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Old 11-19-2018, 03:01 PM   #151 (permalink)
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Full Disclosure: Chevrolet flew me to Phoenix, Arizona, put me up in a fancy hotel, and fed me food way better than the deep-fried motor oil I normally eat. All this just so I could drive the new Silverado 2.7-liter Turbo as well as the Colorado Bison. The Bison review is coming later, along my with upcoming motor oil cookbook recipes.
[T]here’s a V8 option that scores better highway fuel economy for not too much more.
Chevy itself readily admitted to me that the 2.7-liter “L3B” engine was driven in part by federal regulations, though the brand was quick to point out value to the customer: namely that this engine scores better combined fuel economy than any other Silverado motor at up to 21 MPG.
This caused an involuntary reaction that I believe would be classified as a laugh.

Twenty-one MPG is considered good for hat would normally be classified a single-occupant vehicle?!

Most of the figures are markedly worse than those of a 2.7-liter Ecoboost Ford F-150, the model that I once called the “best compromise between fuel economy and outright speed” in the F-150 line. That 2.7-liter V6 makes 15 horsepower and 52 lb-ft more than the Chevy’s inline-four of the same displacement, and still manages up to 20 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined in two-wheel drive guise.
I ceased laughing when I realized that these trucks are approaching 1999 Accord fuel economy:

I do not see them maintaining 33 MPG, though.

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