First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

A Silverado Drive
 

Photos supplied by General Motors

Our first chance to drive the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 occurred just a few days ago in Texas, and the experience is likely to stick with us for a while. We can start by saying this is not the perfect pickup truck, and we'd even be hard pressed to say it's the new standard other pickup truck makers should strive to match. But we can say this is probably the single biggest model improvement over the vehicle it replaces in a long time. We'll break this down, describing where exactly where so much ground was gained, where there are still holes and also include Chevy's updated press information to shed some light on the finer details.

We first hopped into a heart-of-the-market Deep Ruby Metallic Crew Cab LTZ two-wheel drive, which is likely to run somewhere north of $43,000. We know all about the three new EcoTec3 engines and their all-aluminum overhead valve construction, cylinder deactivation, direct injection and variable valve timing, so we won't cover too much old ground here. But how all that new powertrain technology works for the driver was our big question.

First impressions

Our tester had the 5.3-liter V-8 rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque. It didn't take long to figure out that the GM strategy of making a V-8 more efficient, rather than Ford's strategy of making a V-6 more powerful, clearly helps when stomping the throttle. Throttle responsiveness and the throaty sound of the exhaust are predictably progressive, both of which deliver a satisfying reward. We found ourselves watching the center 3.5-inch information screen between the speedometer and tachometer to see if we could sense any vibrations when the V-8 icon turned to V-4 or vice versa.

Our attempts proved fruitless — whether towing or near full payload, the V-4 mode stayed active. The transitions were so seamless they were close to nonexistent. Our biggest surprise with the V-8 was how long we were able to stay in V-4 mode, both on long highway stretches as well as a few long uphill grades. We're guessing many test hours have gone into finessing the computer and active fuel management cylinder shutoff, and it's paid off. During a small portion of our drive route, we covered about 60 miles through the hill country outside San Antonio — a lot of two-lane highways, a few stop lights and gently rolling hills — and found that by keeping a moderate speed (we don't hypermile) we were able to get 22.6 mpg before we pulled into our final destination, Knibbe Ranch. We should note that our 5.3-liter V-8 did have 3.08:1 axle gears but didn't feel sluggish off the line with the 6L80's 4.03:1 first gear. Silverados will offer a standard 26-gallon fuel tank, with a 34-gallon option on select wheelbase/bed configurations.

 

Powertrain performance

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We also had a chance to drive a few new Silverados with the EcoTec3 4.3-liter V-6, newly rated at 285 horsepower and 305 pounds-feet of torque. As you might expect, GM powertrain engineers have tuned the base engine for torque (this is a truck engine, after all), so the pull off the line feels strong and suspiciously like a smaller, older V-8 (in fact, the torque numbers match the old-school Vortec 4800 V-8).

Both Ford and Ram have more sophisticated overhead valve V-6s that make more horsepower than torque with smaller displacement engines, but neither of those engines deliver the jump we got in our 4x4 crew cab (with 3.42:1 gears). It was only when towing a 4,000-pound camper trailer that the 4.3-liter V-6 felt a bit pushed, but we were still impressed with how quickly and solidly the newly tuned six-speed transmission adjusted the gear shifting, holding 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears much longer than when empty and quickly downshifting when we got off the throttle to keep speed in check. This grade-braking software — which works whether the Tow/Haul mode is engaged or not — even had us downshifting to each stop sign, saving wear and tear on the brakes, which are now four-wheel discs.

Additionally, we like the fact that the new truck offers three new, lighter and stronger axles, which include an 8.8-inch rear end for the V-6, a 9.5-inch rear for the V-8s and 9.75-inch for any truck equipped with the Max Trailering Package. The Silverado will offer four ring-and-pinion gears with the first two having the highest take rate: 3.08:1, 3.23:1, 3.42:1 and 3.73:1. There will be no half-ton GM truck offered with 4.10:1 gears.

For the updated Chevy powertrain press release, click here to download the file.

