The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, the close cousin to the GMC Sierra.
But for 2019 General Motors is trying to separate the two trucks a little bit. So we have a few things on the Silverado that we don’t find on the Sierra and vice versa up front. We see a design that is instantly recognizable as a Silverado but at the same time quite different than the Silverado before it and some have said a little bit polarizing. I have to admit that when I first saw pictures of the new Silverado, I wasn’t a fan of the front end, but this look has grown on me overall now there are a few different front end treatments depending on the trim that you’re driving and this particular Model is the z71.
It’s obvious when looking at the side profile of the Silverado that fuel efficiency was definitely one of the top priorities. Here we have a subtle, spoiler going on right here on the tailgate. The overall look of the truck is much more aerodynamic than in the past. We have a small spoiler right here on the top right behind the cab.
The cab itself actually slants a little bit down towards the rear, which is different than before, and the windshield is notably more raked than the last generation Silverado. All of this really helps improve overall aerodynamics, and that has a big impact on highway fuel economy. In this vehicle, this generation of Silverado has grown over the last generation. It’s wider, it’s also about 1.6 inches longer for the average configuration and the wheelbase has stretched, notably that helps give us more room on the inside and helps give it a slightly different proportion outside as well as you’d expect.
There are three different cabs available: a regular cab, a double cab and then the crew cab that we’re looking at right. Here. The crew cab is available with either the 5 foot 8 bed or the 6 foot 6 bed. The double cab is available only with a 6 foot 6 bed, and if you get the regular cab, you can of course get an 8 foot bed as you’d expect out of an American truck because redesigning a vehicle that sells in the quantities that the Silverado sells.
In is a daunting task: they’ve decided to stagger the launch just a little bit so right away, you’ll be able to buy this crew cab form with a v8 engine under the hood. If you’re interested in a regular cab pickup truck, then you will have to wait a little bit. We expect those to be on dealer lots sometime around November, perhaps December of 2018. If you want the double cab or the diesel engine, then you will have to be a bit more patient, because we don’t expect to see those until the first part of the 2019 calendar year out back.
We also see some aerodynamic improvements in the form of these tail lamp modules and the way that the rear end just sort of swoops around. We also have that integrated spoiler right there on the tailgate itself, as you’d expect in a modern pickup truck. We have a four pin and a 7 pin wiring harness connection, dual exhausts integrated into the bumper again metal bumper, on the back and, of course, the trailer hitch receiver to differentiate the GMC and the Chevy a bit more. We don’t find the multi Pro tailgate in the Chevy.
Instead, we have these integrated side steps right here as part of the metal bumper. These do help you get into the tailgate a little bit more easily than not having a step at all, but it’s not as handy as the multi Pro tailgate or the man step that we find in the f-150. Chevy is giving us no less than six different drive trains for the 2019 Silverado. The base model will be available with the same 4.3, liter, naturally aspirated v6 engine that we saw in the last generation Silverado that produces 285 horsepower 305 pound-feet of torque, and it is unique in this segment because it’s one of the only engines that was specifically designed For pickup truck use and pickup truck use only so you won’t find it in any of GM’s other vehicles, that’s a little bit different than we see in the f-150 or in the RAM 1500 that engine features cylinder deactivation to help improve fuel economy.
But it is still mated to the same old 6-speed automatic transmission. Then we get an engine that is pretty controversial in the pickup truck segment right now. It’s an all-new 2.7 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces more power and more torque than that v6 engine at 310. Horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque in kind of another twist GM did not make that engine to their new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Instead, the 2.7 liter turbo gets the older 8-speed automatic. Then we start into the v8 lineup and that’s where things get a little bit tricky to explain, because we have two different 5.3 liter v8 engines. They both produce the same amount of power that you can see there on the side of your screen, but one of them features cylinder deactivation. The other one features dynamic fuel management, which is more than cylinder deactivation.
