This is the latest Chevy Silverado. In many ways it's exactly what we've come to expect from GM's trucks: big V8 power, lots of variety and it's not even a radical styling departure. At the same time, though, there's been a lot done to modernize this truck both from a mechanical and electronic stand point. Let's take a look.
In the past, the base V6 was something left to cheap businesses content with giving their workers a weak sauce motor. Now, it's actually worth considering. We recently tow tested the V6-powered Ram and Ford F-150, and both got the job done. The Chevy's V6 has more torque, matches their fuel economy and towing should be close or better too.
This Silverado has the new 5.3-liter V8, though, which is probably what most folks are going to get. It has way more power, nearly the same fuel economy thanks to its cylinder deactivation system, and really, it's a fullsize truck: You might not need a V8, but you want a V8. And if you want an even more powerful one, the 6.2-liter's just sitting there on the options list waiting for you to check it off.
The ride is smoother and more controlled now, but it still can't match the Ram. Same goes for the steering. This just feels bigger and less maneuverable. More annoyingly, the throttle is incredibly sluggish. Feels like there's a stress ball in between the pedal and your foot. It's trying way too hard to make you save gas.
The Double Cab now has front hinged doors like this Crew Cab - you no longer have to open up the front door to open the back door. As for this Crew Cab, it might look like it's gotten bigger, but actually, the doors have just changed size. The rear ones are bigger, makes it easier to get in, and the smaller front doors make tight parking spaces less of a nightmare.
Whether you're looking at the base model in the low 20,000s, this $40,000 LT or a loaded High Country that should push 50 grand, the cabin is more modern and of a higher quality than before.
This MyLink system is definitely more modern, especially since you can plug up to 5 USB devices into it. This is the bigger of the two available MyLink screens and it's fairly easy to reach and use. You can customize the menus and these buttons offer a fair amount of redundancy - allows you to do things the way you want to do them. Unfortunately, the system can be a...little slow.
This, as you can see, is the six-passenger cabin that still comes with a fair amount of storage space in this bin. The 5-passenger cab and its enormous center console is far more useful. With either configuration, though, the new Silverado has one of the best driving positions. The reason: telescoping steering wheel. No other truck has one.
So, the Silverado might not be the best truck to drive, but it's without question greatly improved and easy to recommend.
For more information, read the Edmunds 2014 Chevrolet Silverado review.