2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test - Cargo Space
ADVERTISEMENT

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

Cargo Space

Back to All Long-Term Vehicles


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Trucking to Vegas

July 28, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

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.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Pickup Man

July 14, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Joe Diffie was right. There is "just something women like about a pickup man."

I think that "something" is that if you own a pickup you are suddenly of great help to people when they need to move large objects.

So I wasn't all that surprised when a friend of mine, after learning I had the Edmunds long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado for the weekend, asked me if I could help her move some boxes from her parent's house into a storage facility a couple of miles away.   

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Easy-Flipping Rear Seats

July 11, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

I like how supremely easy it is to flip up the rear seats in our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. No levers or latches to release, just push the seat cushion up. That's it.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Hauling Patio Furniture

July 08, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Last Saturday I utilized our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to accomplish the most important job in the world: getting my wife off my back.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Hard-Wired for Americans

May 20, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

A sofa, a loveseat (it's in there, but you can't see it), an old desk and chair in the second row, drawers under the seats. This is what trucks are built to do, and it's no surprise that it all fit in our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. If ours was the 6.6-foot bed model, we probably could've secured the sofa against a closed tailgate (ratchet straps mitigate that minor compromise).

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Room For Six-Strings

May 19, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

If you're into music festivals at all, you've likely heard of Coachella. It's the annual Woodstock West for contemporary indie and dance music culture, held out in the godforsaken desert east of Los Angeles. It's a popular place for college students to do a bunch of drugs and generally lose their minds.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Bike Rack Success

May 12, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

As I mentioned before I built a makeshift bike rack for our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The rack is a simple piece of lumber with two mounts bolted to it. It's cut to fit the bed slots and slides into the front of the bed. It works brilliantly.

See full article and comment.


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?

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Highly Functional Bed

April 29, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado isn't the first truck to offer slots which locate a 2x6-inch piece of lumber, but they sure are useful.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Flexible Seating and Storage

April 25, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The center console on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is neither new nor groundbreaking.

But it is highly utilitarian.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Track Day Trek

April 23, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

We got an invite to a combination car/motorcycle track-day event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. And yes, we wanted to "double-dip," as they say, drive a car and ride a motorcycle at the same track, same weekend.

Time to load up our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with two sportbikes and all our gear and head to Monterey.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Utilitarian Rear Seats

March 26, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

I love the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's rear seats. They're large enough to hold real people and hugely functional.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevy Silverado: For Dirty Jobs

March 25, 2014

2014 Chevy Silverado

I could have put the greasy engine block in the trunk of a car or in the back of a crossover. Heck, almost any vehicle could have transported the 35-year old chunk of cast iron to its destination, but some jobs are just right for a pickup truck. And this was one of those jobs.

I've had the small-block Chevy sitting in my garage for about five years. It once lived in the engine bay of my father's 1969 Camaro. He installed it back in 1979. Nothing radical; 350 cubic inches, cast iron block, heads and manifold, a single four-barrel carburetor and a very mild 8.5:1 compression ratio. It was perfect for the boulevard cruiser Rally Sport convertible and it ran perfectly for nearly 200,000 miles.

And it was still running well (a little smoke) when we pulled it from the Camaro and replaced it with a new 350 H.O. crate motor we bought from General Motors about five years ago.

See full article and comment.


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.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Still Useful for Hauling Even If It Doesn't Fit in the Bed

February 27, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Crew cabs are great...if you're hauling people. They're not so great when you need to carry stuff in the bed, especially really, really long stuff.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Cookie Pickup

February 26, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

It's Girl Scout cookie season in Southern California, and this past Saturday our Cadette troop of middle schoolers took delivery of 81 cases of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other annual favorites from our local cookie warehouse.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Car-Sharing Candidate?

January 27, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

What I know about full-size trucks is based on just a few raw experiences, so it was great to have access to our richly appointed 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for a weekend of chores and hauling. Also, it amused me greatly to drive a 5,206-lb truck to an appointment at Savvy Chic Nail Cottage or listen to Jane Austen's "Persuasion" via Bluetooth in the cab.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Hauling Wheels and Tires

January 24, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earned its keep this weekend. I checked it out of our long-term fleet so my husband and I could tote a set of Fuchs wheels and two new tires for our 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S to a tire store for installation. Loading up the new wheels and tires was a snap.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Still Hauling Stuff

January 10, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Since we're had our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in the fleet, it's hauled a variety of things, from mulch to an engine. It's still going strong. Last month I helped a friend move house and later hauled a bunch of boxes out of storage. Neither job was particularly taxing, but the convenience of having a full-size pickup is pretty amazing.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: The Big-Screen TV Fits

December 10, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I needed to haul a new TV home the other day from Costco, since my old one had blown up. And apparently it's recommended that you transport these LCD/LED flat-screens standing up, as opposed to lying down flat.

To do this, I needed a pretty wide vehicle. Hence, our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Hauls the Carpet

November 25, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

"Strong. For all the rugs ahead. That's what you should title this post," said my better half. (Undoubtedly, you get the reference. But if not, watch this.)

