Rapid Review: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Jerry Reynolds | July 5, 2013
Rapid Review: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

The launch of the 2014 Chevy Silverado is clearly the most important by General Motors since the last Silverado was introduced in 2006. They had to get this one right, and they did.

This is an all-new truck from bumper-to-bumper, and roof to road. It is a remarkable difference from the 2013 model. The model I have reviewed this week is the 2014 LTZ 4-wheel drive Crew Cab version in Deep Ruby Red.

Under the hood, it has the new 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec3 engine hooked to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is producing 355-horses and I swear it feels like a lot more than that. It has an impressive towing capacity of 11,500 pounds, making it best in class for half ton trucks, at least for now. It has the cylinder displacement system that drops it down to 4-cylinders on the highway, enhancing fuel economy.

The interior is the best GM interior I have experienced in a truck. The stitching on the dash and steering wheel looks great, the dash layout is simple with big buttons and easy to operate. It is much improved from previous versions. It is striking too, just how quiet this truck is inside, they clearly took some cues from Ford in this area. A dual glove box is a nice touch, half of it can be locked, which is awesome for us gun- toting Texans.

Outside, Silverado has a bold grill that grabs your attention and the 20” wheels that come on the Texas Edition really sets the truck off. The lines are deep-cut, and now you can get a 6.5-foot bed in the 4-door truck, and it doesn’t make the truck look funny.

The MyLink audio features an 8” color monitor to operate the navigation system, and Bose stereo which features Pandora, real-time traffic, weather, and sports, and numerous other apps. My tester has the Driver Alert package, which gives you rear park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure which vibrates your seats. It’s a bargain at $845 retail. If you veer out of your lane to the left, the left side of the seat vibrates. The same happens if you veer to the right without signaling.

This truck also has chrome step boards, heated and cooled seats in leather, trailer brake controller, and all the other really nice options on the LTZ package. I came up a little short of stated fuel economy, but to be fair, my tester only had 300 miles when I started driving it.

There is just no doubt, this is the best Chevy truck ever, and they priced it right. My suspicion is that the Silverado will still be #2 behind the F-150 at the end of the year, but diehard Chevy truck owners are going to LOVE the new Silverado.

What I liked most: Performance and interior.

What I would change: Cannot think of anything, great truck.

MSRP: Base price of 4-wheel LTX Crew, $42,685. As equipped $49,935.

Fuel Economy: Rated at 16 City/22 Highway.

2014 Silverado in a few words: Best GM truck ever.

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Photo Credit: Chevrolet

Jerry .
Good to hear from you. Officially, it’s rated at 6500 pounds, which doesn’t give you much room. I think you would be wise to go to the 3:42 which will take you up to over 9000. My rule is it’s better to have too much truck than not enough.

Hope this helps you!

Jerry Reynolds, President
Despreporno Radio Network
Scott .

Im replacing a 2002 Silverado 1500HD 4x4 with 213K, with a 2015 1500 4x4 with a 5.3l engine. My concern is the rear end gear, 3.08. I have a Jayco Travel Trailer that is 5600lbs. Any concerns with this gear ratio please?

Thank you

Jerry .
The cylinder deactivation system has been awesome for over a decade. No worries at all. Let me know where you are, I'll recommend a great dealer for you!

Jerry Reynolds, President
Despreporno Radio Network
jimmy .
Was wondering what concern I should have about the new engine in the 2014 Silverado. The Active fuel management technology and the stories of oil burning, prevent an immediate purchase. I really like the truck, but hesitate to invest $$$$ if all the bugs are not ironed out. Thank you, and thank you for you're outstanding radio program. Jimmy
Hal W.
Thanks for your review on 2014 Silverado, just bought 1500 one month ago and love the truck. It is quite and it does have plenty of power.
Jerry .
Much depends on the weight of what you are pulling. Email me, [email protected] and I'll tell you what I think about gas vs. diesel.

THANKS for listening to the show.

Jerry Reynolds “The Despreporno”
President, Despreporno Radio Networks
Owner, KPIR 1420 AM Granbury, TX
Marion H.
How do you feel about the DuraMax in the Silverado 2500 4X4 Crew Cab. Most of my driving is a 50 mile round trip commute daily but I will be towing trailers from time to time. Is it worth the extra money vs a gas engine? What about the milage vs the cost of diesel compared gasoline? I will probably keep my next truck 10 years.

Jim G.
Ordered at new 2014 LTZ in White Diamond back in May. Unfortunately, GM put a moratorium on the white diamond paint not sure when I'm going to get my truck.
Jerry .
Colleen - click on this hotlink: http://despreporno.info/?p=8117

Thanks for listening to the show!
Jerry Reynolds “The Despreporno”
President, Despreporno Radio Networks
Colleen J.
Where can I find the contract for new drivers? it was mentioned duirn ga show a couple of weeks ago...
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