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

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

Steve VonSeggern
Nov 20, 2015
Photographers: Steve VonSeggern
Here in California, most people don’t realize how good a fullsize truck is when used on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s a land ruled by the Prius, and most people think pickups are only for cowboys and plumbers—stiff-riding utility vehicles with dismal fuel economy. They’re missing out, because our year with the Chevy Silverado 1500 has proven that a 1/2-ton pickup is the perfect way to get around California with a family and toys and still achieve respectable fuel economy. We’ve learned a lot about the truck during our time together, and to sum it up, we’re not happy to have to give it back.
The perfect bookend to this truck’s year with us was another trip partway across the country to support our sister brand’s (Diesel Power) event, Diesel Power Challenge in Denver, Colorado. Long-distance cruising is this truck’s forte, and there’s no better jaunt to stretch a vehicle’s legs than the mostly empty stretch between Los Angeles and Colorado. It’s just over 1,000 miles from our offices in Southern California to the normally sunny mile-high city, and most travelers make the trip in two days. However, making the trip in one day with this truck is completely comfortable and effortless, regardless of weather. In fact, the cab is so quiet and relaxed at 80mph speeds that it’s possible to join conference calls via the onboard Bluetooth system without anyone noticing you’re mobile. During a week of running around Denver, it never stopped raining, and the trip home involved snow and slush around the Continental Divide on I-70, but none of that was able to slow the Silverado from its appointed rounds. The only regret during long-distance travel is the size of the fuel tank. Range is typically just shy of 400 miles on the highway, which is good, but 500-plus miles would make this an even better long-distance traveler. Otherwise, it’s hard to even explain how comfortable and fatigue-free it is to drive the Silverado for even 13 hours at a time.
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Our third and last service was requested by the onboard diagnostics at 23,500 miles and was again handled expertly at Guaranty Chevrolet in Santa Ana, California. Service again consisted of oil and filter change and tire rotation. Thankfully it fell just within the truck’s no-charge service for 2 years or 24,000 miles. Aside from the initial recall last year involving a necessary computer reflash to correct a transfer case issue, there have been no other technical service bulletins or recalls during our year of testing. Nothing has fallen off or wiggled loose, and there are no rattles or unexplained noises emanating from anywhere.
Nothing’s perfect, and our complaints are mostly regarding electronics. The navigation system displays traffic on the map, but data acquisition is agonizingly slow at start up. There’s a voice-activated function, but we were never able to get it to understand our commands. Also, the backup camera is a little low-resolution and fuzzy, making trailer connections harder than they should be. We didn’t find the forward park assist to be very useful. Finally, Bluetooth connectivity is a fantastic feature but seemed to be in a transition phase where the audio play function only worked most of the time.
Overall, the build quality, fit-and-finish, and the way this truck has held up during our year of testing are what have impressed us the most. The competition in this segment has forced everyone to build a better product, and the consumer is benefitting from it.
Long Term Numbers
Report: 4 of 4
Previous reports: Mar./Apr. ’15, July/Aug. ’15, Sept./Oct. ’15
Base price: $45,050
Price as tested: $53,210
Miles to date: 23,870
Miles since last report: 6,260
Average mpg (this report): 16.4
Test best tank (mpg): 18.8
Test worst tank (mpg): 14.1
Test maintenance: Oil and filter change, tire rotation, $0 (Service included for 2 years / 24,000 miles)
Test problem areas: Engine squeak, fuel filler, software reflash
Logbook Quotes
“Front parking assist is great at crying wolf but not actually useful for parking.”
“Traffic data takes so long to appear on screen that I’m usually where I need to go before I know what the traffic is like.”
“Best truck for a LA-to-Denver nonstop ever.”
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