Chevy Trucks For Sale: What Chevy Truck has the Most Horsepower?

August 14th, 2020 by

A popular Chevy truck for sale, a red 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ, is parked in front of barns near Ennis, TX.

If you are looking for Chevy trucks for sale in Ennis, TX, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got the best selection of new and used trucks in the area. You can find exactly what you are looking for here. Typically, folks searching for a truck want it for a specific reason. Whether it’s to go on weekend adventures with the family or for work, there is always a job that the Chevy truck is prepared to take on. That being said, performance is usually a deciding factor when choosing a new truck. Today, we are going to focus on power. What Chevy truck has the most horsepower? This would be the 2020 Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD trucks when equipped with a 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. But how does the rest of the lineup compare?

The 2020 Chevy Colorado

The first Chevy truck we are going to look at is the smallest member of the fleet, the 2020 Chevy Colorado. This mid-size truck is offered in two body styles, five trim levels, several special editions, and it can seat two to five people depending on the cab configuration you get. Current trim levels include a model for everyone. You can choose from the Base, Work Truck, LT, Z71, or ZR2.

Now, let’s pop the hood on this beast to see what’s going on inside. There are three robust powertrains to pick from when you are choosing a Colorado. The standard uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain pumps out 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, which puts the maximum towing capacity at 3,500 pounds. While this is fine for pulling a small trailer with an ATV on board, it isn’t enough if you want to bring along an RV for a camping trip. The average RV weighs about 5,000 pounds, so you’ll need to scale up if you want a truck that is optimized for towing. However, the plus side to this powertrain is that the average fuel economy is set at 22 MPG combined (20 city/26 highway). That’s quite good for a truck.

The next available engine is a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine can produce up to 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will definitely enjoy the towing capacity as it’s limit is 7,000 pounds. With an average fuel economy of 20 MPG combined (18 city/25 highway), this truck is perfect for camping trips.

Finally, the third available engine is a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel that generates 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. While the horsepower goes down, the fuel efficiency and towing cap both go up. This powertrain gets 25 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway), and it can pull up to 7,700 pounds without breaking a sweat.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The most popular truck in the Chevy lineup is the Silverado 1500. Available in three body styles, eight trim levels, and five powertrains, the sky’s the limit with this pickup truck. It can seat two to six people depending on which cabin configuration you choose, and the current lineup of trim levels include the Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country.

As for the performance, let’s explore the vast powertrain lineup that this beast has to offer. Equipped on the LT and RST trims is a turbocharged 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with stop-and-go technology for improved fuel economy. With up to 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain can haul up to 6,800 pounds. The average fuel economy is about 21 MPG combined (20 city/23 highway), making this an affordable option for families.

Next is the 4.3-liter V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission on the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims. Generating 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain gets 17 MPG combined (16 city/21 highway). The towing limit is capped at 7,900 pounds, which makes it stronger than any powertrain equipped on the Colorado.

Another option is a 5.3-liter V8 motor mated with a 6 or 8-speed automatic transmission. With the ability to make 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, this beast can haul up 11,600 pounds. However, with such power comes a great decrease in fuel economy. This one has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of up to 20 MPG combined (17 city/24 highway).

If you prefer diesel, you can opt for the turbocharged diesel 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with stop-and-go technology. This engine produce up to 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 MPG combined (23 city/33 highway).

Finally, the premium LTZ and High Country trims are powered by a robust 6.2-liter V8 motor that uses a 10-speed automatic transmission. Yeilding 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, this is the stronger light-duty truck that Chevrolet manufactures. It has a fuel economy set at 17 MPG combined (16 city/20 highway), and it can haul up to 13,400 pounds.

The 2020 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD

Now, it’s time to move into the heavy-duty territory. As we mentioned before, the Silverado 1500 LTZ and High Country trucks produce the most horsepower in the light-duty sector. However, can they compare to the 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty models? Let’s find out!

Available in three body styles and five trim levels, the 2500 and 3500 trucks can carry two to five people depending on the cabin configuration. You can choose from the following trims: the Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country.

All five trim levels come standard with a 6.6-liter V8 motor paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Pumping out 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, the maximum towing capacity is 17,340 pounds.

If you opt for the diesel turbocharged 6.6-liter V8 motor mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission, you will see a difference in performance. This powertrain generates 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. It also has a maximum towing limit of 18,500 pounds for the 2500HD model and 35,500 pounds for the 3500HD, making it the strongest option so far in the Chevrolet truck lineup.

A Recap

To make it easier for you to see what Chevy truck has the most horsepower, we’ve broken each vehicle and powertrain down into a handy list. Feel free to refer back to this list as needed.

2020 Chevy Colorado:

  • 2.8L Duramax – 181 hp
  • 2.5L 4-cylinder – 200 hp
  • 3.6L V6 Engine – 308 hp

2020 Chevy Silverado 1500:

  • 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel I6 – 277 hp
  • 4.3L Ecotec3 V6 Engine – 285 hp
  • 2.7L Turbo Engine – 310 hp
  • 5.3L Ecotec3 V8 Engine – 355 hp
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 – 420 hp

2020 Chevy Silverado 2500:

  • 6.6L V8 Direct Injection – 401 hp
  • 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel – 445 hp

2020 Chevy Silverado 3500:

  • 6.6L V8 Direct Injection – 401 hp
  • 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel – 445 hp

Choosing the Strongest Truck

If you want a mid-size pickup truck that is strong and durable, we recommend the 2020 Chevy Colorado powered by the 3.6-liter V6 engine. It offers a best-in-class 308 hp, and it can pull up to 7,000 pounds.

If you want a full-size, light-duty truck for all of your family adventures, we recommend the Chevy Silverado 500 LTZ or High Country. The heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 models are best suited for hard work but still make excellent family vehicles.

When you are ready to test drive one of these incredible trucks, visit us at Frank Kent Chevrolet!