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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Ridelust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Chevrolet, Domestic, Domestic Review, Domestic Rides, Featured, General, Rides by MrAngry | June 18th, 2013 | 4 Responses |

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

From stem to stern, the 2014 Chevy Silverado has been redesigned and re-engineered with the goal of becoming the best ½-ton truck on the market. New, more aggressive sheet metal, three new engines for increased power and fuel economy, and a refined interior help make the new 1500 feel as though it’s anything but pickup like. Combine that with a cabin that’s luxury car quiet and you’ve got yourself a truck that was designed specifically to take out its competitors. Understanding the importance of redesigning (not refreshing) a truck like the Silverado is one thing, but pulling it off in a glorious fashion such as this is something entirely different.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

In today’s marketplace trucks like the Silverado 1500 are defined just as much by how they ride and drive, as by what they can accomplish at the job site. Both the 5.3L V8 and 4.3L V6 Silverado’s we tested provided great off-the-line acceleration as well as a very competent and dare I say “luxurious” ride. Steering feel was somewhat light, but never once was there a feeling of disconnect from the road. Even under load, whether towing a trailer or hauling 1,000 lbs. in the bed, did the new 2014 Silverado 1500 feel like it’s struggling.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The biggest and most noticeable difference came when comparing the 2013 Silverado to the new 2014 model. Every aspect of the driving experience has been improved. From the quietness of the cabin, to the sure-footed handling, to the lack of flex and squeaks over harsh surfaces.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

GM engineers have not only spent lots of time ensuring customers will be pleased with the overall performance of the new Silverado 1500, but they’ve improved it to a point where their competitors have no choice but to take notice.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

There are so many things to like about the 2014 Silverado 1500, but I’ve got to say that my favorite detail was the quality, layout and overall refinement of the new interior.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
*2013 and 2014 Silverado

If there are any gripes in regards to this new truck, it has to be the price. Base price for a new 1500 LT, w/ the Z71 package, Crew Cab, 4WD and the base 4.3L V6 is $39,530, plus $995 DFC. That’s a big nut for ANY V6 powered pickup. Equip it with the 5.3L V8 and the base price jumps to $43,165, plus $995 DFC. Our testers came in at $46,400 (V6) and $49,595 (V8) respectively.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Make no mistake; this new 2014 1500 Silverado is a good truck. Styling wise it’s been redone from stem to stern and is, quite honestly, the best looking ½-ton truck out there. It’s new power plants, both in V6 and V8 guise, are stout with advanced fuel saving technology that promises owners better economy.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Hell, the 5.3L V8 gets better mileage than Ford’s EcoBoost V6. However there is the question of that price, something that may sway perspective owners into the dealerships of Ford, Dodge and Toyota. I’ll say this; if you’re smart, and I know you are, you’ll do your due diligence and at days end, give Chevy’s new 2014 Silverado 1500 a very serious look.

Engine Choices:
• 4.3L V-6 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque
• 5.3L V-8 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque
• 6.2L V-8 Numbers not yet released

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
*Check out the differences between the 2014 (Left) and 2013 (Right)

Each engine features an all-aluminum block, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and is specifically tuned for ½-ton customer needs.

FUEL ECONOMY:
• 5.3L ONLY: 16 City/23 HWY in 2WD
• 4.3L V6 and 6.2L V8 fuel economy numbers have yet to be announced.

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4 Responses

  1. Gib says:

    I hear you on the improved NVH in the 2014 model, but as a long-time GM fan I’m a bit disappointed in the new model’s engines. Ford has EcoBoost, Ram has a diesel, and we have…tweaks. GREAT tweaks to be sure, but still, just tweaks.

    I read something a few weeks ago in Automotive News that GM was going to bring out enhancements mid-cycle, which I took to mean a new powertrain in the next couple of years. I hope that’s the case, as right now we really don’t have the bragging rights that Ford and Ram dealers enjoy.

  2. turbosrt says:

    Its a good effort but considering these cons
    -Extremely high price
    -Luxury car like ride (Not usually what a truck buyer wants)
    -Underpowered engines vs the competition
    -Lower fuel economy in most trims

    My opinion only cons
    -Lack of manual transmission
    -Aluminum block engine
    -No lesser price stripped workhorse version

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is one good looking truck and I really like the fact that the gas mileage is getting so much better.

  4. The market for those pick-ups are so competitive. But this 1500 Silverado is one beauty. The mileage as posted is great!