2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Carhartt Edition Road Test | The upmarket outdoorsman
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While GM is working on more extensive updates to its full-size pickups, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Carhartt Edition is being offered to move 2500 HDs in the meantime. It joins the ranks of a few other national and localized packages (see Texas Edition) and adds some aesthetic aspects as well as some of the more popular add-ons of the Silverado HD.
Chevy's Carhartt bond is certainly not the first between a clothing company and an automaker. The best known is Ford with Eddie Bauer, but there were also those with LL Bean (Subaru), Mossy Oak (Ram) and Orvis (Jeep), to name a few. Back in the day, high-end fashion designers and brands worked with luxury car makers, especially Lincoln.
Combining Chevy with Carhartt certainly makes sense. The centuries-old American apparel brand is known for making workwear and hunting equipment and is headquartered in the metropolitan area of Detroit. Win win.
Now I'm a little nerdy guy who has a desk job. I have never stepped blindly on a deer in my life. Carhartt isn't exactly my lifestyle brand of choice, but I've driven every other pickup in existence in the past six weeks. So hey why not
As with most such packages, this is basically a popular equipment package with some branded clothing items, and popular equipment items are usually named that because people like it. This particular bundle contains some of them.
On the surface, it seems pretty simple. Get a 2021 Silverado 2500 HD LTZ 4X4 crew cab (MSRP: $ 55,295), bet on the Z71 off-road package ($ 325) and, bam, you have the magical Carhartt package (US $ 3,040) Dollars) unlocks up bits, 20-inch wheels, custom tarpaulin, side rails, and body-colored bumpers with its custom interior and exterior clothing. Easy right?
Well I wouldn't have addressed it if it were. That seems like a reasonable deal for what it is, but the catch is that by opting for Carhartt you are tied to a few other packages as well: LTZ Plus ($ 2,645), LTZ Convenience Package II ($ 1,670), and Safety Package II (USD 645). All in all, you are looking at $ 63,620. Our tester stepped up usage with the 6.6-liter Duramax V8 diesel ($ 9,890), the technology package ($ 1,475), and the gooseneck / fifth wheel package ($ 1,090) for a total of $ 75,575. If you'd like, you can do the same with a Crew Cab long bed model for about $ 2,000 more.
Yes, that's a lot of equipment and, accordingly, a lot of money. Aside from everything beyond the Carhartt minimum configuration, you still get an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, lots of safety tech, the Z71 off-road suspension and all-terrain tires, heated seats front and rear, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and enough cameras to run your own surveillance service - including two entrances for trailer cameras.
And all of this stuff works great. If you were wondering why modern pickups are worth the cost, the list above is exactly what I would shrug off. Personally, I would prefer them for something that doesn't take up 10% of my real estate space, but for those who need to tow a small house, this is an incredibly plush method.
The heated accessories are especially nice in cold climates. It snowed a bit every day when I had this Silverado for evaluation and they were lifesavers until that big diesel warmed up which can take a while, especially if you're just running errands around town. The tarpaulin was great too as it made clearing snow at the stern a breeze.
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Inside, the Carhartt-specific upgrades manage to improve the Silverado's greatest weakness. The branding elements are relatively subtle, and the golden pinstripes on the exterior translate into a nice, rich tan on the inside that contrasts well with the otherwise black interior treatment. Still, even the flattering (and muted) Carhartt scheme isn't enough to fully redeem the interior. It still suffers from inconspicuous material quality and fit, especially the parts untouched by this treatment, and an uninspired design. The Silverado's interior just doesn't cut the mustard, especially at $ 75,000.
However, aside from the cost of the equipment required (not to mention the base price of a Silverado HD LTZ), I am struggling to find something that I really don't like about the Carhartt Edition. It's a lot of truck for a lot of money, but none of its add-ons get in the way of working with trucks. If anything, they only add to the experience. I can dig it.
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