Comfortable and Useful - 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: Comfortable and Useful

April 14, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Last weekend, I needed a car from the Edmunds fleet that could haul some really dirty laundry. I was running a 10.3-mile obstacle-course race called Tough Mudder, and our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was the obvious choice for transportation. My friend Dann and I woke up early on a Saturday morning to put ourselves through this torture. Other vehicles might've been plusher along the way, but for me, the Silverado was the perfect choice.

On the way to the event, we used almost all of the eleven cupholders for various water bottles and sports drinks. Once we arrived, the bed of the truck and the massive cabin provided more than enough space for changing into our running gear.

During the day we jumped off a 15-foot high ledge into muddy water (hence the name Tough Mudder), squirmed underground through dark, claustrophobic drain pipes and darted through a spider web of hanging wires hooked up to 10,000 volts of electricity. We also scaled walls, climbed steep hills and crawled under hornets' nests of barbed wire.

After a few hours of this, we needed a place to relax. The 80-mile ride home was painless thanks to the Silverado's powerful seat heaters (great for our sore muscles), soft and supportive seats, hushed ride, and compliant suspension.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

It's easy for a truck to be utilitarian, but our 2014 Silverado is so much more than a weekend hauler. It's a great all-around vehicle that's ideal for daily driving or cross-country road trips or anything in between. I'll definitely miss it when it's gone.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 17,600 miles


  • hybris hybris Posts:

    What is the purpose of this Tough Mudder course? Train people on how to escape Gitmo/Jurassic Park level compounds?

  • @hybris- To have fun and to challenge yourself. If your a relatively fit male the obstacles on the course aren't all that difficult but its still a great time. Travis, did you guys have the "Arctic Enema" at this one? Swimming in the icewater? G

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    Where are the mudder pictures?? Congrats on completing the course. These events are tough.

  • tlangness tlangness Posts:

    @hybris - like cuselancer said, just a challenge. something to train for and you get a beer at the finish line. And if I needed to get out of Jurassic Park, I'd be pretty prepared. @cuselancer17 - up, I've done that obstacle at both mudder's I've run. It'

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