So this engine right here has DFM, and this is the one that can shut off either one cylinder or seven cylinders. So this could be anything from a one cylinder engine to an eight cylinder engine and anywhere in between, in order to help save on fuel. The older 5.3 liter engine made it to the six-speed automatic transmission that one can only switch between v8 and v4 modes, so it’ll save fuel, but it won’t save as much fuel as this particular engine design. The DFM version of the 5-3 is also mated to the slightly newer 8-speed automatic transmission.
Although again not the new 10 speed automatic transmission. If you want the new 10 speed, you will have to move up to the 6.2 liter v8 engine, which also features the same DFM system that this 5.3 liter v8 has. If that’s getting too confusing, hang on to your hats, because there has one more engine to talk about and it’s an all-new 3 liter, inline 6 turbo diesel – and I think it’s actually the most interesting engine under this hood, because it is the only small diesel in This segment that was actually designed for a pickup truck that may sound weird at first, but when you dig into the history of the v6 Diesel’s that we find in the Ford or the Ram pickup truck lines, you’ll find out that the v6 under the hood of The RAM was actually designed for a Cadillac initially, and the one under the hood of the f-150 was originally designed for Jaguars and Land Rovers in Europe, and then those two engines were adapted for American pickup trucks, but the one you’ll find under this hood was designed By General Motors to be in a truck right from the very beginning, and that’s why it has that inline six layout, which is going to be very smooth compared to the other six-cylinder engines, I’m really interested to see what the power outputs will be like on that Engine at the moment we don’t know, but we expect it to be right. Around 250 horsepower, probably around 450 pound feet of torque.
One thing we do know, however, is it will be mated to the newer 10 speed automatic transmission under this hood, which puts it in direct competition to the Ford f-150, which interesting lead F, uses the exact same ten speed. Logically, towing ability varies based on the engine that you choose, the lowest towing capacity will be found not in the v6 engine option, but actually in the 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine that will tow 7,200 pounds. If you move up to the v6 or down to the v6. Depending on how you want to look at it, then you could tow 8,000 pounds.
If you get the 5-point 300, then you could tow 11,000 pounds. If you get the standard cylinder deactivation system, if you get the fancy new one that can deactivate one cylinder or seven cylinders, then towing ability actually increases to 11,000 600 pounds, but that’s probably mainly due to the 8-speed transmission rather than the cylinder deactivation system itself. Overall, payload capacity also varies based on the engine that you choose. The highest payload capacity will be in the 4.3 that our v6 equipped model that let you put about 2,500 pounds of total payload in the vehicle, but most versions will be right.
Around 2,000 pounds, or so the lowest payload will be found in the 6.2 liter v8 model. When it comes to cargo hauling, the biggest change for this generation, the Silverado has to do with the bed. Now we don’t find the carbon fiber bed available in the Silverado. We only find that in the GMC Sierra, but both models get a significantly larger bed than previous generations of the Silverado or the competition.
This is 7 inches wider than the last generation model. It is very, very noticeable immediately now, even though the wheel wells still cut into this cargo area a bit, you can put larger items right on top of the wheel wells if you were to put boards across there, and you could put things that are 7 inches Wider right back here in the cargo area now in order to help reduce weight, Chevy does use some aluminum. We have an aluminum tailgate right back here, aluminum doors and an aluminum hood, but the bed is still steel. So if you’re worried about the aluminum bed that you find in the f-150, then this could be a good option.
This particular model has one of Chevys folding cargo tops on it. I actually found this to be a fairly handy little device, and we also have an embed 120 volt outlet in this particular model. From this angle, you can really see how wide this opening is. They’ve really pushed everything as far out as possible, and that means that we have a very minor component right here, whereas most pickup trucks actually come out to about here and then bulge.
In again on the inside. The driver and front-passenger have fixed height shoulder belts and height adjustable headrests. We do have the leather upholstery in this particular trim. These seats are heated but they’re, not ventilated.
As we see in most pickup trucks, the front seats don’t offer too much bolstering. That will make it a little bit easier for larger folks to find an ideal driving position. The front doors are made from a combination of hard and soft touch materials. So we do have a soft touch.
