While typically more expensive than their gas-burning counterparts, diesel engines offer various benefits – gobs of low-end torque and long cruising range – that are particularly well-suited for pickup trucks, and Chevrolet is finally in on the action with the 2020 Silverado diesel. But how does the 2020 Silverado diesel price compare to the competition? To find out, we dove headfirst into the pricing sheets to lineup all the pertinent numbers.
- GM Double Cab = Ram Quad Cab = Ford SuperCab
- GM Crew Cab = Ram Crew Cab = Ford SuperCrew
|2WD Double Cab, Standard Bed||LT||$45,200|
|2WD Double Cab, Standard Bed||RST||$46,730|
|2WD Double Cab, Standard Bed||LTZ||$47,090|
|4WD Double Cab, Standard Bed||LT||$48,500|
|4WD Double Cab, Standard Bed||RST||$50,030|
|4WD Double Cab, Standard Bed||LTZ||$50,390|
|2WD Crew Cab Short Bed||LT||$47,600|
|2WD Crew Cab Short Bed||RST||$49,335|
|2WD Crew Cab Short Bed||LTZ||$49,490|
|2WD Crew Cab Short Bed||High Country||$57,090|
|4WD Crew Cab, Short Bed||LT||$50,900|
|4WD Crew Cab, Short Bed||RST||$52,655|
|4WD Crew Cab, Short Bed||LTZ||$52,790|
|4WD Crew Cab, Short Bed||High Country||$60,590|
|2WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||LT||$47,900|
|2WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||RST||$49,655|
|2WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||LTZ||$49,790|
|2WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||High Country||$57,390|
|4WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||LT||$51,200|
|4WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||RST||$52,955|
|4WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||LTZ||$53,090|
|4WD Crew Cab, Standard Bed||High Country||$60,890|
The 2020 Silverado diesel starts at $45,200 for the LT trim level with 2WD and a Double Cab, Standard Bed configuration and ranges as high as $60,890 for High Country models with 4WD and a Crew Cab, Standard Bed configuration.
|2020 2WD Quad Cab||Tradesman||$38,585|
|2019 2WD Crew Cab, Short Bed||Classic / Tradesman||$36,835|
|2019 4WD Crew Cab, Short Bed||Classic / Tradesman||$40,535|
Meanwhile, FCA recently announced that the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will start at $38,585 for 2WD Tradesman models. Meanwhile, 2019 Classic, the last-gen models, start at $36,835.
|2WD SuperCab, Standard Bed||Lariat||$47,440|
|4WD SuperCarb, Standard Bed||Lariat||$50,865|
|2WD SuperCrew, Short Bed||Lariat||$50,300|
|4WD SuperCrew, Short Bed||Lariat||$53,725|
|2WD SuperCrew, Short Bed||King Ranch||$57,630|
|4WD SuperCrew, Short Bed||King Ranch||$61,055|
|2WD SuperCrew, Short Bed||Platinum||$60,160|
|4WD SuperCrew, Short Bed||Platinum||$63,585|
|2WD SuperCrew, Standard Bed||Lariat||$50,600|
|4WD SuperCrew, Standard Bed||Lariat||$53,975|
|2WD SuperCrew, Standard Bed||King Ranch||$57,930|
|4WD SuperCrew, Standard Bed||King Ranch||$61,355|
|2WD SuperCrew, Standard Bed||Platinum||$60,460|
|4WD SuperCrew, Standard Bed||Platinum||$63,885|
The Ford F-150 Diesel starts at $47,440 for Lariat models with 2WD and a SuperCab, Standard Bed configuration and range as high as $63,885 for Platinum models with 4WD and a SuperCrew, Standard Bed configuration.
Looking over the numbers, a few things become apparent. The price of the 2020 Ram 1500 diesel undercuts that of the competition by a significant margin. Its $38,585 starting price on the Ram 1500 Tradesman is $6,615 less than the $45,200 starting price for 2WD Double Cab, Standard Bed Silverado LT and $8,855 less than the $47,440 charged for 2WD SuperCab, Standard Bed configurations for the Lariat trim level for the Ford F-150 diesel.
This price difference is due to the trim level availability of the diesel in the Ram: the Tradesman is the base model of the Ram 1500. Meanwhile, neither Chevrolet nor Ford offer diesel powerplants in their base half-ton trucks (WT for the Chevrolet Silverado and XL for the Ford F-150). Assuming equal trim levels, that price discrepancy will likely go away. For instance, pricing for Ram 1500 diesel models at the mid-range Laramie trim level should be roughly equivalent to that of the $45,200 range of the 2020 Silverado diesel in the LT trim level.
As we examined last week, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado diesel is equipped with the turbo-diesel 3.0L LM2 inline six-cylinder Duramax engine that’s rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, boasting the highest peak horsepower and second-highest peak torque of the three models examined here. Output is routed through the GM 10-speed automatic transmission.