You’d think truck makers would be throwing a veritable conniption, what with gas prices so high and the concept of vehicle downsizing seemingly taking hold. Yeah, right—big-time pickup makers have it the other way around, acting more like the folks lining up to slap the famously panicked passenger in the movie Airplane! out of it. Instead of clubs, a gun, or even a nun, players like Ram and Ford are coolly wielding technologies to maximize fuel economy and add carlike refinement.
Chevrolet, however, is going its own way on the concept, passing over turbocharging, a self-lowering aerodynamics-enhancing suspension, and a gajillion-speed transmission for its redesigned Silverado and focusing instead on honing the classic-pickup recipe. Testing the high-zoot, four-wheel-drive LTZ Z71 crew-cab model you see here, the question we raised after first driving the Silverado last month cropped up again: Is it enough to move the bar? That will be answered by a proper comparison test, but we can report that Chevy takes a decisive step forward.
Chevrolet Is Serious, and Don’t Call It Shirley
“Decisive step forward” certainly doesn’t apply to the styling, which is thematically similar to the old truck. Mostly, the updates apply to the stiffened body structure and overhauled interior, as well as a trio of all-new V-6 and V-8 engines. (This test focuses on what is expected to be the Silverado’s volume powertrain, the 5.3-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic, but a 4.3-liter V-6 and a 6.2-liter V-8 will be available.) Besides its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation feature, which operates the V-8 on just four cylinders in low-load scenarios, and—on the LTZ trim—a nicely assembled interior with a stitched vinyl dash and door padding, chrome-accented buttons, and the MyLink touch-screen infotainment interface, the Silverado, leaf-sprung rear suspension and all, is boldly unremarkable on paper.
Yet in the metal—the carry-over man-truck styling notwithstanding—the little things pay off. The Silverado’s on-road behavior is almost carlike, but given that the crew cab stretches nearly 20 feet nose to stern, comparisons to a big crossover are probably more apt. The steering wheel, although offset slightly to the driver’s right, is well weighted, loading up predictably in relation to cornering forces. The firm brake pedal not only offers superb bite but also returned a commendably short 178-foot stop from 70 mph, four feet better than a 2013 Ford Taurus SEL AWD we tested recently. Sound-smothering triple-sealed doors (now inset into the cab body), a solid-feeling chassis, and a remarkably compliant ride also make it difficult to write off the Silverado as a half-baked evolution.
The 5.3-liter V-8’s full 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque are delivered close to redline, meaning it needs to be worked to hustle. Hammer down, the V-8 motivates the 5605-pound Silverado crew cab to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds at 92 mph. We dig the noises the V-8 makes under hard acceleration and the lack of any noise at all when just half its pots are boiling with the cylinder-deactivation feature. The 13 mpg we saw in our testing was less rosy but not uncommon among full-size pickups, and the truck spent a lot of time with its engine idling for photos.
Calm Down and Get a Hold of Yourself!
Curiously, the six-speed automatic was clunky at low speeds—short of full-throttle applications, it tended to bobble the first-to-second shift. When slowing to a stop, the unit would also prematurely slam into first, resulting in a shudder. The truck’s high cowl and overly thick roof pillars drew flak, as well. 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. Oddly, our test truck’s $845 Driver Alert package lacked a blind-spot monitoring system, which could cure some of the Silverado’s visibility woes, although it included lane-departure warning, an overly sensitive forward-collision alert, and handy front and rear park assists.
Our truck’s other optional niceties included the LTZ Plus package with power-adjustable pedals, Bose audio, and a heated leather steering wheel ($270); navigation ($795); power front seats with driver memory ($480); heated and cooled front seats ($650); a sunroof ($995); chrome running boards ($700); LED bed lighting ($60); cargo tie-down hooks ($60); and $1395 worth of 20-inch chrome wheels. (Standard LTZ goodies include a backup camera, projector-beam headlights, a color gauge-cluster display, an eight-inch MyLink touch screen, leather seats, and a trailering package.) The total came to $50,910, but more-expensive Silverados exist, thanks to the range-topping High Country trim level.
Still, customers don’t need to pony up 50 large to get the Silverado’s basic goodness, with base four-wheel-drive, V-8–powered crew cabs starting in the mid-$30,000 range. The Chevy’s improvements make it a stiff competitor for Ram’s updated-for-2013 1500, and the Chevy outclasses Ford’s aging F-150, which doesn’t feel as refined. But like we said, the three rigs will need to be lined up together to confirm the new pecking order.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door truck
PRICE AS TESTED: $50,910 (base price: $36,755)
ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 325 cu in, 5328 cc
Power: 355 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 143.5 in
Length: 230.0 in
Width: 80.0 in Height: 74.0 in
Curb weight: 5605 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 18.4 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.3 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.3 sec @ 92 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 100 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 178 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.77 g
EPA city/highway driving: 16/22 mpg
C/D observed: 13 mpg
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2014 Silverado 1500: Stronger, Smarter and More Capable
- New from hood to hitch, with carryover base prices
- Best V-8 fuel economy, best available tow ratings of any light-duty pickup
- Standard scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles
New from hood to hitch, the 2014 Silverado 1500 is engineered to be stronger, smarter and more capable than ever before.
