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2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 MPG Test

Brighter than a fire engine, this one is! (Photo by Tim Esterdahl)

This is one truck you won’t miss in the parking lot, and it’s sure to turn heads on the road or at the pump. It’s not just the Red Hot paint job on the Z71 Sport Edition 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 that screams “look at me;” the grille is pretty eye-catching too.

Publisher Tim Esterdahl had a chance to drive this beauty recently and did a quick walk around to show us some of his favorite (and not-so-favorite) features.

2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 Highlights

The sporty Z71 edition includes some nice touches like the color-matching grille and door handles. It also has nice brushed-metal-look accents on the Jet Black interior.

Esterdahl pointed out the truck has some great camera features, including the ability to add more cameras for trailering and have them appear as options on the infotainment screen.

On the dash, you get several analog dials as well as a digital driver’s display with a digital speedometer, which is something you’ll probably need to keep an eye on if you’re driving something this big and bright. Also noteworthy are the multiple USB charging ports, a household outlet for larger devices, heated-and-cooled seats and plenty of storage in the large center console and double glove boxes.

Automatic 4-wheel drive is great for uneven terrain, but you can also choose 4-high or 4-low and make use of the hill decent assist if you’re out for a steep adventure.

Hello, Chevy! Can you hear us?

Enquiring minds want to know: What happened to the Silverado’s seat cushions? The back half of the seats have so little padding you can feel the seat frames after just a short ride. And Esterdahl is not the only one to have noticed this. The entire PUTT team has — and based on the comments on the video below, so have a lot of others. Let’s get some more padding on those seats, shall we?

And rust. Y’all know we’ve been talking a lot lately about rust on new trucks. Esterdahl checked this one out, and sure enough, there’s a little rust on the underside of this truck that only has 6,000 miles on it. If you owned this truck would you be giving it an oil undercoating to prevent rust?

55 mpg vs. 70 mpg

Esterdahl wanted to test the 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 6.6-liter V-8 gas pickup truck to see if he could get better fuel economy by driving conservatively since that’s what everyone says you need to do to save fuel and money. After driving 100 miles at 55 miles per hour, Esterdahl calculates his fuel economy: 16.7 MPG. Not too bad for a 3/4 ton pickup truck. He immediately turned around and made the same trip at 70 MPH, and the results were not what he expected.

How much did he save? You’ll have to watch this video and find out.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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