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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Sold to CarMax

August 27, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Once we get an offer for a vehicle we're selling, it's always tempting to think we might be able to improve it. CarMax offered us $30,000 for our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado which seemed right on target since Edmunds.com's trade-in price was $30,468. However, our private party price was estimated at $32,624. Should we create an ad and see if someone stepped up to improve the CarMax order?

To answer this question we took to the online classified ads. We learned three things that quickly helped us make a decision.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: CarMax Offer

August 21, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

A year can fly by when you're having fun. Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has been with us for 13 months and we've driven it nearly 25,000 miles. It has taken some of us to race days, towed EVs to our test track, and even helped me transport a new gas grill to my home. But it's time for this city slicker to ride off into the sunset. And the first order of business is a trip to CarMax.

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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: 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.   

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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).

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Fuel Economy Update for April

May 9, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Eight months ago I tallied up the first monthly fuel economy update for our then-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. After 6 weeks and 5,146 miles it had averaged 17.6 mpg.

At the time I supposed that with time and miles our average might edge closer to the truck's 19 mpg EPA Combined rating. Someone would get more than 500 miles out of a single tank. One or more of us would exceed the Silverado's 23 mpg EPA Highway rating.

Two out of three ain't bad, but here at 20,417 miles (yes, this is a 20,000-mile update, too) we've only achieved one out of three. And we narrowly missed a big fat goose egg by the thinnest of margins.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Track Weekend Wrap-Up

May 8, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

After frying tires and scorching knee pucks at a strenuous two-day car/bike track weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, what better way to cap things off than with a pit stop at an authentic Mexican joint on the way out of town?

Maybe I was thoroughly starving, but I honestly can't remember the last time I've had such a delicious burrito. Yes, this will be our new post-Laguna Seca food stop from now on.

So how did our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado handle bike-hauling duty for the weekend?

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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.

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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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: A Bit Big

April 10, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I have a two-car garage. I can park two, real cars in it. I can even park two minivans in my garage. What I cannot park in my garage is our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

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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: 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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Hitching Trailers with a Back-up Camera

January 30, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Back-up cameras like the one found in our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 aren't just for safety, though that's seen as the main benefit by many people. Turns out they're useful for many other more routine driving tasks that involve alignment and tight quarters.

The list includes routine parking, particularly if you like to reverse into spaces, as I do. Also on the list is parallel parking, which is a bit like playing "Operation" with cars and curbs.

And then there's towing, specifically the part where you're backing up to connect to the trailer before you head out. But all such cameras are not created equal when it comes to this.

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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.

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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: A Truck I'd Buy

January 14, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Many of my friends own pickup trucks. I do not. So on more than one occasion, I've had to pester them for a helping hand when I've been in need of a hauling rig. While this truck borrowing is a good way to go, I've also thought it'd be nice to have a truck of my own. Driving our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 certainly makes that idea even more appealing (and has given my friends something to be jealous over).

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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: 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.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Remote Start Is Handy For Cold Winter Mornings

January 2, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I suspect that full-size pickups, because of their XL dimensions and frequency of receiving suspension lifts, end up getting parked outside an owner's home much more often than a regular car or even a crossover SUV. That means cold winter mornings can be a drag if your truck is your daily driver. But having a remote start feature, like our 2014 Silverado does, can help you out a little.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Parking and Maneuverability

December 30, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I've had a few people comment on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 since I've been driving it, and most of them have noted on how big it seems. (Insert your innuendo joke here.) Now, the Silverado isn't really bigger than any other crew cab pickup, but yes, in general, it's kind of a beast if you're used to regular cars.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: A Piece of Americana

December 23, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Travel the world and you'll find the full-size pickup has no better home than the United States. We've got the open spaces, the big skies, the culture and the can-do attitude that makes trucks like our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado just seem right.

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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: 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.

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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.

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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 1500: Towing Frenzy

October 16, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Things happen in threes, they say. But: (1) which things are those, (2) what happens to them, and (3) who are they?

For the purposes of this 2014 Chevrolet Silverado update the answers are: cars, towing and, well, I still don't know who they are, but they got the three part right.

In the space of ten days I found myself needing to tow three cars on one-way trips from point A to various points B. Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was the easy choice because it had a hitch and more than enough capacity for the job.

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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: 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...

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Light Duty Off-Roading

October 11, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is a two-wheel drive machine because, like many of you, we decided we liked the idea of a lower price and higher fuel economy. It doesn't snow here. We're not working a ranch. Towing is our game, and a 4x2 works just fine.

Still, Modjeska and Santiago peaks make up the distinctive hump known as Saddleback mountain that has loomed nearby since I was a kid, and quite possibly before. A network of dirt fire roads and truck trails leads to the top and along the ridges.

It's a tempting destination. The views from up there are amazing. So my buddy Mike hopped in to join me for a trip to the top of Santiago Peak, the taller of the two summits.

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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).

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Ancestry

October 2, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

That's my neighbor Ed's truck, a Chevrolet Custom Camper, one in the old long-running C/K line (pay no attention to the Solara lurking in the background). Ed told me its year once before, but I've forgotten and I haven't crossed paths with him recently to inquire again. 1968 or '69, maybe. It looks black in the shade, but it's actually a forest green.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Blind Spot Mirror

September 26, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The blind spot mirror on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is tiny. See that tiny circular addition to the rear-view mirror in the upper-left? Don't worry, I can't either.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Sunrise

September 20, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Sometimes, we have to stop and enjoy the scenery around us. The other morning I found myself in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado as the sun was rising. I couldn't decide which angle I liked most, so you get them both.

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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.

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2014 Chevy Silverado: 5,000-Mile Update

September 4, 2013

2014 Chevy Silverado

That didn't take long. We bought our 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup on July 15 and in those short six weeks we've driven it over 5,000 miles, including a road trip to Breckenridge, Colorado and back to Los Angeles.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Five-Star Crash Test

August 23, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and its GMC Sierra sibling are the first pickup trucks to receive the top five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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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: 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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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: A Detail Well Done

August 13, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Here's a good example of some detail work that I've noted on other long-termers in the past. See how the needle on the temperature gauge is sitting dead center? That's no accident.

At the time this picture was taken, the coolant in our Silverado was up to its full operating temperature of 210 degrees. Now that mark could have been anywhere on the gauge — a quarter of the way up, a third of the way up — but the engineers made sure to put 210 degrees right in the middle.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: First Road Trip

August 12, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Our new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is capable of towing and hauling very large things, but for this road trip it would only have to haul a few people and some luggage. Instead of testing its ultimate capabilities, it would be a test of how it handles everyday driving. Two thousand miles of everyday driving.

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