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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Review

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Though its familiar sheet metal does very little to suggest otherwise, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is all-new from head to toe. It’s what lies beneath the bodywork that counts, as the Silverado’s improvements become immediately evident once you step inside. The revamped cabin is perhaps the quietest in the segment, and the use of higher-quality materials helps to spice things up considerably. A trio of new engines combined with significant chassis and suspension upgrades put the new Silverado on competitive footing with the recently redesigned Ram 1500, the forthcoming 2014 Toyota Tundra, and Ford’s top-selling F-150. Fuel economy numbers are nothing to get excited about, but the 2014 Chevy Silverado delivers big on its promise of blending work- truck capability with everyday civility.

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While we realize the majority of full-size truck buyers are predisposed towards their favorite brand, the 2014 Chevy Silverado makes a compelling case for itself. From its sophisticated-yet-easy-to-use infotainment system to its surprisingly refined interior, the 2014 Silverado deserves serious consideration from the brand faithful and cross-shoppers alike.

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Best-in-class V6 fuel economy combined with an exceptionally versatile air suspension system make the Ram 1500 an intriguing option for those who place a premium on practicality. GM buffs looking for a slightly more upscale alternative should explore the equally-new 2014 GMC Sierra.

What's New for 2014

The Chevy Silverado 1500 has been totally redesigned for 2014.

Driving the Silverado 1500 Regular Cab
Driving Impressions

GM engineers put a great deal of effort into developing a remarkably quiet cabin for the 2014 Chevy Silverado, and the hard work paid off. Road and wind noise are...

... nicely quelled at highway speeds, while the retuned suspension soaks up everything short of a sinkhole. Steering is light and precise, with responsiveness that belies the Silverado’s portly dimensions. Acceleration from the standard V6 is adequate for “air haulers” and light-duty users, though loads weighing in excess of 5,000 pounds are best left to the mid-tier 5.3-liter V8. The standard 6-speed automatic does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, especially with the well-calibrated tow/haul mode engaged. Lastly, while the pedal feels a bit spongy, the brakes themselves provide more than enough pucker power.

MYLINK INFOTAINMENT
Whether you’re a smartphone aficionado or a rebellious technology holdout, Chevy’s 2nd –generation MyLink system is quite possibly the most rewarding infotainment system money can buy. Features like mobile application support, real-time data widgets and one-shot destination entry (speak an entire address at once) deliver connectivity without complexity.

CORNERSTEP BUMPER
As author William Golding once said, “The greatest ideas are the simplest.” This wisdom holds true in the automotive world, and the Silverado’s new Cornerstep bumper is a prime example. The feature allows for easy access to the cargo bed by way of footholds integrated into the rear bumper.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Details
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab photo Interior

Even without the High Country’s perforated leather and extensive comfort/convenience touches, the 2014 Chevy Silverado offers one of the finest interiors in the segment. Soft-touch surfaces are scarce in lower trims, but most plastics are well-textured, lending impressive substance to the cabin. Basic push-button controls handle most primary functions, and the ergonomic center stack keeps the touch-screen within arm’s reach. Clever storage solutions scattered throughout the interior demonstrate thoughtful attention to detail. Call us old fashioned, but we actually prefer the superior flexibility provided by the standard front bench seat over the optional bucket seats.

Exterior
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab photo

The more things change, the more they stay the same. While this isn’t the official design philosophy behind the 2014 Silverado, it does put the new look into perspective. As a whole, the truck is instantly recognizable as a Silverado, yet subtle styling tweaks all around the exterior combine to impart a sense of modernity. On the practical side, LT trims and higher feature a new damped tailgate that smoothly lowers itself without assistance and requires minimal effort to close. Double cab models (formerly dubbed extended cab) ditch the old reverse-opening half-doors in favor of fixed B-pillars and forward-hinged doors for increased structural rigidity and safety.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Silverado is offered in standard cab, double cab and crew cab body styles. Double cab models come with a 6’6” bed, while regular cabs offer the choice of a 6’6” or 8’ bed. Crew cabs are available with a 5’8” or 6’6” bed. In terms of equipment, the volume-leading LT grade includes an “EZ-Lift” tailgate, a driver information center with a 4.2-inch display, OnStar emergency/concierge services, and a 6-speaker audio system with Pandora and basic voice-recognition software. Stepping up to the LTZ trim lands you heated front seats, leather and touch-screen audio, while the upper-crust High Country edition adds ventilated front seats, Bose premium audio, and 20-inch chrome wheels in a Western-themed package. Z71 versions up the performance ante with a locking rear differential, off-road suspension and all-terrain tires.

Optional Equipment

Options lists for today’s full-size trucks have a tendency to read like “War and Peace”. To help remedy this age-old dilemma, Chevrolet product planners reduced the number of configurations for the 2014 Silverado. A la carte features we feel are worth the additional coin include LED cargo bed lighting, MyLink navigation, moveable upper tie-down hooks and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner. The LT Convenience Package delivers a good balance between necessity and price, offering a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, and a backup camera, all for around $1,500.

