What Is It?
2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra
What's Special About It?
With all the hubbub surrounding the C7 Corvette, you'd never have guessed that the 2014 Silverado and GMC Sierra were redesigned. The full-size pickup twins are arguably a more significant launch for GM considering they collectively garner the most sales volume of any model in the automaker's lineup. Yet the trucks were given only a brief mention during the company's press conference at the Detroit auto show.
In the metal, the trucks' styling looks conservative, and we imagine GM is hesitant to get too rowdy with the exterior design of a vehicle that sells as successfully as this one. Under the skin lies the new Gen-5 small-block engine that brings direct injection to the automaker's trucks for the first time. The engine family, called EcoTec3, will be available in two V8 flavors — 5.3 and 6.2 liters — and with two cylinders lopped off to create a 4.3-liter V6. Oddly enough, power and torque outputs of the new engines are still under wraps.
The overhauled cabin ratchets the plushness quotient up a notch without straying too far from the theme established by the outgoing model, and its row of analog gauges across the top of the instrument cluster is a touch we wouldn't mind seeing in more pickups. Electric power steering replaces the current hydraulic setup, and the suspension has been tweaked to improve ride and handling. Think evolutionary, not revolutionary.
What Edmunds Says:
The trucks' upgraded interior and no-risk styling are considered moves to retain conservative truck buyers. However, without knowing engine output or fuel economy it's hard to make even a rough estimate of their competitiveness against the recently redesigned Ram and F-150.
Base Price: Unknown
Engine: 5.3- and 6.2-liter direct-injected pushrod V8, 4.3-liter direct-injected pushrod V6
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic
Fuel Mileage: Unknown