2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Inferior Man Step
October 17, 2013
The 2014 Ford F-150 is offered with a large step and assist-pole that extend from the tailgate. It's a brilliant feature I appreciated several times with our long-term Raptor and I wasn't the only one. Nevertheless, as I describe in this Raptor post, Chevrolet decided to ridicule it in a commercial, dubbing it the "Man Step." I don't know about you, but all that did was provide a catchier name than "Tailgate Step" and point out a great feature Chevy lacked.
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado includes steps built into the corners of the bumper that help you climb up into the bed. They are better than nothing, but they do absolutely nothing when you descend from the bed. You still need to take a leap off the tailgate. In other words, Ford's "Man Step" is vastly better for climbing up and down. When you have to do that frequently, say when moving boxes or multiple bulky items, that makes a big difference.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 9,666 miles