2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Trucking to Vegas
July 28, 2014
I needed a vehicle for a weekend road trip to Las Vegas, something that could comfortably carry my four cousins and their luggage. My cousin, Cesar, is a big truck fan and so I figured I'd take the long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to get his take on it. Plus, I've never gone on a road trip in a truck and I wanted to see what it was like.
There was more than enough room in the truck bed for our five roller suitcases, a couple of bags and a cooler for, um, bottled water. If you're curious, I'm the one who over-packed and brought the international size suitcase. We tied it all down with a couple of cargo straps.
The Silverado was involved in a work event, so it wasn't available until late afternoon. As a result, we didn't hit the road until about 4:00 p.m. We hit rush hour traffic that added an extra two hours to our commute. I should've waited until the evening to leave, but I guess I was just anxious to hit the road.
Cesar rode shotgun and immediately started putting the truck through its paces, inspecting every button and opening all the storage compartments. My other three cousins, who are slightly on the husky side, said they were snug, yet comfortable in the back. The one sitting in the rear center complained about the lack of a headrest. Still, it was good enough for all of them to fall asleep a few hours into the trip.
Once the traffic cleared, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. The Silverado was quiet and had plenty of power to pass other cars that stood between us and our destination.
Temperatures in Vegas were just over 100 degrees, which meant the A/C was in constant use as we drove around town. After we checked out of the hotel Sunday, I filled up the tank. It took 19.3 gallons. I had averaged 16.6 MPG over the course of 320.4 miles. I'm chalking this up to the horrible traffic on the way over.
We made a couple of stops for food during the return trip and had to temporarily move our luggage from the bed to the cabin so that we could lock it up. Everything fit, but it was an added hassle that you wouldn't have to worry about if you were driving an SUV, for example.
I filled up the tank after my drive to work on Monday. For the return trip, I averaged 19.4 MPG over 327.1 miles and filled up with 16.8 gallons. Not a bad number, considering the truck was full of people and cargo.
Both Cesar and I came away very impressed with the Silverado. His top three features were the spaciousness of the cabin, the cornerstep bumper and the intuitiveness of the infotainment system.
I'm now anxious to take the long-term Ram 1500 on a road trip to see how it compares.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice @ 24,072 miles