Injection molded upper section of the door panel right there and then hard plastics below on the passenger side. We see a dual glove box setup where we have a small glove box right on top. You can just about put small smartphones in there, but there’s not a great deal of room, so things like battery packs those wouldn’t be able to fit right there for battery-powered tools below that we have another larger bin style glove compartment. I was able to fit smaller tablet, computers in there and, of course, battery packs like that, would fit in there just fine as well.
If you were hoping for big changes in the Silverado interior, then you maybe just a little bit disappointed, because overall, the style of this interior is very very much like the last generation Silverado. In fact, I would really just call this a variation on the theme. The parts are new, but the overall style and the overall design placement of part shapes going on etcetera is very much in keeping with the last generation model. The dashboard is made from a combination of hard and soft elements, so we have a hard touch upper section of the dashboard that should be a little bit more durable than a slush molded element.
We then have some slush molded soft touch plastics right down here and then, as you continue down lower on the dashboard, we again find harder plastics in the center of the we have GM’s latest color infotainment screen. As you can see, this supports apple, carplay and android. Auto and the vehicle that we’re driving does not have factory navigation. So if I were to unplug the apple carplay device – and we click over here to this – what looks like a navigation screen, you’ll notice, that we just get a link to the OnStar advisor right there and you can of course navigate via the OnStar.
If you have the appropriate subscription, this software is a variant of what we saw in the last generation Silverado. It is very, very similar. We have a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot if you’re interested in that and then overall really just the looks of the system have changed, but the basic software is very similar. One of the things I really like about the new Silverado is this trailering app right here.
Anybody that connected a trailer themselves knows that it’s a pain to test your lights and some people will just skip that particular step. But this makes a lot easier. You connect your trailer, you press the start button right here and then the vehicle will cycle through the lights. In the order shown right there on the screen.
You can check them on the trailer and then hit that stop button and then continue on your way below the infotainment screen. We find some physical buttons, including a physical home button. An interesting touch with this implementation of carplay is, if you have carplay running up here on the screen. Most car companies have a little button with the company logo to get you back to the native interface in this vehicle.
We just have a home button so that helps keep your home screen on your car play device just a little bit less cluttered. We then have the controls for the dual zone, climate control, to the left of that we find the engine start/stop button and then below the dual zone, climate control. We find the controls for the heated seats and then this long line of buttons that are specific to the options in our particular vehicle. This truck has auto start/stop parking sensors.
We have a button to drop down that tailgate in the back hazard like button. We then have a button to turn on and off the 120 volt inverter you’ll find that power port right there. We have a hill descent control, option, 12, volt power, port and USB and USB C charging ports and then the integrated, trailer brake controller, which i think is really a – must have in any pickup truck between the front seats. We find a very large and deep storage area.
We have a little rubber, divider right there, and this rubber divider is removable for easier cleaning. I was very easily able to put a battery pack and battery pack Chargers for some cordless tools right there, which is very convenient since there’s that 120 volt outlet right over there. We have large cup holders right here between the middle seats. We can put very large.
Take out drinks on each of the outboard sides and then actually some medium-sized and definitely cans right here in this square section in the middle and of course, if you have a square drink, something like a coconut water or something like that. That’s gon na fit very easily right there in the middle. The center console is softly padded and it features an area where you can put your larger smartphone. I had no problem with the iPhone xmax.
We have two cupholders right there in the back and a slot where you could put things like tablet, computers, so the rear passengers can watch it a little bit more easily. And then, if we open up this lid, we find, as you’d expect a truck a very, very large and deep storage area. You can put a lot of stuff right in there. We have a USB input, USB C input, hillarie jack and an SD card slot right there, since we’re not driving the most expensive version of the Silverado.
We don’t have an LCD instrument cluster on the driver’s side. Instead, we just have this small color multifunction display and then an array of physical gauges. The steering wheel, is a four spoke design. We have some imitation aluminum trim right here on each side.
