In the market for a new pickup truck? Keep an eye out for the stronger, smarter, more capable 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Silverado has been redesigned from hood to hitch but carries along the same base pricing as last year’s model.
It’s about time for a redesign. The Chevrolet Silverado was beginning to show its age with a platform that dates to 2007. That’s not the case with the 2014 Silverado 1500, which has few carry-over parts but a bed-load of improvements. There’s a trio of all-new EcoTec3 engines, a V6 and two V8s that feature direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. Active fuel management allows the 5.3-liter V8 to drop down to four cylinders for fuel savings.
For power, the 5.3 V8 hits zero to 60 in a brisk 6.6 seconds, according to Zero to 60 Times. For towing capabilities, the 4.3 V6 rates 7,200 pounds the highest for any base V6 on the market. Silverados equipped with the 5.3L V-8 and the max towing package will have towing ratings of up to 11,500 pounds, which is more than any light-duty pickup currently on the market. Improvements abound from the newly tuned brakes, electric power steering, a revised front and rear suspension and wide wheels.
Inside the cab the ride is comfortable and deepwoods quiet. The upgraded interior is more attractive with buttons and dials kept to a minimum, ample storage and multiple power and USB ports. The cabin is strong too, with nearly two-thirds made of high-strength steel.