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Shots Fired In The Truck War Over Fuel Economy

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2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel Impresses With MPG Numbers

Chevrolet just fired a huge shot across the bows of Ford and Ram in the ongoing American truck war. The bowtie brand has released the official EPA estimated fuel economy ratings for the Silverado's upcoming turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 diesel and the figures are impressive. At 33 mpg on the highway, Chevy has dramatically moved the goalposts set by the already impressive Ford F-150 diesel’s rating of 30 mpg on the highway. The Silverado Diesel's city fuel economy rating of 23 mpg outdoes the Ford diesel model by just 1 mpg, but none of this is a small deal when you consider the size and weight of a truck, the aerodynamic issues, and the performance demanded by truck owners.

Predictably, the ratings drop a little once you opt for all-wheel-drive over rear-wheel-drive. Still, the economy of 29 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg for the city with all that extra weight and drivetrain is remarkable.

"The engine utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to optimize every drop of fuel, and takes advantage of architectural changes to make Silverado larger, lighter and more aerodynamic than before. The resulting combination offers all of the performance, refinement and capability customers want in a full-size truck, with highway fuel efficiency you would expect from a family sedan," said Tim Herrick, Silverado executive chief engineer.

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However, Chevy has made a compromise in one aspect of the 2020 Silverado diesel with the towing capacity. Its haul capacity is a maximum of 9,300 pounds compared to the Ford F-150 diesel’s 11,400 pounds, which is then beaten by the upcoming Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's max capacity of 12,560 pounds.

What we don't know yet is the new Ram's estimated EPA numbers, and now we are waiting with even more interest to find out. While we don't expect the 1500 EcoDiesel to better 33 mpg, if it can cross the 30 mpg line with that towing capacity, then a new bar will be set.

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