In the world of luxury pickups, Chevrolet has never had a player. Insider sources at one time told me that they didn’t want to alienate the GMC Sierra. Something has changed, and we now have the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country, my review truck for this week. This truck was designed and priced to compete with the popular King Ranch F150, Dodge Laramie Longhorn, and even the Tundra 1794 edition.
The numbers on upper-line trucks are huge, and as everyone knows, the higher the price, the more the profit for the automakers. Recent numbers show that over 35% of light duty trucks cost more than $40,000. The luxury truck segment is indeed alive and well, so it makes sense that Chevy would have one with their all-new 2014 Silverado.
I reviewed the new Silverado almost six months ago, but this is a very different truck. Behind the massive chrome grill sits a 6.2-liter V8 putting out 420-horses. That beast of an engine is hooked to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Like the 5.3-liter I had earlier in the year, the big 6.2 has active fuel management, which cuts you down to 4- cylinders at cruising speeds. Highway mileage is hitting 21-miles per gallon at 65-miles per hour. My tester is a 4-wheel drive model, so that’s excellent fuel economy all things considered.
The real story for the High Country is the interior. It comes with a saddle-colored leather, and it is full leather on the seating surfaces. It is visibly beautiful to look at, and is comfortable as well. It is not as soft as the Ford King Ranch leather, but it is fairly close.
High Country comes completely loaded with heated and cooled front seats, remote start and keyless entry, theft deterrent system, locking tailgate, a nifty color driver information center, rearview camera, front and rear park assist, Bose stereo, Bluetooth and the Chevy MyLink system, which is intelligently laid out and easy to operate on an 8” color touch screen.
On the outside, this edition looks terrific with 20” chrome wheels, the EZ lift tailgate, chrome exhaust, fog lamps, and the new cornerstep rear bumper. In fact, besides the big chrome grill, High Country comes with chrome exterior mirrors, chrome door handles, and my test truck has the optional chrome running boards.
This truck jumps in price with options, even though it comes very nicely equipped. The 6.2 V8 will run you $1995, and for $1345 you can get the Premium Package, which includes forward collision alert and lane departure warning, which vibrates the seat, a cool feature I first experienced on the Cadillac XTS. Also included in that package is heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, and a trailer brake controller. The aforementioned running boards cost $700, and this truck is the White Diamond Tricoat, which is an extra $995 and well worth it in my humble opinion.
This truck weighs 5400 pounds and will tow 9800 pounds; payload is just shy of 2000 pounds. The power of this 6.2-liter, especially when you nail it at over 40 miles per hour, is amazing. It is very responsive and the ride quality is exceptional. Interior quietness is much improved and is as good as rival F150 Ford.
In summary, this is a great truck and I am glad Chevy decided to venture into the luxury category. I am happy to say, they did it right.
What I liked most: Interior and responsiveness of the 6.2-liter.
What I would change: I personally like the center console shifter vs. on the steering column.
MSRP: Base price $47,380, as equipped $53,470.
Fuel Economy: EPA rating: 14 City/20 Highway, actually doing better on the highway.
Weight: 5400 pounds.
Warranty: 2 year/24,000 miles of free maintenance, 5 year,100,000 mile powertrain warranty & roadside assistance.
Manufacturer’s website: http://www.chevrolet.com/silverado-1500-pickup-truck.html
2014 Silverado High Country in a few words: A contender in the luxury pickup segment.
Dealers: For any Chevy product, we have dealers in Grapevine and Granbury, TX, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Fresno, Phoenix, and Sacramento.