August 27, 2014
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.
August 21, 2014
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.
August 8, 2014
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.
August 7, 2014
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.
July 28, 2014
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.
July 18, 2014
With our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado just passing 22K miles, we were due for a service visit. The oil change, tire pressure check and other sundry items were pretty routine. The recall was not.
July 14, 2014
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.
July 11, 2014
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.
July 08, 2014
Last Saturday I utilized our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to accomplish the most important job in the world: getting my wife off my back.
July 07, 2014
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.
June 20, 2014
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...
June 19, 2014
When it comes to the use of child safety seats, our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado leaves a bit to be desired...
June 18, 2014
I like the way our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado feels in close quarters. Its overall dimensions are not small, especially compared to the wheelbase of your average car. But as trucks go it is quite manageable around town.
June 17, 2014
Look at that. Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is due for service. With just over 21,000 miles on the odometer, it still falls under the General Motors free scheduled maintenance plan for 2014 Silverados. Sadly, the plan stretches two years and 24,000 miles. So next time, it's coming out of our pocket. We'll get the truck to the shop and let you know how it turns out.
June 6, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
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).
May 19, 2014
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.
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.
May 12, 2014
As I mentioned before I built a makeshift bike rack for our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The rack is a simple piece of lumber with two mounts bolted to it. It's cut to fit the bed slots and slides into the front of the bed. It works brilliantly.
May 9, 2014
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.
May 8, 2014
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?
May 7, 2014
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).
May 2, 2014
This photo of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado shows why, if it were up to me, I would never get the shorty-pants 5-foot, 8-inch bed in a pickup.
For my needs (and hey, this particular update is all about me) I'd like to be able to close the tailgate when I have two sportbikes in the back. Can't do that with this size bed.
Why this crazy desire to close the tailgate?
April 29, 2014
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.
April 25, 2014
The center console on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is neither new nor groundbreaking.
But it is highly utilitarian.
April 23, 2014
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.
April 14, 2014
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.
April 10, 2014
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.
April 8, 2014
Here's a different milestone from our fleet. Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado just hit 500 engine hours, a metric that reminds us that the truck is made to do more than haul mulch and furniture, such as idle for extended periods while powering accessories on a job site. This may have more relevance for diesels than gas burners, but it seems like a handy number to know along with an odometer reading, especially for resale.
April 4, 2014
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.
March 31, 2014
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.
March 26, 2014
I love the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's rear seats. They're large enough to hold real people and hugely functional.
March 25, 2014
I could have put the greasy engine block in the trunk of a car or in the back of a crossover. Heck, almost any vehicle could have transported the 35-year old chunk of cast iron to its destination, but some jobs are just right for a pickup truck. And this was one of those jobs.
I've had the small-block Chevy sitting in my garage for about five years. It once lived in the engine bay of my father's 1969 Camaro. He installed it back in 1979. Nothing radical; 350 cubic inches, cast iron block, heads and manifold, a single four-barrel carburetor and a very mild 8.5:1 compression ratio. It was perfect for the boulevard cruiser Rally Sport convertible and it ran perfectly for nearly 200,000 miles.
And it was still running well (a little smoke) when we pulled it from the Camaro and replaced it with a new 350 H.O. crate motor we bought from General Motors about five years ago.
March 21, 2014
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.
March 6, 2014
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.
March 5, 2014
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.
March 3, 2014
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.
February 27, 2014
Crew cabs are great...if you're hauling people. They're not so great when you need to carry stuff in the bed, especially really, really long stuff.
February 26, 2014
It's Girl Scout cookie season in Southern California, and this past Saturday our Cadette troop of middle schoolers took delivery of 81 cases of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other annual favorites from our local cookie warehouse.
February 25, 2014
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.
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.
February 14, 2014
Talk about good timing. The recently announced exhaust recall for our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado more or less coincided with a fast-approaching 15,000-mile service. A pair of technical service bulletins had also been announced since our last dealer visit, so we decided to get everything taken care of in one shot. We chose to take the Silverado to a different dealership for service this time around. Read on to find out how it went.
February 11, 2014
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.
February 10, 2014
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.
February 3, 2014
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.
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.
January 27, 2014
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.
January 24, 2014
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earned its keep this weekend. I checked it out of our long-term fleet so my husband and I could tote a set of Fuchs wheels and two new tires for our 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S to a tire store for installation. Loading up the new wheels and tires was a snap.
January 23, 2014
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.
January 17, 2014
General Motors has recalled some 370,000 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups made with the 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 engines. The issue is the potential for fire due to overheating exhaust components in the event of extended idling. The 6.2-liter V8 is not part of it.
The release goes on to say that all eight reported incidents that led to fires occurred in areas with "very cold weather."
Overheating and fire in very cold weather may seem odd, but I get it.
January 15, 2014
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.
January 14, 2014
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).
January 13, 2014
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?