Chevy Silverado to Find Out

Chevy Silverado to Find Out
Chevy Silverado to Find Out

I drove a $63,000, diesel-powered Chevy Silverado to find out if the engine made a great pickup even better — here’s the verdict

The Chevy Silverado with a Z71 offroad package.. The Chevy Silverado with a Z71 offroad package. Matthew DeBord/Insider

I tested a $62,515 2020 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that featured a 3.0-liter diesel engine.
The Silverado ranks behind the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 in my full-size pickup list, but the diesel motor adds something special to this Chevy truck.

Towing capacity is respectable, and fuel economy is appealing at nearly 30 mpg on the highway.
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Of the top three full-size pickups in the US market, the Chevrolet Silverado has long been last on my list. Driving the diesel version didn’t move it up, but it sure did heighten my opinion of the truck.

That list, of course, includes the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 ahead of Chevy’s offering. The Silverado was new for 2019, but I didn’t think the pickup’s designers and engineers went far enough.

Meanwhile, the F-150 retrained its lordly position, and the revamped Ram 1500 was so good that we named it our 2019 Car of the Year.

The Silverado is a good truck, and it’s newer than than the mighty F-150, which is slated for a redesign in 2020. But it just hasn’t been good enough to pass the other two.

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