Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Chevy Silverado: Newly Redesigned With Classic Good Looks

Truck buyers are some of the most brand loyal in the entire car industry.  Once they know what truck they are going to buy, whether it be because their Dad drove that brand, their favorite uncle, their first one was that brand and they never changed, or actual research and data, truck owners are hardly going to have their mind changed by simple add-ons that don’t make their job or life any easier.
With a full redesign of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, the Silverado can change all that. 

Unmistakable, Chevy didn’t change the overall outside look of the truck, keeping with the classic good looks that scream power, work, and capability, Chevy has added a great deal of new features that help truck owners get the job done.

Checking out the drive of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 the first thing that is unmistakable is the quiet ride.  Along with a completely redone and upgraded suspension, the Silverado delivers the quietest ride in the industry with a smooth even ride that is soaked up by this great new suspension system.  The steering itself is really updated as well, responding quickly and flawlessly to the lightest of change in steering, not something that is usually found in big bulky trucks.

Even in the V6 model the acceleration is really good for those who typically haul light loads under 5,000 pounds, but if a larger load is needed the owner will need to step it up to one of the V8 models.  The brakes are solid as well, stopping the truck precisely and easily whenever needed, and acceleration if great with a fast response to inputs from the gas pedal.

Now, the really important stuff, what’s under that hood?  The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado engines have been completely redesigned and each of the Ecotech3 engines offer direct fuel-injection and cylinder deactivation technology.  This cylinder deactivation technology shuts down half the cylinders under lighter loads when they are not needed to get the job done allowing the Silverado to gain in the fuel economy category.

The transmission for the Silverado is a six-speed automatic linked to a manual shift mode which is standard for all the 2014 models of Silverado.  Chevy has ditched the two-mode hybrid due to a complete lack of interest from truck owners.

Under the hood a truck owner can choose from three different engine set ups.  First the 4.3-liter V6 Flex-Fuel which is only offered in a two wheel drive package provides 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque bringing a fuel economy of 18 city/24 hwy mpg.

The midrange engine for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is a 5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel engine bringing power with 355 horsepower at 383 lb.-ft. of torque.  This engine can be set up with either a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive option.  The fuel economy for the two-wheel drive is 16 city/23 hwy mpg and for the four-wheel drive is still a strong 16 city/22 hwy mpg.

At the top of the heap is the huge 6.2-liter V8 Flex-Fuel four-wheel drive with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.  This beast is only offered in four-wheel drive and has the power to do absolutely anything an owner would want a truck to be able to do.  Offering a fuel economy of 14 city/20 hwy mpg this behemoth can get the job done.

Inside the Silverado is an array of great molded plastics and well thought out comfort features, even in the lower models.  In the higher models such as the High Country, perforated leather offers a great feel for anyone to ride in after a long day on the job.  Most primary functions are at a fingertip reach on the steering wheel and stack while the touchscreen is still close by for the driver to comfortably control while focusing on the road ahead.  Lots of storage is available throughout the cabin and for the classic Chevy Silverado lovers the front bench seat is still available if that is preferred over bucket seats.

There are three cab options for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, a standard cab, double cab, and crew cab.  With the standard cab the truck bed can be either a 6’6” bed or an 8’ bed, the double cab comes only with the 6’6” bed, and the crew cab has the option between a 6’6” bed and a 5’8” bed. 
In the LT model of Silverado an “EZ-lift” tailgate, driver information center with a 4.2 inch display, OnStar emergency/concierge service, and a six-speaker audio system with Pandora and basic voice-recognition software are all standard.  Just these standard features along let the driver know this isn’t his father’s truck, he is truly connected to the world with some world class and state of the art features and this is just on the basic model.

Once a truck buyer steps up to the LTZ model they get to add heated front seats, leather interior and a touch-screen audio system.  Going even further in the creature comfort class to the High Country model brings ventilated front seats, a Bose premium audio system, and twenty-inch chrome wheels all in a Western-themed package.  Add one last step up for the trim packages to the Z71 model and a locking rear differential, off-road suspension, and all-terrain tires are added, making the Silverado a great truck for all needs, work or play.

A few optional features are also available to really spice up the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado including LED cargo bed lighting, MyLink navigation, moveable upper tie-down hooks and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner.  An owner who opts for the LT model can add a nice package for around $1500 called the LT Convenience Package with includes a tit/telescoping steering wheel, a 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate controls, and a backup camera, a great value for not a huge amount of extra cash.

One of the best upgrade the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has made that really makes the job simpler when having to reach into the bed for tools or materials is the corner step bumper.  Chevrolet has built footholds into the rear bumper of the Silverado allowing access to the bed to be much easier than ever before no matter what the height of the individual.

As far as price, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT model starts at $27,000 with a regular cab, with the double cab model bringing a price of $30,500 and the crew cab starting at $35,000.  If the four-wheel drive options is added, this add anywhere from $3100 to $3500 to the price and as the trim packages increase so does the price which can reach over $50,000 for the top of the line models with all the extra options.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has been redesigned to please the already loyal Chevy crowd of truck owners as well as sway some who are loyal to other brands of trucks.  By sticking with the great look of a long running fantastic truck, Chevrolet has done a tremendous job of giving truck owners what they want and need in the way of standard features throughout the truck.

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