Among the hundreds of improvements, large and small, are:
- A trio of all-new EcoTec3 engines, a V-6 and two V-8s
- A stronger, quieter and more comfortable cab
- A refined new interior with features and connectivity tailored to the needs of truck customers
- Revised steering, suspension and brakes for improved ride and handling
- Ingenious solutions for managing cargo in the bed.
Even with all of the improvements, the $23,590 base price (plus $995 freight charge) carries over from 2013. Buyers of all 2014 Silverado 1500s also receive a standard scheduled maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The popular Silverado crew cab with the available 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 carries a suggested retail price of $33,195, including a $995 freight charge.
The crew cab is complemented in the lineup with a regular cab model and a new double cab Silverado, which replaces the extended cab. Also available is an all-new EcoTec3 V-6, with the most torque and highest towing rating of any standard V-6, and an all-new 6.2L V-8, which is the segment’s most powerful engine.
Silverado’s engines support class-leading capabilities, including the segment’s best trailering rating: 12,000 pounds (with the available Max Trailering Package).
This fall, the Silverado High Country, a rugged, luxurious model tailored to the growing market for high-end pickups, will be ready for a day on the ranch and a night on the town.
“When you combine the innovative features of the new Silverado with comparable pricing to 2013 models and standard scheduled maintenance, Silverado becomes a great choice for pickup customers, helping them save money when they buy – and when they drive,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for Silverado.
Innovative technology, tailored for the way customers use trucks
Silverado’s innovative technology is tailored to the way customers use full-size pickups, providing the power, efficiency, refinement and dependability they expect from their trucks.
- EcoTec3 engines that provide class-leading V-8 fuel efficiency and towing capability, without the cost and complexity of turbocharging
- High-strength steel that makes the frames and cabs stronger and lighter, yet can take the pounding of towing, hauling and off-road operation, year after year
- The strategic use of aluminum alloys to reduce the weight of engines, front suspension components, hoods and other parts
- New interiors featuring ample storage, multiple power and USB connections and available high-wear cloth for bench or bucket seats
- Chevrolet MyLink, which provides powerful connectivity for work or family with simple, intuitive controls.
“Millions of hardworking Americans rely on full-size pickups to run their businesses, earn a living, and take care of their families,” said Luke. “So as we reengineered the Silverado for improved performance, refinement and efficiency, we selected materials and technologies we were confident could get the job done.”
2014 Silverado 1500 at a glance
EcoTec3 engines: Silverado 1500 offers three all-new EcoTec3 engines – a 4.3L V-6 SAE-certified at 285 horsepower (212 kW) and 305 lb.-ft. of torque (413 Nm), a 5.3L V-8 certified at 355 horsepower (250 kW) and 383 lb.-ft. of torque (519 Nm), and a new 6.2L V-8 SAE-certified at 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb.-ft. (623 Nm).
All three EcoTec3 engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitive trucks. The engines also use a compact overhead-valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads, to reduce mass, for additional energy savings
All three provide the proven power, torque and dependability of a large-displacement engine, seamlessly switching to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving. The 5.3L V-8 has EPA–estimated fuel economy of up to 23 mpg highway (2WD models), the best of any V-8 pickup, and better than Ford EcoBoost V-6.
Silverado models equipped with the 4.3L V-6 can tow up to 7,600 pounds, the highest for any base V-6 in the segment. Silverado models equipped with the 5.3L V-8 and the Max Towing Package offer trailering ratings of up to 12,000 pounds, which is more than any light-duty pickup currently on the market.
Functional, aerodynamic exterior: Silverado’s exterior design blends strong Chevy truck heritage with a refined, modern aesthetic. The new design is more muscular, more functional and more aerodynamic. A twin-port grille, full-width bumper and dual power dome hood create a strong presence, which is carried through in sculpted body sides and fender flares.
The new Silverado design is about much more than just looks, however. The new front end is engineered to improve sealing for more efficient cooling, while the roof and tailgate spoiler were shaped in the wind tunnel to smooth airflow over the truck for reduced drag. New inlaid doors, which fit into recesses in the bodyside, reduce wind noise for a quieter cab.
All-new interiors tailored to truck customers: The all-new interiors of the 2014 Silverado 1500 reflect the same focus on form and function. The upright instrument panel, six-gauge instrument cluster and multiple storage options are tailored specifically to the needs of truck customers. Controls are functional, logically placed and easy to operate with work gloves on. Rear doors on crew cabs are larger, for easier entry and exit, and rear doors on double cab models are now hinged at the front for easier access, especially in tight spots.
The new Chevrolet MyLink provides easy-to-use connectivity for the job site or the family vacation, with natural voice recognition and enough ports and power outlets to support multiple devices.
Stronger, quieter cab: The new truck cab is stronger, with nearly two-thirds of the structure made from high-strength steel, for a confident feel and improved safety. Similarly, the main rails and key cross members of the updated frame are high-strength steel with major elements hydroformed for reduced mass and improved strength.
