Chevrolet has released EPA fuel economy numbers for the new diesel-powered Silverado 1500, and they’re impressive. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 3.0-liter Duramax engine delivers up to 23/33 mpg city/highway.
This number puts it ahead of the 2019 Ford F-150 diesel, the most economical Ford truck at 22/30 mpg. When opting for four-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive, fuel economy on the Silverado diesel drops to 23/29 mpg, but it’s still ahead of a comparable F-150 diesel at 21/28 mpg. The current Ram 1500 Classic diesel nets 20/27 mpg, but these numbers are practically irrelevant given that the automaker is coming out with a brand new 2020 EcoDiesel. Fuel economy has not yet been announced for the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, so we don’t know if Chevy will be able to hold its claim to best-in-category fuel economy. But we do know Ram also plans to get ahead of Ford.
Cargo capacities for the Silverado 1500 diesel are less impressive than its fuel economy numbers. When paired with four-wheel drive, it can tow up to 9,300 pounds and has a max payload of 1,870 pounds. GM says this capability will meet the towing needs of 90 percent of light-duty customers. But this towing ability is well below the Ford diesel, although we weren’t satisfied with the Ford’s towing performance in our Truck of the Year tests. Meanwhile, Ram boasts a 12,560-pound towing capacity on its new diesel.
The Silverado 1500 diesel packs a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine making 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, paired to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic. In a recent test drive we called it a sweetheart of an engine; it feels peppy and delivers a healthy surge of torque.
The diesel engine is available on the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trims. On the two lower trims, it’s a $3,890 price premium over the standard 2.7-liter turbo-four, and on the higher trims, it’s a $2,495 option. Deliveries of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the turbodiesel engine are expected to begin this fall.