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2014 Chevrolet Silverado High CountryCome ride with Brian Cooley in the truck Chevy thinks will trump the new Ford F-150
Full size trucks if you're one of the Detroit free. These are big volume sellers and profit -- -- so you don't care scroll among. Let's take a look the only -- -- -- -- of this 1144. Wheel drive icon. C drive without -- -- as a man and a review ask for us to get more the bad news is CNET dot Brock. Instruct people I'll be the first to admit I mean. We're based here in downtown San Francisco typically you don't see it will sized -- isn't pulling up to read your gas meter or pulling -- in the pride parade. So -- approached this way not as a truck guidance and -- -- -- -- on them. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm not sure I'm gonna happen. For a living room on -- -- somewhere on. Look at this that your audience seats Syrian chairs there's render really spread out and everything's kind of -- -- even more than a lot of high trim cars. This is a varies civilized place to do tracking. But -- -- then again this is the top of the line is a high country. Here's the head unit that all these vehicles have it's an eight inch. My -- interface touch LCD with voice command there is no controller anywhere here so you're -- a touch screen or talking to -- I -- something interesting to hear the whole menu what's missing. True turn by turn GPS navigation instead the base rig has OnStar nab which is that thing we call the operator and they download very simple prompts on the screen. Connecting to OnStar. It. That I -- directions latest. Where -- -- going to CBS interactive in San Francisco. Out of around. Acting a bit of give -- a great act that you. You can option true built in -- have but it's not based even at this lofty trim level I was kind of surprised by that. Still I waved preferred to have an actual nav system here and better than that connected nav system that lets you search Google or Bing or something. There are a couple steps behind unless you option up. What is -- however at this trim level. -- higher trim Silverado is is -- rear camera that does have trajectory. No special views -- -- looks from different angles and -- all around camp is a big vehicle but it does have really good visibility. Because being -- pick up there and so deep pillar like in this view that you could really look around and see what's around you pretty quickly itself. Okay with the lack of sort of perimeter awareness tech. Now for the audio system. You've got -- radio which is AM asked them HD radio satellite radio all of this trim level. Under the media but you've got Bluetooth streaming with pretty good tag presentation is a lot of room there for the meta information. I've got my optical disc yeah that's becoming kind of a scarcity in cars these days you've also got an SD card slot over here underneath the arm rest. And lots of Bluetooth ports which brings me to -- next interesting note on this vehicle look at all. Look how are. From twelve volt outlets to 120 outlets to all kinds USB charging -- still more USB outlets. Great you can charge anything off the struck. Although sources go out through a Bose audio system standard here that surround sound system nothing fancy and -- -- that way it's just a good basic sort of lots of speakers colossal. They've got a DIC driver information center here between the -- in the speed up. What is the best screens on -- -- this fuel economy screen does a very good job of putting all the information together to coach you to drive more efficiently. The yellow arrow at the top. Is your average fuel economy. The bar graph underneath that -- -- instantaneous. And the green arrow at the bottom is your best average over one of several mileage snapshots right now I've selected the fifty mile looked back but this is a really good tool -- coach you had to drive for efficiency within context that means them. And finally -- here is your real truck and stuff here's your trailer brake actually -- in calibration all right there. Below the manager four wheel drive now look how easy it's become the -- it's all electronic most ultimately but it auto would you also got for low and high and -- wheel drive all right there. -- terms of apps all you've really got his pandora. And it sits here -- all by itself what they also argue is of his radio there's media there the home screen there's pandora to fractured the nice thing about it is. You can launch from here and it will launch pandora on your phone not all cars do that reliably. Okay -- -- in the -- engine -- of this guy we've got the big engine not the five point three -- -- -- -- But instead we've got the big V8 the six point two liter. Both of them are direct injected and both of them have active cylinder management that means or what is -- V8 under load. Or run as a -- or under cruising or very light load. Pants MPG is not bad at 1420. -- in the back this guy weighs nearly 5400. Pounds and we're in four wheel drive configuration here is there's a lot of complicated drive three mechanism into. Dragged things down. Zero to sixty who -- You've also got -- twenty -- 460 foot pounds of torque. Which is these guys rave about being substantially higher than F 150 or ram in similar configurations. -- -- on this four wheel drive short boxes 19150. Some odd pounds. Towing capacity 9600. Ghost dog beds we've got a short -- on this guy makes it almost kind of looked a little funny you got a big cameras short -- 58 major standard you can add ten inches to get this thing -- to 66 that would be option -- that's I'm gonna do I don't. That you can carry a lot of the stuff you -- he went to -- this size. Now or Ford has this kind of -- stare -- it comes down to help you get up when your bed. GM does something much simpler it carved out of step in each corner of the bumper. Sure you did -- a leg up on the bumper but it's just that extra what five inches that make it possible without throwing -- -- -- your -- Once you get up here -- -- nice and easy that gate drops. It's a small thing but -- in this theme of kind of car like creature comforts and -- -- interest. The first thing you're struck by certainly it is nice high trim -- country is. The other item pickup truck and a number of years. Any surprise. That phrase rides like confront just. It isn't useful of people that like cars. Why. Well sound and look down you might imagine this body on frame construction is like a -- There's prodigious power of course although it doesn't come on any of these are way but at some point and -- Did -- -- and activist group and by the way that I could sit behind myself no problems like that you get when you store and it's really good. Talk about driving this guy and -- if you're ever gonna pick up has great visibility because it's so much -- behind him. So look out here and there is no blind spot detection in the mirror your on your -- there what you do you have it forward collision warning that I've got here and also link departure warning is active they're both mornings like this -- -- -- -- closed. That I get an alert on that head up display here. What was on the desk as well as giving the old General Motors -- work they've got these vibration and that -- built into the street. Electric others around event. Vibrate the bottom of the seat they want -- it's the same thing that he does something and so aren't they directing it in your car. That's technology -- departure situation uses the camera on the windshield. Does -- figured dripping and -- vibrate left or right side of the street whichever way your traditional link. It's really well calibrated but I find it just -- it just right -- -- instantly seniority and -- guys played nor is too early wears slightly pale opponent has been here. That's well done. All the old drive this thing called him all it is they really comfortable big American car that of course is actually truck. Let's price this big guys I mention this is top of the stack so high country all wheel drive is gonna bring about fifty -- -- -- to start. -- another 2000 if you want the six point two V8 that we've got this guy. The high country premium package brings you the sonar front collision warning lane departure warning with the -- -- work. -- -- and some other niceties. It also includes the trailer -- panel we saw. If you want real navigation built in that's 800 more than a three G hot spot for 600 bucks I can't see the points -- pass on that. -- just sixty bucks you get a really bright currently being bad light I would definitely do that all they were a little under 54000. Loaded up. This is a vehicle that obviously is very capable. Be interesting story will be Silverado and ram vs the new all aluminum F 150. -- taking a whole new body approach and hoping they can -- it even more V sixes that are done really well for the Chevy says stick with steel and we've got the most powerful V8 in the class. It's interesting dichotomy in those two are starting to diverge more than ever before.