Removing the composite three-panel rigid cargo cover (each panel is capable of supporting 250 lb) exposes a 5-ft-3-in. bed replete with loading lamps. But say you need to load sheets of plywood. Flip and fold down the rear seat, turn the hatch release handle, and lower the Midgate to access the full 8-ft-1-in. cargo box.

Loading motorcycles is also a snap, courtesy of the removable rear window: Just unfasten the top glass latches, pull the glass up and out of its recesses, and store it in the retaining hooks of the Midgate. The glass can also be removed and stored with the Midgate in the locked position, providing an alfresco drive without excessive wind noise or buffeting.

Flanking the bed are two locking, insulated, and self-draining storage boxes that can carry up to 3.5 cu ft of cargo or drinks. And with the standard locking tailgate and rigid cargo cover in place, items in the cargo box are fully secure.

Keeping with the multi-configuration theme, the interior is also a combination of unusual materials and tried and true components. Standard fare includes seating for six, with a 40/20/40 front and 60/40 split-fold rear seat. Three front bucket-seat options are available: Sport Cloth, Sport Leather (a combination of leather with diamond-plate-looking cloth inserts), and full leather.

The front bench includes driver-side power actuation with manual driver and passenger lumbar, as well as a fold-down center armrest with storage compartment. Sport Cloth and Sport Leather buckets feature power driver and passenger adjustments with manual lumbar. Opt for the full leather treatment, and you'll get power everything, including heated surfaces and two-position memory.

Typical of the Chevrolet line, gauges and secondary controls are clearly marked and easy to locate while underway. As with the Silverado HD, we appreciate the large buttons and rotary climate controls that are easy to use while wearing work gloves.