I’ve never confessed to be a pickup truck guy. Not that I have anything against that most iconic of American vehicles, nor the people who do confess to be a pickup truck guy (or truck gal, or just truck ‘person’…or whatever).

So then, I probably would never have a pickup in my driveway on a permanent basis. I do have on occasion a pickup truck in my driveway; usually if only for a week as part of a press fleet. When that happens, I suddenly become the center of attention from my wife who always has a list of things that only a pickup truck can do like getting new fence posts, or something like that. It’s like somehow our lives have been torn asunder because we haven’t been able to haul a birdbath home from Home Depot. I also get a great deal of attention from pickup truck folks who always want to strike up a parking lot conversation. I do try to act as though I really care. In fact, I don’t.

Back in February, Chevy sent me a 2019 Silverado for a week. I generally liked it. As pickup trucks go the Silverado is good one and I would put it on my radar if I was interested in buying such a thing, which as I’ve already firmly established, I’m not.

The Silverado got a redesign in 2019, and recently Chevy sent me a 2020 one for a recent week. I always wonder just what they have done in a year after a redesign. Usually it’s nothing, but in the case of the Silverado, it’s almost a game changer.

But new for 2020 it also gets something that was sorely lacking for the 2019 model year, and something the 2020 I had for the week did have, an inline 6 3.0-liter Duramax diesel engine with 277 horses and 460 pounds of torque.

A few weeks ago, I had a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. That also had a diesel and I it struck me that not only are diesel engines perfectly capable in today’s world, they get much better fuel mileage, which may not be a big deal but can help save a few bucks in the long run.

Thus, when I saw that I was getting a week with new diesel version of the Silverado, I knew it would be a good one. I had the RST which was nicely outfitted; but more importantly after a week the fuel gauge barely moved. And yes I did make a trip to Home Depot and will soon have new flooring in my den thank you very much.

Having firmly established that I am not a pickup truck, um, ‘person’ it’s a safe bet that I won’t have a pickup truck in my driveway on a permanent basis. But as far as pickups go, the Silverado is a pretty good one. And with the addition of the diesel, it’s now ever better.

For more pics and the specs see the full review at www.Caraganza.com.

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