2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Parking and Maneuverability
December 30, 2013
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