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

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in VA is:

$145 per month*
* Explanation