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


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Good Side Sun Visor Action

September 10, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

My favored front seat position is fairly far back, so I'm frequently bedazzled by sunlight streaming in past the end of sun visors. Don't roll your eyes. This is important. Most of us commute to and from work when the sun is low on the horizon at least part of the year.

Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 is a particularly bad offender. Its too-short visors angle steeply down when pivoted, which makes the job that much harder for the woefully inadequate extendable flaps.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab has a much better handle on this issue.

Sure, the Chevy's visors are short initially. But this is a truck with long doors and an upright windshield. It's nothing like a Dodge Dart with the sort of laid back windscreen necessary to give its short visors a fighting chance on their own.

The Silverado's visors can't be so long that they blot out the rear-view mirror when used in the usual forward position. So, yeah, a light leak is inevitable when they're flipped to the side.

But the situation is easy to rectify.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Simply pull back on the visor and the whole enchilada slides back in one go. And there's zero sag, it glides back parallel to the door edge. Full coverage, no waiting.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

This is how you do it. Pull-out playing-card sized flaps cannot compare.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,301 miles

Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "My favored front seat position is fairly far back,...." Tells me that unless you have rather long arms that you are not in a position to grip the wheel properly while keeping your back and shoulders in contact with the seat. Bad habit and why I don't teach drivers' ed in schools. The "lay-back" crowd would get very grumpy.

  • robs249_ robs249_ Posts:

    Loved this about my moms old 07 Tahoe.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    My GTI has this. Easily the best way. I would bet they cost less than the visors with the slide-out flap, too, because they're basically the same visor as a non-sliding kind. Visors are designed to very strict criteria due to occupant-safety concerns, and once you start farting around designing a flappy thing with slide rails all made out of stiffer plastic into a visor that is usually just foam and a thin skin, you are opening a whole can of worms.

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