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1997 Chevrolet K2500

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1997 Chevrolet K2500 Review

Dependable hardworking truck with classic styling.

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The 1997 Chevrolet K2500 comes with plenty of engine options, transmission options, and interior and exterior options. Designed for customization, working, and everyday use, the K2500 is a solid pickup. The styling is classic and dated, and the strong engine and towing capabilities make this truck ideal for heavy use. At a competitive price point and with plenty of options, it's easy to see why Chevrolet fans stay true to the brand.

The Chevrolet K2500 is available in a range of styles. There are three extended-cab models: the Silverado, HD Silverado, and Cheyenne. Additionally, there are two regular-cab models: the Cheyenne and the Silverado.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 230-hp 5.0-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Cheyenne extended cab, Chevrolet Silverado extended cab, Chevrolet HD Silverado extended cab, Chevrolet Cheyenne regular cab, Chevrolet Silverado regular cab

What's New

For 1997, Chevrolet has added the ability to turn off the passenger side airbag for child safety. Chevrolet has also adjusted the steering during low-speed driving, and smoothed out the transmission for ease of switching gears. New engine choices offer reduced noise and quicker response times.


The 1997 Chevrolet K2500 comes in several; standard color options, including Woodland Green, Black, Ocean Blue, and Wheatland Yellow. The K2500 comes standard with a chrome step bumper, 16-inch wheels, and power exterior mirrors. Exterior options include a bed liner, a sliding rear window, clearance lights, and two-tone paints. Styling is basic and modest. A camping and towing package can be added, and a camper mirror is also available as an option.


The Chevrolet K2500 comes standard with cloth seating, with leather seating available as an option. A power-adjustable driver's seat is also optional. There have been some complaints about the comfort of the seats in the lower models. Other standard features include front split-bench seats, a tilt steering wheel, and an AM/FM/Cassette sound system. A CD player is optional. Power windows and door locks come standard as well. Interior options include an auto-dim rearview mirror, keyless entry, and privacy glass.

Performance & Handling

The standard 230-horsepower (hp), 5.0-liter, V-8 engine produces 285 lb-ft of torque. There are also options for a 5.7-liter engine and a 6.5-liter engine, for even more power. Once equipped with larger engines, the K2500 accelerates fluidly and speeds around town and on the highway with ease. Four-wheel drive and plenty of ground clearance make the K2500 a practical choice for off-road utilization.


The 1997 Chevrolet K2500 comes with few standard safety features. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes improve stopping ability. Daytime running lights offer extra visibility for other cars on the road. Unfortunately, there have been no extensive crash tests for the K2500. An auto-dim rearview mirror is optional. Overall, the K2500 is a safe, solid, and dependable work truck.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet K2500: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet K2500 HD: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Classic styling
  • Engine options

You Won't Like

  • Interior flaws
  • Uncomfortable seats

Sum Up

Dependable hardworking truck with classic styling.

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