2014 Chevrolet Silverado a Good Fit for Older Kids

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The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has quickly become my 9- and 11-year-olds' favorite test vehicle. While I wasn't exactly shocked that they loved the redesigned Silverado — they practically beg for me to test-drive pickup trucks — I was impressed with the clarity they expressed in why they loved it so.

My test truck, a 2014 Silverado LTZ 4x4 crew cab with the Z71 Off-Road Package, impressed me with its spacious interior that allowed my growing children to stretch out without touching each other.

By Sara Lacey | November 27, 2013 | Comments (3)

Will the 2015 GM Full-Size SUVs Have a Hybrid Version?

"Will the 2015 GM full-size SUVs have a hybrid version?"

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By Rick Popely | November 10, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500

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Vehicles Affected: 18,972 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks manufactured between Aug. 1, 2013, and Sept. 10, 2013, and equipped with manual reclining seatbacks.

The Problem: Either of the front seatbacks may have play and therefore fail to conform to federal safety requirements pertaining to head restraints. If the vehicle is struck from behind, the head restraint may not properly protect occupants, increasing the risk of injury.

By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2013

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As experts largely predicted, car shoppers shook off any hesitation from the federal government shutdown and bought enough new cars in the second half of October to drive the auto industry up about 11 percent by Halloween, judging by numbers from the largest seven automakers.

The Detroit Three led the pack, with sales up 13.9 percent. Nissan, Toyota and Honda gained 9.5 percent, while Hyundai-Kia were nearly flat with a 0.6 percent increase.

"Consumers showed resiliency in October with steady auto sales despite headwinds caused by the government shutdown," Toyota division GM Bill Fay said in a statement. Sales for the automaker's best-selling Camry ebbed, but a redesigned Corolla lifted Toyota's numbers. Honda saw a larger boom in the Civic, while shoppers shied away from the Accord; both cars had a strong October 2012. Nissan's popular Altima, meanwhile, fell 11.5 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | November 1, 2013 | Comments (11)

OnStar Celebrates Five Years of Stolen Vehicle Slowdowns

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If you're a crook trying to make a fast getaway in a GM car, OnStar wants to slow you down. The automaker in recent years has been working with U.S. law-enforcement agencies to help them make more effective use of its connected safety-and-security system, and the efforts have been paying off. During the past five years, a signal to an OnStar-equipped stolen vehicle has helped slow and stop auto thieves nearly 250 times, according to GM.

The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown feature is typically used after a vehicle has been reported stolen, and police have spotted it and are in pursuit. In May 2010, GM reported that OnStar slowed a state senator's stolen Chevrolet Impala and the suspect was apprehended. In a in Shreveport, La., incident, a Chevrolet Silverado was stolen during a home invasion; police slowed and stopped the pickup truck and even used OnStar to communicate with the suspect for hours to end a standoff.

By Matt Schmitz | October 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

OK, we're going to level with you: If you're not into trucks or don't care to mess with Texas, you can stop reading now. In a rare total turnover of our roster of most-watched videos, all five feature either pickup trucks or full-size SUVs, and four of them were shot at the 2013 State Fair of Texas. Each of the Detroit Three automakers is well-represented as PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams and Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen get a look at new truck offerings from Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford — with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty leading the pack at No. 1. Check out what was popular:

1. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

3. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

4. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power

5. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

By Matt Schmitz | October 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2013

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The federal government may have shut down for the first time in 17 years, but that didn't keep automakers from reporting sales. With the largest seven automakers reporting numbers, September new-car sales fell 5%.

Chrysler stayed roughly flat as an 8.4% bump in Ram pickup truck sales offset losses from the group's Jeep and Fiat brands. Ford rose slightly, while Toyota and Nissan saw small losses. Larger losses came at Honda (down 9.9%) and Hyundai-Kia (down 13.9%, mostly due to a 21% plunge at Kia). GM fell 11% from losses at Chevrolet and GMC, including full-size pickup sales. The Chevrolet Cruze plunged 50.6% versus a strong September 2012 as lower inventory played against higher incentives for the compact sedan, which has encountered fierce competition since it hit dealerships three years ago. Other small cars faltered, too: The Honda Civic and Dodge Dart had decent months, but the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra saw double-digit losses despite redesigns for the latter two. Toyota Corolla sales stayed flat despite a redesign, too, and the Volkswagen Jetta fell 9.8%.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2013 | Comments (3)

Which Cars Have Heated Seats with Separate Back and Bottom Heaters?

In the new Chevrolet Impala, I noticed the heated seats are two-stages like GM vehicles used to have. But many GMs I've been in recently have just the one setting for bottom and back combined. Is this GM-wide? Which vehicles have the two-setting heaters?

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By Rick Popely | September 29, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Real-World Mileage

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Chevrolet overhauled its half-ton Silverado for the 2014 model year, bringing with it a green punch thanks to the impressive EPA ratings for both its six- and eight-cylinder models.

At its introduction, the Bow-Tie brand threw a risky ball in Ford's court, claiming its 5.3-liter V-8 Silverado is more efficient than the Blue Oval's famed 3.5-liter EcoBoost six-cylinder in its best-selling F-150.

On a recent PickupTrucks.com Challenge, we gathered numbers proving GM's new half-ton twins are greener — even when towing. Engineers added fuel-saving technology to the EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 such as active fuel management, which shuts down four of the eight cylinders under light driving; direct injection; and variable valve timing.

We recently tested a 2014 Silverado at our Chicago headquarters and had the opportunity to once again see how it fared in the real world.

By Robby DeGraff | September 25, 2013 | Comments (34)

Latest NHTSA Crash Tests Yield Mixed Results

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Of a dozen 2013 and 2014 models vying for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety club in the latest round of testing, less than half made the cut. NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.

Both the 2014 Buick Regal with eAssist and Verano front-wheel-drive sedans made the grade. The Regal received fours in both frontal and rollover ratings and a five in side-collision tests for an overall score of five. The Verano, also finishing with an overall score of five, received fives in both frontal and side collisions, and a four in rollover tests.

By Matt Schmitz | September 17, 2013 | Comments (6)

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