The new Silverado “doesn’t quite alter the paradigm of what a full-size pickup can be.” Chevrolet seems to have chosen “cautious progress” as the way forward for the best-selling vehicle in the entire General Motors line, and perhaps buyers will prove the tactic wise. Six-plus years after the truck’s last overhaul, the 2014 checks in with a significantly upgraded cabin, a smoother, surer ride, and impressive new aluminum-block fuel-injected engines across the lineup.
If the Silverado has an eight-speed transmission in its future, Chevy isn’t saying when. But even without meeting rivals on that score, this Silverado will likely test out as best in class on highway mileage, while acceleration “feels greatly improved.” The base-level V-6, previously “awful,” now delivers more than ample torque. Fittingly, the changes to the truck’s exterior, though subtle, make it look “bolder, tougher, and more in your face.”
Modern pickups now often function as rolling offices, and the new cabin offers a suitable array of electronic technology. Higher-end editions offer a touch-screen infotainment system, an iPad holder in the center console, an SD card reader, three 12-volt jacks, and five—“yes, five”—USB ports. Given the “remarkably quiet” ride, “you may never have to leave your truck.”