You’ll find the cruise control buttons over here on the left, along with the heated steering wheel, button the buttons to control that multifunction LCD over here on the right, along with the voice, command button and a phone button. If you’re wondering where the volume, control and track forward backward buttons are those are on the back of the steering wheel as we see another GM and FCA products. So we have track forward backward over here on the left side of the wheel and volume up/down on the back on the right side of the wheel. Gm puts a button bank over here on the driver’s side.
The first is a drive mode. Selector allows us to choose between normal towing and sport mode. We then have controls for the four-wheel drive system Auto for high for a low to high etcetera and then the controls for the lighting on the truck along with the vehicles instrument cluster dimmer over here. The v8 that we’re driving right here is the 5.3 liter v8.
It’s something of a tweener in this segment, because it’s less powerful than the vietze that we see in the Ram 1500 or actually even in the Nissan or tota full-size pickup trucks as well. If you want something that more matches those larger vietze in the competition, then General Motors would love to sell you the 6.2 liter v8, which actually beats most of those engines in terms of overall power. That’s why, when we zero-to-sixty tested this particular model, it came in slower than those other v8s. This particular model ran from 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds.
That was just a hair faster than the 2018 model that we had an opportunity to test. Keep in mind that when it comes to pickup truck acceleration times that the number is really only applicable to this particular truck in this particular trim, etc, because there are a variety of different axle ratios you can choose from. There are three different bed lengths and three different cabs that you can mix and match in different combinations, and all of those will affect your 0 to 60 times. But suffice it to say this is going to be a little bit slower than some of those higher horsepower competitors.
Logically, because we get a little bit less in fat of this engine. But we also don’t get the new 10-speed automatic transmission that we see mated to the 6 point two liter v8 or in the entire Ford f-150 lineup. What’s interesting about that transmission is that it is actually the same transmission under both hoods, because Ford and General Motors co-developed that unit. However, John, the Motors is playing it really safe when it comes to the overall drivetrain design and their transmissions, and that’s why we still see that mix of six eight and even ten speed transmissions under the hood of the Silverado.
I actually think that was a bit of a missed opportunity, because this 5.3 liter v8 likely could have had better performance and better towing performance if it was mated to the 10 speed automatic transmission. One of the big things to know about GM’s new 10 speed automatic is that versus their older 8-speed automatic first gear is not appreciably lower in the top gear is not appreciably higher. There is, of course, a little bit of a variance there, but mainly what’s going on with those two extra gears. Is that they’re filling in gear ratios in between the bottom and the top, which improves towing and actually has a positive impact on acceleration, because the engine can stay in its optimum power and torque band a little bit longer than it would otherwise be able to again?
Bearing in mind that braking scores would apply only to this particular model and we are driving the one with the z71 off-road package, so we do have more off-road focused tires. Stopping distances were a little bit long when it comes to our overall handling score. I’m going to have to give this particular model of b- handling is really not the Forte of any large pickup truck in America, but this one does fall down a little bit when compared against the Ford f-150 and the brand new Ram 1500. That has to do mainly with the overall design in the suspension and the mission of the Silverado.
It’s really obvious. This was designed to be the kind of vehicle to carry large heavy loads around all the time. This is designed to be a very good rugged. All-Around cargo hauler.
Meanwhile, it’s obvious that RAM especially had daily driving in mind when they designed the current generation ram 1500. It’s the only model in this segment to you as a coil spring rear suspension, which is a little bit more similar to what you see in the average crossover in America, and you can get an optional air ride. Suspension in that vehicle. Both of those really improve.
The overall driving dynamics and the overall ride of this vehicle, it’s obvious that the rear suspension is relatively stiff and that’s how you get to 2,000 pounds of payload capacity in this silverado. But on the downside, that does mean that the rear end is going to bounce a little bit more over pavement. The overall vehicle definitely has a bouncy feel to it. Even if you have five or six people in the cabin in our cabin noise test, we clocked 71 decibels at 50 miles now we’re putting this right in the thick of things.
