The Case for a Longer Bed - 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: The Case for a Longer Bed

May 2, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

This photo of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado shows why, if it were up to me, I would never get the shorty-pants 5-foot, 8-inch bed in a pickup.

For my needs (and hey, this particular update is all about me) I'd like to be able to close the tailgate when I have two sportbikes in the back. Can't do that with this size bed.

Why this crazy desire to close the tailgate?

Because if you're taking a trip to a track day, in this case our car/moto adventure to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (yep, we brought our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray too), you're probably going to want to throw some gear in the bed without fear of it falling out the back en route.

Plus, having the tailgate up is a nice precaution just in case something were to happen to the tie-downs for the motorcycles. Definitely don't want one of those bikes crashing to the pavement on Interstate 5 North. The explosion of plastic would be heartbreaking.

Aside from my whining about the short bed, the Silverado performed perfectly during our trip up to Laguna. Even packed with two motorcycles and a cab full of moto gear, tools, chairs and cooler, the 355-horsepower direct-injected 5.3-liter V8 was plenty for the task at hand.

It rides nice and smooth, too, when it's loaded like that.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 18,319 miles


  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Good point, Fordson1. However, not everybody can afford more than one vehicle. I did the math on getting a small grocery getter to keep the miles off my Jag and to save using gas in my SUV. By the time I added in the extra insurance, Nevada's registration fees and expected maintenance, there was no saving, quite the reverse in fact.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Also you save the tailgate getting dinged up from flying rocks and the cables/mounts from getting banged around when you go over a pothole. That's in addition to what you mentioned. Remember it not a truck if it doesn't have long bed. I have been saying this common fact for 6+ years on this site so you can't say I haven't foreseen this post. :)

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