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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/24/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The Chevrolet Silverado has been redesigned for the 2014 model year, with three updated engines, revised steering/suspension/brakes, improvements to the cargo box area, a quieter and more comfortable cab, plus a high-end High Country model to compete with the F-150 King Ranch and even the GMC Sierra 1500's Denali trim.

Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the automaker's half-ton pickup truck. With its range of cab/box/engine/drivetrain combinations, there's a version for just about every half-ton truck buyer out there. The Silverado 1500 fits in at the bottom of the automaker's pickup truck lineup for 2014, underneath the Silverado HD, a truck line that significantly increases towing capacity and offers a diesel V-8.

Summary

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been redesigned for the 2014 model year and gets a trio of updated engines: a V-6 and two V-8s. There are a host of drivability improvements that buyers will appreciate: the suspension has been upgraded to smooth and tighten the ride, the cab has been quieted, cylinder deactivation technology has been integrated into the engines, and the bed has been upgraded to make it more usable. All engines come mated to a six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional. Under the redesigned hood the standard 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6 makes 305 lb-ft of torque, which is good for an EPA-estimated 17-18/22-24 mpg city/highway. The optional 5.3-liter V-8 puts out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, while returning 16/22-23 mpg. Buyers of the double and crew cab can upgrade to a 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps out 460 lb-ft of torque and gets 15/21 mpg, with a one-mpg drop for 4WD in the city and highway.

Topping out the range is the new Silverado High Country model, which is aimed squarely at the Ford F-150 King Ranch. The High Country comes standard with the 5.3-liter V-8, six-speed automatic, RWD or 4WD, and the option of a 5'8" or 6'6" cargo box. It comes standard with a leather interior, model-specific 20-inch wheels, chrome exterior highlights, an 8-inch touchscreen with MyLink, and a Bose audio system.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received a rating of good in the moderate overlap front category (the highest-available rating is good).

What We Think

In a First Test of a 2014 GMC Sierra (the mechanical twin of the Silverado 1500) we noted that it "rides and drives worlds better than its predecessor. For starters, the steering wheel feels like it's actually attached to the wheels." We said, "The new V-8 is dead quiet, giving the Sierra's cab a bank vault-like level of silence, but at the same time I wish its power were more apparent in driving. The engine just feels unresponsive, and like it could use more torque. Throttle response is also muted, and pushing the gas pedal requires too much effort." To sum up the new Silverado/Sierra, "It's good, but not great. Guys who live and die GM will absolutely adore this truck . . . But for the few in the truck market with no brand loyalty (a real rarity these days), I suspect their next truck will sport either a blue oval or a charging ram on its grille." The new Silverado is evolutionary, while the competition is revolutionary.

You'll Like

  • Quieter than before
  • Handles well
  • Most economical V-8-powered full-size truck of 2014

You Won't Like

  • It's quiet, too quiet
  • Throttle response is tuned for economy
  • Conservative styling

Key Competitors

  • Ford F-150
  • Ram 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Nissan Titan
  • Toyota Tundra

Rating

3 star The latest shot fired in the half-ton truck wars.

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