May 15, 2014
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.
February 20, 2014
We got our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab in the LT Z71 trim level. Our truck came with a standard six-speaker audio system. That's nothing too deluxe in today's world, but is it any good? Here's my report.
January 30, 2014
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.
December 13, 2013
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.
October 29, 2013
This morning I updated the satellite radio subscription in our Silverado which had expired after the three-month promotional period. I entered this code into the Sirius/XM activation page, tuned the satellite radio to channel 1 and waited. All the channels were back in about 10 minutes.
September 30, 2013
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.
August 12, 2013
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.
August 8, 2013
Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is big. It's a full-size truck so it's supposed to be large, and of course, that's not always easy to live with in West Los Angeles. I have a garage to park in overnight, but it's much easier to park on the street if I can during the day, especially if I'm just running in and out of my apartment between errands.
However, many West L.A. residents have no spot to call their own and are forced to look for a spot every night. This made me wonder how much of a hassle it would be to parallel park this big pickup every day.