The 2014 Chevy Silverado: A Huge Improvement

Unlike the new 2014 Ford F-150, the 2014 Silverado High Country is sporting entirely new looks and specs. What is most impressive about the new Chevy truck is its miles per gallon. The Silverado 1500 with its 6.2-liter V-8 has a much better rating than its predecessor coming in at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The four-wheel-drive comes in at 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, not too much of a difference there.

That’s pretty impressive considering my 2000 Jeep Cherokee (a much smaller and lighter vehicle) gets less mpg.

Chevy put in a huge gasoline engine that features fuel-saving technologies. The Silverado includes a direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), and is composed of a lighter aluminum block and heads. These features can also be found on the 2014 Corvette Stingray. It is a really smart move for Chevy to move their vehicles in this direction with today’s “green” mindset.

In fact, the cool thing about the Silverado’s engine is that it looks very similar to the Stingray: the aluminum block, the bore spacing, crank, and pistons are among the similar mechanisms, although, some of the other components of the engine have been rightly optimized for trucking tasks like towing and hauling. Because the 6.2-liter is so big, the rear axles have been increased to 9.76 inches to manage.

The cylinder deactivation allows the engine to shut down to four cylinders if there is no towing or hauling going on. The truck is made to not make much noise at, but there is a bypass valve that allows the V-8 to let loose its 420hp roar. I’m sure some of you agree that during day-to-day driving the constant rumbling of a truck this size can get annoying. The Active Fuel Management system allows you to make it rumble when it counts.

The body of the truck is gorgeous, though. It looks aggressive and ready to do whatever job you put to it. The “High Country” badge is still a mainstay for the vehicle, but the bumpers are both body color. The headlamps are those halogen projectors that everybody else on the road hates. The Silverado has 20-inch chrome wheels that would look way better with Fuel Wheels and has accented chrome side moldings, door handles, and mirrors.

When I sat in one of these trucks at the dealership I was disappointed by the highfalutin look of the interior. The truck has a LTZ trim line, leather wrapped steering, seats, shift knob, and everything else. There was also an 8-inc touchscreen and 4.2-inch screen in the info cluster. It’s just TOO luxurious. There was time when trucks pulled stuff and were used as a simple tool for work.  Luxury trucks nowadays are for the people with the hat and not the cattle.

However, I know very few people who would use the posh interior as a deal breaker for a truck. Seriously, at 420hp, there will be no truck enthusiast that would turn his/her nose up at the all-new Silverado.

Specifications:

Type – Front-engine, rear or rear-/4wheel-drive, 5-6-passenger, 4-door truck

Engine – Pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Power: 420 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic; manual shift option

Zero to 60: 6.3 seconds

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