Trucks should look tough. Last year’s Silverado looks tougher than most but Chevy found a way to dial it up with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Although lighter and more fuel efficient, this new truck is squarer and even more muscular. The soft curves have been replaced with hard edges and lines. The front bumper is cleaner and there's more chrome, especially in the higher trim levels.
The doors have seen two significant changes: they no longer extend up into the roofline and the rear doors on the Crew Cab are hinged at the front rather than the rear. This makes climbing in and out of the back easier than ever and improved seals make for a quieter interior. Climbing into the bed has been made easier too, with the new CornerStep rear bumper and hand grip pockets.
Other changes include new body mounts for a smoother, more comfortable ride, electric power steering (another step to better gas mileage), and new engine options.
The base engine, standard in the 1WT, 2 WT, and LT trims, is a 4.3 liter EcoTec 3 V6. This sends 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels, or all four if the AWD option box is checked. A 5.3 liter EcoTec 3 V8 is also available. This produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet and comes standard in the LTZ trim. Anyone wanting even more power and torque will be pleased to know that Chevy has a 6.2 liter V8 available this fall.
Interestingly, the 1WT and 2WT trims are not as basic as their "Work Truck" designations imply. Instead of carpeted flooring, there is a more practical graphite-colored, rubberized-vinyl floor covering. Air conditioning and power windows are standard and the front seat is a 40/20/40 split bench while the Crew Cab gets a 60/40 rear folding bench. Outside, the 2WT is distinguished by chrome bumpers and grille surround plus deep-tinted glass and stainless-steel clad 17 inch wheels. Heated power-adjustable mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, and MyLink with a 4.2 inch screen are also standard.*
LT trim adds a new "EZ-Lift and Lower" tailgate and 17-inch alloys, but the inside is where the upgrades are most noticeable. Carpeted with vinyl floor mats, there is cloth seating with locking under-seat storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and attractive brushed metal-look trim in the dashboard.
In addition, the LTZ gets MyLink with an 8 inch screen, leather trim, and heated ten-way power front seats plus dual-zone automatic climate control and a power sliding rear window. Outside, fog lamps, 18-inch alloys, and chrome mirror caps and door handles add more sparkle while a rear view camera assists safe reversing.
Notable options include the Z71, LT Convenience, All Star Edition, and LTZ Plus packages. The former enhances off-road capabilities, Convienience and All Star add some of the LTZ equipment, and LTZ Plus brings an impressive Bose audio system and power-adjustable pedals.
Payload and towing capabilities are key criteria for a pickup truck, and the 2014 Silverado turns in a strong performance. Crew Cab models can handle as much as 2,000 pounds in the bed and up to 11,500 pounds on the hitch when equipped with the 5.3 liter and the 3.73 rear axle. All-wheel drive drops these numbers slightly.
The 2013 Silverado was an impressive truck, but the new 2014 is even better. Starting from $31,715*, this truck’s rugged good looks and impressive capabilities make this Chevy pickup a top choice.
* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.
**The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Destination freight charge is $995 for 2014 SS, 2014 Corvette Coupe and 2014 Corvette Convertible.
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