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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for July

August 7, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Here is the fuel update for our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado during the month of July. This month we added 2,819 miles to the Silverado. Most of the miles were added during a trip Kurt made to the races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The rest came courtesy of Ron's drive to Las Vegas.

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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: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 07, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

There's less than a month to go in our 12-month test of this 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. And over the last four weeks we've driven the Chevy about 1,000 miles, mostly in the urban environment of the Los Angeles sprawl.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 6, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

It was a quiet month for our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, in terms of mileage, adding only 650 miles to its odometer.

It did its normal hauling duties, however, carrying bikes, guitars, a sofa, loveseat, desk and chair.

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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: Road Trip MPG

May 7, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I drove our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to Arizona last weekend. Though most of the miles were on the highway, the truck averaged 19.4 mpg over 1,120 miles. The EPA rates the truck at 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway).

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 4, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew

During the month of March, we put 1,500 miles on our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Over those miles, we averaged 17.9 mpg, and the truck's average lifetime mpg stayed the same at 17.4 mpg. However, we also recorded a new lifetime best at 23.1 mpg.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew: Better in Every Way

March 31, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew

Eight years ago I took our then long-term 2007 Chevrolet Silverado on a bone-jarring trip to the Race Track in Death Valley National Park. It was 27 miles each way on a washboard road and I felt every bump and stone along the way. And a loud metallic clank came from the rear differential every time it shifted.

That was the last time I was in a Silverado, until last night. I took our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew home and was amazed at how similar the truck looked to our earlier truck, but how greatly improved everything else was. There was one thing that really impressed me.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 5, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

In the month of February we only drove our long-term 2014 Chevy Silverado about 1,000 miles, most of it in and around Los Angeles. Beyond normal commuting the truck hauled a load of Girl Scout cookies and the usual bikes and surf boards. Not exactly severe duty.

The truck's fuel economy hasn't changed much since last month, and its overall average remains under the EPA's combined estimate. Here are the lifetime fuel economy stats on our Silverado.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Gauge

February 25, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

This picture shows the fuel economy gauge in our long-term 2014 Chevy Silverado. It's a useful little sucker. Especially for me. You see, my commute to work is 53 miles, 52 of which are on the freeway. That means I can see how I've done on the trip when I get there. This was a pretty good run.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Road Trip Fuel Economy

February 10, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Recently, I drove our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado from Los Angeles to Phoenix and back. The route itself is quite uninteresting. It comprises one straight, elevation-changeless highway, Interstate 10, for nearly all of the 825 miles.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 3, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

We accumulated 2,059 miles on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado in January, comfortably over our monthly goal of 1,700 miles. A large chunk of that came in the past week along Highway 10, between our home office in Santa Monica and Phoenix, Arizona. One of our editors drove there for a new vehicle introduction of, appropriately, GM trucks. Stay tuned for more coverage from that event.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for December

January 07, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

December was a fairly quiet month for our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. With no big trips taken, we added about 900 miles through normal driving around Los Angeles.

For the month, we averaged 18.4 mpg.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Active Fuel Management

December 06, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Curious how "active" the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's Active Fuel Management system is?

You can scroll through the instrument panel for a readout that shows when the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter direct-injected engine switches back and forth between four cylinders and eight.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 04, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

In the month of November, we added an additional 1,634 miles onto the odometer our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The Chevy consumed 92.7 gallons of 87-octane go juice. That equates to 17.6 miles per gallon for the month, which is just a bit higher than its lifetime average of 17.3 mpg.

These results so far are less than the truck's EPA combined rating of 19 mpg.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 4, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

In the month of October, our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado spun an additional 2,137 miles onto its odometer and consumed 124.5 gallons of 87-octane fuel. That equates to 17.2 miles per gallon for the month, which is just a hair less than its lifetime average of 17.3 mpg.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for September

October 4, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

It's that time again. In the month of September our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado traveled over 3,500 miles. This far surpassed our monthly goal of 1,700 miles. Even though most of these were highway miles, fuel economy wasn't quite enough to beat any of our standing mpg records. Take a look.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 5, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

It looks like our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 long-term test vehicle is destined for lots of use. We've only had it 6 weeks and the 5,000-mile mark is already out of sight in our rear-view mirror.

Our best tank so far has been 21 mpg over a very long haul that lasted 469.2 miles. Our rear-wheel drive Silverado is supposedly good for 23 mpg on the open road, which makes 500 miles a real possibility if our bladders can stand it.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Final Road Trip Mileage

August 20, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

So after roughly two thousand miles on the road, here's how our long-term 2014 Chevy Silverado fared in the mileage department.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Fuel Economy Update for July

August 2, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

We only took delivery of our new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT a couple of weeks ago, so it has barely had time to get broken in. With only 3 or 4 tanks through it so far, it's averaging just over 16 mpg with a best tank of 19.5 mpg.

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