Parallel Parking - 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: Parallel Parking

August 8, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is big. It's a full-size truck so it's supposed to be large, and of course, that's not always easy to live with in West Los Angeles. I have a garage to park in overnight, but it's much easier to park on the street if I can during the day, especially if I'm just running in and out of my apartment between errands.

However, many West L.A. residents have no spot to call their own and are forced to look for a spot every night. This made me wonder how much of a hassle it would be to parallel park this big pickup every day.

I found a spot on my block big enough for the Chevy and pulled up for the first attempt. I put the truck in reverse and was pleasantly surprised by the back-up camera, which also has a set of parking guide lines to help you plan your trajectory. The Chevrolet Silverado trumps our Tesla Model S in this regard: The Tesla has a camera, but no guide lines so you have to guess where the bumpers are and what they're going to hit.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Also, the Silverado's lines curve. Our Lexus GS 350 has lines on its rear-view camera display, but they stay straight. On a big vehicle that I was completely unfamiliar with, this convenience made avoiding the curb relatively easy.

While I'm sure I could've parked a jumbo jet in the spot I found for the truck, the fact that Chevy offers this feature at all on the Silverado makes me think that life in the city with a full-size pickup might not be so hard after all.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 700 miles


  • noflash1 noflash1 Posts:

    ..."life in the city with a full-size pickup might not be so hard after all." You must be joking. Can you always find 3 curbside spots in a row to hog?

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    If you couldn't park the Silverado in a space that huge (without a backup camera) you really shouldn't be driving a vehicle of any kind in LA (or Chicago or NYC or any other large city). I have a neighbor that parks his 1990's F350 Crew Cab long bed 4x4 on the street most days.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    In NYC, finding a spot big enough is the biggest problem. Beyond that, in my experience with a last generation Yukon, is that the truck is very maneuverable despite it's size. If the spot's big enough, the truck should be able to get into it. Curving lines on the backup camera are nice but a radius is important when you're trying to get something this size into a tight space.

  • gtiguy3 gtiguy3 Posts:

    I recall a friend's Cadillac SRX having the same curving lines for the backup camera. I think it may just be a GM thing.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Wow, you could park three Smart Cars in that space & put one in the glove box.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Well it does have the Tesla Model S beat in that aspect. No grid lines. Incidentally, does this truck run on 240v or only 110v?

  • james82ch james82ch Posts:

    Isn't there a setting in the Lexus, that activates the curving lines? I thought in the CT200h there was, so I assume it's also available in the GS.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I'd want the lines at all, straight or curved. Straight lines would show you where you're headed if you went straight back. Curvy lines would show you where you're headed if you kept the wheel exactly where it is. The reality of parallel parking in a tight spot is that you do neither of these things. You are almost constantly adjust thing the wheel, first one way, then the other. You will never actually stay on the path indicated by the lines, whatever shape they are.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @legacy: I assumed the lines curve depending on the position of the steering wheel, so based on the current steering input the curve shows where you will go. Can anyone say if I'm correct or not?

  • thetruck454 thetruck454 Posts:

    Can you turn the line curving feature off? That would get annoying as you are constantly turning the wheel

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