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1999 Chevrolet C2500

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1999 Chevrolet C2500 Review

A workhorse truck gets upgraded.

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The 1999 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 succeeds the well-respected Chevrolet C/K pickup truck. Rather than focusing on comfort or interior luxury for city drivers, the Silverado C2500 focuses on performance. It moves faster, feels more powerful, and handles better than the C/K, while still maintaining a familiar design.

The Chevrolet Silverado C2500 is a work vehicle first and foremost. Even the lower-end models, such as the Silverado C2500 Base and Silverado C2500 HD make powerful vehicles that handle themselves well on roadways. Basic features might not come standard on these vehicles, but drivers don’t find any Silverado C2500 wanting for utility.

While catering to the drivers looking for a powerful, rugged truck, the Silverado C2500 does not completely forget about comfort. Drivers who spend long hours behind the wheel can do so in comfort if they pay a little more.

The Range

Body styles: pickup truck
Engine: 5.3-liter eight-cylinder, 6.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Silverado C2500 HD, Chevrolet Silverado C2500 LS, Chevrolet Silverado C2500 HD LS, Chevrolet Silverado C2500 LT, Chevrolet Silverado C2500 HD LT

What's New

The 1999 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 flaunts a complete redesign. The aesthetic appearance remains largely the same as older models, but nearly every internal system has been changed or altered to allow the Silverado C2500 to move faster, stronger, and with agility.


Most Chevrolet Silverado C2500 trucks come with either a regular or an extended cab. The only exceptions include the Silverado C2500 LT and Silverado C2500 HD LT, which only offer an extended cab. A camper package and camper mirrors remain available as optional features on the 1999 Chevrolet C2500.


Even on the higher-end models, the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 seems fairly minimalistic in terms of interior features. The least expensive model, the Silverado C2500 HD has vinyl seats and a radio. Everything else, including air-conditioning remains optional. On the other end, the Silverado C2500 HD LT includes power leather seats, air-conditioning, privacy glass in the cab, a cassette player, and a CD player as standard features. Due to the wide range of models and optional features, drivers can pick and choose what they want.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 gets designed with performance in mind. Even the smaller 5.3-liter engine puts out 270 horsepower, better than the higher-end models of some other trucks. The acceleration seems excellent for a truck of its size, especially with light loads. In addition, the handling feels better than most pickup trucks on the road. While the Silverado C2500 does not perform quite as well as a car, it handles very well for a pickup truck.


The 1999 Chevrolet Silverado C2500 includes dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all models. It offers no additional safety features, even as optional features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Silverado C2500 5.3-liter eight cylinder: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Silverado C2500 six-liter eight cylinder: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High performance
  • Good handling
  • Rugged build

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy with six-liter engine

Sum Up

A workhorse truck gets upgraded.

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