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November 12, 2013

New Chevy Silverado design adds refinement, capability

You would think the novelty of driving a new truck would wear off eventually, but that doesn't happen for me.

Every time I drive a pickup, I'm blown away by just how far these machines have evolved. 

When I was a young child, my idea of pickups was molded by my grandpa's old, white, rickety truck that was barely one step removed from a bulldozer on the automotive ladder. No A/C. No power windows. No automatic transmission. No nothin'.

It did its job beautifully, though, surviving a brutal life as a logging-industry workhorse in the thick pine forests of East Texas and eventually outlasting my grandpa. It took him on hunting trips and got his grandkids to the zoo faithfully to the end.

Fast-forward to today, and pickups have become so refined, comfortable and quiet that it's hard to believe they're related to pickups of the past. 

The all-new Chevrolet Silverado is the perfect example. Not only is it more truck-like than ever before — with the requisite boost in towing and payload capacity that comes with each new generation of pickups — but it's also the quietest truck I've ever driven.

In fact, a few weeks ago I had the chance to drive the new Silverado back-to-back with its competitors from Ram, Ford and Toyota, and it was the Chevy that had the quietest, most refined driving feel of them all.

That should come as no surprise, since the Chevy has the newest design. It's been completely re-engineered from hood to hitch, as the Chevy reps like to say, and a big focus of the redesign was on making it as comfortable on the highway as a car.

Road and wind noise are both drastically reduced thanks to extra sound insulation, triple-sealed doors and aerodynamic refinements that make the Silverado more slippery through the air. 

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