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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
December 27, 2013
Cylinder deactivation is an increasingly common technology used on bigger engines to help improve fuel economy. The idea here is to shut down half of the engine's cylinders under low demand situations (like cruising), thereby saving some fuel. This can cause extra vibration or noise, though, so automakers strive to make the systems as quiet and quick-reacting as possible.
December 16, 2013
I agree with Erin that the ride quality in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is fantastic. I've been commuting this week in the redesigned Chevy pickup through West Los Angeles and that means perpetual construction projects, potholes that devour Fiats, steel plates Superman couldn't lift and cracks in the pavement that can be seen from outer space. And in the Silverado, I've barely noticed.
December 12, 2013
One of the most striking things about our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is how comfortable and easy to drive it is, even in congested Southern California.
Although our truck is pretty similar in personality to the previous two generations of the Silverado, subtle improvements over the years have minimized a lot of the hassles that come with driving a full-size pickup.
November 1, 2013
Our 2014 Chevy Silverado will execute clean, crisp and effective rev-matched downshifts using this gear selector when in Manual mode. It's a nice feature, especially in a truck capable of towing. More full-size trucks should offer this feature.
October 16, 2013
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.
October 15, 2013
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:
October 11, 2013
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.
August 29, 2013
Like all of the vehicles in our long-term test fleet, our 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 LT had a date with the test track.