The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Has the Highest EPA-Certified Fuel Economy

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel has the highest EPA-certified fuel economy ratings for a 2020 full-size truck. The diesel powered Silverado delivers 23 mpg city/33 highway/27 combined. The 2020 Silverado 1500 premiers General Motors’ new diesel engine, which is a 3.0-liter Duramax turbocharged inline six-cylinder. It has a rating of 277 hp, and 460 pound-feet of torque and the powerplant will also be available in the GMC Sierra.

The Silverado diesel has a 10-speed automatic transmission and it also has a fuel-saving stop-start system. The Silverado has a six-mpg advantage over the Ram. The Ram can be expected to narrow the gap when it launches a new diesel later this year.

This summer Ram will offer the only other full-size light-duty diesel pickup which will launch an updated version of its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, and it had a rating at 20 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined when it was sold in 2017. Honda, Toyota, and Nissan vehicles do not offer diesel engines in their light-duty trucks, even though the Titan by Nissan has a Cummins diesel motor which is considered a heavy-duty truck, like the Ford F-250.

How Long Is It On Top?

The Silverado will probably hold the fuel economy title in the future. The F-150 would need significant upgrades to eclipse the Chevy truck. To surpass Silverado’s 1500 diesel vehicle, Ram would need to boost highway fuel economy by more than 20 percent.

Chevrolet boasts the industry’s most extensive diesel lineup with the addition of the Silverado 1500 diesel. The fuel-saving engine is available in midsize Colorado, new medium-duty Silverado, and the heavy-duty Silverado. Chevrolet’s 1500 diesel can tow up to 9,300 pounds, and it can haul 1,870 pounds of cargo in its bed. 

More Than A Drivetrain:

Silverado’s executive chief engineer, Tim Herrick, said that the diesel’s fuel economy rating is in the result of more of the efficient drivetrain on the vehicle. While the Silverado is known for its busy styling, Herrick explained during a walk-around of the truck, how the air curtains on the lower front fenders improve the aerodynamics.

“The proportions of the truck, the roofline, the mirrors, air curtains, everything was in line with getting the aerodynamics that could get us great fuel economy,” he said. The truck’s driving range drives more than 600 miles on a full tank. Although the entire 2019 EPA fuel economy guide is not published yet, the Silverado diesel has a reasonable shot at becoming the most fuel-efficient pickup regardless of size. 

In the 2019 guide, there is no two-wheel-drive pickup with a higher ranking, and all of the other competitors are way behind. However, the Silverado diesel’s fuel economy is higher than the GMC Canyon and the lighter Chevrolet Colorado. Those pickups can also be ordered with diesel engines, but the highest fuel economy ratings are 20 mpg city/30 highway/23 combined.

For 2020, Chevrolet makes the most reliable, and most advanced Silverado with several new features that include the new 10-speed automatic transmission which is paired with the 5.3L V-8 standard on the LT Trail Boss. It is available on the High Country with the legendary 6.2L V-8 which is offered on the Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trim. The available technologies, including new trailering features and Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera.

“In today’s truck market, customers continually demand more features, more technology, and more capability,” said Tim Herrick, chief executive engineer of Full-Size Trucks. “For 2020, we are delivering more in each of these areas. As a result, the Silverado now offers customers the most towing capacity of any light-duty pickup and the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower.”

More than half of the Silverado trim levels will be available with the 6.2L V-8 with an SAE-certified 420 hp for 2020 and a 460 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For the LT Trail Boss and the Custom Trail Boss, that power has a 2-inch factory suspension lift, and the Z71 Off-Road Package has skid plates, a locking rear differential, 18-inch wheels, Rancho monotube off-road shocks, and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. The Custom Trail Boss, with its 6.2L V-8 engine, starts at $43,865 (which includes the destination fee), and it makes this vehicle the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower available.

“The Trail Boss models are already some of the most popular in the Silverado franchise,” said director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing Sandor Piszar. “Adding the available 6.2L V-8 will ratchet that excitement up even further. Starting under $44,000 for the Custom Trail Boss, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts an affordable truck with serious performance on and off-road.”

New for 2020, is the engine which is a 6.2L V-8, available on the Silverado RST models which come equipped with four-wheel drive as well. Because of it, the maximum when it comes to towing on the Silverado is increased to 13,400 pounds when it’s properly equipped. If the driver wants even more when it comes to performance, the Silverado 6.2L has a Performance Upgrade Package that delivers a cat-back performance exhaust system and performance air intake, raising the output to 435 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Silverados at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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