2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 New Car Reviews

Chevy is known to "run deep." That's especially true of this Silverado truck. This impressive piece of 355-horsepower, V8 machinery is not only versatile, but it’s comfortable, powerful and gets decent mileage for a vehicle of its size.

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Alan Cesar SuperDork:

Enormous. Man, trucks have gotten huge.

This machine was incredibly well appointed and fit four people in extreme comfort—perhaps even luxury. The V8 comes with cylinder deactivation and the front features a very deep air dam, so it gets reasonable highway fuel economy for such a gigantic machine. It also accelerates surprisingly well. Certainly got my attention the first time I matted the pedal. Whoa, Bessie.

I can see where someone would find use for this, but it's a bit ungainly for a daily driver. Parking lot maneuvers are tough thanks to its size. I don't ever see myself needing a vehicle like this, but if I was looking for something to tow a race rig cross-country, this one would be on my list of trucks to shop.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director:

Yes, it's big, and this is coming from a guy who drives a 5120-pound Pontiac wagon.

If you're using it as a truck--like, to haul crap--then it's totally justifiable. I am constantly amazed at the refinements given to these supposedly simple vehicles. Sure, it's a truck, but there's some serious neat details packed inside.

I'm also impressed by the EPA numbers: 16/23. Wow. Remember when pickups just got a two-barrel carb and used up however much gas they pleased? This one has direct injection and variable valve timing. Nicely done, Detroit.

As a daily driver, I just don't get it. Even with the refinements, it's big to park, a pain to get into, and doesn't offer the best outward visibility. So, even though it's a polished truck, I still wouldn't want to drive it every day.

Tim Suddard Publisher:

This is a pretty nice truck, but not as revolutionary as the ads make it sound like it would be. Overall, it's a comfortable, competent hauler. The tight turning circle stood out as best feature, but the ride quality was poor and it's still difficult to park this monstrosity. I kept running over curbs.


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Reader Comments:

orvett50
orvett50 None
Dec. 10, 2013 10:32 p.m.

Alan: Trucks have been this big (in width) since about 1960. The cabs have gotten bigger to allow more than 2 or 3 people to ride comfortably.

David: As a daily driver it makes perfect sense unless you live in a congested urban environment with Trader Joes Prius size parking space.

Tim: For a truck, it rides great. In fact, it rides better than any Porsche 911 I have ever driven.

The fact is that there is a reason that the trucks produced by GM and Ford are the top 2 selling vehicles in the US, and have been for years. They are comfortable, safe, practical and the most reliable vehicle made in the world, period.

In the meantime, I will enjoy driving my GMC Duramax crew cab for the next several hundred thousand miles and will do so in comfort and safety. It is how most of us motorsports enthusiasts get our cars to the track and other fun car events.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Specs:

Drivetrain Layout:
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
Engine:
5.3 liter V-8
Horsepower:
355 bhp at 5600 rpm
Torque:
383 lb.-ft at 4100 rpm
Transmission:
automatic
Brakes:
disc (front)
disc (rear)
Weight:
5218 pounds
Price:
Base: $43650
As tested: $50475
MPG:
EPA City: 16
EPA Highway: 22

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