As far as overall Cavanagh gore goes. As I noted the first time I drove this generation of GM’s pickup truck out in Canada. Fuel economy is very impressive, whether we’re talking about the 5.3 liter v8 engine or the 6.2 liter v8. I realize it sounds a little bit odd to call a truck.
That is rated for 18 miles per gallon impressive, but keep in mind that this is a very large pickup truck and the cargo area got seven inches wider in this generation, and yet it still gets better fuel economy than the last model. The previous generation Silverado v8, especially the 5.3 liter v8, did very well thanks to cylinder deactivation. But what’s going on under this, hood is quite different, because this engine actually will fire in patterns up to 17 different firing patterns. This can fire one cylinder and then skip a cylinder or can fire one cylinder skip two cylinders, skip three cylinders or even four cylinders.
This engine is capable of operating as a one cylinder engine or an eight cylinder engine, and everything in between what’s exciting about this fuel saving technology is that we still get all the advantages of a v8 engine. It has a torque curve and a power curve. That is that classic v8 nice low-end – you don’t have any turbo lag. You don’t have.
That particular feel that you get in a turbocharged engine. It also is an advantage when it comes to towing because, as we’ve seen in Fords, latest turbocharged pickup trucks, fuel consumption goes way up if you’re, towing in hotter weather. Now, logically, if you’re, just driving this around on your daily commute, the overall fuel economy. Savings may not be as great as if you moved into a turbocharged v6 engine, but this provides an excellent balance of towing ability and fuel economy.
Remember that at this end of the scale, improving your fuel economy by simply one mile per gallon actually has a pretty big impact on your overall fuel consumption and your overall fuel costs. So will an 18 mile per gallon EPA score? May not sound all that exciting versus a 17 mile per gallon IPE score in the last generation truck. Remember actually, is saving you more than you’re thinking.
One thing that’s interesting about this system is that, because there are so many different patterns that it can choose for firing, it doesn’t go just from 8 cylinder to 4 cylinder mode like the base 5.3 liter engine. So the feel saving engagement is really not noticeable to the driver. It’s very very difficult to tell exactly what this engine is doing now. There are certain harmonics that change so, depending on the mode that you’re driving and sometimes the engine can sound just a little bit different, but it really is very seamless overall out on the road.
This is exactly what you’d expect out of an American full-size pickup truck. There’s really nothing mind-blowing or really segments busting. As far as the drive goes, we don’t have an air-ride suspension. We don’t have the coil spring suspension in the back.
We don’t have turbocharged engines under the hood. So, if you’re, simply looking for that, classic American pickup truck feel that’s exactly what you’re gon na get in the Silverado, but on the other hand, if you do want some of those innovations, then you’re not gon na find them here now the 2019 model, the new One will start at thirty two thousand two hundred dollars for 2019, and that would be the double cab with the standard bed and rear wheel drive, because there are so many different ways you can get the Silverado we’re only talking about the base prices for certain engines. Here and I’ll, let you go to their website if you want to build your own thirty, two thousand two hundred dollars buys you that base v6 engine that we were talking about. If you want the v8, then that is actually the next level up.
Thirty three thousand five, ninety five, but that gets you the engine with cylinder deactivation, not the cylinder skipping system that we were testing this week. If you want the cylinder skipping engine, then you have to jump up to thirty. Eight thousand two hundred ninety five dollars for the base price, because you have to move up from the WT to the LT trim minimum. It’s worth noting that you have to make that same jump.
If you want the all-new 2.7 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and that will come right between the two different versions of the 5.3 that our v8 at thirty six thousand nine hundred with that out of the way, let’s dive into our first competitor of the Ford f-150 base Prices are quite similar and they both start with v6 engines. If I were shopping for a base, pickup truck in this particular segment, I have to say that I would probably go with the Silverado, because the base 4.3 liter engine is a very good v6. We have a decent amount of torque from that end design. Again, it is one of the only engines in this segment in base model that was really designed just for pickup truck duty from the very beginning.
