Features and Extras:
-Allweather floor matts
-premium aftermarket sound system.
-custom air intake bank system
-heavy duty tow package
-oversized OffRoad wheels and tires 35/12.50/20s
The Chevrolet Silverado has become the newest homonym and homograph in the American lexicon. It's spelled the same, pronounced the same, and in many ways, looks the same, but don't mistake the outgoing 2013 model for the all-new 2014 pickup. They are as different as nouns and verbs.
The new Silverado is more comfortable, more efficient, and more powerful. So powerful, in fact, it can metaphorically haul that elephant out of the room. (Max towing for the full-size Silverado is 11,500 pounds, depending upon its configuration.)
Yes, the new Silverado looks a lot like the old Silverado. Oh, there were changes. The stacked headlamps are fancier (projector beam headlights are available), the grille is meatier, and the double domed hood is made of aluminum. There are also other exterior changes such as a body-color rear bumper and the ingenious step tucked into each corner of the bumper that allows you to easily step into the bed.
But while there was no extreme makeover for the Silverado to debut on the stage as the crowd screams in delight, there's plenty to get excited about. First are the trio of new aluminum-block EcoTech3 engines, including a 4.3-liter V-6 and two V-8s, the next iteration of the small-block 5.3-liter V-8 and the 6.2-liter V-8. During my day of driving crew cab Silverados, I tested the V-6 and 5.3-liter V-8 models outside of San Antonio, Texas. (The 6.2-liter will be available later this year, and specs were not available.) Both engines feature General Motors' cylinder deactivation system, dubbed Active Fuel Management, which shuts off half of the V-8 engines' cylinders and two cylinders on the V-6 when less power is needed. All engines are mated to GM's six-speed automatic transmission, which is impeccably calibrated for smooth acceleration.
The 4.3-liter generates 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. While towing a 5500-pound camper using a trailer hitch, the Silverado never hesitated. It accelerated quickly and the integrated trailer sway controls, which use the truck's anti-lock brakes, helped steady the trailer down the windy Texan roads. The V-6 has a max towing rating of 7500 pounds. The 5.3L engine lives up to its small-block heritage. Creating 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, the 5.3-liter comes with a growl that would make any musclecar fan smile. It will also deliver 16/23 mpg in city/highway driving.
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