March 6, 2014
The controls on the dashboard of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado are simple and easy to use. While there are plenty of creature comforts to control from the dash, there are no extra knobs, complicated switchgear or unnecessary styling flourishes. All the controls have a substantial heft to them and none of the surfaces feel cheap or flimsy.
March 5, 2014
In the month of February we only drove our long-term 2014 Chevy Silverado about 1,000 miles, most of it in and around Los Angeles. Beyond normal commuting the truck hauled a load of Girl Scout cookies and the usual bikes and surf boards. Not exactly severe duty.
The truck's fuel economy hasn't changed much since last month, and its overall average remains under the EPA's combined estimate. Here are the lifetime fuel economy stats on our Silverado.
March 3, 2014
Every time I climb in and out of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado I'm struck by how much space there is inside. As obvious as it sounds to call the inside of a full-size pickup "big," I think it's worth noting the areas where you can stretch out.
February 27, 2014
Crew cabs are great...if you're hauling people. They're not so great when you need to carry stuff in the bed, especially really, really long stuff.
February 26, 2014
It's Girl Scout cookie season in Southern California, and this past Saturday our Cadette troop of middle schoolers took delivery of 81 cases of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other annual favorites from our local cookie warehouse.
February 25, 2014
This picture shows the fuel economy gauge in our long-term 2014 Chevy Silverado. It's a useful little sucker. Especially for me. You see, my commute to work is 53 miles, 52 of which are on the freeway. That means I can see how I've done on the trip when I get there. This was a pretty good run.
February 20, 2014
We got our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab in the LT Z71 trim level. Our truck came with a standard six-speaker audio system. That's nothing too deluxe in today's world, but is it any good? Here's my report.
February 14, 2014
Talk about good timing. The recently announced exhaust recall for our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado more or less coincided with a fast-approaching 15,000-mile service. A pair of technical service bulletins had also been announced since our last dealer visit, so we decided to get everything taken care of in one shot. We chose to take the Silverado to a different dealership for service this time around. Read on to find out how it went.
February 11, 2014
The dull slog of my L.A. to Phoenix road trip gave me plenty of time to fixate on the long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's seat.
February 10, 2014
Recently, I drove our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado from Los Angeles to Phoenix and back. The route itself is quite uninteresting. It comprises one straight, elevation-changeless highway, Interstate 10, for nearly all of the 825 miles.
February 3, 2014
We accumulated 2,059 miles on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado in January, comfortably over our monthly goal of 1,700 miles. A large chunk of that came in the past week along Highway 10, between our home office in Santa Monica and Phoenix, Arizona. One of our editors drove there for a new vehicle introduction of, appropriately, GM trucks. Stay tuned for more coverage from that event.
January 30, 2014
Back-up cameras like the one found in our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 aren't just for safety, though that's seen as the main benefit by many people. Turns out they're useful for many other more routine driving tasks that involve alignment and tight quarters.
The list includes routine parking, particularly if you like to reverse into spaces, as I do. Also on the list is parallel parking, which is a bit like playing "Operation" with cars and curbs.
And then there's towing, specifically the part where you're backing up to connect to the trailer before you head out. But all such cameras are not created equal when it comes to this.
January 27, 2014
What I know about full-size trucks is based on just a few raw experiences, so it was great to have access to our richly appointed 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for a weekend of chores and hauling. Also, it amused me greatly to drive a 5,206-lb truck to an appointment at Savvy Chic Nail Cottage or listen to Jane Austen's "Persuasion" via Bluetooth in the cab.
January 24, 2014
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earned its keep this weekend. I checked it out of our long-term fleet so my husband and I could tote a set of Fuchs wheels and two new tires for our 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S to a tire store for installation. Loading up the new wheels and tires was a snap.
January 23, 2014
I'm a life-long small-car person. Even when I've bought bigger cars, such as the Acura TL and the BMW 328i, they tended to be smaller big cars. So when I clambered into our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which I signed out for a specific weekend hauling project, I figured its size was going to pose some challenges.
