The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is packed with features, but how does the 2014 Chevy Silverado stack up? Which truck is the better buy?
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Chevrolet has found a nice mix of work truck and cabin comforts when it comes to the Silverado 1500. The truck excels in towing, ride quality, handling, cushioned seats, and useful features. The current 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was given a refresh that includes several updates, including a new off-road-ready ZR2 model. Going back to the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, which kicked off the third generation of the pickup, will drop the price by almost $20,000. The question is: can the 2014 Silverado keep up with Chevy’s latest model?
A 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 comes with one of three engines. The base 4.3-liter V6 engine makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Next up is the 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the 6.2-liter V8 makes 420 horsepower with 460 lb-ft of torque. No matter which engine is under the hood, every 2014 Silverado comes matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.
This truck is offered in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) in regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab body styles. The most fuel-efficient combination for the 2014 Chevy Silverado is the V6 with two-wheel drive, getting 18 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. 4WD drops those numbers down to 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The worst you’ll get is 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway with 4WD and the optional 6.2-liter V8 on the LTZ and High Country trims.
Every 2022 Chevrolet Silverado is available in RWD or 4WD. Engine options include a 2.7-liter turbo-four, a 5.3-liter V8, a 6.2-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter I6 turbodiesel. The 2.7-liter engine makes 310 horsepower with 420 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The turbodiesel has 277 horsepower but has 460 lb-ft of torque. That one has a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The two V8 engines make between 355 and 420 horsepower, produce 383 to 460 lb-ft of torque, and also come with a 10-speed automatic. Maximum towing power is 13,300 lbs with the 6.2-liter V8 or the 3.0-liter turbodiesel. Whether the truck bed is a short, standard, or long bed, the 2022 Silverado 1500 generally outsizes rivals like the 2022 Ford F-150 and 2022 Toyota Tundra.
With so many configurations on the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, there are multiple fuel-efficiency numbers, too. At its best, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado gets an Environmental Protection Agency fuel estimate of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with a RWD Silverado Limited diesel model. The best non-diesel model is the RWD Silverado Limited, getting 19 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. On the other end of the spectrum, 2022 Silverado models with the 5.3-liter V8 and 4WD get 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
The performance of the 2014 Chevy Silverado depends, of course, on which engine is inside. The V6 provides plenty of power for a base trim. Light hauling and daily driving won’t be issues with the V6. The more powerful 5.3-liter V8 accelerates quickly, but not without some vibration. It definitely has the power for trailering or other heavy jobs. Handling is composed in the 2014 Silverado, whether making turns or navigating unpaved trails.
The Silverado earned a reputation as a solid, durable work truck. The latest version doesn’t disappoint, but the truck is agile at the same time. It doesn’t drive like a full-size pickup. The Trail Boss is probably the best choice for ranching, farming, and other hauling jobs. Meanwhile, the new ZR2 is capable of some serious off-roading. Being newer, with more engine options, gives the 2022 Silverado an edge in this category.
Seats should be comfortable for the up to six passengers that can fit in the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500. There is plenty of support in the seats. There is also plenty of space for back-seat passengers in regular models. Crew cabs and double cabs, of course, offer even more space. There are plastics in the 2014 Silverado’s cabin, especially in lower trims, but they are textured, giving off a more high-quality appearance.
The truck’s infotainment system and touchscreen controls aren’t needlessly complicated. A good amount of buttons and knobs help keep things simple when adjusting climate and audio settings. Even in a used 2014 Silverado 1500, there are up to six USB ports for charging phones, iPads, and other electronic devices.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado dashboard was given a refresh that includes open-pore wood trim in several models. Models with bucket seats were updated with an available electronic shift lever, which is mounted on the center console. In a base 2022 Silverado model, you’ll find some of the essentials like storage cubbies, a pair of USB ports on the instrument panel, and manually adjustable front seats.
Up to six adults can fit in the truck. Materials consist of vinyl seats and some hard plastics. Higher trims offer larger digital gauge clusters, larger touchscreens, and leather upholstery. The crew cab is the best option for generous rear-seat space, with 43.4-inches of legroom and 40.1-inches of headroom in the back row. Up front, the crew cab has 44.5-inches of legroom and 43.0-inches of headroom.
Work Truck – Some standard safety features include: antilock disc brakes, traction control, side curtain airbags, and front and rear seat side airbags. Powered and heated mirrors, keyless entry, and 17-inch steel wheels are also standard. The 2014 Chevrolet 1500 Work Truck has a four-speaker AM/FM sound system, UB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, HD radio, and satellite radio.
