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

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Inferior Man Step

October 17, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2014 Ford F-150 is offered with a large step and assist-pole that extend from the tailgate. It's a brilliant feature I appreciated several times with our long-term Raptor and I wasn't the only one. Nevertheless, as I describe in this Raptor post, Chevrolet decided to ridicule it in a commercial, dubbing it the "Man Step." I don't know about you, but all that did was provide a catchier name than "Tailgate Step" and point out a great feature Chevy lacked.

The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado includes steps built into the corners of the bumper that help you climb up into the bed. They are better than nothing, but they do absolutely nothing when you descend from the bed. You still need to take a leap off the tailgate. In other words, Ford's "Man Step" is vastly better for climbing up and down. When you have to do that frequently, say when moving boxes or multiple bulky items, that makes a big difference.

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 9,666 miles

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By fandsw
on 10/18/13
6:37 AM PST

Seriously, has anyone compared the height of the bed of an older 60s/70s/80s vintage truck to the height of a full size truck nowadays? Most are easily 18-24 inches higher off of the ground today then they were back then for NO reason other than looks. An average size person used to be able to reach easily into the bed of the truck with the top of the rail being stomach height, and then lower the tailgate and step up onto it without too much trouble. that ain't happening on today's trucks without a ladder......

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By quadricycle
on 10/17/13
8:44 PM PST

@thetruck454: I, like you, have always been the type to hop up in the bed. Actually, as smaller athletic guy, I was always the one who HAD to hop up and feed the other guys when I used to do a lot of manual labor. However, I know plenty of people with knee problems (sports injuries), or big guys who can't just jump up every time, or older people who still work out of their pickups/still do things themselves, and I can easily recognize that this feature can be a life saver for some. Heck, I'll go ahead and say that when I briefly came across this feature when helping a friend move all his Christmas cra... I mean stuff, I really liked it. He loves it too, since he has a prosthetic knee.

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By nukedetroit
on 10/17/13
9:04 PM PST

Trucks are a lot taller than they used to be, too. Blame the soccer b!tches and limp dick beta males who comprise the bulk of 1/2 ton sales.

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