 

Ride and handling

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Another standout characteristic of the new truck that impressed us is how it handles road irregularities and how stable it feels on the road, empty and loaded. The all-new frame and chassis have been significantly lightened and strengthened in key areas (frame, axles, suspension and more) to allow the GM tuners to squeeze every ounce of performance from the shocks and springs.

From the outset, we're told, GM engineers weren't looking to set new max segment marks in towing and payload (although the Double Cab does offer class-leading towing at 11,500 pounds); instead they were looking to significantly improve the ride and carrying capability when compared to the GMT900 truck. With a slightly wider track, a retuned and engineered front coil over suspension, and extensive work on new hydraulic body mounts, the control the Z60 (softer, but secured) and the Z71 (firmer, but forgiving) suspensions offer are vastly superior and more adaptable than the ones they replace.

As you might expect, these same upgrades that improve the empty daily-driving situations did help improve the performance of the truck when controlling heavy loads in the bed or towing decently sized trailers. We got to drive Silverados with 1,000-pound boxes in the bed, which gave us the opportunity to see how the chassis dealt with heavier payloads. Although we would have liked some kind of load-leveling capability, the visual "squat" to the trucks was minimal and the handling and rear-end control on our drive routes were well within our comfort zones. Both the V-6 and V-8 LTZ trucks we drove had 3.42:1 gears and felt remarkably similar off the line.

During our trailer-driving module, where we expected chassis chop and tail wagging during a few of our route situations we felt none. And we expected to get beat up with trailer push and pull, but the stiffer, stronger chassis took it all in stride. Of the three trailers we towed, the one pulling the dirt mover was probably the closest to the truck's maximum gross vehicle weight rating, which had the 5.3-liter V-8 (the 6.2-liter V-8 won't be available for a few months) working pretty hard but the transmission really steps in with strong and quick (and early) up- and downshifts. We should note that Chevy did perfectly balance the three trailers (one boat, one camper, one backloader) and loaded pickups we tested.

For the updated Chevy chassis, suspension and towing press release, click here to download the file.

 

Running off-road

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The ranch Chevy selected also gave media drivers the chance to run a two-mile loop off-road course with some higher speed-rutted, two-track trails, a few water crossings and several rocky hill climbs. Not much has changed as far as the type of four-wheel-drive system the Silverado uses; it still has the same transfer case and traction strategy with separate two-wheel, four-wheel, Auto, 4WD High and 4WD Low range settings on a new, smaller dial.

What is different are a few new extras to the Z71 package now that it is a separate trim level. Chevy reps told us they want to inject a little more life and technology into the sportier off-road package, and we say it's about time. First off, Chevy has improved the G80 rear-locking differential, which can now better act like an invisible limited-slip under normal driving conditions, yet more smoothly ramp up to fully lock when detecting small amounts of spin differences between the two tires.

Additionally, the Z71 package offers an active hill descent feature that will control and adjust descent speeds based on brake (to slow you down) or throttle (to speed up) input. And the feature will work in both forward and reverse, which made it fun for us to test out on several sections of the off-road route. To engage the system requires flipping the toggle switch under the center stack; the system will work the same either in Drive or Manual transmission modes.

There was one situation that did have us questioning ourselves, then the truck, during the off-road course. We usually disable any traction control features when driving dirt roads, sand or choppy terrain because we know the wheel speed sensors will likely detect an error right before we want to have some fun — usually blinking lights, cutting throttle, applying brakes or some combination of all three. That's exactly what happened.

When making an "enthusiastic" run down a loose dirt road in an open pasture while making an easy right hand turn, we got bells, whistles, brakes, lost power — all of it. It seemed odd to us, especially since we had turned off all the GM StabiliTrak switches and the readout said it was all off.

We questioned a few GM engineers and found out that no matter what you do when turning off GM's StabiliTrak system, it always comes back on if you go more than 35 mph. Ugh, thank you lawyers. It would be nice to have a system like those found on other GM vehicles (Cadillac ATS and Corvette to name two) that allows you to disable most of the system with one press of a button and the rest of it by pressing and holding. What is it about these decisionmakers that they have so little faith in the intelligence of the average truck user? I think most truck buyers would be able to grasp that concept and appreciate it. Regardless, that's the way truck's traction control works.

