Upon our arrival back at LAX we were greeted by this 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Black Out Edition, and the contrast could not be stronger. Over the previous 6 weeks we enjoyed various Peugeots, all showing a high degree of luxury and space combined with fuel economy and practicality on a compact base, offering rides in comfort and luxury, both for us people as well as for our luggage.
This Chevrolet was so none of the above. It was quite a huge vehicle, almost requiring a ladder to climb in, and once aboard it offered a very old fashioned dash, very old fashioned steering wheel position, and a wide, but still very cramped interior space where I had difficulty with my 6’3″ to have enough space to operate the vehicle in safety and comfort.
Of course, with such a cramped cockpit, there was no space to put our luggage but into the trunk area, a short bed with coating. Thanks to that the luggage was exposed to California sun and heat, and to boot was able to slide around the bed area, since there was nothing to tie anything down included with this vehicle. Not an ideal thing to travel back from the airport with, sadly.
I must say though that we did immediately felt that we were back in the USA, and the engine growl, the power and the huge hood were clear proof of that.
In all though, I think it’s time to do a major rethink on these kind of vehicles. I understand where they came from very well, and I think they should go back to their origin a lot more to maintain their value.