American trucks don’t tend to be renowned for their fuel efficiency. If you want an eco-friendly car, you’re a lot more likely to lean toward a Prius or a Smart car than a truck. And yet, the utility of these massive vehicles cannot be denied. When you drive a Ford, Ram, or Chevy truck, you’re looking for power, torque, and hauling capacity.
Of course, it would be nice if these trucks upped their game where fuel efficiency is concerned. With gas prices on the rise, saving a few dollars on fuel with every fill-up could make a big difference for consumers in the market for a truck. The Chevy 2019 Silverado seeks to deliver with their new turbo-four designed to give just a little bit more than competitors where fuel efficiency is concerned. How did they do it?
The New Chevy 2019 Silverado
So, what makes this model better than previous iterations? Why does it get better mileage than competitors? There are a couple of major changes that set the Chevy 2019 Silverado apart from the pack.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup offers a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in some of their rear-wheel-drive versions. A four-cylinder engine on a truck might sound terrible, but the turbo supplies the get-up-and-go needed to maintain the power drivers expect from a truck. Plus, this engine weighs 380 pounds less than the 4.3-liter V6 it’s replacing. Incredibly, the result is an increase of 25 horsepower and 43 pound-feet over the previous iteration.
The reduced weight has also led to a reported 0-60 mph sprint time a full second faster than before, and the truck will still tow up to a capacity of 7,200 pounds. However, the real kicker is the addition of GM’s active fuel management cylinder deactivation technology, along with features like active thermal management and start-stop technology. Together, these changes are responsible for a truck that delivers 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 21 mpg.
How it Stacks Up Against Competitors
What buyers want to know, of course, is how the Chevy 2019 Silverado compares to others in its class, and it comes out on top in terms of fuel economy. The Ford F-150 featuring a 3.3-liter V6 can offer 19 mpg for city driving while the Ram 1500 with a 3.6-liter V6 mild-hybrid delivers 20 mpg. Not surprising, considering both of these trucks have larger, heavier engines weighing them down.
What about Chevys with larger engines? Within the Silverado 1500 lineup are options for bigger engines, including the 5.3-liter V8. This model gets only 17 mpg city, but 23 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 19 mpg, which still puts it on par with the Ford F-150.
It’s hard to believe a four-cylinder engine could match up against a V6 or V8 for driving and towing power, but the turbocharged Silverado aims to do just that. It’s definitely worth a test drive, considering the fuel economy you’ll enjoy.
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