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


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: EZ Lower Tailgate

November 19, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

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.

Unlatch the tailgate, take your hand away and the tailgate lowers itself to the full open position, with no worries about it crashing down to the stops.

Yes, the Toyota Tundra has had this damped tailgate feature for a few years. But I'm saying all pickups should come with it. Period.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 11,031 miles

Comments

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    Here's a vid if anyone is interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sy5_1Xydr0

  • csubowtie csubowtie Posts:

    I was going to let this one go, but then I got to your other post. This is the kind of luxury crap, and whining by people with too much money, that drives OE's to make this stuff standard and drives both the cost and weight of a truck through the roof. This item should be optional, period. "I just jump off anyway, whether there's a step or not. That's how you get down from a pickup" Well I just lower the tailgate, whether it's damped or not. That's how you lower a tailgate.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Nice feature, on the rare occasions I borrow a pickup I try to let the gate down without clanging it. This is easier. They make soft close cabinet drawers and toilet seats with the same nice feature. Makes you wonder how you ever got by without them.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    @visionaries I really think it's manufacturers trying to one up each other to grab a share of lucrative vehicle sales. This the torque and HP wars, towing capacity, power ports, coolers, etc.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    I grab the tailgate and it does NOT leave my hands until its all the way down. If you are disabled or have a physical problem that keeps you from being able to control 30-40 lbs of moving steel ok I can see this being good for you and there are aftermarket parts for to get this on your current truck.--------------------------------------------- Other then that scenario I don't see how this anything but a luxury item that makes the truck more expensive and probably worse is it makes replacing that tailgate more expensive.--------- Just ask some of the 08-10 F150 owners who had their tailgates with the step stolen as those gates are 3x times more then the standard gate and for awhile finding the parts meant being on a waiting list for up to a few months for some, but at least it was a option not standard at that time.----------------------------------------- WALL OF TEXT MUST BE BROUGHT DOWN! and GIVE US EDIT BUTTONS OR GIVE US FREE GAS CARDS!

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