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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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Charles Prillaman
January 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I'm confused! (Easily done) I saw an add on TV last night for Dodge Ram trucks that stated that Ram is TOTY for the second year in a row. What's up?

January 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

Silverado's motors catch fire.

January 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

The Truck of the year is Whatever magazine you Happen to read that month.Lets face it, they are all good. I've had Chevy, Ford,and Dodge,they were good except the 1996 Dodge Ram 4 wd with the club cab.It was the first year and it sucked.Total junk. But the new Rams are shape and way better. The Tundra is very good also. You can't build junk today and stay in business. Guys are mostly loyal to a brand and will stick to it. The Ford & Chevy fight has been going on forever. I drive a Ford for work and have a 2002 Chevy Avalanche, 12 years and no problems once we learned how to care for the plastic. the sun is brutal in Florida.You have to drive them all and pick what works for you.

January 16, 2014 at 8:07 am

Let's see. GMC Corvette? Check. GMC Silverado? Check.

"Okay, I think we've got everybody paid off, right? Who's up for

January 16, 2014 at 6:41 am

Looks must not count seems to get uglier and uglier.. My Opinion.. Who will sell more.. Odds are with FORD.

January 16, 2014 at 5:03 am

And 16mpg in the city .

R Dyann
January 16, 2014 at 4:18 am

I suppose Steve is a real American, full of Jesus, hate and Repulican ideas that convince him it is in his best interest to vote against his own best interest and believe all the lies being spewed about the President, our economy, and patriotism. Pity. The Chevy truck is smoking cool and sincere congratulations for an American company doing what indivduals do all the time, get help to stand up and produce a fruitful and beneficial "now". Get with it, Stevo

January 16, 2014 at 3:24 am

This awards right up there with Obamas 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, what a joke...........I stick with my none government bailout FORD

January 16, 2014 at 12:12 am

isnt it about time we let the goverment motors thing go,,its gettin old. believe me the country is better off with a healthy GM and MOPAR,,,,suck it up people,those million jobs that were saved,,those people pay alot of taxes and pay alot into ssi and medicare wich you all will want some day

Dr. Bob
January 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm

So if this award is about fuel economy, how is the new Ford aluminum body not included? Can't be just about being a V8 for this award since Acura has never made a V8 for the MDX. For power and economy, I'm personally waiting for the Nissan Titan with the Cummins Diesel. That should be an impressive 3/4 ton. Hope they wise up in the redesign and make it possible to put a hitch ball for a gooseneck in the bed.