The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 full-size pickup is completely redesigned for 2014. Chevy says it is "new from hood to hitch? engineered to be stronger, smarter and more capable than ever before." Revised sheet metal creates a heavily creased, squared, and powerful look. The new trucks also include three new all-aluminum EcoTec3 engines -- a V6 and two V8s -- with cylinder de-activation, direct injection and variable valve timing. As a result, each produces more power and torque than the units they replace. Chevrolet claims the new 355-hp 5.3L "EcoTec3" V8 delivers 23 mpg on the highway in 2-wheel drive models, making it the most fuel-efficient V8 truck on the road, while the 285-hp 4.3L V6 is claimed to have the most torque and highest tow rating of any standard V6.<p><p>A quieter, more comfortable, more technologically advanced cab is also new, as is revised steering, suspension and brakes and a new cargo management solutions in the bed. All these changes and more in the new Silverado 1500 amount to zero increase in the base price, with the regular cab starting at $24,585.
As in years past, the new Silverado is available in several different configurations to suit every need. Whether in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive form, in regular cab, double cab or crew cab, short box or long, there's a Silverado that fits.
All-new interiors include an upright instrument panel and 6-gauge cluster, along with several interior storage solutions. The new Chevrolet MyLink provides quick and easy connectivity through the latest voice recognition software, whether on the job or on the town. The 4.2-inch or 8-inch color touch screen provides Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, twin USB ports and an SD card slot. Cabins are stronger and quieter too, thanks to high-strength steel construction and shear-style body mounts to help tune out noise and vibration. Double cabs and crew cabs utilize hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs.
Beneath the cabin, the Silverado features electric power steering and a revised front and rear suspension with wider wheels, for better handling and a more comfortable ride. Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors greatly improve brake feel an increase brake life.
Buyers have a choice of three new all-aluminum "EcoTec3" engines to power their Silverado. Each features direct injection and variable valve timing, as well as Active Fuel Management cylinder de-activation, allowing the engines to run efficiently on just four cylinders when conditions allow. The base 4.3L V6 provides 285 hp and 305 ft-lb of torque. The 5.4L V8 produces 355 hp and 383 ft-lb of torque. A 6.2L V8, available later in the model year, will top the range in power and torque. Silverados equipped with the V6 can two up to 7,200 pounds, which is tops for any base V6 in the segment. When equipped with the 5.3L V8 and max towing package, Silverados can tow up to 11,500 pounds, which is best in class. All Silverado engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Silverado comes in seven distinct trim levels. Two work trucks include 1WT and 2WT, each with the 4.3L V6, disc brakes, a 40/20/40 front bench seat, power locks and windows, cruise control and a 6-speaker audio system. 2WT also incudes chrome bumpers, remote keyless entry and MyLink. LT models will feature the 8-inch color touchscreen, EX-Lift tailgate, 17-inch aluminum wheels and trailering package. LTZ models also feature the larger touchscreen but add the 5.3L V8 standard, leather seating, dual-zone climate control, rear vision camera and 18-inch wheels. Z71 trim can be paired with either LT or LTZ models and comes with enhanced off-road capability through Ranch monotube shocks, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, fog lamps and a d locking rear differential. Finally the Silverado High Country will hit showrooms later in the model year as a fully loaded truck.
The 2014 Chevy Silverado is 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.