Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ranks 1 out of 6 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, as well as reliability and safety data.
Reviewers praise the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for its comfortable ride, well-designed interior and range of refined and powerful engine choices, which they say make it a strong contender in the full-size pickup truck segment.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers say provides ample power for towing light trailers and day-to-day driving. For those with greater towing and hauling demands, most recommend stepping up to one of the optional V8s, which improve the Silverado’s acceleration and make it better-suited to hauling and towing heavier loads. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and while reviewers say it has no inherent flaws, most wish that Chevrolet gave this redesigned truck an eight-speed transmission, which they think would improve acceleration and fuel economy. The Silverado achieves up to an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Test drivers report that the Silverado has one of the most comfortable rides in the segment, and that it delivers refined handling. They think that its steering is precise and well-weighted and its brakes are strong.
Reviewers say that the Silverado's interior is highly functional, with an abundance of storage cubbies and multiple USB ports for charging electronics. They think the cabin is constructed with visually-pleasing materials that are hard in the base trim, but note that upper trims feature higher quality materials and more soft-touch surfaces. Testers say the Silverado's front seats are comfortable and supportive and its back seats offer plenty of space. Features like the integrated corner step in the rear bumper and rail-mounted grab handle are useful for climbing into the bed, and available lights mounted under the bed rails make it easier to see cargo in the dark. Reviewers note that Chevy's MyLink infotainment system is easy to use, with straightforward menus and redundant switchgear for climate and audio adjustments. The base trim comes standard with a four-speaker stereo and dual USB ports. Major options include MyLink with Bluetooth and an 8-inch touch screen, a backup camera, a Bose stereo system, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
- "It's neat that GM is watching the market when it comes to new transmissions and light-duty diesel offerings, but it'd be great if the company actually stepped forward and once again led the entire segment in terms of innovation. That said, the 2014 Silverado is a solid foundation to build on as time and technology march on. Here's hoping GM does just that -- but before another seven years fly by." -- Automobile Magazine
- "In a changing large-truck market, the Silverado has evolved like a rock; it's a geological commodity meticulously polished by time. In focusing on the fundamentals, Chevrolet passed on the latest trends but delivered a pragmatic truck that gets the core attributes right." -- Car and Driver
- "A wide range of body styles, an overhauled interior and a lineup of powerful and fuel-efficient engines make the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado a solid pick in the full-size pickup class." -- Edmunds
- "This Silverado catches up, powered by three new engines, new technology, and an interior that could go inside a Cadillac Escalade. It doesn't matter which English a Silverado owner speaks: It's a great truck in any language." -- Motor Trend
- "The new Silverado will certainly help convince longtime fans to hang around, but it may not be enough to keep wandering eyes from strolling toward a Ram 1500. Now we just have to wait and see what Ford has in store for the upcoming F-150." -- Autoblog
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With a unique rear suspension design and an optional air suspension, reviewers say the Ram 1500 delivers the best ride quality in the segment. Additionally, reviewers think the 1500's eight-speed automatic transmission is a model of smoothness and refinement. The Ram 1500 comes with the segment's only diesel engine option, which reviewers report is powerful and refined.
Reviewers say the Ford F-150's range of cab configurations and trim levels give it a wide appeal to many truck shoppers. Additionally, they like the F-150’s optional turbocharged V6, which they think delivers plenty of power and helps the F-150 earn good fuel economy estimates.
Details: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado comes in three cab configurations: Regular Cab, which seats three, and Double and Crew Cabs, which seat up to six. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard and four-wheel drive is optional. There are three engine choices: a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8 and a 6.2-liter V8. The Silverado comes in four basic trims: WT, LT, LTZ and Crew Cab-only High Country. A Z71 off-road package is offered with the LT and LTZ trims. The Silverado 1500 is fully redesigned for 2014.
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