Just in time for the Fourth of July, Chevrolet has presented ten reasons that its 2014 Silverado, which is new from hood to hitch, is the best pickup truck for the summer.
Here’s the rundown:
- No need to stop for directions. Drivers can stay on course with Chevrolet MyLink and OnStar. Simply choose a destination and an OnStar advisor will send turn-by-turn directions directly to the in-dash touch screen.
- Ditch the mixed CD. Energize your ride with a road-worthy playlist. The MyLink system includes Bluetooth for phone streaming and enough USB ports and outlets to support multiple devices, making it easier to enjoy your music on the road.
- Forget the days of the dead cell phone. Stay charged up with a new 110-volt outlet and cord management system, which allows a cell phone charger to stay plugged in for easy access when needed and concealed when not.
- Store snacks and water for the road. The front door panels have integrated pockets ideal for snacks, drink bottles, or travel guides. The rear panels can accommodate a typical 20-ounce bottle.
- Spend less time stopping for gas. The redesigned 2014 Silverado is aerodynamically enhanced to reduce drag, giving drivers greater fuel efficiency on the highway.
- Stretch out. Passengers can enjoy plenty of legroom, even in the backseat. Thanks to new sculpted seatbacks, rear seat passengers enjoy about two inches more legroom and the ease of entering and exiting through wider rear crew cab doors.
- Sleep it off. Passengers can enjoy a quiet nap thanks to Silverado’s new inlaid doors. This new design, combined with triple door seals, helps to reduce wind noise and turbulence, quieting the interior of the cab.
- Secure travel necessities. With Silverado’s new Smart Pickup Box and four built-in cargo tie-down provisions, items remain safe and secure on the road. The new CornerStep bumper and handholds provide easier access to climb in the box for loading and unloading.
- Tow your boat, camper, trailer, and more. Silverado’s 5.3 L EcoTec3 V8 L83 and stronger chassis provide towing capability of up to 11,500 pounds (with the max trailering package), for hauling on long road trips. Sitenote: the max trailering package isn’t available at launch, and will become available later this summer.
- Be on the safe side. Travel companions stay safe with Silverado’s two available active safety technologies – forward collision alert and lane departure warning. These features, new to Silverado, warn of collision risk or leaving a lane without signaling.
The GM Authority Take
If nothing else, this list demonstrates the vast amount of improvements and new features of the K2XX-based 2014 Silverado that translate to real-world benefits that can be seen, felt, and appreciated by the driver and the truck’s passengers.
And while one could argue that a competitors’ truck could perform all of the stated items (perhaps with the exception of OnStar), the difference lies in the way the Silverado (and, by association, the Sierra) goes about doing them. Agree?