2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Start at $24,585, Boast Better MPG than Ford’s EcoBoost
There aren’t many things more American than baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet. So it’s quite fitting that the Golden Bowtie would announce pricing and fuel economy figures for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado on Opening Day of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. For starters, you can get a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado regular with two-wheel drive in your driveway for $24,585, which includes a $995 destination fee. The two-wheel drive variant has been rated by the EPA to achieve 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. If you opt for the four-wheel drive model, expect to get 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. These numbers are applicable with the 2014 GMC Sierra as well, which shares the same architecture as the Silverado. The aforementioned fuel economy is also the best for any V-8 in the light-duty pickup truck segment.
Speaking of the V-8, power numbers have also been released and the all-new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 direct-injected V-8 engine is rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Majority of the torque is available between 2,000 and 5,600 rpm while power finds its way to the ground through a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 GMC Sierra is also rated equally as it shares the same engines used in the all-new Silverado. However, the V-8 engine is expected to be chosen much more frequently in the Sierra as owners of the luxury truck opt for the bigger engine three out of four times, according to GM. Even with the beefy V-8 engine, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado utilizes active fuel management, continuously variable valve timing, and aluminum engine components such as the cylinder heads and engine block itself.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is completely new according to General Motors and features a frame forged from high-strength steel, a stronger rear axle for the V-8 model, and a revised suspension system with two-stage multi-leaf rear springs. Steering, braking, and suspension have all been tweaked in the latest Silverado and Sierra and thanks to the use of high-strength steel during construction, the cabin is now much quieter as well. For the 2014 model year, a regular cab and new double cab model ($28,610), which is replacing the extended cab, will join the Silverado’s lineup later this year. This new extended cab features forward-hinged rear doors which allows for better egress and ingress of the back seat. The crew cab Silverado will go for $32,710.
As for the rest of the Chevrolet pickup truck lineup, GM says that both heavy-duty models of the Silverado as well as a mid-size pickup based off of the global Colorado are expected out later this year. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to enter production later this summer alongside its sibling, the 2014 GMC Sierra.
Source: General Motors
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