Road to Silverado: About the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado’s Multiple Personalities

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In my first piece about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, I mentioned the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment screen’s multiple themes. Let’s take an up-close look at them.

We’ll start with the theme that was displaying on the screen when the truck was delivered. It’s called “Velocity” and features a clean, neutral design that won’t offend too many eyes, with a blue metallic backdrop on most screens and yellow-orange highlights indicating which option you’re currently selecting. Iconography was likewise very modern and sleek-looking. My only real complaint with this design was how closely-kerned the letters were in nearly all text, which made it harder than necessary to read at a glance.

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The “Velocity” theme was clean and modern, though the slight font and letter spacing made it a bit hard to read at a glance. (Lyndon Johnson photo)

Next, let’s look at what Chevrolet calls the “Contemporary” theme. This one featured a high-contrast look that my eyes found somewhat discomforting. The text was easier to read than “Velocity,” true. However, the icons were harder to decipher by a quick glance. Their overtly simple white monocolor outlines made their functions harder to identify. I didn’t keep the MyLink system set on this theme for very long. I just couldn’t make myself like it. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.

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The “Contemporary” theme was high-contrast — and my eyes found it highly irritating. That’s a matter of personal taste, of course. You may love its industrial look. (Lyndon Johnson photo)

The third personality is probably the safest of the bunch, with a name that conveys that status: “Mainstreet.” When you select “Restore Factory Defaults” in the MyLink setup menu, this is the look to which it reverts itself after deleting all your personal data — even radio presets. I found it easier on the eyes than the other two. The text felt easier to read, and the colors, at the cooler end of the spectrum compared to “Contemporary”, made this theme feel pleasant, if a bit boring. The icons were a bit less modern than “Velocity”, but also a bit classier-feeling on-scren, with their faux chrome surrounds. (Yes, it feels strange to write about faux chrome displayed on an infotainment screen, in case you were wondering.)

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The “Mainstreet” theme is the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado’s default look. While in a lot of ways easier on the eyes than the other two we’ve discussed to this point, this theme also struck me as the least exciting. (Lyndon Johnson photo)

Finally, the theme I largely settled on throughout my test week with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT: “Edge.” While I wasn’t too keen on the high-visibility yellow-orange highlighting of selected items, I loved the lively, apparently anime-inspired icons and background. True confession: I briefly changed my Facebook profile photo to a close-up of the little headphone-wearing sprite this theme uses to signify the shortcut to the audio screen.

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The “Edge” theme was my favorite in the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado’s MyLink infotainment system. (Lyndon Johnson photo)

It should be mentioned that every theme changed not just the look of the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment screen, but also the look of the gauge cluster’s central info screen. That was a nice touch by Chevrolet, just as it was nice to give us four different — and sufficiently differentiated — themes from which to choose.

Disclosure: Chevrolet provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of gas.

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