By Olivia Garcia
I have fond memories of the Chevy truck that date back to my childhood years. When I think of the Chevy truck, I take a cruise down memory lane to my very younger days when I sat snugly between my grandparents as my grandfather drove us around town in their 1952 Chevy truck during our regularly planned Sunday trips.
The classic blue, bubbly, stick-shift truck remained with my grandparents even through my high school years, and I was constantly reminded of the memories, drives and conservations that took place in that now vintage pickup.
5 Best features about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab
1. Fuel economy: 16/23 city, highway (two-wheel drive, 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec3)
2. Personal technologies: MyLink infotainment systems, which can include 8-inch touchscreen, HD radio, natural voice recognition, four customizable themes and much more.
3. Power and performance: 4.3-liter V6 285 horsepower at 5300 305 pounds-feet of torque at 3900 rpm, and 5.3-liter V8 355 horsepower at 5600 rpm 383 pounds-feet of torque at 4100.
4. Safety: Forward-collision alert, lane departure warning and safety alert seat.
5. Quieter cabin: Silverado's class-leading quiet ride experience is made possible through smart efforts to reduce, block or absorb noise vibration and harshness.
City and highway mileage
16 city and 23 highway with the 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec3
The 2014 Silverado Crew Cab is perfect for ...
Just about everything, from family outings, towing and just as a daily driver, because it's quiet, comfortable and safe.
What makes the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab stand out from the others
Safety before (Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat) and safety after (reinforced safety cage, dual stage airbags, automatic crash notification, automatic fuel system shut off, automatic unlock doors, automatic interior lights and automatic flashing hazard lights).
Three words that define the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab
Smarter. Stronger. More capable.
What do you like most about the 2014 Chevrolet Crew Cab?
It's quiet, sips gas and so comfortable.
Source: Mike Thomas, senior sales manager, Three-Way Automotive Group
Several years later, I ran across the Chevy truck again -- this time, it was a 1990s Chevy Silverado LS single cab, and the owner was my then-young Marine boyfriend and future husband, Julio.
A number of years, a marriage and babies later, we became owners of the Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab to accommodate our growing family, house work and yard work.
So, when I was recently informed that I'd be driving a four-door 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT crew cab from Three-Way Automotive in Bakersfield as part of this month's test drive, I was beyond excited.
There is something very meaningful about things that have a history in your life, and anything similar to it rekindles those special moments and feelings. I was curious to see how the Chevy evolved over the years.
Let me say, Chevy truck owners and prospective ones, you will be pleased.
As usual, Chevy does not let us down with its power. The 2014 Chevy Silverado I test drove is packed with an EcoTec3 4.3-liter V6 engine, 283 horsepower and 305 torque, although an even more powerful set -- EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 engine, 355 horsepower and 383 torque -- is available, and a 6.2-liter V8 engine is expected to be released this fall.
According to a recent article by the Associated Press, a renewed economy and a demand for larger trucks has returned.
"GM said its new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which went on sale (this summer), are spending just 10 days on dealer lots before being sold. A 60-day stay is typical," the AP article reported.
One of the draws could be its bed selection. Now a motorist can purchase a four-door, two-wheel or four-wheel drive, with a larger bed. Choices are a 5-foot, 8-inch cargo box or the larger 6-foot, 6-inch bed.
For families like mine, who love to travel and pack up the gear, this will come in handy. However, it also works great for everyday needs, especially if you need to haul work equipment, sports gears, or even donated items to the Goodwill.
There are other cab options, however, from the spacious four-door (yes, for a family like mine) crew cab to a single regular or double cab, which will come in forward-opening doors for easier loading and unloading. At the moment, the crew cab is available but the other two cabs will be out soon, says Tomas Villareal, a sales and leasing consultant at Three-Way Chevrolet Cadillac.
I know I have covered a lot about power, size and utility; however, the technology is another great add. Can you say Bose Sound System? For a geek like me, that's gold.
I should note that whenever I test drive a truck or car, I usually incorporate a few other "judges" in my review. They are typically my husband, Julio, and teenagers, Diego and Mateo.
My husband often prefers to provide the "passenger" review portion. This time, however, he was eager to hop in the driver's seat and get an up-close experience. He was in heaven.
And my teenagers ... well, they were ready to keep the truck. They were pleased with the four doors, spacious room (I have some big boys) and comfortable seating. They also appreciated the MyLink system technology for radio, satellite music options, and Bluetooth capabilities to play their music from their iPhones.
Happy sons. Happy husband. Happy family.