RST 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2020 Silverado 1500 Photos
REDMOND, Ore. – While diesel engines have continuously been a presence in heavy duty pickups for decades, their availability in half-ton models haS been limited and sporadic. It was only recently that Ram's EcoDiesel engine ignited substantial, prolonged interest among consumers who see value in their V8-matching capability and V6-beating fuel economy. Ford was the next to step up with its 3.0-liter PowerStroke V6, and now after its complete redesign last year, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 counts GM's new Duramax diesel mill among a number of other updates. Available as a $3,890 option on the Silverado 1500 LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, of which 95% is achieved at just 1,250 rpm. That peak torque is also sustained from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm, and thanks to its standard 10-speed automatic transmission, there are more gears available to make sure the engine remains in that stump-pulling sweet spot. While its rival diesel engines are produced by different manufacturers (FCA's VM Motori produces Ram's EcoDiesel in Italy; Ford's PowerStroke is built in England and based on an engine also used by Jaguar-Land Rover), the new Duramax was engineered by General Motors and is built at its engine plant in Flint, Mich. It also differs by eschewing a V6 in favor of inline architecture, which is generally considered beneficial for smoothness and can also aid efficiency due to reduced friction. Having a cast aluminum block instead of its rivals' compacted graphite iron blocks saves considerable weight, though the cylinders themselves are still lined in iron to insure durability, according to GM. In terms of actual output, the Duramax bests its rivals' horsepower – 17 more than the recently announced 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (which we have yet to drive), and 27 more than the Ford Powerstroke. The Ram may have more torque – 480 pound-feet – but its peak is achieved at a higher 1,600 rpm. The PowerStroke, meanwhile, is the least torquey of the bunch, with 440 pound-feet at 1,750 rpm. That torque advantage doesn't translate into a higher towing capacity – the Silverado Duramax's 9,300-pound rating falls well short of the F-150's 11,400-pound rating and the 2020 Ram's 12,560 rating. By contrast, the Ford and Ram diesels are comparable to their respective gasoline-powered maxes. But there are two considerations that mitigate this on-paper disadvantage. For one, the Silverado's torque advantage should mean an easier driving experience when hitched up. The second is that 9,300 lbs is a lot, and if you're going to be routinely maxing out your half-ton truck's towing capacity then perhaps a heavy-duty offering would be a better call. For what it's worth, Chevy says its lower rating is because it optimized the truck for superior fuel economy rather than maximum capacity. So what is its fuel economy, then? Actually, there is still no official estimate and GM wouldn't provide a ballpark beyond a graph showing that it got better highway fuel economy than …
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REDMOND, Ore. – While diesel engines have continuously been a presence in heavy duty pickups for decades, their availability in half-ton models haS been limited and sporadic. It was only recently that Ram's EcoDiesel engine ignited substantial, prolonged interest among consumers who see value in their V8-matching capability and V6-beating fuel economy. Ford was the next to step up with its 3.0-liter PowerStroke V6, and now after its complete redesign last year, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 counts GM's new Duramax diesel mill among a number of other updates. Available as a $3,890 option on the Silverado 1500 LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, of which 95% is achieved at just 1,250 rpm. That peak torque is also sustained from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm, and thanks to its standard 10-speed automatic transmission, there are more gears available to make sure the engine remains in that stump-pulling sweet spot. While its rival diesel engines are produced by different manufacturers (FCA's VM Motori produces Ram's EcoDiesel in Italy; Ford's PowerStroke is built in England and based on an engine also used by Jaguar-Land Rover), the new Duramax was engineered by General Motors and is built at its engine plant in Flint, Mich. It also differs by eschewing a V6 in favor of inline architecture, which is generally considered beneficial for smoothness and can also aid efficiency due to reduced friction. Having a cast aluminum block instead of its rivals' compacted graphite iron blocks saves considerable weight, though the cylinders themselves are still lined in iron to insure durability, according to GM. In terms of actual output, the Duramax bests its rivals' horsepower – 17 more than the recently announced 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (which we have yet to drive), and 27 more than the Ford Powerstroke. The Ram may have more torque – 480 pound-feet – but its peak is achieved at a higher 1,600 rpm. The PowerStroke, meanwhile, is the least torquey of the bunch, with 440 pound-feet at 1,750 rpm. That torque advantage doesn't translate into a higher towing capacity – the Silverado Duramax's 9,300-pound rating falls well short of the F-150's 11,400-pound rating and the 2020 Ram's 12,560 rating. By contrast, the Ford and Ram diesels are comparable to their respective gasoline-powered maxes. But there are two considerations that mitigate this on-paper disadvantage. For one, the Silverado's torque advantage should mean an easier driving experience when hitched up. The second is that 9,300 lbs is a lot, and if you're going to be routinely maxing out your half-ton truck's towing capacity then perhaps a heavy-duty offering would be a better call. For what it's worth, Chevy says its lower rating is because it optimized the truck for superior fuel economy rather than maximum capacity. So what is its fuel economy, then? Actually, there is still no official estimate and GM wouldn't provide a ballpark beyond a graph showing that it got better highway fuel economy than …
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$42,100 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.7LI-4
MPG 20 City / 23 Hwy
Seating 6 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto w/OD
Power 310 @ 5600 rpm
Drivetrain four-wheel
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