Gay Car Geek: Drive This, Not That — Silverado

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Winner: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Full size pickups used to be synonymous with cowboys, road crews and — fine, I’ll go there — lesbians. But nowadays, big trucks aren’t just for the sturdy set, they’re suitable for a variety of lifestyles that occasionally involve towing or carrying stuff, but don’t necessarily revolve around said activities.

What hasn’t changed in the last, say, 50 years is the rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet for full size truck supremacy. And this year, Chevy’s redesigned Silverado, which was recently crowned North American Truck of the Year, is far and away the better truck compared to the ubiquitous F-150. With modern amenities like app-based infotainment, a padded dash top, Mercedes-like craftsmanship, available heated and cooled seats, lane departure warning and other great stuff, the Silverado is as comfortable as an everyday vehicle — even a luxury vehicle — as it is a work truck. Handling is decent for something this rugged and capable, and the cabin is library quiet at speed. Gotta be careful, though, as prices can creep up in to the $40K — $50K range (or even higher) without much problem.

Ford isn’t letting the Silverado reign unchallenged for long, as its all-new, lightweight 2015 F-150 is waiting in the wings for its debut by year’s end. Let the battle for the big truck tiara continue!

The Scorecard (★★★★★ = best)

 

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

2014 Ford F-150

Base Price

$XX,XXX

$26,670

Styling

★★★★★

★★★

Acceleration

★★★★

★★★★

Handling

★★★★

★★★

Interior décor

★★★★★

★★★

Material quality

★★★★

★★★

Interior space

★★★★

★★★★

Cargo Space

★★★★★

★★★★★

Value

★★★★

★★★★

Fuel Economy, mpg (city/hwy/combined)

18/24

17/23

Renowned automotive journalist and gay car geek Steve Siler has turned his life-long love of cars into an enthusiastic career traveling the world to report on new automobiles as they are introduced. Siler pioneered automotive writing for the LGBT community in the late 1990s and is a regular contributor to Car and Driver Magazine, AutoTrader.com, AOL Autos, Yahoo! Autos, and the New York Daily News. You can follow his musings @silerroad on Twitter.


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