New shear-style body mounts tune out both up-and-down and side-to-side movement for a quieter, more comfortable ride. Double cab and crew cab models have a set of hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs. Combined with numerous other acoustic and NVH (noise vibration and harshness) enhancements, the intended result is a solid, refined feel with no loss in traditional truck capability.
Chevy MyLink for powerful, intuitive connectivity: Most 2014 Silverados feature MyLink with a 4.2-inch or 8-inch color touch screen radio. The 4.2-inch radio, standard on 2WT and LT models, includes Bluetooth for phone streaming, two USB ports, an SD card slot and natural voice recognition. LTZ and High Country models receive an 8-inch high-definition touch screen that enables users to scroll or drag through menus.
Both MyLink systems feature intuitive, easy-to-operate controls for major functions. Silverado also features four selectable themes for the display screen and drive information center, which tailor the look of the displays to the taste of the customer.
Improved ride, handling and safety: The chassis of the 2014 Silverado includes a number of customer-focused updates. A revised front and rear suspension and wider wheels provide a more comfortable ride and more confident handling. Electric power steering improves steering feel and reduces fuel consumption. New four-wheel-disc brakes with Duralife ™ rotors improve brake feel and potentially double rotor life.
Silverado will be available with segment-exclusive safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat, and Front and Rear Park Assist. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard on all Silverados.
Smart solutions for cargo management: The pickup box also benefits from this focus on providing Silverado customers with the right tools for the job. The box is made from roll-formed steel for increased strength and reduced mass, compared with the stamped beds used by major competitors, and it features a range of smart solutions for everyday life.
Silverado’s CornerStep bumper, combined with handholds built into the new box rail protectors, makes it easier to access the box. The bed is also available with new upper tie-down hooks, under-rail light-emitting diode lighting, and an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate.
For the first time, Silverado 1500 crew cabs will be available with a longer 6’6” box, in addition to the previous 5’8” box, enabling customers to carry more cargo while still being able to park in many garages.
Seven models offer provide customer choice: The 2014 Silverado 1500 will be available in seven distinct trim levels. Two work trucks will be available, a 1WT and 2WT, with the 2WT adding features such as chrome bumpers, high-wear cloth seats and Chevrolet MyLink with a 4.2-inch color touch screen.
Silverado LT and LTZ models provide additional features, such as an 8-inch color touch radio and trailering package on the LT, and a standard 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, leather seating, and dual-zone climate control on the LTZ. Z71 models with enhanced off-road capability are available in both LT and LTZ trim levels. This fall, the Silverado High Country will debut, giving Chevrolet a fresh new entry in the fast-growing premium pickup segment.
Engineered and validated for demanding customers
Truck customers are among the most discerning and demanding in the business. They know trucks inside out – many have owned trucks for decades. They work their trucks hard, under conditions that would shock many car owners. They have tough tasks to do, and they expect their trucks to do them, without complaint. And they expect their trucks to endure – the average age of a full-size pickup is now more than 10.4 years.
The team that designed the new Silverado went to extremes to design a new truck that would exceed the demands of these customers.
For example, GM’s new full-size trucks will undergo more than 6 million miles of durability testing in the torture chambers at the Milford Proving Ground, over the deserts and mountains of Nevada and across the frozen flats of Kapuskasing, Ontario. That’s equivalent to 240 trips around the earth. In addition, the trucks will accumulate more than 7 million real-world miles during final testing, bringing total test miles to more than 13 million.
The increased power, torque and efficiency of the new EcoTec3 engine family resulted from an unprecedented level of computer analysis, including extensive computational flow dynamics, to optimize the burning of air and fuel in the cylinders. More than 10 million of hours of computational analysis went into the engine program. More than 6 million hours – about 685 years’ worth – of analysis went into the advanced combustion system alone.
Even the basics, like the new inlaid doors, were tested to the extreme, with the doors undergoing nearly 150 truck lives’ worth of testing.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
LTZ w/1LZ 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pricing
$41,910MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Additional or Replacing Features:
- 5.3L V-8 Engine
- 355 @ 5,600 rpm Horsepower
- 383 @ 4,100 rpm Torque
- four-wheel Drive type
- 18" machined aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
- SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- leather Seat trim
- driver and passenger Lumbar support
- 4.3L V-6 Engine
- 285 @ 5,300 rpm Horsepower
- 305 @ 3,900 rpm Torque
- rear-wheel Drive type
- 17" painted steel Wheels
- front air conditioning, manual
- AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
- 1st row LCD monitor
- cloth Seat trim
- driver Lumbar support
- 6-spd auto w/OD Transmission
- ABS and driveline Traction control
LTZ w/1LZ 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB
Blue Granite Metallic
Silver Ice Metallic
White Diamond Tricoat
Deep Ruby Metallic
Blue Topaz Metallic
Rainforest Green Metallic
Jet Black w/Leather Appointed Seat Trim
Jet Black/Dark Ash w/Leather Appointed Seat Trim
Cocoa/Dune w/Leather Appointed Seat Trim
Jet Black w/Perforated Leather Appointed Seat Trim
Jet Black/Dark Ash w/Perforated Leather Appointed Seat Trim
Cocoa/Dune w/Perforated Leather Appointed Seat Trim
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