Although the market for work trucks still exists, customers are demanding more luxury and comfort from their pickups. The days when trucks were just tools and pulling something that weighed 12,000 lbs was a dream are long gone. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country is entering the world of luxury pickups next year, targeting Ram’s Laramie Long Horn and Ford’s King Ranch.
When it comes to the exterior, Chevy is one of the most stylish new cars, with a new chromed-out front grille and 20-inch chrome alloys. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country has a gigantic High Country badging on the truck’s front doors, while both door handles and side-mirror caps dipped in the shiny stuff. The Silverado is one or the cars that can handle this much swag, looking just right in its high-zoot duds.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country comes standard with two engines: a 4.3L V6 at 305 lb-ft and a 355-hp, 5.3-liter Gen V small-block V-8 engine. However, the new cars will also be available with a 6.2-liter V8 engine made to produce 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque. The engine is a combination of continuously variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation and direct injection, offering great fuel economy. The EPA ratings are not finalized, but GM engineers endorse its impressive numbers. With the new EcoTec3 engines, the Silverado will offer better highway fuel economy and more muscle. Properly equipped trucks have a class-leading 12,000 lbs of towing capability, according to the automaker.
The handling of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country is impressive. The ride is quiet and unfussed even at high speeds, and the big-speaker audio and leather make it even better. The driver sits rather low compared to competitive cars, but the visibility is good. The Silverado can keep a good pace on twisting roads, with the hydraulic body mounts controlling lateral and vertical movement. Even when driven like a sports cat, the Chevy will competently understeer its way through such a handling.
On the inside, the High Country has perforated leather upholstery and a Western theme in saddle-brown colors. The heated and cooled front seats are wrapped in leather and logos adorn front headrests. An eight-inch touch-screen interface manages Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment setup. On the seats and instrument panel we noticed subtle wood trim. The trim line starts at $45,100, including destination charge, with the new 6.2-liter V8 upping the base price to $47,680 without destination.