More Power, More Towing, Worse Fuel Economy? Wait a Second

New truck means new tech which means better emm pee gees, right? Not necessarily. Looks like certain models of the new 2019 Silverado pickup actually get worse numbers at the pump than the models they replace.

We already knew that the all-new 2.7L turbo-four wasn’t exactly racking up bragging rights on the EPA sticker. It’s rated for 20 mpg city, 23 on the highway. That’s the same highway figure as a 5.3L V8. The same as the 5.3L in the old truck, that is. According to FuelEconomy.gov, the EPA’s mileage site, the new truck gets 15 city, 21 highway, and 17 combined. That’s a big hit over the 16/23/19 of the last-gen truck. All-wheel drive models show a drop too. Though it’s smaller at 16/20/18 for the old and 15/20/17 for the new.

If you were planning on getting the V6, you’ll notice a similar drop in rated fuel economy. The old 4.3L V6 was rated at 18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined. That’s 16/21/17 for the new one, with rear-drive. Last month, a GM exec spoke out about the 2.7’s numbers, saying that the figure on the sticker might not match up with real-world figures, but that’s a tough one to compare truck to truck.

Though no matter what the TV ads say, truck buyers probably don’t care. After all, gas is still cheap, and even when it spikes, truck sales aren’t slowing.

What buyers do care about is more towing, more payload, and more interior space. And the 285 hp from the V6 and 355 hp from the 5.3L V8.

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