2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Contender: Chevrolet Silverado
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, along with its sister truck GMC Sierra, was one of the most anticipated launches of the year, and the pickup's changes go a long way in bringing it up to speed with its full-size competitors. But are they significant enough to win our Truck of the Year award?
Though its styling may be similar to that of the model it replaces, the 2014 Silverado received a more modern take on the stacked headlight layout. The truck also gets new aluminum-block EcoTec3 engine options, including a 285-hp, 305-lb-ft 4.3-liter V-6, 355-hp, 383-lb-ft 5.3-liter V-8, and 420-hp, 460-lb-ft 6.2-liter V-8. All engines see power and efficiency bumps, and come mated to a recalibrated six-speed automatic transmission.
In this year's competition, we had a Silverado Double Cab and High Country. We liked the standard truck's redesigned cabin, with its improved materials and handsome details. We also liked the smooth, quiet ride and performance with the new V-6. However, a few judges found acceleration with the V-8 to be underwhelming, and the interior in the High Country not up to snuff with its luxury competition. Another common complaint is that GM didn't do enough to differentiate the Silverado from the previous generation, or for that matter, its GMC sibling.
Is the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado our 2014 Truck of the Year? Find out on December 4, when we announce the winner.