2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Doublecab Review - Auto World News

Not only have they gotten fancier inside and out, they've also gotten more complicated. In order to improve the fuel economy of its 1500, for example, Ram added air suspension and active grille shutters, along with a bunch of other tricks. Ford took another approach to the efficiency conundrum and began constructing its F-150 from aluminum. Then there's Chevy who, instead of reinventing the wheel, simply made its motors more modern - with time-tested technologies - and fuel-efficient without sacrificing the aforementioned essence of the truck. But does GM's reluctance to play the complication game leave it in a proverbial lurch behind the soft ride of the Ram and the charging power of the Ford EcoBoost. My press demonstrator was powered by an EcoTec3 5. 3-liter aluminum V8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, which is routed to the rear wheels by way of a 6-speed automatic. On regular gas, the EPA has bestowed upon the 5. 3-liter a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city and 23 highway. And if you're not counting at home, these figures are not only better than the Ford's EcoBoost V6 but also better than Ford's 5. 0 V8, too. The Silverado is able to sip fuel so efficiently thanks to variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation - all of which are systems that have been proved to stand the test of time and the life of the pickup. Source: www.autoworldnews.com