Audio System Review - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Audio System Review

February 20, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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.

Well, the Silverado's stereo definitely won't please most audiophiles. At about 70 percent of full volume, the speakers reach their bass limit. Turn up the volume from there and all you get is painful, additional treble. There are six preset tone settings that adjust treble, midrange and bass, but they are pretty crude, mostly distorting sound instead of improving it.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The base stereo is good for talk radio, podcasts or even low-volume music, but it leaves you wanting more when you select your favorite album and turn it up to eleven. I'm not sure the $500 optional Bose system would solve any of these problems, but I'd make sure to listen to both systems at the dealership before writing my check.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 15,427 miles


  • cx7lover cx7lover Posts:

    Well let me be the first to say the optional BOSE system would solve these problems, there's no question in my mind. Compared to almost any base stereo the BOSE option blows it out of the water.

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    GM has perhaps the longest history with BOSE of anyone in the industry, dating back to the early 80s in Cadillacs. I think the systems tend to be pretty decent, no?

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