Those who need a big, capable truck like the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado tend to spend a lot of time in their trucks. And thankfully, GM has paid even more attention to cabin design, seating, and comfort this time around, adding more amenities than last year's models. And of course, there are several layouts (as well as many other trims and bed lengths) to suit how you plan to use your truck.
Standard cabs are now the distant minority. GM has been selling nearly 60 percent of its full-size trucks in roomy Crew Cab form, and about 90 percent altogether in Crew Cab and extended-cab layouts together. Three different cargo-bed lengths are offered: 5’8”, 6’6”, and 8’. And for the first time, Crew Cab models will be available with the longest 6’6” cargo box.
GM has put a lot of effort into the pickup box design, adding a CornerStep bumper plus hand-grip pockets, both of which make climbing up to access cargo easier. The tailgate now opens in a damped motion, and LED lamps are tucked under the bed rails. GM has also added new shear-style mounts between the cab and the frame, which helps quell noise and vibration.
Models with the 6.2-liter V-8 get active noise cancellation to quell the four-cylinder thrum. Wind-noise-reducing measures include triple door seals and a new door design that fits to the side—rather than wrapping into the roof.
Inside, Chevy has added a new high-wear seat cloth to the Silverado, but your options range from tough vinyl in Work Trucks (WT) all the way up to supple piped leather in top-of-the-line High Country models. With the High Country trim, Chevy brings the Silverado in line with the Denali offerings from GMC, adding a premium look and feel previously unavailable in Chevy trucks. Seats front and back have been redesigned and recontoured, and steering wheels now adjust telescopically as well as for tilt; with a heated steering wheel available for the first time in these trucks.
Chevrolet's MyLink screen-based interface is front and center, but it doesn't involve the learning curve and frustration of MyFord Touch. Straightforward controls, and enough redundancy with traditional knobs and buttons, make it easy to figure out at first glance.
Getting comfortable should be especially easy in Crew Cab models, where the rear doors are larger, for easier entry and exit, and the B-pillar has been moved forward, which helps get feet in more easily. Meanwhile, the rear doors on extended-cab versions now hinge from the front—offering entry and exit ease that’s close to that offered in former Crew Cab models. The front seatbacks are thinner, which also adds about two inches of rear legroom and also eases entry and exit, and so-called 'foot swing' where your legs position to) is four inches greater.