Traditionally, V6 half-ton truck sales have been pretty insignificant compared to their V8 counterparts, especially in the retail sector. But engine technology has come a long way in 10 years, which is about the average age of most pickup trucks on the road. Because of this, prospective customers of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado equipped with the 4.3 liter EcoTec3 V6 engine will find the baby of the Silverado’s engine lineup is not only more powerful than the V8 in their older pickup, but more efficient as well.
The 4.7 liter Magnum V8 in the 2004 Dodge Ram produced 235 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the 4.6 liter Triton V8-equipped F-150 from that year produced even less, at 231 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. The EcoTec3 V6 will out power both of those at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.
The EcoTec3 V6 will also help save money at the pumps over an old V8. The 4.6 liter Triton V8 for example, gets 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, while the EcoTec3 will return 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg in the highway. New technologies, like continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and active fuel management, which lets the engine run on only 4 of its 6 cylinders, all contribute to the EcoTec3’s enhanced fuel economy.
Because of the engines comparable power to the V8s of yesterday and enhanced fuel economy, General Motors says the EcoTec3 4.3 liter V6 now accounts for about 20 percent of light-duty pickup sales. So if you’re coming off a V8 pickup and are concerned the 4.3 liter V6 wont be powerful enough, don’t be, there is a good chance it would outperform you’re old V8.