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2014 Chevy Silverado High Country

Saturday, May 11th 2013. | Review

For 2014 Chevy will finally be fulfilling something its truck buyers have wanted for a long time; a top of the line trim level that goes beyond even the LTZ trim. My thinking is that they’ve been holding off so that they push some Silverado customers in the direction of GMC. But for 2014 Chevy is willing to give Silverado buyers a top-of-the-line model. A few days ago we told you about the Texas edition, which was merely an option package, this High Country edition is actually a whole new trim level, rather than an option on an existing trim. So what makes the High Country unique? What differentiates it from the LTZ and/or the Z71?

Let’s start with the interior, it contains more premium features than any other trim in the Silverado line-up.  It is a western-themed interior with a saddle brown interior along with other materials that will be unique to the High Country trim. Inside you’ll find heated and cooled premium leather bucket seats with high country logos stitched into the headrests, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with an 8 inch touch screen, Bose premium audio and park assist for both the front and rear of the vehicle.

When it comes to the exterior the High Country features grill unique to this trim level with horizontal chrome bars. It is surrounded by halogen projector headlights and complimented with body-color front and rear bumpers. To finish it off the High Country comes with unique chrome wheels and chrome side moldings, mirrors and door handles.

The Chevy high country will, unsurprisingly, not be available with GM’s new 4.3L EcoTec3 base V6, but will come standard with the new 5.3L V8, which is rated at 355 horsepower & 383 ft-lb’s of torque, delivering class-leading fuel economy as well as class-leading towing capabilities for a base-V8. Those that want more power can opt for the larger 6.2L V8 which is also part of the EcoTec3 family. We have yet to get any performance data on this engine, however. We do know that both V8’s feature cylinder deactivation (active fuel management), direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. Which all work together to deliver phenomenal power and fuel economy.

Options on the High Country include a chrome bumper with corner step, a trailer brake controller, a sunroof, navigation and a rear seat entertainment system.

It looks to me like this High Country edition is squarely aimed at the Ford F-150 King Ranch edition. We are confident that the High Country has what it takes to compete with the well-established King Ranch trim level from Ford.


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