Great Pick for Large Drivers - 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: Great Pick for Large Drivers

December 11, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

If you've got a lot going on in the girth department, you know that finding a vehicle that transports you in comfort and safety isn't always easy. The main issue is front passenger space. Not all vehicles are suitable for wider bodies, and not all vehicles are built so that larger drivers can sit at a safe distance from the steering wheel. Sitting closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel increases the risk of airbag injury in the event of a crash.

For these reasons and a couple of others, the Chevy Silverado is a strong choice for drivers with a few (or many) extra pounds. The 2013 model was one of the picks in our list of the Top 10 Vehicles for Obese drivers. See the full list here. The 2014 model is similarly impressive, and offers improved materials and build quality within the cabin.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor


  • hybris hybris Posts:

    As I have seen for the handful of heavy family members the biggest issue is the lack of space between the driver seat and the door as their elbow is constantly hitting door. Now most pickup trucks don't suffer from this (yet) but a lot of people don't want to face 10-15 mpg for a pickup truck.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    This explains why so many vehicles have front seats so wide that I feel like I'm sitting on the Great Plains, with the left bolster as far away as the Rocky Mountains and the right side bolster way over there as the Appalachians. I wish car seats could be optioned based on girth.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    An no matter how large the driver, I hope he/she has a large bladder. That's one too many giant cupholders in the front by my count.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @legacygt: Don't forget the 3 cup/bottle holders in each door. If, you like beverages, this is the vehicle for you! As far as the article goes, I'm surprised that we're seeing a recommendation towards a raised vehicle such as this. Entry and egress cannot

  • mmmm4 mmmm4 Posts:

    Goldfish get bigger the size of the bowl you put them in. Hence the obesity problem in the USA with all these full sized trucks and minivans as daily drivers.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @mmmm4: Are you implying that obesity in America results from driving large vehicles? I believe that it has been established that obesity results from high food intake and low exercise levels. There's also nothing inherently wrong with large vehicles, som

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