January 17, 2014
General Motors has recalled some 370,000 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups made with the 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 engines. The issue is the potential for fire due to overheating exhaust components in the event of extended idling. The 6.2-liter V8 is not part of it.
The release goes on to say that all eight reported incidents that led to fires occurred in areas with "very cold weather."
Overheating and fire in very cold weather may seem odd, but I get it.
January 15, 2014
Last week I wrenched my lower back. Again. It happened while doing some really routine chores around the house. After shuffling around in discomfort for a couple of days, I checked to see if our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was available.
January 14, 2014
Many of my friends own pickup trucks. I do not. So on more than one occasion, I've had to pester them for a helping hand when I've been in need of a hauling rig. While this truck borrowing is a good way to go, I've also thought it'd be nice to have a truck of my own. Driving our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 certainly makes that idea even more appealing (and has given my friends something to be jealous over).
January 13, 2014
If you've seen any recent TV commercials for the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you might have noticed that Chevy is highlighting, among the more typical full-size pickup selling points, how quiet the truck is. In fact, the company is claiming that "there's no quieter full-size pickup." Is it true?
January 10, 2014
Since we're had our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in the fleet, it's hauled a variety of things, from mulch to an engine. It's still going strong. Last month I helped a friend move house and later hauled a bunch of boxes out of storage. Neither job was particularly taxing, but the convenience of having a full-size pickup is pretty amazing.
January 07, 2014
December was a fairly quiet month for our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. With no big trips taken, we added about 900 miles through normal driving around Los Angeles.
For the month, we averaged 18.4 mpg.
January 2, 2014
I suspect that full-size pickups, because of their XL dimensions and frequency of receiving suspension lifts, end up getting parked outside an owner's home much more often than a regular car or even a crossover SUV. That means cold winter mornings can be a drag if your truck is your daily driver. But having a remote start feature, like our 2014 Silverado does, can help you out a little.
December 30, 2013
I've had a few people comment on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 since I've been driving it, and most of them have noted on how big it seems. (Insert your innuendo joke here.) Now, the Silverado isn't really bigger than any other crew cab pickup, but yes, in general, it's kind of a beast if you're used to regular cars.
December 27, 2013
Cylinder deactivation is an increasingly common technology used on bigger engines to help improve fuel economy. The idea here is to shut down half of the engine's cylinders under low demand situations (like cruising), thereby saving some fuel. This can cause extra vibration or noise, though, so automakers strive to make the systems as quiet and quick-reacting as possible.
December 23, 2013
Travel the world and you'll find the full-size pickup has no better home than the United States. We've got the open spaces, the big skies, the culture and the can-do attitude that makes trucks like our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado just seem right.
December 16, 2013
I agree with Erin that the ride quality in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is fantastic. I've been commuting this week in the redesigned Chevy pickup through West Los Angeles and that means perpetual construction projects, potholes that devour Fiats, steel plates Superman couldn't lift and cracks in the pavement that can be seen from outer space. And in the Silverado, I've barely noticed.
December 13, 2013
Seeing the touchscreen on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is easy. This is notable, because a few of our long-term test cars (such as the Dodge Dart) have great touchscreen interfaces that are wasted by being washed out in the sunlight. Not so with this one.
December 12, 2013
One of the most striking things about our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is how comfortable and easy to drive it is, even in congested Southern California.
Although our truck is pretty similar in personality to the previous two generations of the Silverado, subtle improvements over the years have minimized a lot of the hassles that come with driving a full-size pickup.
December 11, 2013
If you've got a lot going on in the girth department, you know that finding a vehicle that transports you in comfort and safety isn't always easy. The main issue is front passenger space. Not all vehicles are suitable for wider bodies, and not all vehicles are built so that larger drivers can sit at a safe distance from the steering wheel. Sitting closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel increases the risk of airbag injury in the event of a crash.
