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Posted by on Oct 28, 2013

A Look at the 2014 Chevy Silverado

A Look at the 2014 Chevy Silverado

Many drivers enjoy the convenience of a full-size pickup truck for everyday driving as well as for heavy lifting and hauling. The all-new redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado offers a smooth ride combined with the toughness and power to satisfy any driver’s needs.

The new 1500 is beautifully designed and is an attention-grabbing pickup. It offers 18-inch polished aluminum wheels to complete its smooth exterior design. The new Chevy incorporates the well-known Bowtie badge symbol with a stylish grille and chrome accents. The new Silverado is now 0.4 inches wider than previous models and offers a more planted look. The wheel arches are squared and provide an innovative design when paired with the more angular exterior. The doors are also inset which helps the pickup look more modern. Considering the older models were not as round, the 2014 model offers a fresh take on the pickup.

Performance and Body Styles

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup available in several cargo-bed/cab configurations. There are also two-and four-wheel drive models available. The standard model starts at $24,585 and is equipped with a fuel-efficient 5.3-liter V8 engine. The body styles offered include the regular cab, the extended (or double) cab, and the crew cab. The regular cab models are limited to the midlevel LT trims. However, the crew cabs and extended cabs are available in LS, LT, luxury LTZ and off-road Z71 trims. These models cost significantly more and are available with various upgraded features.

The two-wheel drive model estimates 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The four-wheel drive model estimates 18 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The 2014 Silverado also offers a tow capacity of up to 11,500 pounds. Currently, the 5.3-liter V8 engine produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

Safety

The new Silverado incorporates all of the standard safety features. The 2014 model includes traction/stability control, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, and front/rear seat airbags. OnStar also comes standard on the 2014 model. There are several safety services offered that include stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash notification, and roadside assistance. Other options offered include driver aides like forward collision alert and lane departure. There is also a rearview camera and front/rear park assist.

Design and Special Features

Chevy has included several improvements to the quality of the cabin. The materials and design are excellent compared to previous models. The 2014 model offers more bins and cubbies. The LTZ models also incorporate five USB ports to charge all personal devices. There is a MyLink system that uses an 8-inch touchscreen for music and phone controls. The MyLink system also uses simple and intuitive controls for navigational purposes. This Silverado eliminates the need for redundant buttons and knobs with an effective voice command interface.

For the most part, the cab has unchanged from previous models. However, there is a slight increase in the amount of rear legroom. The passengers in the front have also received an increase in their seat adjustment range.

The reverse-opening rear doors have been replaced with traditional forward-hinged doors. The new cabin includes enhanced body mounts for a smoother ride. These mounts also reduce vibration and road noise. This 1500 incorporates newly designed steps and handholds into the rear corners of the vehicle for effortless rear entry.

Driver Impressions

Overall, the ride and handling of the 2014 Silverado is noticeably more improved. The 1500 feels forceful yet sounds quiet. The smooth ride and reduced road noise will offer a piece of mind to any driver. This Chevy is well-balanced when turning and the steering is steady. When using the Silverado for off-road activities, there is far less bouncing and shaking on rocky trails.

The new V8 engine offers both power and performance. More importantly, driving the 1500 feels more refined. This is an indication that the engine is more polished. The 5.3-liter V8 offers solid thrust with seamless acceleration. The engine also incorporates a fuel-efficient cylinder deactivation system. This system efficiently switches between V8 and V4 modes effortlessly. The six-speed automatic transmission also offers smooth and timely shifting. Overall, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is a must have for any driver that requires the power to haul combined with smooth everyday driving.

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