For the updated Chevy Silverado 1500 specification charts, click here.

Finishing thoughts

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As noted earlier, we have to go back quite a ways to remember a new pickup introduction that was so much better than the truck it replaced. Of course, the caveat is that this GM overhaul is long overdue, so the company had plenty of time to work on it, continuing to add to the improvement list with each passing year. Sure, the last two Ram 1500 redesigns had a lot of good suspension and fuel economy tech and interior improvements, and the Ford F-150 added quite a few powertrain and trim package improvements, but you have to go back to the introduction of the 2007 Toyota Tundra, when Toyota scrapped the 7/8th-scale Tundra program in favor of a real, full-size, San Antonio-built pickup truck to get close to what Chevy (and GMC) have done here. Simply put, it is impressive, but not perfect.

There are still plenty of "white space" gaps (an important term for companies like Ford that are doing good work finding and filling market holes no one else sees) for Chevy to think about filling. If the veiled comments from various Chevy designers and engineers are any indication about what is still coming down the road, we probably have a good reason to feel optimistic.

We heard from Silverado's chief marketer, chief designer and chief engineers (they were well coached) about how the world of half-ton pickups has changed and that the introduction cycles are now two and three years apart instead of the six, seven and eight years. Certainly Ford and Ram have figured out how to make a big splash with their half-tons every two or three years, so it should be fun to see what GM can do to keep up. All GM would tell us is to keep our eyes on those slots in the marketplace where GM doesn't have anything now. That's easy to say and more difficult to execute.

For updated information about the Chevy Silverado's safety technology, click here to download the press release.

 

Our advice

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As accommodating and controlled as the chassis and suspension are in just about every situation, we'd still like to see some kind of load-leveling capability for better towing and safer payload hauling. Additionally, according to all the info we've seen so far, the Silverado GVWR spread seems to be quite conservative, sitting between 6,500 and 7,200 pounds. Surely there's a max number above 7,200 pounds for a truck with a stronger frame, suspension and axle setup? We'd also add that someone needs to seriously look at that StabiliTrak setting before truck customers start thinking GM is calling them stupid.

Our final nitpick has to do with the previous-generation column shifter we see that Chevy has stubbornly stuck with, almost as if it's some kind of DNA design cue. I'll say it right here — I like it the column shifter and want it to stay, but with the huge strides made on the interior, especially with the LTZ and coming High Country trim, the Silverado needs to offer a console shifter for its top-level premium package, if not also in the Sport and Z71. Our guess is that's something GMC fought hard for (we're assuming here), but it seems to us there's plenty of room for both brands to offer the option.

We really like that GM will now have seven different trim package (Weren't there just three last year?), but it needs more. Two Work Truck packages, the LT, LTZ, two Z71 packages (LT or LTZ) and the all-new High Country are a good start but truck buyers are more diverse than that. It's our hope to see something even higher than the High Country sometime soon. Whether there is or isn't, when Chevy sees how popular the High Country take rate becomes (we'll guess the numbers for the first two years will be higher than 20 percent), there will be a follow-up real soon.

As for pricing, regular cabs start at $24,585 (including destination), double cabs at $28,610 and crew cabs at $32,710.

One last note: With this truck, GM is giving the often-ignored pickup bed new emphasis. The attention to the internal and external construction for strength and weight savings, as well as modularity, is impressive. Add to that the fully strutted easy-open easy-close tailgate, the integrated handholds and footsteps and the under-lip bed lighting, and it's obvious that someone at GM understands how and why truck owners use their pickups. We like that.

For the updated information on Chevy's pickup bed, click here to download the press release.

 

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Bottom line

What's the bottom line? This new Chevy Silverado has too many improvements to list in just one story. That's why we've posted as many of the Chevy press releases we received as possible. That way readers can peruse at their leisure. We've tried to keep our impressions focused on the areas we think most important. We understand a truck like this needs to be tested against its direct competition to give you the best sense of where they all fit. And that's exactly what we have in the works.

