After several hours of up-close inspection, photography, interviews, and pondering, we have come up with a few things to complain about regarding GM’s new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra that made their debut this morning. Maybe we’re just cranky, but below are five things concerning these trucks that we just can’t help but complain about:
1. Lack Of Interior Differentiation
With all the hype surrounding the trucks being noticeably different from each other inside and out, it was a bit of a letdown to find that the gauge cluster and center console layouts in both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were the same, but with different-colored ambient lighting. With the effort put into making the trucks look significantly different on the outside, it’s a bummer the same effort wasn’t put into the design of the cabin.
2. Still With Six Speed Transmissions
When the 2014 Silverado and Sierra hit the market in the second quarter of 2013, every engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Not exactly groundbreaking. Hopefully 12-18 months after the initial launch, the eight-speeds will start to appear.
3. Lack Of Interior Color
Photos of the trucks’ interiors would have turned out a lot better if they weren’t so un-colorful. Hopefully you like grey with a darker shade of grey. And if you don’t, there’s beige. Yay.
4. The EcoTec3 Engine Family Name
There seemed to be a lot of brand equity in the Vortec line. And now it’s gone. We understand the reasoning behind the decision to go with EcoTec3 name from here on out, but on the same token, we can think of plenty of reasons to have kept things unchanged. It doesn’t help the fact that there’s a new Eco-something-or-another entering the market seemingly every week from seemingly all over the industry. Things could get confusing very easily.
5. Still Too Much Chrome
Could just be a taste preference, but most of us twenty-somethings aren’t too fond of our vehicles pretending to be mirrors. We just wish we could get a well-appointed Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra without all the gaudy chrome cladding. Honestly, body colors are just fine.