2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (1/2-Ton Trucks)

By: Scott Mortara

We Like: The redesigned interiors and smooth, quiet ride.

We Don't Like: For an all-new truck, there isn't anything groundbreaking.

For 2014, Chevrolet stepped up its game in the truck segment with the all-new Silverado 1500. Chevrolet says it's "new from hood to hitch," so we invited it to compete in Truck of the Year.

Chevrolet claims there are "hundreds of improvements" to the all-new Silverado. Here are a few of the key points: three all-new engines, one V-6 and two V-8s; a refined interior that's quieter, more comfortable, and tailored to truck customers; revised steering, suspension, and brakes; and improved ride and handling. The first new engine is a 4.3-liter V-6 with 285 hp and 305 lb-ft. Then there's the 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, and finally, we have the 6.2-liter V-8 with 420-hp and 460 lb-ft. Chevrolet has added direct fuel injection to all its new engines as well as Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable timing, a combination Chevrolet claims no other truck in the segment has.

The interior is definitely improved, mostly in quality materials and a much better layout. "There are more USB ports than I have devices, and I like the toggle switches at the bottom of the center stack," said Burgess. One of the most notable interior changes is how quiet it is, and judges felt the Silverado was also the smoothest truck in the competition.

The High Country is said to be the Silverado's rugged yet luxurious version, as with the Silverado's brother GMC Denali. Most of us were underwhelmed with the High Country, noting some material refinements, but other items that should have been improved were not. "For what this costs, it should feel like a proper luxe vehicle, not a pseudo-luxe vehicle," wrote Febbo. The Silverado is better in every way, but it only catches up to its competition. In some cases, it hasn't even done that. Hence, the Silverado is not our 2014 Truck of the Year winner.

   2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country
Base Price $43,885 $48,775
Price As Tested$49,720$56,820
Power (SAE net) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm 420 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm 460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Accel 0-60, mph 7.1 sec; 16.7 sec* 6.0 sec; 15.0 sec**
Quarter Mile 15.5 sec @ 90.8 mph 14.6 sec @ 96.6 mph
Quarter Mile (towing) 21.2 sec @ 66.8 mph* 20.6 sec @ 69.3 mph**
Braking 60-0, mph 127 ft 131 ft
Lateral Accel 0.74 g (avg) 0.74 g (avg)
EPA Econ (city/hwy) 16/22 mpg 14/20 mpg
Real MPG (city/hwy) N/A N/A
* with 7197-lb trailer
** with 7199-lb trailer