2014 Chevrolet Silverado

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

By Steve Kursar –

The new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has just raised the bar for all full-size pickups. After much anticipation, this light-duty truck is arriving in showrooms outdoing both itself and the competition. If that seems a bit much, here’s something: the new Silverado’s V8 engine gets estimated fuel economy equal to Ford’s base V6 and better than its vaunted EcoBoost. And that’s just the beginning.

Pickup truck competition amongst the Detroit Three automakers is brutally fierce because trucks are very profitable. Once trucks were designed with few creature comforts and to handle the rough conditions of ranches and work sites. But in the 1990s, when gas was a whole lot cheaper, pickups gained a huge fan base among consumers who never used them for anything more than driving. But once gasoline prices moved north of three dollars, those consumers fled the scene. The new Silverado’s estimated fuel economy may just lure those casual truck owners back to dealer showrooms.

The 2014 Chevy Silverado boasts three all-new engines designed to deliver it class-leading fuel economy. Named Ecotech 3, this new family of engines shares the same displacement as the ones in last year’s Silverado, but don’t be mislead. These engines are completely different. The base engine is a 285 hp, 305 lb-ft of torque 4.3 liter V6 whose estimated fuel economy at this writing has yet to be announced. But if the fuel economy numbers of the V8 are any indication, expect the V6 to be a gas sipper. The 355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque 5.3 liter V8 will get you better fuel economy than Ford’s F-150 V6 EcoBoost with 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Both powertrains feature direct injection, imperceptible cylinder deactivation and six-speed transmissions. A 6.2 liter V8 will be available later this year but numbers on that one aren’t available as of yet either.

The new Silverado’s “living room quiet“ interior was seriously upgraded with new technology and loads more storage space. The centerpiece of the dashboard is the new MyLink multimedia interface featuring a crisp eight-inch display that you swipe like a smartphone. There are more nooks and crannies to stash stuff than ever before, and the cloth seats are advertised as easier to clean.

The Chevrolet engineers are claiming that their new model is a product of “evolution not revolution.” It may be a quiet jump, but it has propelled the 2014 Silverado ahead of its main competitors, the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150, in multiple categories.

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