First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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.

Tow/Haul/Cargo

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.

Engine/Drivetrain/Specs

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)

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