2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Parallel Parking
August 8, 2013
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.
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