Finally, look for two videos on the 2014 Chevy Silverado to come as well; one will focus more on the high-tech and unique features, while the other will offer our V-6 and V-8 driving impressions.

**For the updated Chevy information regarding body structure, click here to download the press release.
**For the updated Chevy information regarding exterior design, click here to download the press release.
**For the updated Chevy information regarding interior design, click here to download the press release.
**For the updated information regarding Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, click here to download the press release.

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Comments

Go General!!!

This is one beautiful Truck!!!

Did you guys get any MPG figures on the 4.3?

Great overall report...but nothing about the impressions of the interior? Based upon the pictures I don't like myself.

It really is a beautiful truck. Easily Chevy's best looking truck since the 2002 model. I think it's their best since the 87 after the newness of the 88-98 style wore off. I was always partial to the square bodies myself and then the classic 67-72 style after that. Great review too Mark. I agree about the console shifter. It was dumb not to offer it. That's one thing we love about our F-150. I get back in my Super Duty and it just seems odd now. Both should be offered. I don't know why there isn't a Platinum style Silverado either. Dumb move on their part. Western themes are played out right now. Our F-150 is a Platinum and I'd never go back after having it. They take two steps forward and yet take one step back for no apparent reason. To make GMC dealers happy? Who knows. Chevrolet dealers probably aren't quite as thrilled. The truck looks really well built however. They'll sell quite a bit of these. The commercials should be good! It's not just Ford vs Dodge now. Chevrolet looks to be back and maybe even serious again. Chevy's Super Bowl stuff should be great this year.

Is the 11,500 lb tow rating to SAE standards? Or is it their own estimate?

@FordTrucks1 All the great things around us are built on competition and this is a good thing for all of us. I think they might have the SS in a year or so.

I had heard something about an Outlaw Version, anyone have any additional information on that.

I hope GM keeps the column shifter on the upscale models also. I do not like the console shifter.

@AllAmerican

The SS would be neat kind of like the Lightning was but I'd rather see some good Raptor competition myself. When the heck was the last time Chevrolet was really into the 4x4 offroad game? It's been years. Hopefully both will come out. Maybe that will bring back the Lightning too from Ford. Nothing better than a classic Chevy vs. Ford showdown. Cars, trucks, whatever. It's always good when both are trying to kill eachother. Everyone wins. As for the Outlaw, who knows. Maybe that will be a trim, maybe that will be the Raptor fighter itself? Your guess is as good as mine man.

I'm giddy like a little school girl to see one in person. I really like the exterior style. Now interior, quite nice, great looking seats, but the sides of the dash. What's going on with that?

As a owner of a GM900 Silverado I'm kind of surprised how close in style this one is. I really did not like the looks of my current Silverado after owning a 01 and a 03, but now I love the look. And I think the GM design team really made a class leading look for the new pickups. And it's great that they stuck with that look. Dodge has the in your face front end. Ford nice clean lines fitting with the blue oval. So we all get to eat cake...

People are going to feel dumb for writing this truck off so early...The new V6 seems excellent and should easily be the class leader when it arrives.

@Greg, It's called options dude. Don't want it, don't buy it. I like the floor shifter in our 150 compared to my 250's column after having it. It's handy when you have a center console. Nice place to rest your hand too.

"We can start by saying this is not the perfect pickup truck, and we'd even be hard pressed to say it's the new standard other pickup truck makers should strive to match."

GM loses again.

didn't i read somewhere that these trucks require 0w-20 oil which only comes in synthetic? if so, can you rune 5w-20 nonsynthetic as well? imo i prefer synthetic though. and thanks putc for finally giving us something to read!

@FordTrucks1 Chevy does need offer a real off-road truck to go against Ford.

The good old days when it was Ford vs. Chevy or Chevy vs. Ford, this competition has lead to new technologies and innovations mostly on Ford and then we catch-up. That's the truth!!!

Oh man am I excited or what.

Let's wait and see what the Outlaw is!!!

Glad to see the bigger optional gas tanks. Hope they offer them on all models. How soon before the shootout test? The Big 3 are getting better every year. Will test drive the new 5.3 Chevy soon. Only disappointed in the axle ratios. 5.3 can only get a 3.42 tops. I personally like the 3.73 as in my last 2 trucks.

