Stunningly Comfortable, Easy To Drive - 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: Stunningly Comfortable, Easy To Drive

December 12, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

One of the most striking things about our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is how comfortable and easy to drive it is, even in congested Southern California.

Although our truck is pretty similar in personality to the previous two generations of the Silverado, subtle improvements over the years have minimized a lot of the hassles that come with driving a full-size pickup.

It starts with the 2014 Silverado's composed ride quality. Even with our truck's Z71 suspension calibration, it rides nicely whether the bed is empty or full. That's huge if you're just commuting to work in your truck. Money no object, I'd be more than happy to drive around in a Silverado just because.

The steering and brakes are also quite user-friendly. There's a level of precision to both that I've not experienced in many full-size trucks (though I haven't driven the latest Ram 1500). I'm not guessing at my steering inputs like I have in the past, and there's far less dead travel in the brake pedal stroke.

Finally, there's the rear-view camera. It almost feels like you're cheating, but it's such a timesaver when you're trying to finesse the Silverado into tight spots.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 11,521 miles


  • emajor emajor Posts:

    I had very similar impressions about the last generation of silverado. Compared to the pre-2008 models, it had very sharp steering. Almost too sharp; if you were calibrated for the donkey-slow steering ratio in older trucks, you'd nearly fling yourself out of your lane with the new one.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    The only problem with a good ride quality on a truck with an empty bed is that you're usually sacrificing payload capacity to achieve this. Its all about compromises...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Beware the saggy rear end when loaded. I can't say I have driven a truck (1/2 ton) with what I could describe a bad suspension that was made 1990 or later. (I do have bad memories of a 88 Dodge that admittedly was openly abused by my supervisor at the time.) Of course I don't have a finely tuned butt-o-meter for judging comfort or ride between a truck and a BMW 7 series.

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