• By Andrew Ganz
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    From all angles: The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    New pickup trucks don’t come around all that often – so it’s a pretty big deal when they do. 

    Although the outgoing Chevrolet Silverado was a strong performer in the market, General Motors let its bread-and-butter go essentially unchanged after its 2007 introduction. As a result, expectations were especially high for the all-new 2014 model. Fortunately, GM has delivered, bringing with it a host of new features and technologies designed to make the new full-size truck better than ever.

    First, a little background. The Silverado nameplate might only date back a couple of decades, but GM has been producing bowtie-badged haulers for generations. The latest models harken back to the Chevrolet trucks of the 1980s, at least stylistically. Their vertical front grilles with available projector headlamps are a clear link to the look last seen in 1987.

    But what's underneath is nearly all new. What follows is an in-depth look at the 2014 Silverado half-ton trucks. Most of what we'll say in the next several slides also applies to the 2014 GMC Sierra, a slightly more upscale version of the Silverado.

    Note: This article is part of an in-depth series designed to give you a sneak peak into important new car models from all manufacturers. We do more than simply research new cars - we drive them, we talk to the engineers who design and build them and we chat with the marketers who find a way to convince buyers to sign on the dotted line.
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    1. There's a step... in the bumper
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    2. Let there be light
    All trucks have a light that shines into the cargo bay, but only the Silverado goes further by integrating optional LED lights below the bed rails. With the tap of a button on the truck's dashboard, a series of LED lights come to life to show what's in the bed.

    For owners who install a bed cover, these lights should prove to be especially useful. Since they're LEDs, their lifespan is nearly infinite. And because they're hidden below the bed rails, they're well protected from what owners choose to chuck into the bed area.

    And new upper tie-down hooks are integrated toward the top of the inner bed sides to allow owners to attach cargo better than ever.
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    3. Opening more doors
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    4. More boxes and beds
    Buyers asked, Chevrolet delivered: The popular Crew Cab bodystyle is now available with both a 5'8 box the same size as the outgoing model and a new 6'6 box.

    The longer box, obviously a boon for cargo hauling, could be a hinderance in tight parking situations given it adds eight inches onto an already large pickup. But for the first time ever, the choice is yours, if you're a Silverado buyer.
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    5. Lending a hand
    Opening and closing a pickup's tailgate used to be a two-handed affair. Until now. The Silverado's EZ Lift and Lower tailgate integrates a spring mechanism to assist with both lower and raising the tailgate.

    Now, owners can pull the tailgate handle and watch it glide gently into position when they open it. To close it, only one hand is needed since a hidden spring system lends an invisible assistance.
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    6. Door realignment
    You could be forgiven for not even noticing this one. Chevrolet has gone back to the drawing board for the Silverado Crew Cab's doors. On each side, the front door is a few inches shorter than before, but the cab is about the same size overall.

    What gives? The rear doors take up the slack and the B-pillar moves a bit forward. The benefits of this seemingly minor change are endless. For one, drivers don't have as long a door before, which eases ingress and egress in tight parking spots. Yet since the B-pillar has also been moved forward, there's no detrimental effect on the amount of space the driver has to climb aboard.

    For rear seat passengers, the shift has allowed Chevrolet to add legroom. Combined with the bigger door, the Silverado's rear seat is downright palatial without the awkward side profile seen in some rival crew cabs.
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    7. The engine room
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    8. High Country
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    9. Infotainment
    General Motors' latest MyLink infotainment system is available on lower trim Silverados and standard toward the upper end. Utilizing an eight-inch screen, the system features simple, large icons for easy use while on the go.

    The high-tech navigation system uses one of the most sophisticated map interfaces we've ever come across when so equipped. Combined with the standard OnStar connectivity system, it'll be rather difficult to ever claim you "got lost" in a Silverado. Time to prepare a better excuse.

    Early Silverados with MyLink that we've sampled have proven a little laggy, but we're hoping software updates will speed the system up a bit.
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    10. Quiet-proofing