Turning Circle - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Turning Circle

March 21, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I like driving big trucks. Towering over the passing traffic is a pretty empowering feeling.

What I don't like is parking big trucks. And our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is no exception. Our two-wheel-drive crew cab Chevy with a 5.8-foot bed measures over 19 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. That sorta bulk comes with a 47.2-foot turning circle, which often makes tight parking lot maneuvers very challenging.

For comparison, a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse crossover measures 17 feet long and is an inch-and-a-half narrower than the Silverado. But its turning circle is nearly 7 feet smaller at 40.4 feet.

Sure, a Traverse doesn't have the same hauling capabilities as a Silverado, but it's much easier to drive if you don't need an open bed.

Kelly Hellwig, News Editor


Comments

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    With practice you will be able to park that truck in places where people say it shouldn't fit. Parallel parking aside of course.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Trucks work well for rural usage. Hauling hay, throwing a few shovels and sprinkler pipes in the bed, storing a couple of saddles or a welder with a toolbox, etc. You never have to park it at home because it's kept outside on the ranch. A drive into town means parking it at the feed lot or in wide slanted parking spots on Maint Street. It's all these morons that buy these things because their kid plays baseball and they need to throw the baseball bag in the bed and they live in cities and about two times a year they haul a fridge from one jackwagon's garage to another jackwagon's garage and they justify the need for a full-size truck for these two trips instead of paying $20 for an hour and renting a truck from Home Depot. Then they "park" these monstrosities in parking lots made for a Prius and the rear-end sticks out 7 feet beyond the parking space and the truck straddles both parking space white lines and little Johhny gets out and swings the 7-foot long passenger door into my beautiful Maserati. Trucks are for cowboys.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    @dunning15 Trucks are for people who know how to drive. While what you say is sadly correct considering that this configuration of truck is the most common in this weight class, blame society for not knowing how drive these things don't blame the vehicle.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Tough to park and has a big turning circle? The don't get a crew-cab half-ton pickup truck - geez, what can I tell you? I agree with dunning15 again, especially the part about getting a truck from HD for an hour when you need to move something - this is starting to get scary.

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