Chevy put a diesel in the 2020 Silverado and made it even better

Oh yes they did...

1y ago

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.

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Comments (17)

  • It's pretty impressive they're able to get that much torque from a measly 3 liters.

    Important point though: The cheapest Silverado you can get with this engine starts at $51k... holy cow why...

      1 year ago
  • That’s amazing. What’s the gas-milage

      1 year ago
  • Even better? Game changer? They must have paid you to write this.

    The truck is all too similar to the last one. It's a little dated and not worth the hefty price tag for a facelift

      1 year ago
    • Did not get paid, and yes I did like the diesel that much more and after having a diesel powered Wrangler for a week just prior and seeing how good the fuel mileage was, I think this is a great addition.

        1 year ago
  • I have always wondered how come diesel never became dominant in pick-up segment in USA? In Europe, for almost 20 years now, anything larger than a midSUV is a diesel.

    Not that US did not have access to good diesels - is it really only because of the cheap(ish) fuel, or is the diesel pumps network scarse? I mean, V8s are the real deal, but in everyday use, especially in work-horses, the fuel savings are tremendous, with modern diesels delivering all the torque u get from a proper V8.

      1 year ago
    • It really is because diesel has been so much more expensive. If your diesel is 30% more expensive, then it's going to be difficult to choose it over a gas engine unless you're getting something with much higher torque for towing.

        1 year ago
    • I did not realise that the difference is that significant.

        1 year ago
  • GM hasn't done a inline 6 in ages, and this being a diesel. They should offer this in the new caddy CT4/5/6 models and perhaps RWD SUVs. Mated to the 10 spd? Not truck person either, but the inline 6 got my attention.

      1 year ago