“2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Four-Cylinder First Test: Quicker Than Some V-6s”

Your preconceptions about this truck are wrong, OK? The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 proves that four-cylinder engines can make sense in 5,000-pound full-size trucks. After extensive real-world and track testing, we can tell you exactly where the 2020 Silverado 1500 RST and its 2.7-liter turbo-four fit into the truck world.

For all the engine downsizing we’ve seen over the years, a four-cylinder full-size truck has remained unexplored territory in the modern age—until now. Chevys 2.7-liter turbo-four’s specs make it look like the V-6 competitor it is, but with one key advantage: The 310-hp 2.7-liter engine has 348 lb-ft of torque available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, so you don’t have to work it hard to get a response. And unlike some experiences we’ve had with the Silverado 1500 and its 5.3-liter V-8, the 2.7-liter I-4’s eight-speed automatic is responsive. Very little gear hunting is required, and partially as a result, the cabin might seem quieter than you’d expect.

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