2014 Chevrolet Silverado
By New Car Test Drive
On Sale: Second Quarter 2013
Expected Pricing: $24,000 to $45,000
The Chevrolet Silverado gets a complete overhaul for 2014. Apart from the instrument panel and a longer bed choice for Crew Cabs most changes are greater than a glance at the parts or numbers suggest.
Styling is updated on the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, but it's easily recognized as a GM even without any badges. The 2014 Silverado sports a cleaner yet more prominent grille and bumper arrangement. Roofline, doors and fenders all appear evolutionary, but the doors no longer wrap into the roof. On Extended Cab models, the rear doors are hinged at the front instead of at the rear for easier access. The Crew Cab truck isn't bigger outside, but it's said to be roomier inside and it comes with larger rear doors.
Engine sizes are as before: 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s. However, the engines are new, and share little with last year's engines except V8 internal dimensions. All are aluminum block-and-head design, have cylinder deactivation to run as four-cylinders under light load, direct fuel injection and are coupled to a 6-speed automatic. Power and EPA figures will be released in 2013, but GM says the V6 is strong enough for a Crew Cab pulling a trailer and we guesstimate the 6.2-liter will deliver in the neighborhood of 420 horsepower.
The 2014 Silverado features a strengthened frame. Suspension is coil springs in front and leaf springs in the rear, which the Silverado has had for years but it's been retuned for slightly wider tires and wheels. Disc brakes have replaced drums in back (again) and steering assist is now electric rather than hydraulic, more fuel efficient and easier to integrate with electronic stability systems.
A 6-foot, 6-inch bed joins last year's 5-foot, 8-inch choice for Crew Cabs, and all bed sizes offer a bumper corner step for easier loading, handholds in the bed rails, upper-level tie-down points, LEDs under the bed rails and a low-effort open/close tailgate. Load and towing ratings have not been finalized.
The interior is the most visually changed aspect of the 2014 Silverado, highlighted by a broader, more imposing, upright dashboard. Six gauges frame a digital display controlled through steering wheel switches, with drive, light and trailer-brake controls and easy left-hand reach. Storage options include a couple of consoles with one wide enough for hanging files, dual gloveboxes, and dual door pockets, the lower large enough for two bottles. Cabin amenities on loaded models will include infotainment with Chevy MyLink connectivity and voice-recognition, Bose sound, contrast-stitched seats and dash, heated/air conditioned seats, adjustable pedals, driver memory and 3 USB ports and a 115-VAC outlet in dash. New driver aids include forward collision and lane departure warnings, the latter with an active safety seat warning to get your attention.
Crew Cabs will be the first 2014 Silverado models on the road, with Extended and regular cab models to follow.