The three point, three that we find in the f-150 is related to other passenger car engines in ford’s line up, whereas the four point, three that we see in the silverado and in the related GMC sierra really was a dedicated pickup truck engine. Both engines are mated to standard six-speed automatic transmission, so neither one has a direct advantage right there and we see, I think, a little bit better feature functionality in the Silverado for that base price versus the f-150. If you’re looking for a base, pickup truck that you can just beat up, then again, I think the Silverado is going to be a better choice because of the aluminum construction that we find in the f-150. But we’ll talk more about that in just a little bit.
Thirty three thousand nine hundred eighty dollars gets you the Ford twin turbo, EcoBoost, 2.7 liter engine that we just talked about. That is an excellent v8 replacement engine. We get excellent power, excellent torque figures and Ford is mating it to their new 10 speed automatic transmission working. Our way further on up the engine ladder, Ford does make their 3.5 liter twin, turbo v6 available and much lower prices than we see the top-end engine in the Silverado.
So if you simply want that 370 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque you’ll find that at thirty five thousand five hundred eighty dollars, that is definitely less expensive than the 5.3 liter engine we were driving this week. Even though we get better performance out of that larger EcoBoost engine, the aluminum construction of the f-150 is a little bit controversial, but the aluminum construction is one of the reasons that we get the high payload and high towing ability in the Ford. The other reason is that we actually have several different frames available under the skin of the f-150, and so, as you work your way on up to the max payload and max tow capacities of the f-150, we actually get be for your frames than you’d find in Some of the lesser pickup trucks in this segment now because of the aluminum construction, there are a few downsides in the f-150. The bed is going to be more easily punctured.
Repair costs are going to be a little bit higher, whether you were talking about fender, benders or accidentally slide, swiping a pull with the back end of your pickup truck or just dropping something into the bed and having it actually puncture of the bed. In addition to that, because of the nature of aluminum, if you have items that are rolling around in the bed of your truck, it is going to be a little bit more likely that those things are going to actually the bed or puncture the bed of the Truck and that’s something that we don’t see in the other trucks in this particular segment. However, again, the aluminum construction is one of the reasons that we get the high fuel economy and the better payload and towing ratings in the f-150. So it really is a give and take here.
Next up we have the new Ram 1500, the other brand-new pickup truck for the 2019 model year, as with the Chevy pickup truck, as I said before, the RAM is not available in all body styles just yet. So if you’re, looking at the regular cabs, you’re gon na get the older Ram 1500, if you look at the larger cabs, you’re gon na get, the new 1500 Ram starts their truck a little bit lower at thirty one thousand seven hundred ninety five dollars, mainly because They have a tradesman term available, which is a little bit more stripped than the base trims that we find in the Chevy in order to simplify their layout ram is only giving us two engines in the u.s.. At the moment. We have that 3.6 liter v6 engine with a standard, torque mild hybrid system, and then we get their 5.7 liter Hemi v8, that we’ve seen for some time with or without the same mild hybrid system.
It’s sort of an over glorified belt alternator starter system, very much like what we saw in General Motors pickup trucks in 2018. In certain trims. Only it’s been beefed up a little bit for use with their newer engine designs, because Ram only offers the one v8 engine. It is kind of placed between the 5.3 and the 6.2 liter engine that we see in the Silverado.
The main selling points for the RAM over the Silverado would be, I think, the exterior aesthetics. I think it was a little bit more attractive on the outside and definitely the interior, because ram has really gone out of their way to make the new 1500 easily the most luxurious and I think the most premium feeling pickup truck on the inside, whereas the Silverado Really is a variation on a theme: it is actually very similar to the last generation Silverado, even though all the parts are different on the inside. The overall theme is quite similar and overall build quality is really just a slight step above the last Silverado. Meanwhile, Ram really decided to take their pickup truck to the next level.
