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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: Easy-Flipping Rear Seats

July 11, 2014

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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.

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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: Child Safety Seat Fitment

June 19, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

When it comes to the use of child safety seats, our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado leaves a bit to be desired...

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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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Infotainment Theme Video Walkthrough

May 15, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Computers and smartphones have had programmable themes for years. But now as vehicle infotainment systems become more graphically intensive, these themes are showing up on cars and trucks. Here's a quick look at what the infotainment themes look like on our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

Please bear with me as I simultaneously pull triple duty as the cinematographer, narrator and hand model. Click through for the short video.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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: Touchscreen Visibility

December 13, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Seeing the touchscreen on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is easy. This is notable, because a few of our long-term test cars (such as the Dodge Dart) have great touchscreen interfaces that are wasted by being washed out in the sunlight. Not so with this one.

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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: 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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Great Gauges

November 22, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I'm a fan of the instrument panel in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. To start, I like that the designers didn't try to get too fancy or clever about it.

All the analog gauges that have been in GM trucks for eons make a return here, and they're logically grouped: Two main dials on the bottom and a row of secondary dials up top. It's an attractive layout, and it leaves room in the middle for a very modern and useful digital trip computer display.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Manual Mode and Column Shifter Death Spiral

November 8, 2013

 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Josh is correct about our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's execution of manually-selected gear changes. There is, however, one thing about the way GM implements their trucks' manual mode that I've never been fond of.

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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: Rear Seat Top Tether

October 31, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our Chevrolet Silverado and all 2014 Silverados with crew or extended cabs have easy-access rear seat top tether anchors for securing child seats. They're basically rubber-covered wire loops. Not every extended cab truck I've driven in the last five years (Raptor, that means you) has offered easy access tethers like this.

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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: Parking Card Holder

October 22, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Sometimes it's the little things. The2014 Chevy Silverado includes a little slot between the trailer brake controller and headlight knob. Not only does it perfectly hold parking cards (like the ones we need to get into the Edmunds garage and office), but puts them in the perfect location within easy view and reach next to the window. I'd imagine it would come in handy for parking garage tickets as well.

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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: Hidden Audio Buttons

September 30, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2014 Silverado (at the LT trim level and above) has audio control buttons on the back side of the steering wheel. The left side scrolls between presets and the right side controls volume. They're a good feature that Dodge has offered for a while on many of its vehicles.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Useful Interior

August 15, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our new long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado can officially seat up to six people if you make use of its front bench seat. To fit delicate cargo inside the cab, you can fold up one or both of the rear seats easily, without any buttons or hard-to-find straps.

And then there are all sorts of other useful nooks and crannies. In my mind, the Silverado is much more than a cargo hauler.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Three Things That Make It a Great Road Trip Vehicle

August 14, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

After putting several hundred miles on our new Silverado on the first leg of my road trip to Colorado, here are a few highlights of its road trip capabilities.

It has fantastic seats. They don't look like much at first glance and they don't feel like much initially, but the front buckets proved very comfortable for the long haul. They have a good range of adjustment, firm but not punishing cushions and perfectly placed padded armrests.

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