The GMC looks better to me, but I still dont like the inside on ether truck

You know this truck has grown on me and it is a clean looking truck, just nothing groundbreaking but definitely better than the last model. And i second GM needs to bring a Raptor fighter to keep Ford on their toes and keep the Raptor for then next gen F150. All three domestic trucks look great, all you gotta do is pick your flavor.

I also admit to preferring the column shifter, but I'll take it a step further... I don't like the "center stack" or full consoles either. It's impossible to have a true 3-passenger front seat in a full-size truck today, because there is absolutely nowhere for a center passenger to put their legs.

I had a 93 F-series and that dash design allowed full legroom for every person in the front seat. And the last legitimate split bench was the 94-96 Ram's original 40/20/40, which was a real bench cut in three sections. Today, that 40/20/40 designation (for all the brands) is given to what are really two buckets/captains with a small, mostly-unusable jump seat between them.

This is why I tend to stay with the "mid level" trim when I buy trucks... I want "comfortable utility" from the interior, not glam and glitz - I still want to know it's a truck and not an oversize luxury car with a bed.

IMO it sounds like GM caught up with ford, but it is still behind ram.

Well now, I know what I want, the work truck, extended cab, 4x4, with the v6. That should so about anything I want it to.

My thoughts:

22.6 mpg on the highway? Even on a 4x2 model, that's pretty impressive.

Yes, Chevy definitely needs to consider moving the shifter to the middle console. If non-brand loyal buyers look in an LTZ or a High Country and see the same "blah" shifter as is in a Work Truck or LT, they'll definitely be less receptive to this pickup's features.

When you say 11,500 lbs max towing on a "Double Cab," do you mean the Crew Cab with 4 full-sized doors and 6.5' box? That's what I'm assuming, but remember that Toyota's "double cab" is actually a big extended cab, except in the Tacoma, where it's a crew cab...much like Ram's Quad Cab has always been an extended cab, except in the Dakota, where it was a crew cab too...and Chevy doesn't use any trademark cab names at all...augh, now I have a headache...

Love these new trucks. GM did a great job, I will be purchasing one. Call me old school, but I also hope they keep the column shifter in the upscale models, I don't care for the console shifter; It makes me feel like I'm in a car.

I've been waiting to see a review of this truck for quite some time. Very handsome and it looks like they're really focusing on build quality again. That's good. I have to say though that I'm in agreement with the author and some other comments on the available trims. From what I gather, if you are cross shopping a Ford Platinum, Toyota Platinum or Dodge Limited and suddenly see this Chevrolet and decide to throw it in the mix, your Chevy dealer is going to tell you to take a hike. I'm not sure if someone at GM has it in for Chevrolet but lately it seems like they half ass many of their products that isn't a Corvette. While it's nice they stay focused on the Corvette, the Silverado is Chevrolet's halo vehicle so to speak for those who don't buy sportscars. Chevy always ends up stopping short of the competition for some reason. As a former Chevrolet owner and current F-150 platinum owner of 2 years, I just couldn't trade in on something less luxurious. These country trims are a tad too country for my taste. I'm not much into Sierra's or GMC's. I'd be loyal to my Chevrolet dealer anyways if I went back. It's really too bad Chevrolet's launching these without a full line of trims to compete. They needed everything they could get right now.

@RoadTrip: If I'm not mistaken, Ford offered a true one-piece vinyl bench seat (which is absolutely _wonderful_ in 95-degree heat...) on their "jellybean" F-150s up to 2003, or maybe even 2004 with the "Heritage" models.

And I know for a fact that they offered a 40/60 split front seat, cloth or vinyl on the '97-'03 F-150s, with a middle seat that was uncomfortable not because of its size, but its placement--right over the transmission hump. Don't crash, 'cause your middle guy's knees are going straight into his face :P

My biggest beef, though, with a center console is that you've got enough room in the back for 3 people to sit comfortably, so how is it not the same in the front?! My father tells stories of sometimes having to take the pickup to church (which was highly unusual--"cowboy Caddys" weren't around until about 10 years ago), and all 5 of them piled in, and they didn't complain once! That's the way it was, and we liked it! Damn kids, get off my lawn! Other cliches!

