At the beginning of 2014, the Chevy Silverado was named Truck of the Year at the General Motors North American International Auto Show. Read on to find out about the top five features that make the Silverado stand out in its class among the competition.
1. Completely New Design
Totally overhauled for the 2014 model year, the Silverado benefits from a luxurious interior that is head and shoulders above its competition, as well as a streamlined exterior that improves the truck's handling and gives it a modern look and feel. The roomy cab is flexible and ergonomic, with creative storage solutions, quality accents, and an easy-to-use button interface.
2. Beefed-Up Engine
The redesigned 2014 Silverado adds a 4.3-liter V6 that provides 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, an upgrade that brings the truck in line with its competition. If that's not enough power, you can also choose the V8 engine option that comes in either 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter mills. Despite the power the truck offers, it gets a respectable 18 city/24 highway miles per gallon.
3. Vast Array of Features
While pickup trucks are often prized for their function over form, that's certainly not the case for the 2014 Silverado. The award-winner benefits from tons of cool features that are in line with those offered in high-end sedans and SUVs. The base model includes a driver information center with a 4.2-inch display, 6-speaker audio system with Pandora, while the LTZ version adds heated leather seats with ventilation and touch screen navigation.
The Silverado got a five-star rating, the highest available, in government crash tests, as well as five stars in both the frontal-impact and side-impact safety categories. And from the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety, the truck received the highest rating of "good" in all safety categories. Standard safety equipment, according to a Red Deer truck body specialist, includes anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and front, rear-seat, and side-curtain airbags. If you want to step it up, you can opt for automated warning systems for forward collision, front and rear parking, and tailgating.
Despite the well-deserved accolades that the 2014 Silverado has received, the sticker price of $25,575 for the base model remains the same as in 2013. In addition to this great price, Chevy is offering free scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles to buyers of the new truck.
In addition to the Truck of the Year Award, the 2014 Silverado was also named the best full-sized pick-up truck by U.S. News and World Report.
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