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

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: First Road Trip

August 12, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is capable of towing and hauling very large things, but for this road trip it would only have to haul a few people and some luggage. Instead of testing its ultimate capabilities, it would be a test of how it handles everyday driving. Two thousand miles of everyday driving.

The route would take us from Los Angeles to the high country of Colorado, specifically the ski town of Breckenridge. At just over 9,000 above sea level, Breckenridge would be a good test for the power of our Silverado's new 5.3-liter V8. And given that it's over 900 miles from L.A., it would also be a good test for the seats, climate control system, cupholders and everything else that makes a good road trip vehicle.

Here's the route plotted on the navigation system. It's a pretty easy-to-use touchscreen setup with a smart address input feature. Instead of asking for the individual city, state, house number and zip code on separate screens, you just put the whole address in at once and it figures it out. Sounds obvious, but I've used plenty of systems that ask for things in sequence and then get confused when they can't find one aspect of the address.

Look for full mileage figures and more driving comments in upcoming posts.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 904 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in VA is:

$145 per month*
* Explanation