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1997 Chevrolet C2500 Review

A classic work truck.

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The 1997 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 is a successor to the well-respected Chevrolet C/K pickup truck. Rather than focusing on comfort or interior luxury for city drivers, the Silverado C2500 was designed for performance. It is faster, more powerful, and handles better than the C/K, while still maintaining a familiar design. The Silverado C2500 is a work vehicle first and foremost. Basic features, like air-conditioning, might not be standard on these vehicles, but drivers are not going to find any Silverado C2500 wanting for utility.

The 1997 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 does not completely forget about comfort however. Standard or optional features include air-conditioning, power leather seats, CD players, and cruise control. Drivers that spend long hours behind the wheel can do so in comfort if they are willing to pay a little more.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 5.7-liter eight-cylinder, 6.5-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Silverado C2500, Chevrolet Silverado C2500 HD, Chevrolet Silverado C2500 Cheyenne, Chevrolet Silverado C2500 Cheyenne HD

What's New

The 1997 Chevrolet C2500 does not receive any major feature changes compared to the previous year’s model. However, existing features, including the passenger side airbag, steering system, and transmission fluid pump have been redesigned to improve performance.


The 1997 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 are available with either a regular or extended cab. The regular cab version measures 213.4 inches long, while the extended cab version measures 236.6 inches long. As a result, the bed sizes are fairly equivalent between both body options. Optional features include a camper package and camper mirrors.


The 1997 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 is fairly minimalistic in terms of interior features, even on the higher-end models. The only feature standard on all models is an AM/FM radio. However, features like power leather seats, air-conditioning, privacy glass in the cab, and a cassette player are available as optional features.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 was designed specifically with performance in mind. Even the smaller five-liter engine puts out 230 horsepower, which is better than the higher-end models of some other trucks. The acceleration is excellent for a truck its size, especially with light loads. In addition, the handling is better than most pickup trucks on the road. While it does not perform quite as well as a car, it handles very well for a pickup truck.


The 1997 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 has dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all models. There are no additional safety features available, even as optional features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Silverado C2500, 5.0-liter eight cylinder: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado C2500, 5.7-liter eight cylinder: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado C2500, 6.5-liter eight cylinder: 13/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High performance
  • Good handling
  • Rugged build
  • Numerous engine options

You Won't Like

  • Low gas mileage

Sum Up

A classic work truck.

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