Chevrolet has received certification for their new 2.7-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with official fuel economy numbers.
In the war for ever-increasing fuel economy in America’s truck market, Chevrolet has fired back at rivals Ford and Ram with their new 2.7-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, replacing the base-level and gas-guzzling 4.3-L V6. Although it looks like Chevy may have prioritized power over efficiency for their replacement engine.
Standard on LT and RST trims, the new 2.7 Turbo gets 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque--impressive power figures. Fuel economy is slightly less impressive at 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway when in 2WD configuration. Combined is a paltry 21 mpg.
In comparison to the outgoing V6, the new turbo engine has a 13% torque boost, 14% better city mileage, and weighs 380 lbs less. This translates into a full second faster to sixty mph at just 6.8 seconds. Max payload is 2,280 lbs, while max towing capacity is 7,200 lbs.
However, the comparison starts to fall down once you bring in other truck manufacturers. Compared to the EcoBoost 2.7-L turbocharged V6 in the Ford F-150, the Chevy turbo is just an inferior product. Ford’s EcoBoost gets 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and a combined 22 mpg overall. Power is also superior, with the EcoBoost rated at 325 hp and 400 lb-ft.
Even compared to the base-level F-150 3.3-L V6, the Ford gets better highway and better combined fuel mileage at 19 city, 25 highway, 22 combined. Although the Chevy does exceed Ford’s base-level power, which is 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
The Ram 1500 is also superior on highway and combined fuel mileage, getting 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined from its 3.6-L Pentastar V6. Chevy’s Silverado barely edges out the Ram on power as well with the 1500 getting 305 hp.
Once Chevrolet replaces the 4.6-L V6 on all trim levels, then we’ll be suitably impressed. Until then, it’s a fine new engine, but it still doesn’t beat Ford.