The Silverado had been a good choice for years and the redesigned 2014 model was an even better performer than previous models. Handling is more carlike and the cabin is as quiet as a luxury car's. An assist system makes the tailgate easy to lift and prevents it from dropping open, easing cargo-handling duties. At 16 mpg overall with the 5.3-liter V8, our four-wheel-drive Crew Cab model got impressive fuel economy.
A relatively low ride-height eases access, the dashboard controls are simple to use and the Silverado provides impressive towing and payload capacities.
Three all-new engines were offered, each mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. We opted for the popular 355-hp, 5.3-liter V8. The 285-hp, 4.3-liter V6 gets the job done, but towing and payload capacities are lower. If you want more oomph, go for the 6.2-liter V8 with a hearty 420 horsepower. For 2016, an eight-speed automatic transmission was provided with either of the V8 options, but only on higher trims.