How Chevy Silverado’s New 2.7-liter Turbo-Four Stacks Up Against the Competition

Chevrolet’s surprising debut of its all-new, 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has got the truck segment in shock. This high-tech engine kicks out an SAE-certified 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and an impressive 348 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. It’s also clear the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is shooting to win the half-ton fuel efficiency game.

Ford has spent big bucks developing and marketing its EcoBoost line of V-6 engines, especially for the F-150. It also just debuted a new 3.3-liter V-6 as the base engine for the 2018 model year. Until Chevy’s 2.7-liter, the 3.3-liter was the smallest, least powerful, yet more fuel-efficient naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment.

Ram, on the other hand, has spent years relying on the venerable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 as the base engine is its half-ton pickup. In fact, the engine remains largely unchanged in the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, despite the addition of Ram’s new eTorque mild hybrid system.

Toyota and Nissan don’t offer anything smaller than a V-8 in their pickups. Nissan has continuously said an all-new V-6 is coming for the second-generation Titan, but that’s been nothing but an empty promise since 2016.

As for exactly how Chevrolet is squeezing so much from so little, all comes down to science. The small-displacement four-cylinder uses an innovative dual-volute turbocharger designed to improve throttle response and low-speed torque. The turbo is fed through an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head. The design further reduces lag while also helping with warm-up times.

More common parts include direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing with high- and low-lift valve profiles. An electric water pump and a variable-pressure oil pump help reduce parasitic drag and direct injection feeds fuel right into the cylinders.

The 2.7-liter’s list of fuel-saving equipment is also long. Chevy gave it Active Fuel Management – a system that cuts fuel to certain cylinders during light-load operations – and an Auto Stop/Start system. Thankfully Chevy also includes an off button for the latter. The engine’s design and construction also shave 80 pounds off the 2019 Silverado’s curb weight compared to the 4.3-liter V-6.

Here’s the breakdown of engines specs.

Model 2019 Chevy Silverado 2018 Chevy Silverado 2018 Ford F-150 2018 Ford F-150 2019 Ram 1500
Engine 2.7-liter turbo 4-Cylinder 4.3-liter Vortec V6 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque
Power 310hp @ 5,600 rpm 285hp @ 5,300 rpm 290hp @ 6,500 rpm 325 hp @ 5,000 rpm 305hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 348 lb-ft @ 1,500 to 4,000 rpm 305 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 265 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm 269 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 10-Speed automatic 8-speed automatic
EPA TBA 18 mpg city
24 mpg highway
20 mpg combined
*RWD
19 mpg city
25 mpg highway
22 mpg combined
*RWD
20 mpg city
26 mpg highway
22 mpg combined
*RWD
TBA
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  • Dr Strangefingger

    Thank you Toyota & Nissan.

    • brn

      In three years, they’ll be doing the same.

  • Stephen G

    Without released mpg figures, how does GM think their 2.7 4 banger is competition for Ford’s 2.7 6?

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    umm that etorque is supppost to juic3 up the pentastar….i think instead of using turbos..they went battery..plus chevy and ford need premium fuel for those turbos…sooo to each of his own i guess..ill take the ram

    • Bullitt2605

      No they don’t.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Same here.

  • Bullitt2605

    The Chevy looks like the front was designed by 3 different people that didn’t speak to each other.

    • Iberian Rekluse

      Yeah, it’s a mess for sure.

    • Maricaibo

      Ugly. Most modern pickups are ugly behemoths.

      • Bullitt2605

        All brands have had their ugly years Chevy more than most but I think the Ford and Dodge look pretty good.

  • FactChecker90803

    Your all forgetting, that a Single Turbo Inline 4 is alot cheaper to build than a TT V6 that comes with Dual injection and a complex anti lag manifold to keep does 2 turbos spinning. This engine is the BASE engine, and it produces the same Horsepower as the Toyota 4.6-liter V8 and makes 24lbs more torque at 1900 less RPM.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      It would be cool if it were that simple to compare. But…

      • FactChecker90803

        Ohh, I bet you said the same when Ford came out with the 2.7-liter TT V6.

  • General. Koofta

    going in the colorado?

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