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2014 Chevy Silverado High Country: a pickup that is new from hood to hitch

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Other manufacturers updated their pickups almost every year in the past few years. Chevy, however, waited and waited. The wait is over with the 2014 Silverado model and the improvements are extremely noticeable. The Chevy PR folks describe it as 'all new from hood to hitch' because of the new exterior styling, more powerful and economical engine, innovative technology, and a huge interior.

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This new pickup has been available for a number of months now, but I had only experienced short drive times in the new model. Recently, I was fortunate to have a new 2014 High Country four-wheel-drive model of the Silverado for a week-long test-drive, and I put it through the paces. It was a four-door crew cab, powered by a 6.2-liter V8 Ecotec3 engine, and was a Deep Ruby Metallic exterior color. The interior was leather. This can only be described as 'One Pretty Good-Looking Truck.'

This new Silverado is beautiful to look at, but there is a lot more to it than that. It is very aerodynamic. The front-end has improved sealing, there is more efficient cooling, and airflow over the truck's roof and tailgate has been 'smoothed.'

The High Country model is generally the same as the Texas Edition with just a little bit of logo differences. There is a lot more chrome visible included the grille and step-rails. The package includes a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, and a trailer brake controller. A Driver Alert Package added front and rear park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

All the new Chevy Silverado pickups have new recessed steps in the corners of the rear bumper. This is great for easily climbing in and out of the back pickup bed. The tailgate is called 'EZ Lift' and has a smoothly working hydraulic-styled mechanism that prevents the crashing drop or slamming on closure. It can almost be operated with one finger.

The inside is outfitted with multiple storage bins, compartments, cubby-holes, and more. For those drivers who like to put their 'stuff' in various spots around the cab, this is ideal. All the control knobs, buttons, and switches are easy to operate and were designed to be operated while wearing work gloves.

The 2014 Chevy Silverado is definitely a work truck for the contractor, farmer, or rancher. During my week's test-drive, I put it to the test by towing a fairly large cattle trailer to a livestock auction and returning home with two very large heifers. The grounds around the auction barn were fairly muddy so I was quite thankful for the ability of the four-wheel-drive function. On the Interstate Highway, the Silverado never swayed or hesitated. It maintained position on the road without any excess man-handling of the steering wheel or other controls.

In addition to the Silverado's exceptional use for work, it is also easily adaptable to play-time with family or friends. My wife and I traveled to a large lake in the northeast area of Texas for a bass fishing tournament that included several music concerts and multiple exhibits and displays.

My test-drive model was EPA rated at 17 mpg. For the full week of driving, including towing the trailer with heavy cattle, I still achieved an overall 18.2 mpg. MSRP is shown as $47,380, but there were several premium package improvements added on. With these upgrades and the destination charges, the bottom sticker price was $52,475. It was awarded five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for Overall Vehicle Score, Front Driver Crash, Front Passenger Crash, Front Side Crash, and Rear Side Crash.

I loved this pickup truck and for die-hard Chevy aficionados, it is great. My major complaint would be the low mileage. In today's market, vehicles should be above the 20 mpg mark and hopefully, the Silverado engineers can achieve that sooner rather than later. Pricing may be considered high by some shoppers, but the pricing remains the same for the new, updated 2014 model as the 2013 older model pickups. Bottom line of the price is that you get a whole lot more for your money with this new pickup.

The 2014 Chevy Silverado is refreshed, revived, and renewed with tons of new features The seat comfort, technology, handling, appearance, pricing and safety features all blend together to make this an amazing and an enjoyable ride.

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