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MSRP: $25,575 - $49,180
Invoice: $24,552 - $45,737
MPG: 18 City / 24 Hwy
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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior

Test drivers think the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's cabin has a tasteful, rugged-looking design and is solidly-constructed. Reviewers say that base models feature hard, but nicely-textured, plastics, while upper trims have softer materials and a more upscale appearance. One test driver likes the appearance and luxurious feel of the High Country trim package's interior.

  • "Compared to recent Chevrolet releases like the 2014 Impala, the Silverado's interior is an exercise in restraint. The LTZ models we sampled were lined with a tasteful and upscale mix of materials with impressive fit and finish." -- Car and Driver
  • "Predictably, the top-tier LTZ and the new, Western-inspired High Country model are the most impressive Silverados, boasting leather-wrapped instrument panels with contrast stitching, leather-wrapped door arm rests, and leather seating with contrast stitching and piping." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Silverado's interior is a huge jump forward. The previous generation was sturdy, which is a critic's equivalent of calling your aunt handsome. The new Silverado is simple and well-laid-out, with lots of luxurious touches." -- Motor Trend
  • "Even without the High Country's perforated leather and extensive comfort/convenience touches, the 2014 Chevy Silverado offers one of the finest interiors in the segment. Soft-touch surfaces are scarce in lower trims, but most plastics are well-textured, lending impressive substance to the cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new dash looks more rugged, with a heavy-duty truck-inspired 6-gauge instrument cluster, a row of toggle switches below the climate control to handle secondary functions, and a bank of power ports below that." -- Popular Mechanics

Seating

Regular Cab Silverado models seat three and Double and Crew Cab models seat up to six. Seating options include cloth upholstery (vinyl is standard on the base trim), leather upholstery, front bucket seats, heated, ventilated and power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel. Reviewers remark that the Silverado's front seats offer plenty of support and comfort for long trips. They also say that the back seats are spacious. Some critics report that thick A pillars and grab handles mounted on those pillars block outward visibility. Another says that the optional power sunroof cuts into headroom.

  • "The supports' built-in grab handles make entry and exit handier for front and rear passengers, but they also do a good job of further obscuring the driver's blind spots." -- Car and Driver
  • "The seats are comfortable and nicely bolstered. By carving into the back of the seats, Chevrolet created an additional 2 inches of second-row legroom." -- Motor Trend
  • "With a choice of bench or buckets (depending on trim level) up front, as well as available heating, ventilation and adjustable lumbar support, the Silverado's thickly padded seats promise plenty of long-trip comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "We found terrific front and rear room, although the more raked windshield seems to provide less headroom than before in sunroof models." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard equipment on the Silverado base WT trim includes a four-speaker stereo and dual USB ports. Available features include power windows and mirrors, three additional USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Bose stereo system, navigation and Chevrolet's voice-activated MyLink infotainment system with Bluetooth, Pandora Internet radio capability and either a 4.2- or 8-inch touch screen. Additional optional features include lane departure warning, forward collision alert and front and rear park assist.

Reviewers say that MyLink is a very good infotainment system, citing straightforward touch-screen controls and plenty of redundant knobs and buttons to keep radio and climate adjustments simple. They also like the user-friendly navigation system, which includes route guidance that can be programmed using voice commands. Others appreciate the abundance of USB ports to keep electronics charged, as well the usefulness added by a household outlet. Test drivers also like the toggle controls to activate or deactivate traction and other safety controls, as well as the clear information screen between the gauges that displays a trip computer and fuel economy information.

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  • "MyLink, Chevy's infotainment system, is easy to navigate via the optional 8.0-inch touch screen, and there are substantial knobs for volume, radio tuning, temperature, and fan speed. There's also a port to plug in almost anything: In a loaded LTZ model, we counted five USB ports, four 12-volt power points, an SD card slot, an auxiliary audio input, and a 110-volt household outlet." -- Car and Driver
  • "The MyLink system deserves special mention for its available 8-inch touchscreen that features clear, intuitive controls, redundant knobs and buttons and a very effective voice command interface." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether you're a smartphone aficionado or a rebellious technology holdout, Chevy's 2nd -generation MyLink system is quite possibly the most rewarding infotainment system money can buy. Features like mobile application support, real-time data widgets and one-shot destination entry (speak an entire address at once) deliver connectivity without complexity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All of the controls have been moved higher up on the dash than before, and those that are set low are still within arm's reach without having to lean forward or take your eyes from the road. We love the big piano key toggles for traction control, cargo lighting, lane departure and the like." -- Autoblog

Cargo

All Silverado models are available with a 6.5-foot bed, while Regular and Crew Cab Silverados are also available with 8- and 5.8-foot beds, respectively. Reviewers like the Silverado’s useful cargo features, which include a rear bumper corner step, a rail-mounted grab handle, an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate and bed rail-mounted lights. Still, one critic says the Ford F-150's deployable tailgate step is more useful for accessing the rear of the cargo bed. Reviewers also appreciate the abundance of storage areas for smaller items throughout the Silverado’s cab.

  • "There's plenty of storage space inside thanks to a rash of small cubbies cut into each door panel and a new floor console that's capable of holding file folders, small laptops, and so on. Even models with bench seats boast a sizable armrest storage compartment along with a lockable underseat storage area." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Notches cut into the rear bumper and the bed rail serve as step and handhold, respectively, to make climbing into the bed easier." -- Car and Driver
  • "Throughout the cabin, there are loads of cubbies and storage areas including a double glove box with a lock on the upper one." -- Motor Trend
  • "To make loading easier, the Chevy tailgate has torsion dampers inside to make raising and lowering smoother and easier. Some models now come with LED under bedside lighting to illuminate cargo. Smart." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "We were impressed by how easy it is to use the bed's corner step, but still think the F-150's tailgate step is a better solution to reaching gear in the truck bed. GM is considering offering a deployable step on the side of the truck in the future to make access easier." -- Truck Trend
Review Last Updated: 12/13/13

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