As you see here, we had a bunch of pink carpeting and padding left over from our ongoing home renovation project. It was far more than we could stuff into our dumpster on trash day, but it all fit securely in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's 5.75-foot bed (we got the short bed option, as you'll recall).

Our next stop was a local carpet recycling company in Carson, California, that would take all the carpet and padding off our hands for free.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: EZ Lower Tailgate

November 19, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

What a nice treat to open the tailgate on a pickup, and find out that it's damped and just gently lowers itself down.

Chevrolet calls it the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, and it's on our 2014 Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: The CornerStep Bumper

November 18, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I know not all the editors on staff at Edmunds are in love with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's CornerStep bumper, especially compared to Ford's "man step."

But I find Chevy's version easy-to-use with a perfect step-up height and a natural handhold integrated into the top of the bed. Even with the tailgate up this setup still makes it simple to hop up into the bed.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Excellent Interior Storage

October 30, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Sure, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is huge so it should have good interior storage, but Chevy really did a nice job utilizing every available cubic inch inside this rig. Just check out the front doors: double pockets, double cup holders.

And it gets better.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Inferior Man Step

October 17, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2014 Ford F-150 is offered with a large step and assist-pole that extend from the tailgate. It's a brilliant feature I appreciated several times with our long-term Raptor and I wasn't the only one. Nevertheless, as I describe in this Raptor post, Chevrolet decided to ridicule it in a commercial, dubbing it the "Man Step." I don't know about you, but all that did was provide a catchier name than "Tailgate Step" and point out a great feature Chevy lacked.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Shocker: The Bicycle Fits

October 14, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Gotta love pickups. No messing around with putting blankets down, dropping rear seats, trying to squeeze a bicycle in through the trunk or any of that nonsense.

With our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew, just throw it in the bed, secure it with some tie-downs and you're off to the trailhead.

But...

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Hauling Another Engine

October 7, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I recently used our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to schlep an engine to Specialty Cars for a bit of fab work. Really, the bed of a pickup truck is the only way to move an engine from one place to another that's any more than a few yards away. In my experience engines are too dense, precarious and awkward to safely transport using any other type of vehicle.

After wheeling the longblock down my driveway (the Silverado's too wide for my narrow driveway, though a mid-size pickup would fit) on the hook of a hoist, I lowered it into the Silverado's bed. One thing is for sure: The beds of half-ton pickups have grown higher and higher over the years as trucks have incrementally grown more capable of hauling ever-heavier loads. I practically had to pump the hoist's cylinder to its max stroke in order to clear the Silverado's tailgate (a midsize pickup's lower bed height would have been welcome).

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Hauling a Camaro Hood

September 19, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

You don't realize how big a car's hood is until you unbolt it from its hinges and start moving it around.

I wasn't sure the hood of my Dad's 1969 Camaro project would fit in the 2014 Chevy Silverado's 5.5-ft. bed without hanging off one side, maybe two. Wrong. It fit, as my idol Ace Ventura would say, like a glove.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Hauling a Big-Block Chevy

September 17, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

When my father and I decided to recreate his black 1969 Baldwin-Motion SS427 Camaro we knew the car had to have a real 427-cubic-inch big-block Chevy engine, just as his original car did 43 years ago. The problem was under the hood of the car we bought for the project. There sat a 454-cubic-inch engine. Although it was cosmetically correct, it had to go.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Over GVWR

September 12, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

That's my brother-in-law Alex shoveling small rocks into the bed of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Notice how he graciously put down a drop cloth to protect the Chevy's paint.

Alex just redid his San Jose, CA backyard and asked to use our Silverado to haul "some leftover rocks and stuff to the dump." I said yes, of course, and generously offered my might for the loading and unloading.

And it started small, as you can see in the photo. Just some gravel and a wheelbarrow full of small rocks. But things escalated quickly. By the time we were done packing the Chevy's 5.5-ft. bed it was completely full of bricks, pavers, rocks and assorted trash. Over 1,500 lbs. worth.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevy Silverado: Hauls Mulch

September 11, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

There's an old saying: If you own a pickup truck you're never lonely. Or something like that. Owning a truck makes you everyone's best friend. You're the guy that helps them move. The guy that hauls their old couch. The guy that hauls their load of mulch.

And so it was. We drove 325 miles from L.A. to San Jose to see my brother-in-law's new baby boy. We pulled into his driveway, baby toys in hand, and the next thing I knew the two of us and the Edmunds long-term Chevy Silverado are off to the House of Mulch.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Useful Underseat Storage

September 9, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

I needed to tow a trailer with our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado a few days ago, a car hauler. But the trailer's loading ramps were not lockable. They were vulnerable to theft.

Luckily, our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has room enough inside. And its newly redesigned rear seats flip up to create a vast flat floor area for cargo.

But we've discussed that before. Turns out there's more to it than that.

See full article and comment.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Love That Bed Light

September 6, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

I needed to load some equipment after hours a couple of nights ago, and the lot outside our photo studio has no lighting to speak of.

But I had no trouble at all. Our new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a powerful bed light, even though my camera seems to have been set to "moody" for the above image.

Don't kid yourself, it's plenty bright. And handy.

See full article and comment.


Leave a Comment
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Past Long-Term Road Tests

ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411