This 2023 Chevrolet Silverado Just Got a New Base Engine

Chevrolet just announced that the 2023 1500 RST Crew Cab will get a new base engine. That’s a bit surprising because until now it’s been a 5.3-liter L84 V8. The new base engine is now the 2.7-liter four-cylinder L3B. This covers all RST Crew Cab trucks whether ordered with the short bed or the standard bed.

Wasn’t the 2.7-liter engine always the base engine?

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | GM

It’s a little confusing, since the Silverado 1500 RST Double Cab actually lists a 2.7-liter as its base engine. In any case, RST models will continue to offer the 6.2-liter L87 V8 gas engine, the previous base 5.3-liter V8, and the LZ0’s 3.0-liter inline-six. The 2.7-liter four has 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, versus the now optional 5.3-liter V8 rated at 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.

Not available in 2.7L. There is also the issue of fuel economy. The 3.0-liter Duramax diesel has best mileage figures of 23 city and 33 mpg highway. Four-wheel drive drops those numbers.

What MPG and Trailing Capacity does the Silverado 1500 have?

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2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Short Bed Single Cab | GM

If you choose the base 2.7-liter, the mileage will be 20 city and 22 highway. With the 5.3-liter V8, the city figure drops to 16 mpg but remains at 22 mpg highway numbers. The 6.2-liter V8 has similar numbers at 16/21 mpg.

The Silverado’s top-of-the-line 6.2-liter V8 makes 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It has a towing capacity of 8,900 lbs. to 13,300 lbs. depending on options. Towing capacity for the 5.3-liter is between 9,300 lb. and 11,300 lb., with the base 2.7-liter at 9,500 lb. The 3.0-liter Duramax LZ0 turbodiesel has 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque ratings, with towing capacity ranging from 9,000 lb. to 13,300 lb.-ft.

With the base engine, you get an eight-speed automatic transmission. The other three engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available.

What are the Silverado models and how much are they?

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2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | GM

For 2023, the Silverado 1500 comes in five different grades. The base model is the WT or Work Truck, starting at $36,645. Next up is the Custom, jumping to $43,945. The LT is priced at $48,345 and also comes with a more luxurious interior.

In the middle is the Trail Boss at $52,145. Going at the top of the line is the High Country starting at roughly $64,000. It is followed by the LTZ at $59,045, and the RST at $53,345.

Of course, the technology, safety, and driver-assistance features are in line with its competitors. The Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Silverado 1500 each offer truck buyers unique traits. We’d place the Silverado 1500 between the Ram and F-150 in terms of capabilities, features, and overall usability. Substantial offerings such as specific interior trim, overall design, and trouser-seat feel will surely point you to the right 2023 pickup.

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