General Motors is showing us that it doesn’t need a boosted engine in its light-duty 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks trucks to deliver great towing capacity. That’s because the new trucks have the best available tow rating of any half-ton pickup, and they do so with some good old-fashioned V8 know-how.
With the mid-range 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 L83 engine, the (mechanically) twin trucks have been rated at a very impressive 11,500 pounds of maximum towing. That’s 200 pounds more than the nearest competitor, which is the EcoBoost-powered Ford F-150. For reference, the 5.3L Ecotec3 delivers an SAE certified 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque –- an increase of 40 hp and 48 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing 2013 model.
Meanwhile, the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 L86 engine, which has been described as a “freight train” of an engine with its 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, has a maximum towing rating of 12,000 pounds.
With that in mind, it seems that the 2014 Sierra and Silverado 1500 will be taking the fight to Ford and Ram in amazing fashion during the coming months.
Also, the 5.3 liter EcoTec3 mill delivers better fuel economy than all V8-powered competitors as well as Ford’s EcoBoost V6 engine.