Four Wheeler magazine’s 2014 Pickup Truck of the Year – the Silverado
The 2014 Chevy Silverado ended 2013 by racking up a number of awards. It appears that the rugged truck is looking to pick right where it left off in 2014, as it was announced as Four Wheeler magazine’s 2014 Pickup Truck of the Year.
“Four Wheeler really puts pickups to the test, on road and off, and the results showcase the capability and refinement that our team built into the new Silverado,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer, in the brand’s press release.
The editors at Four Wheeler tested out a Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Crew Cab model and seemed to have a blast in doing it. They enjoyed the adjustability of the leather front bucket seats and loved the layout and appointments on the inside, and they were fond of the Silverado’s integrated back bumper step and LED under-rail lighting in the rear outside.
But what really drove the Four Wheeler judges wild was the performance: “Smooth. That was the word repeated nearly every time a judge left the driver’s seat of the Chevy. Despite the supple suspension, the truck never felt loose or floaty. Cornering was made easy with a very responsive steering system and the brakes provided incredible stopping power. In fact, the truck stopped in an impressive 125.1 feet in the 60-0 mph braking test, a full 15 feet better than Ram, and nearly 4 feet better than Toyota. Another aspect most judges noted was the quietness of the cab.”
Being that it’s Four Wheeler magazine, another factor in determining the 2014 Pickup Truck of the Year was its off-road capabilities; Silverado shined in this category as well, showing “grace and composure” in proving itself as “an absolute blast to drive off-road.”
The 2014 Silverado adds the title of Four Wheeler magazine’s 2014 Truck of the Year to a mantle that is already heavy with trophies: it won Best of the Best for 2014 from AutoWeek, was named 2013 Fleet Truck of the Year by Automotive and Business Fleet magazines, and earned Detroit Free Press’s 2014 Truck of the Year honors. In addition, Silverado is a finalist for the 2014 North American Truck of the Year, which will be announced next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.