- The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD and GMC Sierra 2WD with the new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine are expected to return 16 miles in city driving and 23 miles on the highway, beating their V8 rivals, General Motors said on Monday.
- The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will start at $24,585, including a $995 destination charge, the same price as the outgoing Silverado.
- The base 2014 GMC Sierra gets a $500 price increase, however.
DETROIT — The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD and GMC Sierra 2WD pickup trucks with General Motors' new 355-horsepower, EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 are expected to return 16 miles per gallon in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway, beating their V8 rivals, GM said on Monday.
The Environmental Protection Agency, however, has not yet announced its official fuel-economy numbers on the 2014 Silverado, which begins hitting Chevrolet showrooms later this spring.
"This sets a new bar for mainstream pickups," said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for GM full-size trucks, in a media conference call on Monday.
Luke said combining power and fuel economy in its trucks remains at the "top of our list." In fact, he told reporters that GM is considering other fuel-efficient alternatives for its trucks, including the potential for a diesel engine and transmission "enhancements." In relation to a diesel for its new-generation light-duty pickups, a GM spokesman told Edmunds, "We are watching with great interest what is happending with Ram." Chrysler's Ram truck unit confirmed earlier this year it will offer a 3-liter diesel V6 for its 2014 Ram 1500 lineup.
When asked by a reporter if turbocharging its truck engines – as does chief rival Ford Motor Co. so successfully with its Ecoboost engine – is "off the table" for the Silverado and Sierra, Luke responded: "Stay tuned. You’ll see a lot of neat things coming out."
GM executives also told reporters the uplevel Z71 trim "will become a sub-brand within Silverado."
The 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 will be an $895 option for the 2014 Silverado and Sierra.
GM did not announce fuel-economy estimates on the 2014 Silverado with the standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 or the new 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8. It said those numbers will be made available later. Meanwhile, a four-wheel-drive 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 returns 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway, according to GM — just 1 mpg less on the highway than its rear-drive counterpart.
GM pointed to Ford in its Silverado fuel economy and pricing announcement, noting that Ford's 2013 F-150 2WD with the Ecoboost turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 returns 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway.
However, the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the Ford F-150 gets 10 more horsepower than the Silverado.
The base 2013 Ford F-150 2WD with a 6.2-liter V8 returns 13 mpg in city driving and 18 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Another Silverado rival, the 2013 Ram 1500, returns 14 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway, when equipped with either the 4.7-liter V8 or 5.7-liter V8, according to EPA testing.
The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will start at $24,585, including a $995 destination charge, the same price as the outgoing Silverado. However, the 2014 GMC Sierra gets a price increase of $500. The 2014 GMC Sierra starts at $25,085, including a $995 destination charge. The 2013 GMC Sierra starts at $24,585, including shipping.
The 2014 Silverado slots in between the base 2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman and the base 2013 Ford F-150 in terms of pricing.
The 2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman starts at $23,635, including a $995 destination charge. The 2013 Ford F-150 starts at $24,665, including a $995 destination charge.
GM said the base starting prices for the Silverado crew cab, the first model to launch later this spring, and for the new double cab Silverado, which replaces the extended cab, will be the same as for the corresponding 2013 models.
The 2014 Silverado double cab starts at $28,610, including shipping. The 2014 Silverado crew cab starts at $32,710, including shipping.
Buyers of all 2014 Silverados will receive a standard scheduled-maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.
GM highlighted the redesigned Silverado’s fuel economy because gasoline prices remain a concern for U.S. consumers. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Monday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.63 versus $3.75 a month ago.
Edmunds says: GM issues compelling pricing and fuel-economy numbers — and some hints about the future — for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.