2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 range has a complete redesign for 2014. This has resulted in a lighter car, which helps reduce fuel consumption. The Chevrolet 1500 also has a lineup of new and better fuel efficient engines.

We lose the 1500 Hybrid and its powertrain for 2014. We also lose the Extended Cab model, but gain the Double Cab. We are down to just three engines, which keeps things simple, but the Silverado still have a huge number of possible combination to spoil you for choice.

Perhaps the most interesting bit of all is the introduction of a new, upgraded V6 engine that is finally competitive and worthy of the Chevrolet 1500 badge. It has long been one of the gripes about the 1500 range, that while the V8 engines were definitely powerful enough, the base V6 let it down.

Well, that's all changed. The new V6 engine offers the best fuel economy of the three, and while it obviously doesn't have the sheer raw power of the two V8 engines, it will get most jobs done just fine without breaking too much of a sweat.

Exterior

The 1500 looks pretty much the same as previous years at a glance, but looks can be deceiving. This is a newly designed car underneath. Outward design improvements include a bigger grille and the bumpers have been revised and reshaped somewhat.

The sides of this pickup truck have been sculpted tighter. It improves its aerodynamic appearance and no doubt helps to reduce fuel costs. The overall appearance of the 2014 Silverado 1500 is bolder, yet more refined and mature.

Interior

Inside the cabin, things have really changed! Higher quality materials have been introduced throughout and more noise dampening too. This has resulted in a friendly and pleasant cabin atmosphere that is very quiet on the road. Engine noise is now quite minimal for such a large truck.

The 1500 range is becoming known for its interesting storage solutions dotted around the cabin. There are pockets of storage space wherever you look, it seems. The center stack keeps most of the controls within easy reach, and many of the controls are large and simple to use - ideal for working conditions.

This is a greatly improved cabin space. While there may be the perception that a working truck doesn't need a fancy cabin, that's not what the people who buy large trucks tend to think. They appreciate the finer touches while working hard. The new upgraded cabin is certainly the most noticeable improvement for 2014.

Ride and Handling

The new V6 engine, standard on all trims except the LTZ, is definitely not in the same class as previous V6. This new engine has the power the old one lacked. The handling dynamic of the 1500 has improved considerably for 2014. The ride is smooth and comfortable, perhaps even more so than before.

Powertrain

  • 4.3 L V6-cylinder engine Flex-Fuel (2WD only) 
  • 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm 
  • City/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg 

  • 5.3 L V8-cylinder engine Flex-Fuel 
  • 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm 
  • City/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (2WD), 16/22 (4WD) 

  • 6.2 L V8-cylinder engine Flex-Fuel (4WD only) 
  • 420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm 
  • City/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg 

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