Traditional truck buyers may be hesitant to get on board with the turbocharged 2.7-liter L3B four-cylinder version of the Chevrolet Silverado and it’s not hard to see why. Many of these customers are used to trucks with V8 engines and may even be apprehensive to buy a truck with a V6, but the 2.7-liter General Motors trucks perform better than one might think.
Motor Trend recently tested a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado with the turbo 2.7-liter and found that it was faster from 0 to 60 mph than a similarly equipped V6 truck from Ford or Ram. The magazine clocked its four-cylinder 2020 Silverado 1500 RST test truck from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is quite a bit faster than a Ford F-150 XL with the 3.3-liter V6, which could only muster a 0-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds. It was also faster than a Ram 1500 Tradesman with the 3.6-liter V6 in MT’s testing, which hustled from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.
This isn’t that surprising when you look at these engines’ statistics on paper. The 2.7-liter L3B engine is good for 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, with peak torque available from a low 1,500 RPM all the way to 4,000 RPM. Meanwhile, Ford’s 3.3-liter V6 makes 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, with max torque coming on at 4,000 RPM. The Ram’s 3.6-liter V6 is slightly more robust, making 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet, with max torque arriving at 4,175 RPM. The L3B engine is intended to replace GM’s 4.3-liter LV3 V6 engine, as well, so it was engineered specifically to compare with a V6 truck.
One area where the 2.7-liter engine may leave room for improvement is with regard to fuel economy. The EPA rates the four-cylinder, 4WD Silverado at 19 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for a combined rating of 20 mpg. Meanwhile, a Ram 1500 with 4WD and the 3.6-liter V6 gets an EPA rating of 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. An F-150 4WD with the 3.3-liter V6 is comparable to the Chevy, with EPA ratings of 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
A slightly lower-than-expected fuel economy rating can be forgiven considering the 2.7-liter Silverado’s pep, though. MT was impressed with the way the four-cylinder pickup performed in its 0-60 test and also when towing, with features editor Scott Evans saying the truck “pulls like nothing else here,” during testing for the publication’s 2020 Truck of the Year award. Evans also said that anyone who says the 2.7-liter engine doesn’t belong in a truck “can shut up,” with MT encouraging the doubters to get behind the wheel and experience the engine for themselves.
Source: Motor Trend