December 10, 2013
I needed to haul a new TV home the other day from Costco, since my old one had blown up. And apparently it's recommended that you transport these LCD/LED flat-screens standing up, as opposed to lying down flat.
To do this, I needed a pretty wide vehicle. Hence, our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew.
December 06, 2013
Curious how "active" the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's Active Fuel Management system is?
You can scroll through the instrument panel for a readout that shows when the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter direct-injected engine switches back and forth between four cylinders and eight.
December 04, 2013
In the month of November, we added an additional 1,634 miles onto the odometer our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The Chevy consumed 92.7 gallons of 87-octane go juice. That equates to 17.6 miles per gallon for the month, which is just a bit higher than its lifetime average of 17.3 mpg.
These results so far are less than the truck's EPA combined rating of 19 mpg.
November 25, 2013
"Strong. For all the rugs ahead. That's what you should title this post," said my better half. (Undoubtedly, you get the reference. But if not, watch this.)
As you see here, we had a bunch of pink carpeting and padding left over from our ongoing home renovation project. It was far more than we could stuff into our dumpster on trash day, but it all fit securely in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's 5.75-foot bed (we got the short bed option, as you'll recall).
Our next stop was a local carpet recycling company in Carson, California, that would take all the carpet and padding off our hands for free.
November 22, 2013
I'm a fan of the instrument panel in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. To start, I like that the designers didn't try to get too fancy or clever about it.
All the analog gauges that have been in GM trucks for eons make a return here, and they're logically grouped: Two main dials on the bottom and a row of secondary dials up top. It's an attractive layout, and it leaves room in the middle for a very modern and useful digital trip computer display.
November 19, 2013
What a nice treat to open the tailgate on a pickup, and find out that it's damped and just gently lowers itself down.
Chevrolet calls it the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, and it's on our 2014 Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew.
November 18, 2013
I know not all the editors on staff at Edmunds are in love with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's CornerStep bumper, especially compared to Ford's "man step."
But I find Chevy's version easy-to-use with a perfect step-up height and a natural handhold integrated into the top of the bed. Even with the tailgate up this setup still makes it simple to hop up into the bed.
November 8, 2013
Josh is correct about our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's execution of manually-selected gear changes. There is, however, one thing about the way GM implements their trucks' manual mode that I've never been fond of.
November 5, 2013
Our 2014 Chevy Silverado's seat heaters are awesome. In addition to their three-position intensity adjustment, both driver and passenger can choose between having the seatback or both the seatback and seat bottom heated. Never seen that one in a truck before.
November 4, 2013
In the month of October, our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado spun an additional 2,137 miles onto its odometer and consumed 124.5 gallons of 87-octane fuel. That equates to 17.2 miles per gallon for the month, which is just a hair less than its lifetime average of 17.3 mpg.
November 1, 2013
Our 2014 Chevy Silverado will execute clean, crisp and effective rev-matched downshifts using this gear selector when in Manual mode. It's a nice feature, especially in a truck capable of towing. More full-size trucks should offer this feature.
October 31, 2013
Our Chevrolet Silverado and all 2014 Silverados with crew or extended cabs have easy-access rear seat top tether anchors for securing child seats. They're basically rubber-covered wire loops. Not every extended cab truck I've driven in the last five years (Raptor, that means you) has offered easy access tethers like this.
October 30, 2013
Sure, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is huge so it should have good interior storage, but Chevy really did a nice job utilizing every available cubic inch inside this rig. Just check out the front doors: double pockets, double cup holders.
And it gets better.
October 29, 2013
This morning I updated the satellite radio subscription in our Silverado which had expired after the three-month promotional period. I entered this code into the Sirius/XM activation page, tuned the satellite radio to channel 1 and waited. All the channels were back in about 10 minutes.
October 25, 2013
We took our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to the dealer for its first service. The owner's manual calls for routine maintenance at 7,500-mile intervals. The onboard oil change warning lit up sometime after that.