After the J.D. Power 2014 Initial Quality Study, three Chevrolet vehicles were recognized with three models winning their respective vehicle segment. While Porsche ranked highest in terms of overall initial quality for the second consecutive year, Chevrolet managed to win three separate divisions that include large heavy duty pickup, large SUV, and mid-size car. Respectively, the competitions were won by Chevrolet Silverado HD, Chevrolet Suburban, and the Chevrolet Malibu.
All three vehicles are top-quality and performed extremely well in a highly-competitive market.
Chevrolet Silverado HD
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado model was completely redesigned from its predecessors. To begin with, the engine, EcoTec, was designed to be more fuel efficient while simultaneously more powerful. The Silverado comes with three options for its engine: a 4.3 liter V6, 5.3 liter V8, or a 6.2 liter V8, allowing customers to choose whether they prefer power or fuel efficiency, although each engine is superior in both categories to engines used in the Silverado in the past.
Due to the design and engine changes, the Silverado’s towing and payload ratings have also significantly increased compared to previous models. The Silverado also has improved overall performance, including handling and brakes, as well as a slightly roomier cab.
Of course, most customers are primarily interested in the implementation of new technology in the Silverado. Chevrolet’s MyLink touch-screen technology, available in many of Chevrolet’s other cars and SUVs, is also available for the Silverado. MyLink governs control of many functions in the truck, but is also capable of playing selected audio and video files, climate control, and provides hands-free information for the driver. USB ports, iPhone and iPad ports, Bluetooth hands-free telephone, and A2DP stereo streaming technologies are available on many models.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD is a new generation of truck that is sure to make most users extremely pleased. Customers who are technologically savvy will get a great deal of use out of the many on-board technologies, and customers who want to put the truck through the paces with heavy use will be satisfied with versatility, power, and use the truck can handle.
The 2014 Chevy Suburban is not as impressive in terms of change as the redesigned Silverado, but Chevy appears to think a solid unaltered formula is still a valid strategy, and in the case of the 2014 Suburban they are completely correct. Chevy capitalized on the already sleek, versatile 2013 Suburban and added a few improvements to sweeten the deal for potential customers.
The largest improvement over previous models is the addition of the convenience package to the standard LS model. The convenience package includes power-adjustable pedals, a remote vehicle starter system, rear parking assist and rear vision camera, and an inside camera with display for the rear-parking camera. In addition, USB ports and auxiliary ports are standard with all models.
Rounding out the Chevrolet winners is the Malibu, which features several key improvements from the 2013 model. The first is a standard 2.5 liter V6 engine, which provides the car with plenty of power without sacrificing the car’s amazing fuel efficiency. To increase fuel efficiency, all Malibu's have an automatic start/stop system, which is used to stop and start the car during long periods of idling drivers might experience during heavy traffic.
In addition to changes in fuel economy, the Malibu features numerous safety improvements for both front and back seat passengers. The Malibu has also been equipped with Siri Eyes Free technology, making it easy for drivers to use their iPhones without touching, or looking, at the screen.
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