Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Specsby Michael G. Sanchez
The Silverado -- Chevrolet's full-size pickup -- was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year. The new, third-generation truck featured a fresh lineup of six- and eight-cylinder engines that were both more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the ones they replaced. The 2014 Silverado was also lighter than its predecessor -- which helped to further boost fuel economy -- and featured a much-improved interior with all the modern trappings, including smartphone integration and a prominent touchscreen infotainment display.
The Silverado 1500 was available in a grand total of five different body styles: regular cab with standard box, regular cab with long box, double cab with standard box, crew cab with short box and crew cab with standard box. The standard box measured 6.5 feet in length. The short box was 5.75 feet long and the long box stretched an even 8 feet. The smallest Silverado -- the regular cab with standard box -- was 205.5 inches long, 80.0 inches wide and either 73.9 inches tall with two-wheel drive or 74.1 inches tall with four-wheel drive. Its wheelbase was 119.0 inches. The regular cab with the long box measured 224.4 inches in length, 80.0 inches in width and 73.5 inches in height with two-wheel drive or 73.7 inches with four-wheel drive. It sat on a 133.0-inch wheelbase. The double cab was 230.0 inches long, 80.0 inches wide and 73.8 inches high with rear-wheel drive or 73.9 inches high with four-wheel drive. Its wheelbase was 143.5 inches. The crew cab with the short box measured 230.03 inches in length, 80.0 inches in width and 74.17 inches in height with rear-wheel drive and 73.9 inches in height with four-wheel-drive. It rode on a 143.5-inch wheelbase. Finally, the crew cab with the standard box was 239.5 inches long, 80.0 inches wide and 73.7 inches tall with rear-wheel drive or 73.8 inches tall with four-wheel drive. The regular cab's interior provided 42.4 inches of headroom, 66.0 inches of shoulder room, 60.7 inches of hip room and 45.27 inches of legroom. The double cab's front seats offered 42.80 inches of headroom, 65.93 inches of shoulder room, 60.73 inches of hip room and 45.27 inches of legroom. Backseat passengers got 38.67 inches of headroom, 65.80 inches of shoulder room, 60.23 inches of hip room and 34.63 inches of leg room. Finally, the big, four-door crew-cab model's front row offered the exact same amount of passenger space as the double cab Silverado's. Its larger backseat, however, provided 40.50 inches of headroom, 65.73 inches of shoulder room, 60.27 inches of hip room and a generous 40.93 inches of legroom.
The Silverado 1500 was offered with a choice of three engines. The entry-level engine was the 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6. It produced 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 foot-pounds of torque at 3,900 rpm. The mid-range choice was the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8, which put out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 foot-pounds of torque at 4,100 rpm. The big, 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 was the Silverado's most powerful engine. It generated 420 horsepower at 5,600 and 460 foot-pounds of torque at 4,100 rpm. Power was sent to either the rear or all four wheels via a standard six-speed automatic, which was the only transmission offered.
Towing & Payload
Equipped with the base 4.3-liter engine, the rear-wheel-drive Silverado had a payload capacity of 1,933 pounds and a towing capacity of 5,900 pounds with its standard 3.23 rear axle. With four-wheel drive, payload capacity rose by three pounds to 1,936 and towing capacity increased to 7,100 pounds, thanks to a 3.42 rear axle. The rear-wheel-drive, 5.3-liter model's payload capacity was 2,007 pounds and it could haul up to 9,800 pounds with a 3.42 rear axle or 11,400 pounds with a 3.73 rear axle. The four-wheel-drive model's payload capacity was 1,957 pounds and its towing capacity was 9,600 pounds with a 3.42 rear axle or 11,200 pounds with a 3.73 rear axle. With the big, 6.2-liter EcoTec3 under the hood, the Silverado had a 1,866-pound payload capacity with rear-wheel drive and a 1,805-pound payload capacity with four-wheel drive. The 6.2-liter Silverado's maximum rear-wheel-drive towing capacity was 9,700 pounds with a 3.42 rear axle or 12,000 pounds with a 3.73 rear axle. Its maximum four-wheel-drive towing capacity was 9,500 pounds with a 3.42 rear axle or 11,800 pounds with a 3.73 rear axle.
The 2014 Silverado 1500 was available in an extensive lineup of seven trim levels: 1WT, 2WT, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ Z71 and High Country. The base 1WT model came 17-inch steel wheels, unpainted bumpers, door handles and grille, a 40/20/40 front bench seat with center fold-down armrest, a three-passenger 60/40 folding rear bench on double-cab and crew-cab models, vinyl upholstery, rubberized-vinyl floors, power locks and windows, cruise control, a tire pressure monitoring system, a driver Information center with 3.5-inch diagonal display and a six-speaker sound system with 4.2-inch diagonal color display, SD card reader, dual USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack. The 2WT trim level added Bluetooth connectivity, the MyLink smartphone integration system, GM's OnStar system, a CD player and Sirius satellite radio for the sound system, keyless entry, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, front and rear chrome bumpers and a chrome-trimmed grille. The LT model added 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels, cloth upholstery, an upgraded driver information center with a 4.2-inch display, the EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons. The LT Z71 model was designed with off-road enthusiasts in mind. It came with a specially tuned off-road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks, all-terrain tires, hill descent control, Z71 exterior trim and badging, fog lamps, a locking rear differential, recovery tow hooks and a transfer case shield on four-wheel-drive models. The LTZ model added 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, 10-way-power-adjustable front seats, an upgraded, 8-inch display screen for the MyLink system, chrome door handles and mirror caps, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a power-sliding rear window with defogger, and a 110-volt power outlet. The LTZ Z71 model combined the off-road-oriented features of the Z71 model with the luxury features of the of the LTZ. Finally, the range-topping High Country was the fanciest, most upscale version of the Silverado 1500. Its equipment list included 20-inch chrome wheels, premium perforated leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats with 12-way power adjustment, a Bose audio system, front and rear park assist, a special chrome grille, an upgraded suspension and black recovery hooks.
All models came standard with four-wheel ABS, traction control, stability control, dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. GM's OnStar system, which also came standard, provided roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, automatic crash notification and stolen vehicle assistance. Optional safety features included front and rear park assists, a lane departure warning function, forward collision alert and a rearview camera.
While the 2014 Silverado was still a fairy thirsty vehicle at the pump, it was noticeably more fuel-efficient than the previous-generation truck. The 4.3-liter model was rated at 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive and 17-22 with four-wheel drive. With the 5.3-liter engine under its hood, the Silverado achieved 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway in rear-wheel-drive form and 16-22 with four-wheel drive. Finally, the 6.2-liter model received a 15-21 rating with rear-wheel drive and a 14-20 rating with four-wheel drive. The least-expensive model in the 2014 Silverado lineup -- the 1WT -- had a base price of $33,700. The 2WT trim level bumped the price up to $35,755. The LT model began at $36,250, the LT Z71 at $37,840, the LTZ at $41,120 and the LTZ Z71 at $41,800. The top-of-the-line High Country started at $45,605.
Michael G. Sanchez has been a professional writer for over 10 years. A lifelong car enthusiast and former senior mechanic, he has written on a wide range of automotive topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Castleton State College. Sanchez started writing about cars as a part-time copywriter for a local dealership while still in high school.