023 Ford-F250 Super Duty Tremor, Chevy Silverado 2500HD ZR2, and a 2023 Ram Rebel HD to run the diesel-powered trio through a strict regimen of highway driving, towing, hauling, and off-road challenges. The Chevy Silverado HD ZR2 arrives for the 2024 model year, with the giant gravitational pull of segment leading Multimatic DSSV Dampers. The suspension also arrives at the table primed and ready for challenges with a 1.5-inch lift, along with unique front control arms and beefiest tires available in the class.

Unique off-road drive modes have completely changed the face of navigating rough terrain here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis, by allowing the driver to quickly select the mode to best do battle with tough terrain. As this very thorough and intense performance analysis began, the ram rebel HD was at a hefty disadvantage right out of the gate due to its 33-inch tire size. As things began to get intense and hardcore obstacles appeared on the itinerary, the Silverado HD ZR2 clearly offered up the best approach angle, at 32.5 degrees in conjunction with the optimally lifted ride height.

Ford’s Super Duty Tremor comes to the mountain with just 10.5 inches of clearance and the lowest departure angle at 22.2 degrees. Even though this truck was pretty good when it came to clearing obstacles, this testing crew experienced the hitch receiver nicking the ground frequently. None of these trucks being tested struggled when it came to a killer hill climb or navigating rocks, but here the Chevy offered the best in deliberation and attack from its off-road drive mode.

All these load-wrangling workhorses tip the scales at more than 4 tons, and they still boast sports car horsepower along with four-digit torque figures. The Silverado HD ZR2 offered up amazing performance when it came to knocking 1.5 seconds off the Ram’s time, bursting up to 60 mph in a “Telluride Titan’s” time of just 6.6 seconds. The amazing latest-generation 6.6-liter L5P Duramax diesel V8 cranks out 470 horsepower with 975 lb-ft of torque, mated with an Allison 10L1000 10-speed automatic transmission. The Silverado ZR2 comes to the plate with the tallest axle gearing a 3.42:1 and claims the honors of the shortest braking distance at just 139 feet.

It also tows up to 18,500 lbs and can excellently handle 3084 lbs of payload with the Duramax diesel engine as the power source. When it came to offering up ideal ride comfort during the trailer towing task, the Silverado HD ZR2 topped the competition, while being assisted with Multimatic dampers and independent front suspension. The ZR2 also makes things very simple on the purchasing end by existing as a stand-alone trim right below the range-topping High Country and is upgraded “wilderness conquering” status courtesy of the outdoorsman’s dream of the amazingly equipped AEV Bison.

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