• ETC
  • Jan 21, 2013
Judging by your continued enthusiastic response to configurator notices, dear reader, you enjoy speccing out new cars as much as we do. Better still, there tends to be even more ways to personalize, configure and bloat theoretical MSRPs on full-size trucks as there are with more ordinary passenger cars. In addition to trim level, engine and transmission choices, truck buyers usually have to specify items like cab configuration, bed length, number of driven axles, tow packages, gear ratios and all sorts of bits and bobs.

That's why we're pleased to see the DIY specification utility for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado come alive so soon after this week's Detroit Auto Show debut. While the configurator lacks pricing (General Motors hasn't announced numbers yet) and full options, you can still spec out your half-ton rig, and even print it out or email it to your friends. Beyond the configurator, the new model-specific site is pretty cool, too, with various videos and closer looks at the truck's new features.

The new Chevrolet pickup range won't be on dealer lots until sometime this summer, so whether you're a building contractor, an avid sportsman or just a guy or gal that loves full-size trucks, you might want to check out the link below to keep your appetite whetted. If you're more of a Sierra fan, well, it looks like you're going to have to wait a while – GMC hasn't updated its site yet.


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      buckfeverjohnson
      • 1 Year Ago
      This coming from a Silverado fan. That configurator website was really sad. They touted features like 4-wheel disc brakes and a taller hood that says this vehicle is potent. They called the verticle headlights "signature" like it will be an eternal feature like Buick ventiports. To them the Z71 was notable because it had (all current gen available) Rancho shocks, skid plates, the Eaton G80 locker and it has Z71 graphics inside and out. As I watched each video my jaw kept dropping open further and further as they touted features that are generations old. They mentioned that the projector beam headlights are only available on certain models. They spend more money configuring features than they will ever make just building some of these features in.
      Fen
      • 1 Year Ago
      More importantly....when does the C7 configurator come out
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where's the step side? :-)
      4RR4Y
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a Work Truck 1 configuration, it looks best in my opinion. The raccoon mask (dark plastic trim) looks far more appealing than the gaudy chrome accents. The new Silverado isn't a looker by any means, but I'm more interested in how it stacks up dynamically to the competition.
      rhb2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a current Silverado owner, a 2008 truck. My Dad owns a 2008 GMC also. I work my truck hard, go camping, family vacations, etc. All I have done is change the oil, same story with my Dad's truck. Neither one of us have had a single warranty issue. Both trucks have performed flawlessly, so I showed him the upcoming trucks. Our thoughts: Exterior is evolution, no new thinking....perfect. Just what we hoped for. Interior looks more usable, higher quality, good stuff. Can picture myself enjoying the new features. Powertrain - single cam, simple, should last long and be cheap. Love it. No turbos required, just give me 200k miles and work like a mule. Not everyone wants a 50k luxury car. I can't imagine buying a 45k F150 ecoboost trimmed out like a Lincoln and having the twin turbos fail while I own the car. But...hey, we are just actual truck owners that expect the same experience we got from the GMT900's. Same experience we had with our GMT800....the K2XX builds nicely upon what the ACTUAL BUYERS want and desire. Sorry all you Mazda owners don't like the headlights.
      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda`s Ridgeline is looking better all the time. This thing looks like a cinder block going down the road. The half ton truck is getting to be too much.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @whofan
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          Shiftright
          • 1 Year Ago
          In reality, the Ridgeline is all the truck 95% of full size truck buyers need, and I like its looks. Plus, it's a Honda. ...GM fanboys fire away in 3, 2, 1....
        whofan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @whofan
        I`m going to down size next time around even though I like my current 01 Silverado. The half tons now are retarded big. The Ridgline is nice yea it`s not the tradional truck but it`s on my list along with the new Colorado and Tacoma. I always bought American but the Half ton trucks now are big and way more truck than I need I`m hoping for fuel economy and adgility.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @whofan
        @Shiftright Honda Ridgeline Base Price - $29,450 Engine - 250 HP/ 247 lb.ft. MPG - 15/21 Ford F150 XL 4x4 Crew Cab Base Price $30,910 Engine - 302 HP/278 lb.ft. MPG - 17/23 Unless you're afraid of driving a slightly bigger vehicle, the Ridgeline doesn't make any sense. You're getting a smaller, less powerful, less efficient vehicle with no real gain in anything. Even when the Ridgeline was newer, Ford was making the SportTrac. And although the SportTrac only got about 15/20 MPG, it did it with a 4.6L V8 in a much better looking and performing vehicle.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          You're getting more wrong with every post you make. Are you even from the US? Honda doesn't even have their own Trailer Sway Control system. Ford has it STANDARD. The facts will eventually catch up with you. Ford F150 STX 4x4 (I even chose to upgrade from the base XL model) - $32,140 http://i49.tinypic.com/fnvexd.jpg A base Ridgeline including D&D is $30,280 It's really hard to argue against an American pickup truck.
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          A bit more digging reveals. Ridgeline $30,280, Ford $37,560 And I'll list the items NOT on the Ford for that price. Limited Slip Differential Rear Locking Differential Rear Stablilizer Bar Towing Pre Wiriing Active Head REstraints Electronic Brake Distribution Brake Assist Electronic Parking Camera Cruise Control Steering Wheel controls Rear View Camera Vanity Mirrors plus illuminated Sliding power rear window Front seat height adjustment CD player MP3 player Anti theft Stereo Armrest storage console storage seat back storage automatic headlights auto-off headlights
