I was at the Chevy dealer today getting a new battery for my work truck. They had a bunch of new 2014 Silverados/Sierras on the lot. After pacing around the waiting area for a while, I got the attention of one of the salesmen and asked to see one of the redesigned 2014 Silverados.
He led me out to a pearl white LTZ crew cab with a $50K+ sticker price. The exterior looked about as aerodynamic as a 1976 model, and about as ugly, too. The interior was nice, I guess. Lots of fancy switches and fake leather stitching everywhere, including the dash. The hood was unnecessarily high and square, making the visibility next to nothing, even with the seat height adjusted up. It felt huge and cumbersome and made me appreciate how good the Tundra actually is for its size.
Everyone seems to be ripping on Toyota for only doing a cosmetic refresh on the 2014 Tundra, but after seeing the best that GM can offer, I'll take the Tundra in a second. Better yet, I'll keep my Tacoma! The new GM 5.3 can get 16/22 MPG, which is impressive compared to the Tundra, but this supposed great new design didn't meet my expectations at all. I'm not a Chevy hater, either-I had an 04 Silverado Z71 extended cab that I absolutely loved (and still miss). I have to wonder if the people ripping on Toyota for not putting out the newest designs for 2014 have actually driven the new trucks from other manufacturers.