These days, it takes more than impressive capability, eye-pleasing styling, solid reliability and the latest tech features to make a leading pickup. It also takes efficiency at the pump, eking out as many miles as possible from each and every drop of fuel. And that’s exactly what the Chevy Silverado diesel offers, as highlighted in the following official Chevrolet video advertisement.
Continuing the Bow Tie brand’s famous (or perhaps infamous) “Real People Not Actors” ad campaign, this video opens at a gas station, where we find a number of pickup truck owners gassing up. Suddenly, a familiar face pops up on the pump screen, talking directly to the truck owners.
“Is fuel efficiency important to you?” the face asks. “What if I told you there’s a pickup that offers up to an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway?”
Naturally, the man is talking about the Chevy Silverado diesel, which the other truck drivers are then persuaded to check out for themselves.
As pointed out in the video, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is offered with the optional 3.0L I6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax, which returns 23 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined when equipped with 2WD. When connected to 4WD, the same engine yields 23 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined. The LM2 connects to both drivetrain variants through the GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
Of all the engines on offer, the LM2 is the most fuel efficient, which isn’t all that surprising considering it’s a diesel. Also unsurprising is the atmospheric 6.2L V8 L87’s designation as the least-efficient engine when connected to 4WD, with 14 mpg city 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined when equipped in the Custom Trail Boss model.
Check out our complete 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Fuel Economy Comparison for more information, as well as our feature on the Silverado XFE Fuel Economy package to learn how to maximize fuel returns.
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