2014 Chevrolet Silverado | road test

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 by
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
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Review Summary:

The 2014 Silverado is powerful, grand, and massive! And oh, maybe not all that practical in the city...

Pros

Menacing road presence
Ample amounts of space in the cabin

Cons

Its sheer size makes parking the mammoth quite a task!

The American’s love living life King-size. It’s no surprise then, that their trucks follow the same standards. With pickup trucks gaining popularity in the Middle East, sights of the Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra, Ford F-150, and Chevrolet Silverado, are something we’re accustomed to. We had the chance to have a go at the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, and boy was it uber exciting!

Body and Styling

Welcoming the third generation of Silverado’s, the 2014 model brings bigger, more flared wheel arches, an abundance of chrome, and a new grille, amongst many other things to the table. The circular, double stack headlamps look nice, and are sure to look intimidating in the rear view mirror of other drivers.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado front

The truck-bed is vast and with steps integrated into either end of the rear bumper, climbing in and out of the bed is a lot easier. The tailgate is fitted with a system that allows it to lower smoothly instead of dropping down like a sack of potatoes.

Interior

Pull the mighty door open, and as you look around the extremely spacious cabin, it almost feels like each passenger is in their own time-zone. With large seats all around, and heated and cooled seats for the driver and front passenger, ensuring even the larger gentlemen (like myself) feel comfortable is something the Silverado does brilliantly.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado interior

The larger-than-life theme of the Silverado does not stop there; each door has a bottle holder and a cup holder, along with 3 other storage compartments. The arm rest compartment is more of a well; I placed a DSLR camera with 3 lenses and an iPad in there with room to spare.

Features

Every feature in the Silverado has a right to be there, there are no extra pointless features. Driver aids are limited to blind spot indicators, lane departure warning, and parking assistants. The centre stack of the Silverado continues catering to the needs of the Hulk with large touch screen icons, knobs that are like scaled tires, and large, user friendly buttons.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado interior - 2

On the left side of the driver is the 4×4 controls where you have the options of two wheel drive, four wheel drive (both high and low) and locking differential mode. Right above that is the trailer brake where you can adjust the gain to get proper braking for larger trailers.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado interior - 3

Chevrolet has thrown in 3 USB charging ports in the centre stack and 2 in the arm rest storage; 2 lighter sockets in the centre stack and one in the arm rest compartment. And just in case you need a full-fledged 3-point power outlet, that is also present in the center stack.

Drive and Handling

The Silverado is powered by a 5.3 litre V8 that sends 355 horsepower and 519 Nm of torque through a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This engine is also fitted with cylinder deactivation which will switch to a V4 engine when the speed is constant. At 100 km/h, fuel consumption is a reasonable 9.8L/100KM, however, when cruising at 120 km/h, it increases to a shocking 13.2L/100KM. For a truck of this size, the Silverado has no problem picking up speed, it puts on a very menacing show on the road when the nose goes up in the air and the V8 roars.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado front - 2

Handling in the Silverado is acceptable, however, body roll is heavy due to the ride height and the soft nature of the suspension.We took the Silverado to the desert to see how it would cope, and we were impressed for the most part. It handled whatever we threw at it, and you begin to realize the benefits of the marshmallow like suspension when charging through the flats in the desert.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado rear

Comfort and Practicality

Ample space in the interior, combined with more than enough space to plop two chairs in the rear bed and watch the sunset, the Silverado is the perfect vehicle for those exciting excursions. Within the city though, the Silverado does have its fair share of issues. Malls are nearly always avoided, parking is always a nightmare, and U-turns are dreaded.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado rear seats

Verdict

It’s powerful, it’s grand, it’s massive, and I love all of that! Watching people flee the fast lane as I approached them was surely amusing and though it may not be ideal in the city, there aren’t many others I’d pick when venturing into the wild.

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