Are you looking around at the latest utilitarian pickup trucks but need to put luxury at the top of your consideration list? In fact, trucks are becoming more and more like luxury vehicles, especially if you love riding high in sumptuous comfort that includes some of the best automotive connectivity technology and apps. So which trucks offer the top interiors, best connectivity and most innovative in-truck apps?
2014 Chevy Silverado High Country
Certainly the North American Truck of the Year – the 2014 Chevy Silverado – is worth a look!
If you are seeking total luxury, look no further than the newly launched 2014 Chevy Silverado High Country. This is Chevy’s most premium full-sized truck and it delivers with a powerful V8. The High Country’s interior is every urban cowboy’s dream with a plush saddle brown interior, heated and cooled perforated leather seats, MyLink connectivity and a Bose sound system. Plus, the High Country can be outfitted with an available sunroof, navigation and BluRay/DVD rear entertainment system.
2015 Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty 2500HD/3500HD
Chevy launched the heavy-duty versions of its 2015 Silverado 2500HD/3500HD this winter. The new HD trucks have much of the same luxurious interior appointments as the award-winning 2014 Silverado, but with added refinement and technology in the 2015 versions. GM claims its 2015 Silverado HD has best-in-class payload. Chevy’s top-of-the-line cousin truck to the Silverado HD is the GMC Denali HD.
High Tech Wonder: 2015 GMC Canyon
If technology is at the top of your luxe list, consider the all-new GMC Canyon (and its near copy cat cousin the 2015 Chevy Colorado). Both launched at fall/winter season auto shows and will be available at later this year.Full of connectivity, the Canyon (not available for the Colorado) can be transformed into a mobile hot spot with OnStar’s new available AT&T 4G LTE. In addition, this next-gen truck is packed with integrated infotainment from an app shop to navigation to natural language voice recognition to Apple’s Siri Eyes Free (a driving mode). Plus, GMC’s Canyon may be the best truck ever for teenagers. Some Canyon models feature a “Teen Driver” app, which is meant to keep teenagers focused on the road. Directly from the screen using a password, the app lets parents set limits on things such as radio volume and maximum speed. It can also disable other performance capabilities to dissuade teens from taking part in wide-open throttle and anti-lock brake “track” moves.
Ready for total luxury in a truck? Consider GM’s 2015 truck lineup and go take a road test.
Sheryll Alexander is an automotive journalist, professional road test reviewer, lifestyles writer and travel editor. Follow her @sheryllalexande