My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

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    My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    I was on my way to lunch when I noticed a Blue Granite 2014 Silverado sitting outside a local Enterprise office. After lunch I stopped by and rented it for a day because I've been wanting to test drive this truck for a while and wanted to do so without bothering a salesman. I also wanted to really dig into it and see what I liked and find any faults it may have.

    I got the truck with 22 miles on the odometer and a quarter of a tank of gas. My first impression as I sat behind the wheel was that this truck is huge. The hood is almost flat so you feel as if you are sunk into the middle of the truck, but it's an optical illusion as you are quite far from the ground. In fact, this truck is ridiculously tall for a half-ton two-wheel drive truck. You have to jump up into it and that wasn't the easiest task for some of the passengers I carried later in the day. I've never been a fan of running boards on a pickup, but if I were buying this truck I'd have to add the $700 option. I'm sure I'd need a ladder to put oil in the engine and that's just crazy. 15 years ago half-ton two-wheel drive trucks were much lower to the ground and nobody complained, so why is this truck so far off the ground? You could save fuel and have better handling if the things were 4" lower. I was able to use the standard rear bumper steps without issue though and I think that they are such a great little innovation that's cheap to implement and superior to Ford's complicated, expensive and optional manstep. I also have an issue with the width of the center console. Why does the center console need to be wider than me? My eensy lil' Sonic has a wider feeling seating area up front. This truck had the standard fold down console/seat unit with three across cupholders and internal USB, SD and 12V outlets, but the optional full floor console is even wider and almost unbearable for my wide ass.

    I drove the truck around a bit and stopped at a gas station to see what my Sonic's normal fuel outlay of $40 would give me in the Silverado. By this time I had worked my way down to an eighth of a tank and $40 bumped it up to three-quarters of a tank. Unfortunately, the suburb driving and idling I did really ate up the gas. I did notice though that this truck stayed in V4 mode much more than I experienced with the 900s. You can maintain 70MPH and unless you hit an incline it will hold V4 mode saving gas. The gas pedal was an issue though. When I first put the truck in gear and hit the accelerator I thought I had screwed up and put it in neutral instead of drive because it wasn't doing anything, but I pushed harder and off she sped. It's hard to drive economically with such non-linear pedal feel. As for performance, the truck feels powerful enough but I can feel the torque management more than I can feel the actual torque. Steering and brakes are excellent, but the ride is harsher than that of an F-150. I guess that's the price you pay for a best-in-class payload of over one ton.

    Inside I was happy with the ergonomics, materials and seat comfort, but let down by the unfinished infotainment system. The intentions were good but it doesn't come together or work as well as Ford's system. It looks like they benchmarked Ford with the gauge cluster and that's good, but there are things about it that don't work well, like browsing my iPhone's music library or changing favorite stations with the buttons on the back of the steering wheel. The 4.2" non-touch MyLink screen isn't bad, but the interface is. You have a Menu button and a knob as well as five buttons across the bottom of the screen. It's workable, but the 8" touch screen should be standard on LT models with their extra features like streaming Bluetooth and Pandora, which is another problem area. The one time it worked I had to confirm on my iPhone that I wanted to let the truck's Pandora app take over, this was after I had plugged the phone in and stowed it in the console. I couldn't get it to work after that, it just gave an error message despite me doing the same thing (as instructed my the manual) to initiate it. Another flaw is that after an outgoing call MyLink didn't return to the previous screen, it stayed on the call screen until I went to the home screen and selected Audio. Strangely, on an incoming call it works properly and returned to the Audio screen without my input. The voice command works nicely, but it's a bit slow for simply changing a radio station.

    All in all, I like the new Silverado, especially it's handsome looks, and you can't argue with best-in-class capabilities, but I feel like Ford hits the target closer to the center. There are things I don't like about the F-150 though, so I'm not saying I'd buy the Ford, just that I think they do some things better. Dodge has one hell of a nice truck too in the Ram, but I'd need more time with a 2013 to tell you whether or not I'd buy one over a Silverado or F-150. I think if I were in the market I'd have to get me a Silverado LT Z71 4x4 loaded up with options, including the running boards. However, if I test drove a Ram Big Horn 4x4 with the 8-Speed I might could be swayed.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    I test drove one today as well and I got to disagree with the harshness comment. Maybe its because the one I drove was a Z71 but I didnt notice any over our concrete jointed interstate. Weird.

