Chevrolet overhauled its half-ton Silverado for the 2014
model year, bringing with it a green punch thanks to the impressive EPA ratings
for both its six- and eight-cylinder models.
At its introduction, the Bow-Tie brand threw a risky ball in
Ford's court, claiming its 5.3-liter V-8 Silverado is more efficient than the Blue
Oval's famed 3.5-liter EcoBoost six-cylinder in its best-selling F-150.
On a recent PickupTrucks.com Challenge, we gathered numbers proving
GM's new half-ton
twins are greener — even when towing. Engineers added
fuel-saving technology to the EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 such as active fuel
management, which shuts down four of the eight cylinders under light driving;
direct injection; and variable valve timing.
We recently tested a 2014 Silverado at our Chicago
headquarters and had the opportunity to once again see how it fared in the real