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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup that’s offered in a number of styles and trims that vary from work trucks to the more luxurious. With a redesign for 2014, along with its GMC Sierra brother, the 1500 is one of the best selling vehicles in the U.S. It competes with the Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan, Ford F-150, and the Ram 1500. See our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado preview and... Read More Below »
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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup that’s offered in a number of styles and trims that vary from work trucks to the more luxurious. With a redesign for 2014, along with its GMC Sierra brother, the 1500 is one of the best selling vehicles in the U.S. It competes with the Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan, Ford F-150, and the Ram 1500.

See our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado preview and our full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado for photos, specs, and details.

The Silverado has been on sale since 1999, when GM gave the name to its C/K pickup trucks developed under the code name GMT800. In that first generation, the Silverado carried on with the rugged look and capability that GM's trucks used to battle the Ford F-150, their sales arch rival. From the 1999 to the 2006 model year, the Silverado was sold in hundreds of configurations--nearly all of them powered by a V-8 engine, teamed to a four-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed automatic came late in life, as did GM's first hybrid--which in this case, was a very "mild" hybrid which simply stored some recouped energy to charge electrical systems, including a power point in its pickup bed.

In 2007, GM introduced the first of the "GMT900" trucks were put into production--accelerated as GM hoped strong sales would lift it back into profitability. While that didn't quite pan out, the GMT900s were an instant success, and were well-reviewed for their more upscale styling, rich interiors and improved drivetrains. This second-generation Silverado 1500 is still on sale today, with minor changes over its product life thus far.

It remains one of the best full-size trucks for its seemingly endless variety of configurations: three body styles offer seating up to six, in front of a bed that comes in short or long variants. The Silverado also offers a plainer and a quite nice interior design; a choice of four gas engines, or a Hybrid model; and rear- or four-wheel drive. The most powerful 403-hp V-8 Silverado drinks fuel at the rate of 12/19 mpg, but the Hybrid edition earns an estimated EPA rating of 20/23 mpg. Towing tops out at more than 10,700 pounds, and while the Silverado's rear seats can seem a little too vertical, the interior's as comfortable as the competitors, save for TheCarConnection's favorite full-size pickup truck, the Dodge Ram. Features range from a trailer-sway mode in the stability control system, to dealer-installed wireless internet access.

Changes were minimal going into 2012 and 2013. Powertrain Grade Braking--to improve stability on hills, when towing--was included for 2013 in all models with the six-speed automatic.

The Silverado shares its running gear with many vehicles across the GM brands. The Silverado, Avalanche, Suburban, and Tahoe all are related, as are the heavy-duty versions of the Silverado and Suburban. GMC's Sierra, Suburban, and Yukon are almost identical; the Cadillac Escalade lineup borrows its mechanicals from the same architecture. There's also the now-defunct HUMMER H2, a more distant cousin of these so-called "GMT900" trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

For 2014, the Chevy Silverado will be extensively refreshed, and fitted with a new generation of GM V-6 and V-8 engines, all with a common architecture, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing. Gas mileage, power, and torque are all improved.

Inside the new Silverado trucks get several active-safety features, in addition to available MyLink connectivity with natural-language voice commands, a Pandora app, Bluetooth streaming audio, and an eight-inch touch screen. Extended cab models get new front-hinged rear doors, while Crew Cab models have larger doors and easier entry. Added cargo features include a new cargo-bed step, LED bed lighting, and a damped tailgate.

 

 

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