2014 Chevrolet Silverado
We often talk about pony cars wars with the Mustang and Camaro constantly trying to outdo each other in performance. But that battles pale in significance to the full-size pickup truck wars where heavy haulers duke it out for an ever bigger slice of America’s most popular vehicle segment. The salvo this time comes from the second biggest provider of pickups, Chevrolet, with an all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.
This is truly a new generation from the frame up, including three new truck engines; a V6 and a pair of V8s. Each all-aluminum “V” is packed with cutting edge fuel saving technology; variable valve timing, direct injection, and cylinder cut off. The expected volume leader is a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 that’s already claiming class best fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon highway with the standard 6-speed automatic. That’s better than Ford’s EcoBoost V6 so-popular in the F-150.
Compared to the all-encompassing F-150, the Chevy Silverado appears aimed more at the workaholic side of the business with meaningful innovations for carrying a load. All rear bumpers include integrated corner steps, with available EZ lift tailgate and box mounted upper tie downs. In addition, under rail LED lighting makes for easy cargo management at night. Chevy also claims best in class tow ratings as well.
Chevrolet has followed Dodge and Toyota in making the rear doors on its extended cab open car like, while also adding more interior room. Crew cabs also gain extra interior space and the option of a longer 6 foot-6 cargo box.
Both the evolutionary exterior and all-new interior share a brutish, blocky shape that looks especially menacing when seen in a rear view mirror. A six gauge cluster, info screens, and big controls dominate the upscale interior. You sit high, wide, and handsome in these new brutes. All of GM’s latest connectivity is available including voice recognition and Bluetooth apps integration. Both manual and AutoTrac 4x4 systems are available along with the Z71 off-road package and Hill Decent Control.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, along with its kin the GMC Sierra, go on sale later this spring starting at around $25,000 and up.
Engine: 5.3-liter V8
Price: Starting around $25,000