Three Things That Make It a Great Road Trip Vehicle - 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: Three Things That Make It a Great Road Trip Vehicle

August 14, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

After putting several hundred miles on our new Silverado on the first leg of my road trip to Colorado, here are a few highlights of its road trip capabilities.

It has fantastic seats. They don't look like much at first glance and they don't feel like much initially, but the front buckets proved very comfortable for the long haul. They have a good range of adjustment, firm but not punishing cushions and perfectly placed padded armrests.

Simple cruise control setup. On our Silverado, the cruise control buttons are located on a pad on the left side of the steering wheel. Although I do tend to favor stalk-mounted cruise control setups, I found the four-button pad in the Silverado easy to use without looking. It also bumps the set speed up or down in one-mile-per-hour increments that are shown on the info screen between the main gauges, a nice feature.

It's quiet for a truck. Even at 75 mph, the typical speed limit along my route, there's not much wind noise. Tire noise is also surprisingly low, especially considering that our truck wears the optional 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires. It may not measure up to sedans in this regard, but I found it more than comfortable at highway speeds.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,724 miles


  • oldparnell oldparnell Posts:

    With the above photo and favorable write ups Chevrolet should immediately refund your purchase price and give you the truck for the year. I'm a dyed in the wool Ford guy, but as of 2014 model year this truck may be the best overall package in full size trucks. Ford best be on their game for the 2015 model.

  • adamb1 adamb1 Posts:

    Other things that make a modern pickup a better-than-expected road trip vehicle. 1. Commanding view of the road. Sitting up high and seeing over other vehicles is great. 2. Large mirrors make keeping up with what's around you a breeze. 3. Presence. Not that you intimidate others but they see you coming and are more likely to move over. 4. Suspension. Enough suspension to jump a curb, cross a median, eat a pothole without worrying about breaking anything. 5. Power. It's built to tow and haul. When not doing those things, a pickup has power to spare and shrugs off hills without a sweat.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    The popularity of trucks has driven manufactures to produce light trucks that have the utility that trucks are known for, as well as creature comforts that use to be only available in passenger cars. Back when I was a kid, 4-cylinder vehicles were the realm of imports. Relatively powerful engines came with eight cylinders and most were available in sedans. So you would see plenty of people towing trailers with their cars, because trucks weren't the only vehicles that had 8 cylinder engines. To make an already popular vehicle more likely to sell to customers that really don't need a truck, manufacturers make sure to build-in comfort & convenience. The consumer benefits from such things. Now the price tags? That's another topic all together.

  • Sounds great if you don't mind paying for the gas.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Seats, cruise control and low noise make it a great road trip vehicle. What about fuel economy?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @reminder: In the rest of the civilized world, people tow all the time without trucks or cars with V8 engines. I've seen more than a few cars that are mechanically identical between the European and US market versions, but the European market cars will ha

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    @stovt001: The Lion Share of truck buyers have no practical need to own one. Contractors, farmers & those with larger utility or travel trailers NEED the horsepower and strength of on-frame construction. I'm a perfect example of need over want. I wou

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