There’s a new four-banger with a snail shell for the Chevrolet Silverado and that world hasn’t ended yet. Maybe hell has frozen over. Regardless, the new setup of the Chevy Silverado Turbo 4 yields some nice returns, like an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway with a rear-wheel-drive model.
That might not sound tremendous, but compared to the old 4.3-liter V-6 that was previously standard on the Silverado, it actually is a healthy improvement. Considering how many of these trucks are on the road and how much owners drive them, the fuel savings and emissions reductions will be huge.
Even with more cab space and cargo volume, the new Silverado with the 2.7-liter Turbo engine weighs about 380 pounds less than the outgoing base Silverado. Adding lightness is a great way to boost performance all around. Torque is up 14 percent, too.
Of course, Chevrolet won’t miss a chance to make Ford and Ram look bad. The automaker is highlighting how the Silverado with this new engine beats out the estimated 19 mpg city for the Ford F-150 XLT and matches the city fuel economy estimate for the Ram 1500 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid. Oh, and the payload is bigger, because size matters.
So, this is a case of having your cake and eating it too.