It’s obvious, if you’re willing to shell out the cash for those top-end trims of the Ram 1500. Now you will have to pay more for those top-end trims, but even when we’re talking about comparably priced trims, I think you’ll find a more premium interior experience in the Ram 1500. Now we must talk about the very close cousin, the GMC Sierra. The Sierra is a little bit more expensive than the Silverado, although the engine lineup is basically the same.
The base version of the Sierra will start at thirty five thousand nine hundred dollars because we get more standard features in the GMC than we find in the Silverado. That’s one of the big ways that GM is trying to differentiate these two trucks a bit more. So we see the same engines, but we see a different feature set in those different models and select that all the way on up the range, if you’re shopping for the SLT or higher trim of the Sierra, then we do get their brand-new multi Pro tailgate and I would say if you’re looking at a silverado, that’s around $ 50,000 or over, I would get the GMC pickup truck just for that tailgate. It really is very, very handy.
In addition, we also see the new General Motors carbon fiber bed in the back available in the Sierra, but it’s not going to be available at this time in the silverado. Now, let’s talk about the next tier of competitor, the Toyota, tundra, Toyota and Nissan have both been trying to break into the full-size pickup truck market in America for some time with relatively limited success in some ways, I think the slow sales of the tundra is a Self-Fulfilling prophecy, because the tundra is not available with the same breadth of options and gadgets and gizmos the same top and fancy features that we find in the rest of the American pickup trucks. And it’s just not quite the same kind of truck. But on the other hand, the tundra is actually a very good value.
Thirty one thousand four hundred twenty dollars buys you a base v8 engine and a limited-slip rear differential. The base v8 is not as powerful as some of the other v8s in this segment, but it does give you 310 horsepower 327 pound-feet of torque, and we have all of Toyotas latest active safety systems standard, including radar, adaptive cruise control, and that’s not something that we See from any of the other competitors in this particular segment, reliability and dependability are also very strong reasons to buy the tundra overall fuel economy is especially low in the tundra. This is a problem that we also see in the Nissan Titan base. Fuel economy is 15 city 19 highway.
If you get the up level v8 in the tundra, then that drops down to 13 city 17 highway to put these numbers in perspective. If you drive 20,000 miles a year in your pickup truck, you will save about $ 5,500 by choosing the 2.7 liter turbo in the Silverado over the 4.6 liter v8 engine in the tota tundra. That’s a pretty big savings! Now some of you might be worried about reliability and long term.
Maintenance costs well over the course of five years and a hundred thousand miles you’re unlikely to see a huge difference between the toda and the Silverado. But if you were to expand this out to say ten years and two hundred thousand miles, even if you had to do a rebuild of the GM engine, you’re still going to be saving about eleven thousand dollars in fuel over that time period. The easy bottom line there would be that you’re unlikely to spend an extra ten thousand dollars in long-term maintenance costs with the Silverado, even with that turbo model versus the tota Tundra. My bottom line with the new Silverado is that this is definitely an improvement and refinement over the previous generation Silverado.
But I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed that GM didn’t go to that next level of refinement that we do see in the RAM 1500. I do think that the Ram 1500 is more attractive on the outside and especially on the inside. Now, on the flip side, if you’re looking for an inexpensive v8 pickup truck with a tried-and-true powertrain, you’re, definitely going to find that in the Silverado with the 5.3 liter v8, because you’re going to be able to get into that less expensive than we would see in The Ram 1500, but on the other hand, if you’re looking for a pickup truck that also doubles duty as a daily driver. Then I would say the ram 1500 is going to be a better companion.
The suspension is a little bit softer. It’s a little bit better tuned. You can get the optional air ride suspension, which will improve things even further. The air ride suspension also has some definite benefits when it comes to offer at ability.
I would say that if I were shopping in this particular segment, it would be a pretty tough call between the RAM 1500 and the Ford f-150. The Ford does not feel quite as fresh, but we do have that excellent 2.7 liter turbo, which i think is just an all-around, very well designed engine.