What's New for 2014
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will benefit from weight reduction and a brand-new, more fuel-efficient V8.
Let's face it: Most truck buyers accept their fate at the gas pump. You buy a truck so it can do some heavy lifting, which entails heavy combustion and consumption. But automakers are looking to make that pain at the pump more manageable with the latest batch of full-size pickups. One such example is the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.
The 2014 Silverado will offer 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 options, both redesigned with direct injection and cylinder deactivation for better power and efficiency. Early speculation suggested Chevy would limit the Silverado to V8 engines to help distinguish it from the forthcoming V6-powered midsize Colorado model. But truckmakers also need to play the middle ground, and a new 4.3-liter Ecotec V6 should fill the bill for those who want the Silverado's size and capacity, but don't require the eight-cylinder brawn (we expect Chevy to announce power specs and fuel economy estimates at the North American International Auto Show in January).
A six-speed automatic transmission (regardless of engine) and a diet of extensive aluminum and high-strength steel should make the new Silverado the most fuel-efficient yet. Other enhancements include revised suspension tuning, a rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and parking sensors.
Outside, the Silverado doesn't stray far from tradition. A new grille, full-width bumper and sculpted fenders and sides give the truck a modern, even aerodynamic, look. Silverado 1500 crew cabs will now also offer a 6-foot-6 pickup box in addition to the previous 5-foot-8 box. Inside, Chevrolet has upgraded the Silverado's upholstery, dash and panel materials and added a touchscreen display with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment interface.
The 2014 Silverado 1500 crew cab should reach dealers by summer, with additional cab styles to follow. Check back for a full review of the Silverado, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.