First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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2014 Cheby Silverado1500

What’s New?

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado begins its third generation with some heavy alterations. In fact, Chevy claims that Silverado is new from “hood to hitch,” and yet base prices remain substantially unchanged from 2013. The Silverado shares most of it’s components with it’s corporate sibling, the GMC Sierra, with the two trucks differing in mostly cosmetic details.

Silverado can be ordered-up with a Regular Cab, Double Cab or Crew Cab. Regular Cabs come with a 6’6″ box or 8′ box; Double Cabs with a 6’6″ box; and Crew Cab with a 5’8″ box or 6’6″ box.


Silverado’s trailering and hauling ratings vary depending on cab, box and powertrain configuration. The maximum tow rating, 12,000 lbs (best in class), can be achieved by selecting the Max Trailering Package ($770) on the Double Cab or Crew Cab 2WD with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. The lowest tow rating in the Silverado lineup is 5,800 lbs, on the Crew Cab 2WD with a 4.2-liter V6 engine, and everything else is logically distributed in between. A trailer brake controller is available as an option ($230), and Stabilitrak with trailer sway control is standard on all models.

Hauling capacity is similarly variable. Each of the three boxes is the same width at the floor and between the wheel housings (64.6″ and 51″), with a 62.2″ wide tailgate and a box height of 21.1″. The 8′ box can hold 76.3 cu.-ft. of stuff; the 6’6″ box holds 61 cu.-ft.; and the 5’8″ box holds 53.4 cu.-ft. The lightest maximum payload is 1,577 lbs and the heaviest is 2,108 lbs, depending on configuration. The bed comes painted, without a bedliner or coating. Chevy offers a $345 drop-in bedliner, and adds a set of $100 tie-down rings. A hard folding tonneau cover is available for $1,159 – $1,759, depending on bed length. The aftermarket has less expensive, better solutions.

Chevy has done a good job with interior stowage on the Silverado, too. The center armrest compartment is big enough for a laptop computer, and I was able to store my iPad in the glove compartment. My test vehicle was a Crew Cab, which had a very smart easy to fold seat, which leaves a clear, flat-load floor when stowed.


Three engines are available for the Silverado:

4.3-liter V6
285 hp @ 5,300 rpm
305 lb.-ft. @ 3,900 rpm
18 mpg city/24 mpg highway (2WD)
17 mpg city/22 mpg highway (4WD)

5.3-liter V8 (+$895)
355 hp @ 5,600 rpm
383 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
16 mpg city/23 mpg highway (2WD)
16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (4WD)

6.2-liter V8 (+$1,995, available late 2013)
420 hp @ 5,600 rpm
460 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
15 mpg city/21 mpg highway (2WD)
14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (4WD)

Add six-speed automatic transmission with 2WD or 4WD (+$3,940)

The Drive – Page 2 >>

  • Lord Triumph

    How do they achieve such low power from such a massive block. And those mpg figures are truly shocking. Vehicle of the past.

    • Blu E Milew

      Low power? Trolling much?

      • Mark D

        To be fair, BMW Motorrad could conceivable get 1,240 hp out of that much displacement.

        • Lord Triumph

          My point exactly thanks.

        • Blu E Milew

          To be fair, 7 years ago, Toyota made 740hp out of a 2.4l v8 engine. Chevy should be able to scale that and make at least 1900hp.

          To be fairer, Caparo sells a street car with a 3.5l v8 making 575hp.

          To be fairest, the block isn’t massive. The displacement is.

          • Piglet2010

            Honda used to get over 900HP/L out of their turbocharged V-6 F1 engines in qualifying tune.

    • Justin McClintock

      A better question would be how they get such good fuel economy from an engine that large pushing a vehicle that large. They can get more power if they want, but it’ll cost reliability, fuel economy, and increased maintenance.

  • Ben Barbeau

    Low stressed motors = made to work and take a beating while being low maintenance

  • Piglet2010

    With a disappearing middle class, who is going to be buying these $40K pick-up trucks?

    • kentaro

      The few left in the middle class – people who work for a living.

      • Piglet2010

        My work truck was used and cost me less than 20% of $40K.

        • grindz145

          From my experience, these tend to be company trucks, at least partially written off by tax rebates/etc.

  • grindz145

    O wow, up to 15 whole MPGs.

    • grindz145

      I’m sorry, I get incredible satisfaction from trolling the car reviews…

      • Tiberiuswise

        15 MPG to move 5,000 pounds. There probably isn’t an easy formula for a true apples to apples comparison but how many MPGs do you think you’d get with 5,000 pounds of motorcycle?

        • Justin McClintock

          If it was tuned like of these guys want (aka, like a sportbike)….probably around 2.

  • Stuki

    Why a motorcycle site would deem the 5.8 the most appropriate for this truck is beyond me. I haven’t driven the new GMs, but in the Ram, by far the most appropriate engine/tranny combo for motorcycle duties, is the V6/8speed. The 8s are fine, but there is no need for the noseweight of a big 8 if the bed or trailer is only carryinng a bike or three; and the V6 has plenty of power for any kind of driving anyone has any business doing with a bike tied down in the bed.

    • Piglet2010

      I did fine pulling a 4×8 trailer, a Bonnie, and a Ninjette with a 170-HP (so about 120-RWHP) Nissan Frontier.

      Anyone remember 30 years ago when a 350-ci Chevy/GMC pick-up had about 125-HP? How did we survive?

  • Michael

    you guys really need to try the new Ram. Its amazing. The build quality far exceeds what GM is putting out. Not to mention far superior styling, packages, technology, storage, and resale value.

    • Stuki

      I like the GM styling, but the 8speed ZF (7 series tranny) and coil rear springs on the Ram, makes it a better light duty (as in hauling bikes) truck. Getting more heavy use truck guys to go for a Fiat, is probably an uphill battle, though….

  • akaaccount

    Wow, somebody really takes it in the pants to supply trucks to the used market.

  • Justin McClintock

    I remember many years ago when Chevy introduced the Colorado to replace the S10, they scrapped the 4.3 in favor a an inline 5 because they said the 4.3 was too old and couldn’t meet emission and got horrible fuel economy. This despite the fact that it had FAR more torque than the inline 5 replacing it.

    Now here we are, so many years later, and the inline 5 is dead…yet the 4.3 lives on and is more powerful and fuel efficient and cleaner than ever.