A Truck With A Tool Belt
“The power of choice.” These are Chevy’s words when it comes to describing the new truck engine options on their website. “There’s no one tool that’s right for every job.” Both of these claims are on Chevy’s website. There is a variety of needs from people that are looking for new trucks. From heavy-duty use to the occasional side jobs, needs vary from person to person. With this in mind, Chevy has released six different engines on the Silverado that conform to a variety of consumers. But which one is for you? If you don’t understand the engine numbers and different drivetrains, it can be a daunting task. This article is a guide for the differences in some of the 2020 Chevy truck engine offerings. From 4 cylinders to big V8s, Chevy has a great lineup. Let’s start with the 2.7L Engine offered on the Silverado 1500.
2.7L Turbo 4 Cylinder Engine
This engine is for those who need the versatility of a truck, yet don’t need major towing capabilities or the gas mileage that comes with a big engine. Even with this in mind, this engine isn’t a slacker by any means. Coming in at 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, it’ll get any job around the house done with ease.
This engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and a towing capacity of, on average, over 7,000 pounds. This all adds up to a very capable little engine that doesn’t compromise on gas. The fuel efficiency of this truck is 20/23 city/highway on the 2WD version, and 19/22 city/highway mpg with 4WD.
4.3L EcoTec3 V6 Engine
Some people don’t like the feel of a turbocharger in their engine, especially when towing. And that’s perfectly normal. So, Chevy offers a lower end naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine. This engine has 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, with an increased towing capacity of 7,900 pounds.
This, like the 2.7L engine, is the option for those that don’t need to do super heavy towing, yet they need some average work done — complete with good gas mileage. Not to say the other engines have terrible gas mileage, but these two options are a little bit better while also having a smaller price tag. You can get this engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The engines discussed so far are good all-round performers that can get work done efficiently. But what about if you need some serious towing done. Whether it’s a full-sized camper or a trailer full of tools, you need some serious power. Let’s start with the V8s.
5.3L EcoTec3 V8
There are two kinds of this particular engine available with the Silverado, making the total number of engine options six. With the same power, torque, and displacement (engine size), the difference is in fuel delivery and transmission. The different fuel systems are Dynamic Fuel Management and Active Fuel Management.
Dynamic Fuel Management is available as standard on the LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High-Country trims, and available as an option on the LT and RST trims. The transmission that comes with this model is an 8-speed or a 10-speed — running with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, just a little higher than the 2.7L power numbers, highlighting the power of that little engine.
The fuel efficiency on this particular engine is at a decent 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Respectable for sure, but, compared with the 4 or 6-cylinder numbers, both in power and gas mileage, it seems there is more bang for your buck in the other engine options.
Active Fuel Management technology is available on the WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims. The only transmission available with this engine is a 6-speed. This engine has the same power and torque as the previous engine, with the same fuel efficiency as well. You’ll have to drive both types of engines to see if the transmission is a fit for you.
6.2L EcoTec3 V8 With Dynamic Fuel Management
These last two engines are for the working man or woman that needs power and torque on a daily basis. This 6.2L V8 has best-in-class V8 horsepower and torque. With 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, and a best-in-class 13,400 lb maximum towing capability, it packs quite a punch. This engine has the same 10-speed transmission as the previous V8. Now, the important thing to keep in mind is that the 13,400 lb towing capacity comes on the RST trim with the max trailering package and 20-inch wheels. This, of course, will increase the overall price of the truck. But if you own your own business that requires a bit of hauling and need a new truck, this might be the perfect fit for you? Even with this, you might be wondering which V8 you should choose from.
Duramax 3.0 Turbo-Diesel I-6
We finally got to it. The engine that Chevy is most famous for, the Duramax or it’s rightfully adopted name Dirtymax. This 3.0L Inline 6 turbo-diesel engine produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Available only with a 10-speed automatic transmission, this work-horse can tow up to 9,300 lbs! This “quiet, as well as powerful” engine, is available on the trim levels LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country. Due to this engine being a diesel with high compression, the fuel efficiency is at a modest 23/33 city/highway — the best out of the 6-engine line-up. Chevy was able to achieve the MPG by eliminating certain things inside the engine to make it lighter. For instance, they eliminated the need for a balance shaft inside the engine by making it naturally balanced.
Which Tool is Best for You?
The answer to that is up to you. We hope that this write-up has shed some more light on what’s available with the 2020 Chevy truck engine offerings. They have some awesome options for all sorts of different jobs. Whether it’s the 2.7L 4-cylinder for fuel economy, 6.2L V8 for best in class towing and power, or the efficient, yet powerful 3.0 Turbo Diesel, it’ll be a great choice. A point to remember is that the different engines are available amongst 8-trim levels. Each trim level might have better towing, power or fuel economy than others with the same engine. So, it’s important to remember that when choosing not only the engine but the body style as well.
Whatever your choice may be, you can be confident that there is a lot of thought and preparation that went into designing the vehicle. Finding the truck you want, though, can be difficult. Our dealership in Ennis, TX, has a great line-up of Chevy products that help bring in customers from our neighboring towns like Waxahachie. At Frank Kent Chevy, we are an awesome group of salespeople and staff that can help you find the perfect truck. We laid the tools out in front of you; the tool you choose is now up to you.