The full-size pickup fuel-economy race has ratcheted up another click: Chevrolet has just announced that the 2014 Chevy Silverado would achieve 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/19 mpg combined when configured with its new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 and six-speed automatic transmission. That makes it the most fuel-efficient V8-powered full-size pickup in America and, more importantly, also allows it to slip past the EcoBoosted 2013 Ford F-150 in the EPA’s efficiency rankings. And with the same 2014 Chevy Silverado ringing up an EPA line of 16/22/18 with all-wheel drive, the Bowtie brand also captures the same title in the heart of the 4X4 division.
The redesigned Silverado bests its top rivals, including the F-150 EcoBoost, in terms of towing, too, and as an extra way to perk up customer interest, Chevy is holding the line on starting prices. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 regular cab opens at $24,585, the double-cab truck is priced from $28,610, and the crew cab models begin with an MSRP of $32,710. (All prices include $995 in destination/freight charges, a total that also remains the same as for the 2013 lineup.)
The party line from Alan Batey, vice president for U.S. sales and service: “The 2014 Silverado is new from hood to hitch. When you combine the innovative features of the new Silverado with base pricing equivalent to 2013 models and standard scheduled maintenance, Silverado becomes a great choice for pickup customers, helping them save money when they buy—and when they drive.”