    Also got to disagree with the torque management. I got on it quite a few times and the truck downshifted and went. The only oddity is starting from a stop but that is likely because the transmission has a higher stall speed than you are used to so you have to use more pedal to get it going. The truck was flat out fast feeling considering it "only" has 355 HP. Felt way stronger than the 5.7 Ram I drove earlier in the day which I have to say is a much less truck than the 2014s. Now, the one I drove was an Outdoorsman, but, the interior strangely let me down. You can tell its from a past decade of Dodge interior plastics.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    On the highway it feels great, but around the city and suburbs it just seems a bit harsh. The truck felt like it had all kinds of power after you got into it a bit, but just planting the pedal on the floor from a stop produced disappointment. Maybe it's the 3.08 gears on this basic LT, I don't know. As for stall speed I'm not sure that's the answer, I think it's the Hill Start Assist and the programming associated with it.

    The Ram does feel much cheaper on the inside and that is one of the few things that would likely keep me out of it. Plus, I just can't get past the good looks of a black Z71 on 18"s and OWLs.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Also, with only 22 miles on it, I am sure the transmission was still in it's Adaptive Learning stage.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Well, the one I drove had the 3.08s as well and like I said, it felt quick. The numbers from Lingenfelter really show that. They do have one that has 3:42s on the lot and I want to drive it on Monday to see the difference.

    Hill assist only comes into play when it reads you are on a hill. We had no issues with our Terrain with it and I seriously doubt that is the issue. As for just stomping on it, I did that. The trans takes a good while to flash and that is what you are truly waiting on. Not sure why its so high quite honestly.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Harsh ride? Daily rental?

    Check tire pressures? Might have had 50lbs in there.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCritical View Post
    Harsh ride? Daily rental?

    Check tire pressures? Might have had 50lbs in there.
    It was factory fresh with 22 miles on it. I quickly glanced at the tire pressure display while going through the menus and it didn't read high at all.

    I used to work for Enterprise as a driver and regularly delivered vehicles with as little as 1 mile on them and none of the trucks, including the 900 trucks, had this delay of power. It's not a deal breaker for me, I'd get used to it, but it takes getting used to, which shouldn't be the case. Again, not a big deal. I really like the truck overall.
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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    I drove a 2014 Z71 as well, the ride was smooth as glass, loved it.

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    I agree, the ride was quite nice compared to the ford, close to he ram with edge to ram with air suspension. I also disagree on he comments on entry height, the ram is nice as it moves down with the air but all trucks were comparable.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    The Z71 4X4 I drove was quite tall. Im 6'5" and it was a step up for me to get into. We would HAVE to get running boards. The Ram was a tad shorter with shorter seats. Didnt test out a F150 today.

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Andrew, thanks for an excellent review. I found that after living with a vehicle for a few days, one gets used to the dislikes..

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Great review, Andrew, and good to see you back on here regularly.

    But yes, the trucks are stupid tall. I never understood why Ford, GM, and RAM are all trying to make trucks taller and taller. It has to stop.

    Maybe I'm used to my ATS, but the new trucks, specifically the 2014 Silverado and Sierra are silly tall.
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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    we have a single cab 2012 F150 @ work a W/T version 2WD and I am 5 Ft 8 and I can NOT "slide into the seat but must "hop up" to get in BUT my 85 GMC 2500 2WD is the same way I have to "hop up" and slide over and both trucks IMHO are similar for picking stuff out of the box
    IMHO both trucks would be better 4 inches lower
    thanks for the article it is nice to hear from some one who has driven one more then around the block

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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    The Z71 4X4 I drove was quite tall. Im 6'5" and it was a step up for me to get into. We would HAVE to get running boards. The Ram was a tad shorter with shorter seats. Didnt test out a F150 today.
    really? the non-z71 4x4 i sat in felt low to me. was the seat all the way up? theres a lot of vertical in those seats.

    i am also used to my lifted 2005 for reference...only a 3" lift with 34s and the new silvy felt lower- including reaching into the bed. i dont consider my 2005 tall either, its on par with newer stock rams and f-150s.
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    Re: My thoughts on the 2014 Siverado.

    Yup, the seat was almost all the way down. It is a very tall and imposing truck coming from the 900s.

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