LT – The next trim up adds a lift/lower tailgate, alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The steering wheel also has audio controls that command a six-speaker stereo system.
LTZ – 18-inch alloy wheels are added to the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ trim. Remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, and dual-zone climate control are all included here, too. A 110-volt power outlet is added for additional plug-in capability. The seats are also upgraded with leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, and eight-way power driver and front passenger seats.
Z71 – For shoppers looking for off-roading fun, there is the specialized Z71 model with 18-inch wheels and special all-terrain tires. A Hill Descent Control feature and front towing hooks also come with the 2014 Silverado 1500 Z71. The truck also comes equipped with a locking rear differential in case of a sudden loss of traction.
High Country – At the top of the line is the Silverado High Country, direct competition to the 2014 Ford F-150 King Ranch. It has the optional 6.2-liter V8 to boost power. The High Country truck also includes a grille that is specific to that trim. It comes with 20-inch wheels and parking sensors in the front and rear of the vehicle. There is a power-sliding rear window. Inside is a Bose audio system. The front seats are ventilated and can be adjusted in 10 ways.
Times were simpler in 2014. The 2022 Chevy Lineup is an example of that. There are 9 trims to choose from. Buyers can get even more options with different engines, cab configurations, and cargo box lengths. If you want a 2022 Chevy Silverado, there should be something here for you.
WT (Work Truck) – the bottom trim of the 2022 lineup comes with 17-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights with an automatic on/off, and a rearview camera. Infotainment included at this level include a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth capability, a USB port, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The 2022 Silverado 1500 WT has a MSRP of $33,800.
Custom – LED taillights and remote keyless entry are added at this level. Cruise control and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard here, too. Heated, power-adjustable mirrors are an added feature on the Custom as well.
Custom Trail Boss – this trim comes with a Z71 off-road package, which includes hill-descent control. Hitch guidance and a heavy-duty automatic locking rear. A two-inch suspension lift and skid plate are also included.
LT – Starting with the LT models, the digital instrument cluster is 12.3 inches, and the touchscreen increases to 13.4 inches. Front and rear bumpers are chrome. Leather seats are available with the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT. It comes with one month of OnStar safety and security coverage.
RST – 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED fog lights, and LED taillights all come with a 2022 RST.
LTZ – Blind-spot monitoring, front-and-rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane departure alert all increase safety as standard driver assists at this trim level. Two 120-volt power outlets are added to the interior. So are heated and ventilated front seats, rear heated outboard seats, a 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and leather front bucket seats. An advanced trailering system involves integrated trailer-brake control.
LT Trail Boss – This trim has an available Z71 off-road package, which adds automatic locking rear differential and hill-descent control. A two-inch suspension lift and skid plate are also included.
High Country – Wheels increase to 20 inches in the 2022 High Country. They’re painted aluminum wheels, too, with six-inch chrome running boards. A seven-speaker Bose stereo system and perforated leather seating make the cabin more high end than in other trim levels. Automatic high beam headlights are available, but not standard.
ZR2 – The arrival of the new 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2 is the biggest update in this lineup. Off-roading truck is the focus of this truck, but the interior doesn’t lack comfort or tech. It has the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and the 13.4-inch touchscreen found in other models. Leather-trimmed seats, and connectivity with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Built-in Google voice assistance is another connectivity feature. At $67,600, this truck is the most expensive of the bunch, but also the most packed with features.
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Each of these trucks perform well when hauling, towing, or driving in the city. A used truck is much more affordable for someone trying to save money. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models on Carsforsale.com is going from $17,000 with 149,130 miles to $33,000 with 84,660 miles. Going as far back as 2014 certainly lowers the price, but doesn’t lower the quality of the vehicle.
Superior styling on the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Almost 10 years of updated tech makes the 2022 Silverado appealing, too. When making this decision, the warranty can’t be overlooked either. There’s a limited warranty that covers three years or 36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles.
Still, the most basic version of the 2022 Silverado starts at almost $34,000. For that same amount, you can get a used 2014 model with all the comforts a modern driver could want. That’s enough to convince me, especially without the daily need for an amped-up 2022 Silverado 1500 ZR2. As fun as the ZR2 sounds, a 2014 model is more practical. New, with less mileage, is always great in my book, but so is used at a cheaper price.