2014 is a busy year for Chevrolet, as the bowtie sees significant updates to many of its signature models, including the Corvette and Silverado 1500 pickup truck, as well as a new model in the SS.
The Spark microcar returns for its second year, somehow managing to squeeze four doors and room for four passengers into its tiny frame. It is designed to compete with the smallest cars on the road today, like the Fiat 500 and smart ForTwo, and is especially at home in tight, urban environments.
Available as either a sedan or a five-door hatchback, the sub-compact Sonic shares engine options with the larger Cruze and offers a significantly improved interior compared to its predecessor, the un-missed Aveo.
With the Spark, Sonic, and the compact Cruze sedan, Chevy has proven that it can build small cars the people want to drive. Speaking of the Cruze, it offers plenty of passenger and cargo room for a car of its class and Eco versions get up to 42 mpg highway. For 2014, the Cruze adds a turbo-diesel engine option which returns an estimated 46 mpg highway.
More changes come to the Malibu midsize sedan; after a 2013 redesign, it has been further updated for the new model year with extra rear legroom, interior and exterior styling changes, and a new four-cylinder engine.
Redesigned for 2014 in the full-size Impala sedan, which is rental car fodder no more. The new Impala is stylish instead of anonymous and filled with premium features and a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
Chevrolet is also home to two of America’s iconic sports cars: the muscular Camaro and the Corvette. The Camaro, which comes as a coupe or convertible, adds a Z/28 high-performance trim powered by a 500-hp V-8 sourced from a Corvette Z06.
The Corvette gets a complete redesign for 2014, getting a complete rebuild from the ground up and even emerging with a “new” name: Corvette Stingray. If you want supercar acceleration and performance at a non-super price, the Corvette Stingray is still the best name in the game.
If you’re in the market for something with a little bit more utility, Chevrolet has got you covered offering a few crossovers/SUVs that will help you schlep around kids and cargo. It starts with the compact crossover Equinox which features a flexible interior (including a second-row that slides forward/back and folds) as well as options like a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, an uncommon feature in this segment.
Next up is the three-row Traverse, which gets brand new front styling and interior upgrades for the new model year. Power comes from a direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 and both the Traverse and Equinox are available with all-wheel drive.
There is also a trio of full-size SUVs which provide maximum utility. The eight-passenger Tahoe is also available as the Tahoe Hybrid for those who want to save some money at the pump. Topping things off is the Suburban, which also comes in two varieties: the regular-duty Suburban 1500 and the heavy-duty Suburban 2500. Rear-wheel drive is standard while four-wheel drive is optional.
Up next is the Silverado family of pickup trucks, which includes the regular-duty Silverado 1500 and Silverado 1500 Hybrid, and the heavy-duty Silverado 2500 and Silverado 3500. The Silverado 1500 gets a complete redesign for 2014 that includes three new direct-injection engines, while the heavy-duty models will be redesigned next year. 2014’s changes include a large interior upgrade with plenty of technology and optional comfort features, while under the hood changes include aluminum blocks for reduced weight, electric power steering, and a higher compression ratio.
The Avalanche combines the body of an SUV with the utility of pickup truck bed so you get the best of both worlds and the midgate even folds down for more space in the back when needed.
Chevrolet also offers a line of work vans for the commercially inclined, the Express 1500, Express 2500, and Express 3500.
We are now for the first time covering the Volt plug-in sedan. The Volt has about 35 miles of electric range and when the battery is running out the onboard gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the battery.