Under the Hood

While their displacements carry over unchanged, all three engines available in the 2014 Silverado are entirely new from the block up. Each Ecotech3 engine incorporates direct fuel-injection, an all-aluminum design, and cylinder deactivation technology that seamlessly shuts down half of the engine’s cylinders under light loads. A 6-speed automatic transmission linked to a manual shift mode is standard across the board. Due to low customer take rates and negligible performance gains, the Silverado’s 2-mode hybrid powertrain is no more.

4.3-liter V6 Flex-Fuel (2WD only)
285 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm
305 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (2WD), 16/22 (4WD)

6.2-liter V8 Flex-Fuel (4WD only)
420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 70 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

First Chevy since 1988

By on Thursday, April 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 380

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Styling, MPG, Great ride and build quality"

Cons: "Cloth seats are dated and 5.3 needs a little tweak"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had not owned a Chevy truck since 1988, and that one was my 1968 show truck so how much of the Chevy DNA left in it was a debatable point. The fact that I even went and looked says much to the styling of the truck. having owned more Fords than any other truck, my friends would and will raise more than one eyebrow over this purchase and having traded in my much beloved '09 Ram made my wife do more than that! The build quality is excellent, with all the panels tight and aligned, the Red Hot paint flawless and a real eye catcher. What I like: Styling, and ride comfort. For a Z71 4x4 it rides almost on par with the Ram even though it was a 4x2. The seating position is more comfortable in the Silverado in part do to the telescoping wheel which helps long legged people like me. The interior is well thought out and the controls and gauges all easily identified and operated. Fuel economy is fantastic, I am averaging 21 plus so far and expect that grow slightly as the drivetrain breaks in. What I don't like: The 5.3 liter lacks the instant response of the Ram's 5.7 hemi and could use some tweaking. It is powerful once it gets moving but you will have to mash the pedal to move out quickly from a dead stop. The six speed hunts for a gear sometimes especially when pulling at highway speeds on cruise. The cloth seats need updated coverings. The current one looks dated and cheap when one factors this is a $54k truck. Overall: I bought it and I admit I love it! For a guy who bashed the bow-tie for years that says it all. I give GM kudos for making a truck that reminds me why I loved my '68 so much."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great truck overall

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fit and finish"

Cons: "fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"One real negative is fuel economy when towing. Gas mileage when towing 2500 pound fishing boat drops to 13 mpg. When not towing... 20 mpg. Cold starting after it sets. Acceleration is a bit unresponsive unless you step on it."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

First Chevy in 30 yrs. They have come a long way!

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Best looking truck on the road."

Cons: "Cup holders are too far off the dash. Hit elbows."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am very impressed with my new Chevy Silverado. I switched to Ford in the 80's, for a better ride. Now that I have gone back to Chevy, I'm happy I did. The Chevy was more affordable for me and I'm glad I came back. Looks better than the competitors, and very smooth ride. Looking forward to hooking up the boat and enjoying the summer with my new Chevy Silverado!"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Awesome truck, will never go back to a car

By on Monday, April 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything, pretty much."

Cons: "Wish there was climate control in the back seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT crew cab All-Star/Texas Edition. This truck is a dream. It drives and rides just like the 1991 Caddy Sedan DeVille that I had, way back in the day. They don't make 4-door sedan cars like that anymore, so the next-best thing, is this truck, and this truck is even better. I test-drove all five of the full-size trucks (Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, and Nissan). The Silverado beat them all out, hands-down. But, that is based on my needs/wants. I will hardly ever even use the bed, and will probably never tow anything, either. That said, this truck might not be best for someone who really needs a truck, for what a truck is for. Mine is the standard 4x4 version (not Z71 off-road), so the shocks/suspension is incredibly soft. Going over railroad tracks or bumpy pavement, is like being on a boat in the water. This truck is a dream, no other way to put it. I watch the "luxury" cars drive past me, with their 22-inch rims and low-profile racing tires, and can only laugh. They aren't getting half the luxury ride that I am, with this Silverado."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Poor workmanship in some areas

By on Thursday, March 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Under front fenders the insulation sticks out from under fenders,the passenger door holds in water even a day later and then when I open the door the water drains out. Sometimes the bluetooth will not connect to phone if you try to connect your phone after the car has been started.sometimes I have to turn on phones bluetooth BEFORE starting car to get it to connect. The electronics with display are Great however."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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By on Thursday, March 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "It will start"

Cons: "Engine, ride, computer overkill, quality,cost."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Recently purchased the 2015 Silverado 1500 extra cab 5.3 V 8. A faithful Chevy owner the past 20+ years trading in for a new one every few years.. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS REDESIGNED VEHICLE !!! Ecoboost engine cannot decide to run on 4 or 8 cylinders and either bogs down or over revs in high gear the 6 speed transmission unfortunately is jumping gears continually with the 4/8 cylinders. Dealership said there's nothing they can do.. ride is unstable with weight reduction and tightened up suspension, bed is flimsy and not capable of hauling and weight and side walls are frail. Overkill with useless computer gadgets have me sick stomach facing the reality a function pickup is no longer produced by GMAC. I'm returning the truck and having to take a massive loss financially because of poor quality and design !"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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