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

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Parking and Maneuverability

December 30, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I've had a few people comment on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 since I've been driving it, and most of them have noted on how big it seems. (Insert your innuendo joke here.) Now, the Silverado isn't really bigger than any other crew cab pickup, but yes, in general, it's kind of a beast if you're used to regular cars.

Still, in terms of parking and maneuverability, our Silverado seems just fine to me as crew cabs go. Of course, rearward visibility over your shoulder is always good in a pickup. But as Erin noted previously, the rearview camera is super useful to snugging up into tight parking spaces, and in general the precise steering and brake pedal feel help out with minor adjustments.

On the spec sheet, the Silverado's turning circle does seem larger than other pickups. Our truck (with the short bed) has a 47.2-foot diameter, while the Tundra is a few feet fewer and a comparable Ram 1500 is just 39.5 feet. This could play out in real life situations, though to the Chevy's credit I've made a couple of U-turns so far and have been able to pull them off without having to make them multi-point turns.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,867 miles


Comments

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    The fact that the Ram turns a full 7.7ft tighter seems to be leaps and bounds over the Chevy.

  • aspade aspade Posts:

    The fact that the Ram turns a full 7.7ft tighter seems to indicate that you looked up the regular cab model instead.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    @aspade You may have a valid point but keep in mind that most truck makers use the same wheelbase where possible so a regular cab long bed has a wheelbase of say 133 inches it would be same wheelbase for a Crew cab with 5.5ft short bed. I can't say that's

  • okbeartoy okbeartoy Posts:

    Hybris while your information SEEM like it might be correct it isn't.. These dimensions are easy to verify if you had taken the time to do so.. Ford F150 RC LB 133.3", shortest CC is 144.5" , GM RC LB 133", CC SB 143.5", Ram RC LB 140.5" CC SB 149.5". 45.5' turning circle for the Ram Crew Cab 4X4 so not a huge difference after all..

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