Hey Mark,
It is time for you stop being to negative about GM. Even when everybody else said GM has done a good, you always look for a mis. If you are so good in car business, why aren't you working for a car company?
It Is time for you to be a little neutral. Your love for Ford make unable to see the true elsewhere.l

First: Why are folks so hard up about a shifter? I prefer column shifter and would not consider against any truck just due to the shifter. If you are buying a crew cab truck, I don;t understand why give up passenger space to accomodate a.....shifter. Holy cow, what makes a truck important has definitely changed over the years. More fashion emphasis for sure. Of course, this is just my opinon.

Also, I like the new GM twins, although I prefer the GMC. I prefer that pushrod,small block V6 and V8 for simplicity factors. I owned a triton OHC engine before, what a mess to do a tune up on. And the EcoBoost....does the upper intake plenum have to be removed to change plugs? I used to be a Ford man thru and thru when I was younger (sometimes damn near getting into fights in my teenage years over defending the Ford Trucks), but with a family and such now, I need something for a working man...simplicity. Yep, I have moved on from Ford for this very reason, F150's are the rich man's truck IMO due to the sophistication and price. GM is proving that an engine can be simple, yet reliable and efficient! Good job GM!

Jeep

@Jim, if you wanted it to sound more pro-Chevy, it would have done you less favors if all you want is Mark to convince impartial people like me. I thought Mark's neautrality was spot on, and made the truck quite favorable in my opinion.

How weird is that, Fordtrucks1 and RonAnderson both own a Ford Platinum and both have the same attitude regarding GMC. Both with the damn near same preferences/bias. Strange....

Jeep

@ Jeep: I think the debate over the column vs. console shifter started off innocent enough, but just like any other issue in the comment boards, it quickly got overblown and descended into juvenile bickering.

Personally, I don't really care, since I'm more like you--I wouldn't give up the middle passenger seat just for a deeper storage compartment and a fake stick shift. Leave that sh*t in my little Mazda. I can't even see myself ever getting a pickup with such a high-end trim anyway. No thank you, I'll save my extra $5000 and put some nice Indian-blanket seat covers over my _cloth_ seat like on the old workhorse. But if I could get a King Ranch leather bench seat...mmm...wouldn't that be both the neatest and stupidest thing ever? :P

But the reason I made a comment was because I think Chevy needs to "get with the program," so to speak--all 4 other brands of full-size pickup have had the console shifter available since--2007, when Toyota put out the 2nd gen Tundra? I don't know what year exactly, but it's certainly been long enough.

It sucks! Same truck just like the Ford, no change. RAM is 100 times better!!!

Not a bad truck, not a great truck. I wish they would have pushed the envelope a tad more. Not a big fan anymore of the 4.3 or the 5.3, I know they are heavily revised but still seem to come up short.

The interior looks like they robbed a Ram and F150 and mashed it together.

I am sure these trucks are better than the GMT 900's, those trucks were just bad. Comparing the new trucks to the GMT 900's is like comparing an iPhone to an old Star Tac phone. Of course the new truck will shine. Its going to be in the trenches of real world testing to see if these trucks truly are the best of all the rest. Last years Motor Trend towing test was a total sham, I would like to see that test done again only this time make all of the trucks pull the same amount of weight.

It will be a long time before I kick the tires of a Silverado again but maybe this is the beginning of bringing longtime customers like myself back to the brand.

Silverado Driver-


how does the new 4.3 come up short?

It has the most torque of any V6 in the class (by a big margin too) and will prolly have the best MPG as well....

You guys should stop talking about trucks for a minute.

Check this out!

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@Jeep Fordtrucks1, Ron Anderson, Fordtruck77, and few others are the same Ford cry baby fan boy's try to sound cool. They just pissed off GM does more with less, and still gives that junk producer company Ford a run for it's money.

