2019 Chevy Silverado four-cylinder to get 20 mpg in city

It compares favorably to the most-frugal F-150, Ram 1500 engines

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Chevrolet says the new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in some rear-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup will achieve an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway, with a combined rating of 21 mpg.

The all-new Silverado's next-most-efficient setup is found in the rear-wheel-drive versions equipped with the 5.3-liter V8. The EPA rates that version at 17 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway and a combined 19 mpg. But the new turbo-four also compares favorably to the most fuel-efficient versions of the Silverado's top competitors. The Ford F-150's base engine, a 3.3-liter V6, delivers an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city, while the city fuel-economy offered the 3.6-liter V6 mild-hybrid found in the Ram 1500 is equivalent to the Silverado four at 20 mpg.

Chevy's 2.7-liter turbo engine comes standard on the mid-range LT and RST trim levels and weighs 380 pounds less than the 4.3-liter V6 it replaces. It offers 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, which represent increases of 25 hp and 43 pound-feet over its larger predecessor and also outguns the base engines in the F-150 and Ram 1500. Chevy says it's also quicker, shaving more than 1 second off the 0-60 mph sprint. Its maximum towing capacity is 7,200 pounds, with a 2,280-pound maximum payload in regular-cab versions, which are currently only available to fleet customers.

The all-new engine, designed exclusively for trucks, features GM's active fuel management cylinder deactivation technology and active thermal management, which recovers exhaust heat for faster engine and transmission warmup, plus other features including stop-start technology to shut off the engine in stop-and-go traffic.

The 2019 Silverado is now on sale and is offered in eight trim levels and six engine and transmission combinations starting at $31,290 (or $39,890 for the LT in double-cab and $41,790 for the RST). Read what Autoblog thought of the 2.7-liter Turbo-equipped Silverado in our First Drive review.

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