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ReviewsThe 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7T Four-Cylinder Is Capable but Thirsty

19:00  22 february  2019
19:00  22 february  2019 Source:   caranddriver.com

Here's a Close-Up Look at the 2019 Chevy Silverado's Four Cylinder Engine

Here's a Close-Up Look at the 2019 Chevy Silverado's Four Cylinder Engine The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is the only full-size pickup in America offered with a four-cylinder engine. 

Chevrolet 's boosted four - cylinder Silverado is capable but thirsty . Which, in the world of presumed stereotypes, puts Chevy ’s new four - cylinder Silverado in a tough spot. We discovered, however, that it is indeed a manly and capable thing.

Nor does the four - cylinder require any great sacrifice in capability . GM hasn’ t released official payload or towing capacities, but the company estimates It’s a rare thing for a vehicle to so thoroughly exceed our expectations, but that ’s what the 2019 Silverado and its new 2 . 7 -liter engine has managed to do.

Secure possession of one’s Man Card is too frequently associated with the overt machismo of one’s truck, a metric closely tied to the size of its tires, the power of its engine, and, of course, its number of cylinders-not necessarily in that order. Which, in the world of presumed stereotypes, puts Chevy’s new four-cylinder Silverado in a tough spot. We discovered, however, that it is indeed a manly and capable thing.

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Consider exhibit A: This all-wheel-drive double-cab Silverado, laden with 6080 pounds of trailer, car, and ballast-the same weight we towed in our recent light-duty truck comparo-achieved 60 mph in 12.8 seconds, a paltry 0.9 second slower than the 2019 Ram 1500 4x4 equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 assisted by a 48-volt motor.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7T Four-Cylinder Is Capable but Thirsty © Andi Hedrick - Car and Driver The Silverado 1500 2.7T Is Capable but Thirsty

Despite a lengthy 102.0-millimeter stroke, Chevy’s turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four is among the smoothest four-cylinders in the General’s arsenal. It motivates the unladen Silverado to 60 mph in a very reasonable 7.0 seconds without feeling burdened. And it helps the truck achieve a 65-decibel noise reading at 70 mph, the same as the comparo-winning Ram 1500, an immodestly equipped $69,000 luxury pickup.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7T Four-Cylinder Is Capable but Thirsty © Andi Hedrick - Car and Driver Chevrolet's boosted four-cylinder Silverado is capable but thirsty.

The undersquare engine, as you’d expect, is a grunter. Its 348 pound-feet of torque persists between 1500 and 4000 rpm, enough latitude to accommodate all normal driving. The 310-hp peak comes at 5600 rpm, only 100 rpm before redline, but you’ll never need it. Chevy pairs the mill exclusively with its eight-speed auto, and it’s a predictive ’box, giving you immediate torque on demand. The EPA rates this version of the Silverado at 20 mpg combined, but we achieved only 16 in daily use, the same fuel economy we measured from an all-wheel-drive 5.3-liter V-8-powered Silverado crew cab. On our 200-mile highway loop, the four-cylinder made liberal use of its turbocharger and yielded 18 mpg, 3 mpg less than that same Silverado.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7T Four-Cylinder Is Capable but Thirsty © Andi Hedrick - Car and Driver The Silverado 1500 2.7T Is Capable but Thirsty

At 4912 pounds, the four-cylinder Silverado is 590 pounds lighter-and thus more wieldy-than the last 6.2-liter High Country model we tested. The RST trim’s 18-inch wheels help calm its ride versus that truck’s, too (the High Country had 22s). And it shares the more costly truck’s highly effective braking system, which stopped it from 70 mph in a properly abrupt 177 feet.

Starting at $43,595, this Silverado costs about $1400 less than the same truck equipped with a 5.3-liter V-8. But a 5.3-liter Silverado can tow substantially more (up to 11,600 pounds versus 7200 pounds max with the turbo four). The four-cylinder might let you keep your Man Card, but the V-8 guarantees it.

From the March 2019 issue

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