I'm impressed with the new Chevy trucks.
I personally don't care about the lack of a console shifter. I like the extra room in the front. It isn't going to stop me from buying a truck.

I do not like the fact that the stability/traction control reactivates at 35 mph. For 99% of the North American drivers, no big deal. I've been on back roads in the winter or on greasy roads and there are times when one needs to get a good run at hills.
It is the same reason why I'm not impressed with the majority of e-lockers out there. They turn into open diffs at 25 - 35 mph.


@Fred the man- Chevy will make the 3.73 rear axle available later with the optional max tow pkg. I have access to the GM fleet ordering interface and saw it in there yesterday. Nothing in there yet on the 6.2 engine until it enters production.

I predict that just like the GMT900 launch, updated 8 speed transmissions will be released two years after. GM's transmission engineers are already developing them for RWD platforms and they will need them in the trucks to stay competitive. Watch the next F150 launch with 8 speeds...

Does the new Chevy have a painted frame? My last 2 Chevys looked terrilble after just a year or so. My 3 year old Ram still looks like new. Hope they got it right this time.

@David, According to the Chevy website, they are no longer referring to these new trucks as extended cabs, they're calling 'em Double Cabs now.

So basically........ They just caught up to the rest of the truck manufacturers is what i am getting out of this article.

@johnny doe, this truck sucks!!!!

The EB will STOMP this POS!!!!

The sticker price on my 2002 2500HD Duramax/Allison Crew Cab 4x4 LT is the same as one of these new 1/2 ton gassers. That really bothers me.......

Probably a decent pickup, but hardly a game changer. I am still not liking the double grill.

But if a $43,000, moderately powered, 2x4 is the "heart of the market" GM certainly isn't targeting me as a buyer... I'll stick with my 4x4 Tundra with more power and capability that cost nearly HALF, albeit, 5 years ago... .

@Frank Disciples Only thing the ECO TURD will STOMP is you're pocket as it falls apart LOL!

It already looks 10 yrs older then the ford and dodge.

@Steven: Hmm. Interesting. IIRC, the original S-10 extended cab was called "Maxi-Cab" while the S-15/Sonoma had no brand name. Maxi-Cab was quietly dropped for the 2nd gen models, maybe because it sounded too much like a feminine hygeine product.

The original Sierra extended cab (GMT400) had the brand name of "Club Coupe." I can understand why they dropped that; a coupe has only two doors, so that would be an inappropriate name for a three- or four-door extended cab.

@Dav: Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of the split grille either. My reasoning is not that it makes it look too tough or "over-the-top-macho" (because every full-size pickup truck has been doing that since the '94 Dodge, with the exception of the '97 Ford, so I'm not going to try to win that battle), but because there needs to be some distinguishing factor between this and the upcoming 2014 HD's. Will the HD's have a six-inch gap in the grille? Will this problem get worse and worse with each new model, culminating in a ten-foot wall of plastic and chrome with a three-foot-high bowtie?
Plus, I always saw the current "bar grille" as vaguely reminiscent of the '69-'70 pickup, which is inarguably one of the most attractive pickup trucks of all time.

I prefer the GMC, but the dash on both is horrible.
As for the shifter, my F150 has a floor shifter, and I'm on the fence about whether I like it or not.
Personally the Dodge is the best looking, but I could never bring myself to buy a Dodge truck.
I'll keep my 2011 Lariat EcoBoost. It runs like a raped ape and rides like a dream.

Looks like a truck...looks like a Chevy truck...the design distinguishes it as a Chevy from the front, sides, rear, top...what more could you want? Also, if the SFA is SOOO good, why does the Ford Raptor have IFS? Why are all of the Baja trucks IFS? Now there's a point to ponder.

soooo, what's up with practically no mention of the new interior? Is it that bad? To me these new GM trucks are just......boring. I was excited when the new Rams came out. Excited when the ecoboost and 5.0 came out. But with these GM trucks I just don't see anything to really be excited about. They say this truck is so vastly improved, but I don't really see how? The engines described don't sound much improved, nor the interior. Not really any innovative new features. Slightly better mpg? How do you say this truck is so vastly improved?



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