2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Remote Start Is Handy For Cold Winter Mornings
January 2, 2014
I suspect that full-size pickups, because of their XL dimensions and frequency of receiving suspension lifts, end up getting parked outside an owner's home much more often than a regular car or even a crossover SUV. That means cold winter mornings can be a drag if your truck is your daily driver. But having a remote start feature, like our 2014 Silverado does, can help you out a little.
If you live in a cold climate, you likely know what I'm talking about: scraping frost or ice off the windows, waiting for what seems like forever to get the heater or defrost going, and generally complaining on how dang cold out it is.
Lots of cars these days can be had with remote start, a feature that allows you to start the vehicle remotely using the key fob. The idea here is that you start your car while you're still in your house, giving yourself some extra time to finish up your hot coffee and Pop Tart.
On our Silverado, remote start was an option (part of the All Star Edition package). To make it work, you just push the lock button on the key fob and then the fob's remote start button. Doing so fires up the engine to idle. Depending on how the truck's controls are set and how cold outside it is, remote start will also automatically turn on the heated seats, the defroster and start to apply warm air for the heater once it's available. The truck's doors are still locked, and once inside the cab you just put the key in the ignition, turn it, and your pre-warmed truck is ready to go.
Now, there's still the traditional way, which is just going out to your car and starting it up yourself and letting it idle. And yes, you can make the observation that using remote start can lead to unnecessary tailpipe emissions. But nonetheless, it's a nice little convenience feature that a lot of owners could appreciate.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,044 miles