Bottom line: If you want or need a pickup truck, it is difficult to go wrong with the Chevrolet Silverado — or any of its competitors, including the Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra, Dodge Ram 1500 or Nissan Titan. Seriously, there is a war going here — with innovation and value as the primary weapons — that works in consumers’ favor.
Ride, acceleration and handling: The ride is limousine-comfortable and quiet, uncanny for a pickup truck. Acceleration is there when needed. Handling is excellent, especially on rough roads.
Body style/layout: The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive full-size pickup truck with a boxed front frame. It is also available with four-wheel-drive. There are five trim levels: Work Truck, LT, Z71 LT, LTZ and Z71 LTZ.
Engine/transmission: The Z71 LTZ comes standard with a 5.3-liter, 16-valve flex-fuel V-8 (it can run on regular gasoline or a mixture of regular and 85 percent ethanol) with variable valve timing (355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque). The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually.