How does the new Chevrolet Silverado’s 2.7-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine haul? We find out in this video.
When Chevrolet announced the 2019 Silverado, they also brought along a brand new engine: a compact 2.7-L turbo inline 4-cylinder that was meant to be a new entry-level motor with some pretty great fuel economy.
Then the EPA released its official mileage, and Chevrolet immediately went up in arms to say the EPA’s 22 mph on the highway doesn’t reflect real-world performance.
Maybe that’s true. If so, we’ll find out on The Fast Lane Truck’s grueling Ike Gauntlet, an 8-mile stretch of highway in Colorado with a 7% gradient up to a maximum height of 11,158 feet. The test is designed to see how well a truck hauls on the highway in a touch environment while maintaining an average speed of 60 mph.
Their test rig is a 2019 Chevy Silverado LT trim with a double cab, 6.5-foot bed, and four-wheel-drive. Total cost is around $48,000, which isn’t exactly cheap for what is supposed to be a starter pickup.
Behind the Silverado is an aluminum horse trailer that’s been loaded with cinder blocks and barrels of water to weigh 6,680 lbs. That’s just 20 lbs shy of the 2.4-L’s max towing capacity and is somewhat short of mid-size pickups like the Ford Ranger (7,500 lbs) and the V6 Chevy Colorado (7,000 lbs).
That said, the Silverado handled itself admirably. On the downward trek, the Silverado only needed to use its engine brake 8 times to maintain a speed of 60 mph, which is an improvement over the average 11 times from other pickups.
On the way up, the Silverado was still able to quickly get to 60 mph and maintain its speed, although you could tell the engine was working hard. It maintained revs around 4,000 RPM the entire way and averaged 3.7 miles per gallon of gas, which isn’t exactly stellar fuel economy (and does nothing to disprove the EPA’s official numbers).
Still, The Fast Lane Truck was overall impressed with the 2.7-L Silverado’s performance. Their only real complaint was the sound, which had more in common with a Honda Accord than a big pickup truck.