2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review – MSN Autos

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Chevrolet Silverado

Chevy’s best-seller adds to better compete with the full-size pickups.


World-class capability

Powerful and engines


Too big for city

V6 engine struggles when

More efficient, but still

The full-size pickup market is With recent updates to the Ram and Ford F-150. pickup are expecting more refinement, amenities and improved fuel — as well as traditional power and Despite being the second-best-selling in America last year, the Silverado 1500 hasn’t kept up with the Joneses. It after all, last for the 2006 model year, buyers started expecting so from their trucks.

All changes for 2014, with a that is new from hood to We drove it Texas — pickup — and can report that the Silverado has its way back into contention for the pickup in America.

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Model lineup

The 2014 Silverado 1500 is offered three cabs, three bed and seven trim levels. The cab has seating for two or three and offers two bed of 6.5 feet and 8 feet. The new double which replaces rear-opening doors with traditional doors, seats five to six and comes with the 6.5-foot

The crew cab also has four doors, seats five to six and offers the 6.5-foot bed, as as a 5-foot-8-inch bed.

Trim start with the very 1WT (work truck) and progress 2WT, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ and the new line-topping High Country. The 1WT is equipped, with vinyl and upholstery. The 2WT gets cloth remote keyless entry, mirrors and General Motors’ telematics system.

The LT has carpeting, an color touch radio and a package, while the LTZ gets the V8 engine, dual-zone automatic control and leather upholstery. The Z71 variants have Rancho front tow hooks, a transfer skid plate, automatic rear differential, and all-terrain The High Country features chrome exterior trim, as as 20-inch wheels, saddle-brown upholstery, heated and cooled seats, Bose audio, and and rear park assist.

the hood

The 2014 Chevrolet 1500 has a completely new EcoTec3 lineup. All three engines an aluminum block and heads, injection, variable-valve timing, and Active Fuel Management, shuts down two cylinders (in the V6) or cylinders (in the V8) under light conditions to save fuel.

The V6 engine produces 285 horsepower and 305 of torque, while the 5.3-liter V8 355 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. can run on regular gasoline or E85 ethanol. A V8 will also be offered this year, but power have yet to be announced.

The lone transmission is a 6-speed

Thus far, Environmental Agency fuel economy have only been for the 5.3-liter V8 engine, which touts at the most fuel-efficient V8 in a pickup. It is rated at 16 mpg city/23 mpg with rear-wheel drive and mpg with 4-wheel drive.

The capability increases for 2014. payload tops out at 2,108 with the V6 engine and 2,102 with the 5.3-liter V8. Maximum figures are 11,500 pounds the 5.3-liter V8, which is tops in the and 7,200 pounds with the V6.

Capability for the 6.2-liter V8 hasn’t announced.

The Silverado comes rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. The 4WD works full time, so it need to be disengaged on dry pavement, and it with low-range gearing for off-roading.

Inner space

and to a greater extent Ram. significantly increased the quality of interiors in recent years, Chevrolet far behind. With its Silverado redesign, the Silverado that problem. The door and armrests are now soft to the touch, more comfortable surfaces for to rest arms and elbows. In models, the dash also a soft-touch surface that good and feels substantial.

The layout in all models is satisfyingly with large, high-set and knobs that are easy to and operate, even when gloves. The new cab design, with the inlaid into the side of the rather than extending the roof, also helps the Silverado impressively quiet on the Overall, the quality of the Silverado doesn’t quite match a Ram but we’d say that it’s than Ford or any other

The Silverado’s interior also a lot of space and utility. In any cab style, the seat has plenty of space for any driver, usually with headroom for a 10-gallon hat. The wheel tilts, but doesn’t so some drivers won’t an ideal driving position.

available power-adjustable pedals care of that problem. The seat in the crew cab has enough for three adults, but the double cab the legroom needed to make comfortable. The door opening is quite small, and both the and rear seats require a step to get in or out.

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The split-level box is rather large, and the available console is big enough to accept a and/or hanging files. The console also houses two USB an auxiliary jack and an SD card Up to three more USB slots are at the of the center stack, and buyers can get a 110-volt outlet.

That will really Silverado owners stay

Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment also becomes available for the this year. The system is through a 4.2- or 8-inch screen or by voice commands, and the is offered with a choice of graphic treatments. MyLink access to the Pandora Internet application through owners’ and it accepts up to 60 programmable favorites, radio stations, navigation and phone contacts.

We find to be one of the simplest and most intuitive systems on the market.

The 2014 truck bed also adds convenience features. The rear has a step in each corner to access to the bed, and the tailgate is to reduce the work needed to or lower it. Chevrolet provides lower tie-down hooks, and upper tie-down hook to help secure cargo, and is also LED lighting at the back of the bed to aid visibility.

Kudos to Chevrolet for features that will hard-working owners get things

On the road

The Silverado is all new and so are its engines. made only the 4.3-liter V6 and V8 available for testing. The V6 is impressively and smooth, and it provides plenty of for everyday needs. Fuel ratings have not been but the V6’s large displacement allow the Active Cylinder system to run in 4-cylinder mode often, improving fuel even more than a displacement engine would.

While we would not have the last V6 with a 10-foot we can recommend this one for anyone who plan to do much towing. We say because the V6 struggled to tow a 5,500-pound bucking while getting way and accelerating quite slowly.

The V8 engine is even smoother the V6, and it doesn’t suffer the towing We towed an 8,500-pound trailer relative ease, without the we experienced in the V6. Getting up to speed was affected, but nothing that hold up traffic.

Unladen, the V8 also provides willing across the rev range. We expect the V8 will make the Silverado like a hot rod.

The Silverado’s character is improved as well, mostly to the new electric-assist power Steering feel is light at low and it firms up nicely at higher We detected none of the loose on center that plagued Silverado iterations, and while the is relatively slow, that’s for a big truck.

Otherwise, driving the is a bit like captaining a luxury That’s not Chevrolet’s fault.

The pickup has become so big and unwieldy practically sized itself out of driving. The tall height and length make the Silverado to maneuver in tight quarters and hard to parallel park. is nothing sporty or carlike this truck, and it objects to driven hard through complaining with copious lean. The solid rear and leaf springs also the tail-end hop over bumps if the bed is

The only truck that with this issue is the Ram with its quicker-acting coil suspension.

Right for you?

The Silverado has been the right for a lot of buyers over the years, and the model sold well though it was no longer competitive its Ram and Ford rivals. The new Silverado is in the game with a considerably refined interior; stronger, fuel-efficient engines; and the latest in We recommend the V6 engine for owners who use their truck as everyday and the 5.3-liter V8 for those who will use it as a vehicle.

(As part of a sponsored event, the automaker provided MSN travel and accommodations to facilitate report.)

Kirk Bell has as the associate publisher for Consumer Automotive and editor of Scale Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest Bell brings 18 years of journalism experience to MSN, and contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Book’s kbb.com .

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