Complete Guide to Engine Options in the 2020 Chevy Silverado

June 3rd, 2019 by

2020 Chevy Silverado 1500

There are many options to choose from when deciding on the trim package and features for your 2020 Chevy Silverado for sale in Purcell, Oklahoma. Beginning with the basic configuration, one can choose from a regular cab with a long bed, a double cab with a standard bed, a crew cab with a short bed or a crew cab with a standard bed.

Although black rules the day for the interior color, there are up to eleven choices for the exterior ranging from an eye-catching red to a deep glossy black. Interspersed in between is a tasteful array of blues, grays, gold, white, and metallic variations.

When considering the available trims, packages, accessories and drive trains, it can get overwhelming. However, what goes under the hood of your 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 will be the primary focus to narrow down the seemingly endless possibilities.

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High Technology, Fuel Economy, and Performance

Even the available engine and transmission choices are enough to make one’s head spin but what does that mean in terms of fuel economy and performance?

Starting with the 4.6-liter V6, the Silverado produces a healthy 310 horsepower (HP) with 340 pounds per foot of torque (lb-ft). It comes standard with a six–speed automatic transmission with Chevy’s outstanding Active Fuel Management (AFM) that is capable of shutting down half the cylinders to save fuel. Even with all that available power, this arrangement can deliver 17 miles per gallon (MPG) for combined city and highway driving.

Moving up to the V8s, the 5.3-liter V8 is impressive with its 355 HP and 383 lb-ft of torque. It too has a six-speed transmission with AFM. This combination also turns in 17 MPG combined but is capable of 18 MPG for four-wheel drive (4WD) and 19 MPG with two-wheel drive with the more advanced DFM system.

This is somewhat similar to the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder offering that produces 310 HP and 348 lb-ft of torque. It differs in that it is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers between 19 and 21 MPG. It can hit the 21 MPG mark by, surprisingly, running on just two cylinders via AFM.

At the top of the brute power list is the 6.2-liter V8 that delivers a whopping 420 HP and a stump-pulling 460 lb-ft of torque. It is only available with the 10-speed automatic transmission. Impressively, with DFM, this combination gets a combined 17 MPG.

For diesel lovers, there’s the 3.0-liter inline turbo diesel six-cylinder engine. It produces 277 HP and a hefty 460 lb-ft of torque with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy figures for the diesel have not been announced as of this writing.

No matter how you slice it, the 2020 Silverado 1500 really shines when it comes to performance and fuel economy. Considering the size and heft of the Silverado 1500, the amount of raw horsepower compared to the number of miles delivered per gallon is truly unique among its competing truck offerings.

The fuel management systems truly stand out from other trucks on the market. They present the best of both worlds. AFM and DFM allow for the power to be there when one needs it and to maximize fuel economy when one doesn’t.

The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 represents a high-tech solution to the age-old power versus fuel economy paradox.

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Drivetrain Choices

The Silverado was completely redesigned in 2019 leaving one to think that significant technical changes would be minimal for 2020. This is not true when it comes to engine and transmission availability.

The main difference is that the massive 6.2-liter V8 is now available for the Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trim levels.

Not to be outdone, the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, standard on the LT and RST, is now available on the Custom trim level as an option.

Last but not least, the 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) can now be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission that was previously only paired with the 6.2-liter V8. It is now standard on the LT Trail Boss and optional on the High Country trim. All the other versions of the 5.3-liter V8 are mated to the eight-speed auto.

Sticker Price

Of course, with the Chevy Silverado 1500, price is a major consideration for any consumer. It is priced similarly to other competitor’s offerings such as the Ford F-150, ranging from $28,300 for the regular cab to $56,600 for the well-adorned crew cab with just about every option one can imagine. In the middle is the double cab in the mid–$30K range. To some, this may induce sticker shock but one needs to remember, trucks like this don’t depreciate rapidly. So, if a used car ad reads “2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for sale” one can expect to pay close to the new sticker price. The good news is that when it comes to trading or selling a used 2020 Silverado 1500, its value will be a pleasant surprise.

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Trim Levels

There are eight trim levels and forty-one different configurations available for the Silverado 1500. These are, ranging from basic to flagship level, Work Truck, Custom, LT Trail Boss, LT, RST, LTZ and High Country.

Each trim level comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, USB ports, and Android Auto. The popular LT trim level adds an eight-inch touchscreen, OnStar, two extra USB ports, in-truck 4G LTE Wi-Fi, multiple camera systems for parking/trailering, wireless smartphone charging, and more.

Interior options abound starting with a standard 40/20/40 split-bench front seat, all-weather floor liners, remote keyless entry, cruise control, rear window defogger, 120-volt power outlets, rear under-seat storage, front/rear park assist, hitch guidance, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, blind zone alert, and much more.

Wheel and tire combinations also vary among the trim levels, ranging from basic to very stylish large-diameter aluminum offerings. Audio, electronic, cargo management, performance, security, and trailering options are, to say the least, plentiful. In the interest of brevity, all possible options are too numerous for this writing. It is safe to say that even the basic level has enough creature comforts and gadgets to please even the most decimating cowboy. The High Country option spares nothing and has more options than most can imagine.

With a wealth of options that 2020 Chevrolet Silverado will give you under the hood, it makes a strong statement for being the best truck to buy in Purcell, Oklahoma in 2019.

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