A diesel-powered half-ton truck is not a brand new thought, however when your two major rivals enter that area of interest, you must make some strikes to remain within the recreation. The Silverado has been down this path earlier than; again within the late ’90s, you could possibly get a 1500 with a V-Eight diesel. However since Chevy stopped providing a diesel half-ton truck, the 1500 has been caught with all-gasoline engines. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 meets the problem set by the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford F-150 Diesel with a 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel l-6 that is good for 460 lb-ft of torque—and we have track-tested efficiency numbers.
When options editor Scott Evans drove the 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax at its press launch, he estimated acceleration from Zero to 60 mph would take 8.7 seconds. However with our Vbox in place, a skidpad to ourselves, and highway check editor Chris Walton behind the wheel, it took 7 seconds flat for the Silverado RST Duramax 2WD to go from Zero to 60 mph. That is excellent efficiency, complemented by the 15.Four seconds it took to finish the quarter mile at 90.7 mph. These numbers are proper according to the Ford F-150 diesel 4×2, which went from Zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and ran the quarter mile in 15.6 seconds at 88.9 mph.
Evans did not get an opportunity to tow throughout the press occasion, however we made certain to get all types of towing numbers and driving impressions throughout our check. The 1500 Duramax 2WD is rated to tow as much as 7,600 kilos, and at nearly full capability (7,500 kilos), the Silverado 1500 Duramax went from Zero to 60 mph in 16.Four seconds and accomplished the quarter mile in 20.Eight seconds at 66.6 mph. These numbers aren’t unhealthy, and the Silverado feels even higher from behind the wheel. The diesel engine is buttery clean, but it has a number of torque. It pulls a trailer as if it is not there, and its 10-speed computerized transmission shifts swiftly even with all that weight. Not like the F-150, the Silverado does not lurch or battle when pulling that weight, and it performs flawlessly even when going uphill.
On the steep incline at Davis Dam, close to the Arizona-Nevada border, the Silverado 1500 Duramax handed 70 mph and had sufficient energy left to go even sooner. And even with all of the “frustration” we threw its means, the Silverado diesel managed the trailer very properly. We additionally favored that the flip sign blinks six occasions as an alternative of three when the truck is in Tow/Haul mode.
For many who tow rather a lot, Chevy affords its invisible trailer know-how on the 1500 Duramax. This makes use of a digicam put in on the again of the trailer that works with one of many truck’s rear cameras to create a picture on the infotainment display screen with the view of the rear of the truck with out the trailer (therefore its title). This can be a good function, particularly when the trailer is so large that it blocks your rear visibility. Though our truck did not have it, we briefly examined this tech on the Silverado 2500, and we dig it.
We admire the adjustments Chevrolet has made to the suspension for the 2020 mannequin yr. The Silverado 1500 we drove final yr did not experience as properly because the Duramax and a pair of.7-liter RST we drove just lately. The experience feels rather more refined, and though the Silverado does not really feel pretty much as good because the Ram 1500, the updates are very noticeable.
Diesel engines are identified for being louder than their gasoline counterparts, however this isn’t the case with the Duramax. Engineers made certain the engine was quiet and made enhancements to the truck’s NVH for a smoother experience. One factor we want Chevy improved was the brake pedal really feel. Though the truck has loads of stopping energy, you actually should press on the pedal to return to a cease.
When you get inside, the cabin is disappointing. Chevy did not make sufficient updates to the Silverado’s inside, and it solely appears worse if you evaluate it to the eye to element Ram put into its interiors. Chevy’s previous design and number of supplies, notably the laborious leather-based, do not assist the Silverado 1500. What you do get is an 8.0-inch touchscreen suitable with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a brand new HD rear digicam that tasks a greater picture if you’re backing as much as a trailer.
As with all Silverados, there are some new additions to the mattress. The three mounted tie-downs on every nook and the usual CornerStep constructed into the bumper give the Silverado a bonus over its rivals. The mattress additionally has extra quantity; designers added 3.5 inches on every measurement to accommodate bigger objects.
With a $48,685 as-tested worth, the 2020 Silverado Duramax RST 2WD is a superb worth. The three.0-liter Duramax is out there on the LT, RST, LTZ, and Excessive Nation trims (a $3,890 improve over the two.7-liter engine for the LT and RST; a $2,495 choice for the LTZ and Excessive Nation). We’re glad Chevy is providing a diesel engine within the Silverado 1500, however we’re happier that the engine’s efficiency and functionality make it stand out from the group.
|2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500|
|BASE PRICE/AS TESTED||$46,135/$48,685|
|POWER (SAE NET)||277 hp @ 3,750 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||460 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm|
|ACCEL, 0-60 mph||7.Zero sec|
|ACCEL, 0-60 mph (LOADED)||Not examined|
|ACCEL, 0-60 mph (TOWING)||16.Four sec #|
|QUARTER-MILE||15.Four sec @ 90.7 mph|
|QUARTER-MILE (LOADED)||Not examined|
|QUARTER-MILE (TOWING)||20.Eight sec @ 66.6 mph #|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPT||126 ft|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPG (LOADED)||Not examined|
|DOUBLE LANE CHANGE SCORE||3.68|
|DAVIS DAM FRUSTRATION||17.9 sec @ 1,200 ft ##|
|CRUISE CONTRO 65-MPH OVERRUN||2.Four mph|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB||23/33/27 mpg|
|* 1,500-lb payload | ** 4,000-lb trailer | # 7,500-lb trailer|
|35-55-mph uphill acceleration with ***3,160-lb ## 7,750-lb trailer|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door truck|
|ENGINE, TRANSMISSION||3.0L turbodiesel DOHC 24-valve I-6, 10-speed computerized|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||5,041 lb (59/41%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||231.Eight x 81.2 x 75.6 in|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||164/114 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.83 lb/mile|