Used Chevy Silverado – Cincinnati, OH
There are many great used Chevy Silverado model years out there. But right now, the 2014 year is a particularly outstanding buy. Why? It’s the year that Chevy gave the pickup a complete overhaul, which meant the introduction of more efficient engines, a higher-quality cabin, and modern safety features. Apart from that, the truck also dropped 250 pounds on the base trim, and gained a better suspension tuning for a smoother ride. The best part? Now it all comes at a used price. Therefore, 2014 is considered a sweet spot because it gets the buyer today’s top features for a much cheaper price than the brand new 2016 model.
The 2014 overhaul made the Silverado seem like a whole new model compared to the previous ones. Here’s why…
Upgraded Engines in 2014
The standard engine choice for the Silverado this year (except the LTZ trim) is a much more powerful and efficient V6. When this engine was first introduced, it put the complaints consumers had once expressed, about the power of the Silverado’s base engine, to rest. Now, the 4.3-liter V6 engine is able to put out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. The trim equipped with this engine is able to tow up to 7,200 pounds, and the fuel economy is impressive as well, boasting an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway on a rear wheel drive model. 4WD returns slightly lower fuel economy. No doubt, the increased power and fuel-efficiency is, in part, because of the 250-pound weight reduction.
Along with upgrading the base V6 engine, Chevy made sure to give its V8s a similar treatment. They now benefit from direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation technology. The cylinder deactivation technology is able to shut down half of the cylinders in the V8’s engines when cruising, which allows them to save fuel. Then, when the need arises for more power, all the cylinders activate. For the 5.3-liter V8 that’s equipped with this technology, and optional on all Silverado trims — apart from the LTZ trim where this engine is standard — the 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque is accompanied by a surprising EPA-estimated rating of 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. This engine can tow up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped.
Finally, optional on the LTZ and High Country trims is the 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out a massive 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Somehow, it’s still able to get 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway with all that power, and gets a max towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.
With specs like this, it’s quite obvious that Chevy didn’t mess around when it came to upgrading the engines for the 2014 model year. With this combination of power and efficiency, these engines completely trump the ones seen in earlier models. Also, the fact that these engines are still used on the 2016 model — and the fact that each one receives a best-in-class rating for a certain aspect — is a testament to their capability and worth.
In the end, it means the same capability as the 2016, but for a much lower price, especially when you consider that model is only two years old.
Not only was the cabin upgraded with higher-quality materials, even on the base trim, but the design overall was vastly improved compared to previous models. Chevy made sure to upgrade the structural stiffness, which helped with both crashworthiness and the overall build quality. The 2014 Silverado has a choice between bench or bucket seats (trim-dependent) in the front, along with available heating, ventilation, and adjustable lumbar support. Combine this with the thickly padded seats, and this truck has all the comfort a buyer could wish for. And even though the dimensions of the cabin remained relatively unchanged, there’s a slight increase in backseat legroom when compared to previous models.
Remember those awkward doors that opened backwards on the extended cab model? Those are gone now, and replaced wth regular forward-hinged doors, making it much easier to get in and out of the backseats. Also, the cabin itself rides on improved body mounts for reduced vibration, which helps keep the road noise to a minimum.
Chevy’s decision to step back and re-invent their cabin design is one of the best things they could have done and 2014 marked the year that the Silverado received more comfort amenities as well as a modern cab structure, allowing it to properly compete with the other trucks on the market that emphasized luxury.
Modern Safety Features
Between the safety upgrades and increased structural integrity of the cabin, the 2014 Silverado lands a top five-star safety rating in government crash testing, with five stars awarded for both frontal-impact safety and side-impact safety. The newly available safety features like Forward Collision Alert, lane departure warning, and trailer sway control help ensure that the Silverado has systems set in place to help the driver during stressful situations.
Forward Collision Alert uses a radar-based system to detect if a collision is imminent. If so, it can then apply automatic brake pressure if the driver is inattentive. Lane departure warning can read the intended path of the Silverado in its lane, and audibly warns the driver if the truck leaves that path without first having activated a turn signal. Essentially, it’s able to detect whether or not the driver is being inattentive behind the wheel. Finally, the trailer sway control system comes in handy for those looking to do some towing. If a trailer ends up moving side to side on the road, this system will activate to help re-align and stabilize the trailer with the truck once more.
Modern safety advancements include a new stronger and safer cabin design and with more powerful and fuel-efficient engines — the 2014 Silverado upped its game in this legendary truck lineup, which is why it’s the best year to target when looking to buy one used.
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Apart from Chevy, we also have many other popular brands of vehicles for sale, meaning we have something for everyone. Plus, we have no problem helping you find what option is right for you. If you are looking for a particular model, simply contact us about it and we can help you find it.
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