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Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – Work Truck 1WT RWD 2-Dr Reg Cab Short V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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Editors Overall Rating

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This rating is provided by our team of editors based on their extensive professional expertise on Trucks, SUVs, Vans, and Wagons.
We liked
  • Excellent Interior Quality
  • Best-In-Class V-8 Efficiency
  • Good All-Arounder
We disliked
  • Some Powertrain Flaws
  • Low Front-End Ground Clearance
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MSRP
$26,170
MPG
18 / 24
City/Hwy
ENGINE
4.3L V6
HORSE POWER
297 hp
@ 5,300 rpm
TORQUE
330 ft lb
of torque @ 3,900 rpm
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When the Silverado 1500 was redesigned for the 2014 model year, some were underwhelmed by its evolutionary styling and dated-looking powertrain. After all, Ram was giving its 1500 the EcoDiesel treatment, and a risky, aluminum F-150 was on the way as well.
However, as we dug deeper into the Silverado, we learned that although the engines share displacement with former iterations of themselves, they were all-new and thoroughly redesigned for fuel economy and performance. And interior quality was better than its competitors and light-years beyond its predecessor. Although appearing to be extremely similar to its former self, the new Silverado was a modern, competitive truck.
Now that it’s 2015, we can say little has changed. Although the aluminum-bodied F-150 is a formidable foe, the Silverado handles itself very well. The excellent interior helps, as does the pleasant, old-school V-8 rumble, which also provides great towing abilities.
Our only major complaints about the Silverado have to do with one specific powertrain: the 6.2L V-8/eight-speed automatic combo. This configuration is very upshift-happy, meaning pedal-to-the-metal maneuvers often require a few harsh kick-downs to get the truck to move forward. Then again, that tuning is credited with giving our Silverado High Country tester surprisingly good fuel economy during our 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year competition.

REVIEW

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Long Term Report 3 of 4

Trouble Free Miles

Steve VonSeggern
Jul 4, 2015
Photographers: Steve VonSeggern
Our long-term Silverado has earned high marks this quarter for being supremely durable and trouble free. This truck has also continued to impress everyone with absolutely quiet and smooth commuting, road trips, and some light off-road use. Passengers’ reactions are always focused on the quiet ride and high quality of interior design and materials. As mentioned in previous reports, even BMW-driving co-workers are impressed during ride shares. If you’re looking for a truck that’s wonderfully comfortable for commuting to work and taking the family on extended cross-country jaunts, this is it.
During the previous update, we noted some pre-ignition under part-throttle acceleration, as well as an audible squeak when the engine switches from four to eight-cylinder mode. Switching from 87 to 89-octane fuel easily solved the pinging, but the squeak remains a mystery. Fortunately, gas prices have taken a plunge this winter, which has taken the sting out of the gas upgrade.
Photo 2/7   |   2014 Chevy Silverado Interior
Guaranty Chevrolet, in Santa Ana, California, handled the second service when the onboard diagnostics finally requested an oil change at 16,394 miles. After learning about the engine squeak, our friendly service advisor requested a test drive so we could demonstrate the issue. A quick trip around the block found him agreeing and promising to have his technicians look into the problem. We’ve also experienced an issue with the truck occasionally being balky at accepting fuel with California’s vapor recovery-equipped nozzles, so we asked that he check into that as well. The truck was ready for pick up later that same day, but sadly the technicians could not replicate or solve the engine squeak or fueling difficulty.
GM’s use of a heavy key fob that’s separate from the ignition key is perplexing, especially when all other manufacturers incorporate key with fob in a one-piece unit. The constant noise from the fob clanging around with other keys and slapping the steering column on dirt roads is seriously annoying, especially because the rest of the vehicle is so tight and rattle free. In fact, why not use keyless ignition on a $56,000 truck? The rest of the interior feels like a European luxury car, so why not the key switch?
Photo 3/7   |   2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Key
Finally, we stand by our assessment that the Z71 suspension tuning is wonderful for smooth highways and twisty pavement canyon carving, but not aimed at the off-road enthusiast. That’s not a condemnation of the suspension (if you’re looking for a truck with wonderfully direct steering and a high level of cornering ability), but it does leave room for a version of the truck with a higher level of compliance that’s actually tuned for use in the dirt. During our recent 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year testing, it was noted that the Ram Power Wagon, which is a 3/4-ton platform, rides far better on trails and dirt roads than our Silverado. Obviously, we don’t need to mention Ford’s Raptor, especially now that the word is out on the upcoming aluminum-bodied version.
Look for our fourth and final update on this long-term test truck in a few months. Until then, we’ll be hoping GM has something up its sleeve for those of us who prefer their trucks dirty.
Photo 4/7   |   5 3l V8 Engine
Long Term Numbers
Report: 3 of 4
Previous reports: March/April 2015, July/August 2015
Base price: $45,050
Price as tested: $53,210
Miles to date: 17,599
Miles since last report: 5,284
Average mpg (this report): 15.9
Test best tank (mpg): 17.1
Test worst tank (mpg): 14.1
Test maintenance: Oil and filter change, tire rotation, software re-flash, $0 (Service included for 2 years / 24,000 miles)
Test problem areas: Engine squeak, fuel filler, software re-flash
Logbook Quotes
“Grade braking is an interesting function, but woefully inadequate at actually slowing the truck on downgrades.”
“Transmission will downshift to hold speed while on speed control, but only after exceeding set speed by 20 mph.”
“So amazingly quiet and comfortable for long hauls.”
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