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Truck of the year: Chevy Silverado

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Posted: 3 pm ET

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 gets 23 mpg on the highway, according to EPA estimates.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 gets 23 mpg on the highway, according to EPA estimates.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup has won the prestigious 2014 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Silverado was named the winner after receiving 219 points from the jurors, beating out the Jeep Cherokee (174 points) and the Acura MDX (97 points).

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck has been redesigned for 2014. It offers the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup on the market, getting 23 mpg on the highway, according to EPA estimates. The 355-horsepower 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 achieves this fuel economy, thanks to cylinder deactivation technology where it seamlessly switches to operating on four cylinders during light-load driving to save on gas.

The award is given by a group of 49 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada and is financed solely from jurors' dues. The group initially considers all cars that are brand new or substantially redesigned for the 2014. The Silverado was last named North American Truck of the Year in 2007.

This is the fourth time that a General Motors branded truck has won in the history of the award. Domestic automakers have won the award 14 times, while Japanese automakers have won four times and European automakers have received the honor three times.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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January 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I own a 1999 chevy Silverado it has 30,000 miles on it actual miles, paid 28.000 dollars for it brand new,in 1999. I WOULDNT TRADE IT OFF FOR THE WORLD,the reason for it they only want to give you 7,000 dollars for it ,are they nuts,still runs like a dream an it is well taken care of ,eat your heart out people cant see in buying a new one ill run this one till it wont run no more, why go in dept when you don't have to PLUS CAR DEALERSHIPS WONT GIVE YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO TRAE IN FOR A NEW ONE MY TRUCK IS CHERRY ACCORDING TO THEM ,IF I GOT A GOOD DEAL I WOULD THINK ABOUT IT