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

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Truck Stuff

August 8, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

With the transmission oil cooler in our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado good to go and World Superbike a mere 325 miles north at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was only natural to pile our Chevy full of gear, three people, and tow a pop-top camper up to one of the greatest race tracks in the country.

Oh, wait. I've never towed anything before in my life.

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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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Seat Heaters

June 20, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I have to say that one of my favorite features on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is its seat heaters. Am I nuts? Maybe. But here's why I like them...

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Comfortable and Useful

April 14, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Last weekend, I needed a car from the Edmunds fleet that could haul some really dirty laundry. I was running a 10.3-mile obstacle-course race called Tough Mudder, and our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was the obvious choice for transportation. My friend Dann and I woke up early on a Saturday morning to put ourselves through this torture. Other vehicles might've been plusher along the way, but for me, the Silverado was the perfect choice.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Great Dashboard

March 6, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The controls on the dashboard of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado are simple and easy to use. While there are plenty of creature comforts to control from the dash, there are no extra knobs, complicated switchgear or unnecessary styling flourishes. All the controls have a substantial heft to them and none of the surfaces feel cheap or flimsy.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Massive Cabin

March 3, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Every time I climb in and out of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado I'm struck by how much space there is inside. As obvious as it sounds to call the inside of a full-size pickup "big," I think it's worth noting the areas where you can stretch out.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Road Trip Seat Comfort

February 11, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The dull slog of my L.A. to Phoenix road trip gave me plenty of time to fixate on the long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's seat.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Parking Practice

January 23, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I'm a life-long small-car person. Even when I've bought bigger cars, such as the Acura TL and the BMW 328i, they tended to be smaller big cars. So when I clambered into our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which I signed out for a specific weekend hauling project, I figured its size was going to pose some challenges.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Seat Heaters = Back Therapy

January 15, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Last week I wrenched my lower back. Again. It happened while doing some really routine chores around the house. After shuffling around in discomfort for a couple of days, I checked to see if our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was available.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Yes, It's Very Quiet on the Highway

January 13, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

If you've seen any recent TV commercials for the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you might have noticed that Chevy is highlighting, among the more typical full-size pickup selling points, how quiet the truck is. In fact, the company is claiming that "there's no quieter full-size pickup." Is it true?

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Ride Quality

December 16, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I agree with Erin that the ride quality in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is fantastic. I've been commuting this week in the redesigned Chevy pickup through West Los Angeles and that means perpetual construction projects, potholes that devour Fiats, steel plates Superman couldn't lift and cracks in the pavement that can be seen from outer space. And in the Silverado, I've barely noticed.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Stunningly Comfortable, Easy To Drive

December 12, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

One of the most striking things about our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is how comfortable and easy to drive it is, even in congested Southern California.

Although our truck is pretty similar in personality to the previous two generations of the Silverado, subtle improvements over the years have minimized a lot of the hassles that come with driving a full-size pickup.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Great Pick for Large Drivers

December 11, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

If you've got a lot going on in the girth department, you know that finding a vehicle that transports you in comfort and safety isn't always easy. The main issue is front passenger space. Not all vehicles are suitable for wider bodies, and not all vehicles are built so that larger drivers can sit at a safe distance from the steering wheel. Sitting closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel increases the risk of airbag injury in the event of a crash.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Highly Adjustable Seat Heaters

November 5, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our 2014 Chevy Silverado's seat heaters are awesome. In addition to their three-position intensity adjustment, both driver and passenger can choose between having the seatback or both the seatback and seat bottom heated. Never seen that one in a truck before.

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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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Split Heated Seats

October 18, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our long-term 2014 Chevy Silverado includes the optional heated seats, but like in many other GM vehicles, they go above-and-beyond the norm for this common feature. Note there are two buttons. The one on the right activates three levels of standard heated seats, where both the back and butt are heated. The button on the left activates three levels of back only.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Supple Throttle Delivery

October 15, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Everyone's got their hang-ups. And for me, two of them (don't worry, I have plenty more) are abrupt throttles and unpadded armrests.

I'm happy to say our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew has one of the most supple throttle deliveries I've ever experienced.

But here's what's cool about the Silverado's throttle:

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Good Side Sun Visor Action

September 10, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

My favored front seat position is fairly far back, so I'm frequently bedazzled by sunlight streaming in past the end of sun visors. Don't roll your eyes. This is important. Most of us commute to and from work when the sun is low on the horizon at least part of the year.

Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 is a particularly bad offender. Its too-short visors angle steeply down when pivoted, which makes the job that much harder for the woefully inadequate extendable flaps.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab has a much better handle on this issue.

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in VA is:

$145 per month*
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