I hate to bring the party down, and I applaud Chevy for trying to act excited about this news, but I simply can’t wrap my head around a 4-cylinder half-ton, full-sized truck. It’s worse since we just found out the fuel economy ratings are mediocre at best.
In a press release
, Chevy says:
The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 2.7L Turbo offers full-size truck customers a capable and efficient choice with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway in rear-wheel-drive models.
To achieve better performance and overall efficiency, engineers made choices with engine technologies, advanced manufacturing and the use of mixed materials. The base curb weight of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with the 2.7L Turbo is 380 pounds less than the current Silverado with the 4.3L V-6, despite having more interior room and cargo space.
“The new Silverado 2.7L Turbo delivers impressive performance and fuel efficiency,” said Tim Asoklis, Silverado chief engineer. “It’s fun to drive every day — quick from the start, and pulling hard under acceleration. With up to 23 mpg on the highway, the truck is efficient while still offering plenty of capability to tackle weekend projects and trips to the lake.”
Standard on LT and RST trims, the 2.7L engine offers 14 percent more torque and 13 percent better city fuel economy, and it is more than a full second quicker 0-60 mph than the 4.3L V-6 it replaces. The Silverado city fuel economy also exceeds the standard 3.3L V-6 engine offering in the Ford F-150 XLT (EPA-estimated 19 mpg city) and matches that of the Ram 1500 3.6L V-6 mild hybrid (EPA-estimated 20 mpg city).
Time will tell us how well this engine will do in this new truck, but if I were a Chevy dealer, I’d go really easy on ordering a bunch of these!
|October 14, 2018 @ 7:11am|
|I own a 2016 F150 2x4 crew cab 3.5 ecoboost. At 70mph I avg 27mpg on Texas highways.
If the turbo's kick in, more around 19mpg.
|October 14, 2018 @ 10:26am|
|That's great mileage Bob. Agreed, if you can stay out of the turbos, it makes a big difference!|
|October 13, 2018 @ 10:50am|
|I?ve owned a Silverado with a 4.8 V-8 and conversely a Ram with a 5.7 Hemi. After owning the smaller V-8, I would never go that option much less a 4 cylinder no matter if it is turbocharged. I don?t know if it?s the CAFE standards or if GM has seen how successful the Blue Oval Ecoboost engines have been, but initially, I can hear the GM faithful screaming ?NO? from the mountaintops...or is it the Internet forums?|
|October 14, 2018 @ 10:25am|
|American had trouble accepting six cylinders in trucks, and a 4 cylinder might work for a few people IF it got incredible mileage, but it doesn't. I always enjoy your feedback Ramon.|
|October 13, 2018 @ 5:52am|
|I've driven my 2018 5.3 4x4 double cab from the Detroit area to Grand Rapids (150 mi) running around 80 mph with the a.c. on and got 24.5 mpg. I like my v8/4cyl.|
|October 14, 2018 @ 10:23am|
|Thanks for weighing in Tom!|
|October 12, 2018 @ 8:20pm|
|Our 2015 Silverado 4.3 liter 2 wheel drive averages 24 mpg. I agree with James. What is the advantage of a smaller motor with less mpg?|
|October 14, 2018 @ 10:22am|
|Agreed Steven! This is a head shaker for me.|
|October 12, 2018 @ 3:43pm|
|We just drove 290 miles from Arizona to Southern California in our 2017 Silverado 1500 LT with a 5.3 Liter V8 and cylinder deactivation. Our fuel mileage was 25.3 MPG. I would never buy one of the 2.7 L power options and take less mileage.|
|October 12, 2018 @ 5:49pm|
|My thoughts exactly James!
Jerry Reynolds, President
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