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Merlot066, some interesting numbers you have there. I visited the build your own at Ford. Cheapest 4X4 F-150 XL Crew Cab I can build is $35,635. Looking at the XL trim, it's minus several items standard on EVERY Ridgeline. Towing package with transmission and powersteeting cooler, trailer hitch, and trailer brake controls for starters. Locking Diff Keyless, Cruise, power windows....
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Sorry, I forgot to look at MPG for the 4x4 model. The fact still remains, larger, more capable, more powerful vehicle with better mileage. I've driven in two newer (2009 and later) F150s and they are perfectly comfortable and easy to drive.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Really Mary? Where are you pulling these numbers from? Ford F150 XL 4x4 Crew Cab. Try it again. My main point wasn't nitty gritty details like how the Ridgeline has an anti theft stereo (seriously? Do you think is something that will sway someone's purchasing decision?). I was saying that for around the same price (within 5-10% price difference) you can get a great American pickup truck (from Ford or Chevy or Ram) that will be more powerful, more fuel efficient, and just as comfortable as the Ridgeline. The Ridgeline is a joke to anybody aside from fanatical rabid Honda fanbois. The main thing working against the F150 price-wise is the fact that it has a real 4x4 system. The Ridgeline has a glorified AWD system. The 4x4 option on an F150 costs between $3-$4000 because it is full time and has a 4x4 low mode. And also, that nice long list you made is actually only four or five things. "automatic headlights" and "auto-off headlights" are the same thing. "Electronic Parking Camera" and "Rearview Camera" are the same thing. The F150 has Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and storage in all those places you listed as well as a few actually important features like Trailer Sway Control and a 6 Speed SelectShift transmission that the Ridgeline doesn't have.
          Camaroman101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Ford F150 XL 4x4 Crew Cab Base Price $30,910 Engine - 302 HP/278 lb.ft. MPG - 16/21
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          I laugh at you claiming the Ridgeline doesn't have trailer sway control. Honda's were using that technology before ford. It's on the MDX, Ridgeline, Pilot.... STANDARD.
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      idk if i'm the minority here but I just find this truck incredibly ugly....
        M-M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        No, your not. It's ugly. I had a flashback to the "family truckster" with Clark Griswald behind the wheel after looking at the front.
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        Not at all. Very ugly. This thing is really f*cked up. As usual, the Sierra is the better looking twin, but I'd still take a current generation Sierra over it. That's a sharp looking truck.
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        The LTZ model looks gaudy and over wrought. Lesser models without all the chrome look a bit more handsome. The Sierra with out all the chrome looks pretty good too.
        rollie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        NO YOU\'RE NOT !
      kkacperowski
      • 1 Year Ago
      when will GM learn that square wheel arches just dont work. Its literally a round peg in a square hole and makes it look like a sled. This iteration is def a mongoloid version of the last gen which was much better proportioned and cleaner than this (comparatively speaking of course)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kkacperowski
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      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice blue, ugly truck.
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Blah, blah, blah, what were they thinking, blah, blah, blah looks dated already, blah, blah, blah, looks the same (not really true, now is it??), blah, blah, blah. Here's the deal - this was the second best selling vehicle last year, the year before that, the year before that .... - Get it? People buy a lot of these, year after year, after year. Do you naysayers even buy pickups? For those that do - did you ever buy a new one? Because it doesn't matter what the negative comments about styling (which is conservative, no doubt) are saying. These are well built, have extremely durable frames, powertrains and interiors, state of the art features, etc., etc. This is what pickup buyers want. And the majority of pickup trucks are bought by people who need the inherent capabilities. Nothing in the new design and styling is going to negate any of that!
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        Considering how many pickup trucks sell chances are a lot of the people commenting own/have owned a pickup truck from one of the big 3. Just because it's a truck doesn't mean it can't look good and have innovative features. The styling is the most obvious way to see how little has changed on this truck. Ford and Ram have kept their styling fresh and made major updates (EcoBoost, 8-speed transmissions, Raptor package, adjustable air suspension, in-dash trailer and work productivity screens). Ford and Ram have been increasing while GM's truck sales have been going down and they have a 120+ day supply of them sitting on lots. A couple updated engines, extra headlights, and the same features rebundled is not enough to cut it in the fullsize truck segment. (see also Fusion vs. Malibu)
        audisp0rta4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        Exactly!!! It's an F'ing pick up truck. What the hell do people expect it to look like!!?? Looks very well built and functional like they always have been, so what else do you poseurs want?
          whofan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @audisp0rta4
          I never gave truck looks much thought until they became bloated and hidious. Now this with the demise of the small pickup its time to start demanding some sensible options. They can build them big and ugly but now thats the only choice you have in American trucks the Ram still isn`t too bad. Toyota Tacoma is the nicest looking truck out there and the Dodge Ram second.
      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel so sorry for GM's design team: http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/196/200/727-computer-reaction-face-gun-shoot-head-suicide-an-hero.png
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stang70Fastback
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