Three Things That Make It an Average 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 an Average Road Trip Vehicle

August 16, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I've already given the Silverado some love for all the ways it's a great road trip vehicle. Here are a few examples of why it comes up short for long trips.

There are no vents for the rear seats. This might not be a big deal in an extended cab Silverado, but ours is a crew cab so it's reasonable to expect that you'll have some passengers back there at some point. Cruising through the deserts of the Southwest with temps well over 100 degrees outside, my rear seat passengers were not comfortable even though I was perfectly fine up front.

The ride is bouncy. I know, hard to fault a truck for this, but that didn't stop my passengers from complaining. As far as I'm concerned this is only a valid compliant if there's an equivalent truck that rides better. In this case, there is: the Ram 1500.

As for the third reason, there isn't one. Anything I could think of was just too petty to mention. There are power points everywhere, great visibility, satellite radio and plenty of range on a tank. If I were to take another trip, I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Silverado again.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,239 miles


  • reminder reminder Posts:

    A truck that hasn't been totally converted to a Sedan Deville. Kinda refreshing.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Fuel economy is not a complaint? 23 mpg (4.3 gp100m) on the highway might be good for a truck, but take out the phrase "for a truck" and tell me it still applies.

  • Getting 23 mpg in truck is excellent. And how would you take "for a truck out"? Be realistic. Do you expect a vehicle that weighs as much as the Silverado, with a big V8 engine, and shaped like a brick to get 30 mpgs?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @allthingshonda I think greenpony is suggesting there are better vehicles for road trips than a truck. In the great majority of cases, he/she is quite correct.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    It's the same thing someone on Edmunds wrote about not too long ago regarding the Model S -- maybe it was in the review of the new BMW plug-in -- where the point was that, prior to the Model S, people just accepted certain compromises as inherent of electric vehicles: things like slow acceleration, limited range, battery packs intruding upon interior space. The phrase "for an electric car" was often appended to comments about such vehicles. Then you have Tesla and its Model S. THAT is a paradigm shift. . . . There are compromises with every vehicle. With a truck, one of your compromises is fuel economy. And, as Ed pointed out, this truck also has a "bouncy" ride, like most other trucks. My point was that, if Ed was pointing out the trucklike ride quality of a TRUCK with respect to how it fares as a road trip vehicle, he could -- should -- also have pointed out the trucklike fuel economy. I see there is a separate entry saying he averaged 19.5 mpg. Wouldn't you agree that there are better road trip vehicles?

  • Is there an option that has venting for the rear passengers? I have to admit, this kinda blows a little. I assume the Sierra is the same way?

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