Top 5 Trucks for 2014
Top 5 Trucks for 2014
By Karla Maurene Real
There is always that one person everyone references when other people need something big moved or towed… Why? Because they have a truck. Maybe you are that person but want an upgrade? Maybe you want to be that person everyone turns to when they need a truck for a few hours? Not everyone with a truck is always available or reliable, so maybe you just want one so you don’t need to ask or borrow anymore. Trucks are not going anywhere for a while. They are so useful for even the smallest tasks. The question is which one is the best one this year. I went ahead and did a little digging around and figured out which ones were the top 5.
Coming in 1st place we have the 2014 Chevy Silverado, averaging 18mpg in the city and 25mpg in the highway. The well designed interior of this truck is bar-none. The MyLink infotainment system is very easy to use and makes the interior come together. Its straight forward menu makes it easy to adjust climate control and audio. The interior also has many storage compartments and multiple USB ports for charging electronics. The spacious interior makes this truck ideal for all types of road trips. All interior materials are high quality. Little features like the integrated corner step in the rear bumper and a rail-mounted grab handle are very useful when climbing into the bed. The different choices of engines, and the comfort of this truck sets the level of all other competitors.
Good but not good enough goes to Dodge and their 2014 Ram 1500 coming in 2nd place. Having 17mpg in the city and 25mpg in the highway is not to shabby for this full size pick-up. The eight speed transmission is available with all the engine sizes and its quick shifting maximizes the fuel economy. The rear suspension is one to keep an eye on. According to reviewers is one of the most comfortable rides of its class.
The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 comes in 3rd place. It is a whole new refined model with a high-quality interior and a solid engine performance. It comes with the options of three different engine sizes, but the mack daddy 6.2 V8 with the six-speed transmission makes it very easy for for maintaining speeds when towing or hauling heavier loads. A few test drivers called out the truck’s small turing radius, a big plus when having to maneuver in tight spaces.
The 2014 Ford F-150 ranks in 4th place. Having a 17mpg in the city and 23mpg in the highway. Reviewers say that the cabin for this truck has a more industrial look. Many consumers do not mind but others complain about cheap materials in the upper trims of the interior. The cabin is plenty roomy especially in the front seats, but if you are planning a long trip with company in the back seats it is not recommended to take this truck. This truck comes optional with the MyFord Touch system which has been an improvement from other Ford vehicles because this one has actual knobs and buttons which make easier. However, others still find this system very confusing.
Lastly the 2014 Toyota Tundra comes in 5th place. Having 16mpg in the city and 20mpg in the highway is fairly low for the class. Reviewers say that this model is a refresher from the previous one but the changes where not dramatic enough to keep up with the rivals. The Tundra’s interior has improved for 2014 with better quality materials and a nicer appearance, but it just wasn’t enough to impress reviewers. The CrewMax was popular with its limo-like rear-seat space. In all a decent truck but it just didn’t stand a chance with the competition.