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2014 Chevy Silverado priced from *$24,585, V8 gets better economy than Ford EcoBoost V6

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 Chevrolet has thrown down the next hand in the pickup truck poker wars and revealed at least a couple of potential aces – depending on which numbers matter most to you. The 2014 2014 Silverado 1500 with its 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 gets 335 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, is mated to a six-speed automatic, can tow 11,500 pounds with the optional Max Trailer Package and costs the same as the outgoing Silverado, $24,585 (*including $995 destination fee). Chevy says the Silverado also stands atop the fuel economy charts when comparing any competitor with a V8 engine – and some competitors with V6 engines. The two-wheel drive model returns 16 miles per gallon city, 23 mpg highway, 19 mpg combined in two-wheel drive guise and 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined as a four-wheel drive.

For context around those numbers, the most fuel efficient V8-powered 2013 Ford F-150 pickups lose about two mpg in every metric compared to the Silverado, the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost returning 16 city, 18 highway and 22 combined in two-wheel drive. However, that EcoBoost does have 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. You can get a Ram 1500 with a 3.6-liter V6 that gets 25 mpg highway, but it has 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The 2013 Ram with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and its 395 hp and 407 lb-ft drops one mpg in every category to the Silverado. Its tow rating is 200 pounds beyond its nearest competitor, the F-150 with the Max Trailer Tow Package.

Elsewhere, the new Silverado gets a quieter cab with a redesigned interior, a new bed with improved load-management possibilities, disc brakes all around, tweaked steering and suspension, along with free standard scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles.

It goes on sale later this year with pricing throughout the lineup held constant from the 2013. The Double Cab (which replaces the Extended Cab) will cost $28,610, the Crew Cab going for $32,710, prices inclusive of destination. Two more engines, 4.3-liter and 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8s, will join the range later on.

Also, if you prefer the slightly different styling of the 2014 GMC Sierra seen below, most of the same performance metrics apply, but pricing is a bit higher – $25,085 for the standard cab, $29,110 for the double cab, and $33,210 for the Crew cab model.

The press releases below have all the chest-thumping details on both models.

2014 Silverado Delivers Power, Efficiency and Value

• Best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup – EPA estimated 23 mpg highway
• Better fuel economy than 2013 Ford EcoBoost V-6
• Base prices carry over from current models

DETROIT, April 1, 2013 – Chevrolet today announced initial pricing, performance data, and EPA fuel efficiency estimates for the 2014 Silverado 1500, raising the bar in the fiercely competitive light-duty pickup segment.

Manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the new 2014 Silverado regular cab will start at $24,585, including a $995 destination freight charge, the same base price as the 2013 model. For that price, the 2014 Silverado regular cab, which starts production this summer, will include a number of major improvements:
• A more powerful, more efficient EcoTec3 engine,
• A six-speed automatic transmission,
• A stronger, quieter cab with an all-new interior,
• Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors
• A new bed with standard box rail protectors and CornerStep bumper

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, also will be the same as for the corresponding 2013 models.

Buyers of all 2014 Silverados also will receive a standard scheduled maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Up to four maintenance visits are included in the price of the vehicle, each one of which includes a regularly scheduled oil change, oil filter replacement, tire rotation and multi-point vehicle inspection, based on the schedule in the vehicle owner's manual.

"The 2014 Silverado is new from hood to hitch," said Alan Batey, vice president, U.S. sales and service. "When you combine the innovative features of the new Silverado with base pricing equivalent to 2013 models and standard scheduled maintenance, Silverado becomes a great choice for pickup customers, helping them save money when they buy – and when they drive."

Proven V-8 power with better efficiency than a turbo V-6
The 2014 Silverado launches later this spring with crew cab models equipped with the all-new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8, which is expected to power three out of four Silverado 1500s.

Chevrolet today announced EPA estimates of 23 mpg highway for 2wd models, and 22 mpg highway for 4x4 models. That is better than any V-8 competitor, and beats the EPA estimates for the 2013 Ford EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 for both 2wd and 4x4 models.

Silverado's 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 is SAE certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, with more than 300 lb-ft of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm for responsive performance under a broad range of real-world conditions.

"Silverado's available 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gives customers the best of both worlds," said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for Silverado. "Customers get the proven power and dependability of a V-8 truck engine, with better fuel economy than a leading competitor's smaller turbocharged V-6."

"EcoTec3 builds on 58 years of V-8 experience and trillions of real-world miles," said Luke. "The 2014 Silverado will give customers class-leading V-8 fuel efficiency and the peace of mind that comes with a proven V-8 design, a combination no competitor can match."

Best available towing rating of any light-duty pickup
Demonstrating the capability of the 2014 Silverado and its 5.3-liter EcoTec3 engine, double cab 2WD models equipped with the available max towing package, available later this year, will have towing ratings of up to 11,500 pounds, more than any light duty pickup currently on the market.

To further save customers money and reduce inconvenience, Silverado's 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 is designed to operate on regular 87 octane gasoline even when towing or hauling.

Silverado will also offer later this year a standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 that is expected to offer exceptional torque and towing capability for a standard V-6, and an all-new 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8, with even more power, torque, and towing capability than the 5.3-liter V-8. Final performance data and EPA estimates for these engines will be available in the coming months.

Seamlessly switch to four-cylinder operation
Silverado's combination of capability and efficiency results in part from its EcoTec3 engines, which provide the proven power of a large-displacement truck engine when needed, then switch seamlessly to four-cylinder operation under lighter loads.

"In creating the 2014 Silverado 1500, we looked at a wide variety of powertrain configurations, and concluded that large-displacement truck engines could best provide the payload and towing capability that truck customers require, with the long-term dependability they expect," said Luke.

"Silverado's EcoTec3 technology eliminates the fuel economy penalty that often goes with rugged, high-torque truck engines. With our EcoTec3 engines, truck customers don't have to do more with less – more work with smaller engines. They can keep the benefits of a larger displacement engine and still get better fuel efficiency."

All three EcoTec engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitive trucks. The engines also use a compact overhead valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce the mass of the engines for additional energy savings.

Other features that give the 2014 Silverado impressive capability include frames made from high-strength steel; rugged six-speed automatic transmissions; larger, stronger rear axles for V-8 models; and an updated suspension with two-stage multi-leaf rear springs.

Among the other updates for 2014 are a stronger, quieter cab; revised steering, suspension and brakes; and ingenious solutions for managing cargo in the bed.

The broadest portfolio, the right tools for the job
The 2014 Silverado 1500 crew cab will be joined later this year by a regular cab model and a new double cab model, which replaces the extended cab and features forward-hinged rear doors for easier access to the back seat. Also coming soon are new heavy duty pickups and an all-new midsize truck based on the successful global Colorado.

"Chevrolet will have the broadest portfolio in the business," said Luke. "No one will be better positioned to offer each and every truck customer the right tools for the job."

Additional Details and Data

2014 Silverado base MSRP:
• Regular cab: $24,585
• Double cab: $28,610
• Crew cab: $32,710
Includes $995 destination freight charge. Excludes tax, title, license and optional equipment.

Silverado 1500 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8
• 355 hp (265 kW) @ 5600 rpm
• 383 lb-ft of torque (518 Nm)@ 4100 rpm; more than 300 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm
• Maximum available towing rating: 11,500 pounds*
• Maximum available payload rating: 2,102 pounds
• EPA estimated fuel efficiency:
o 16 mpg city, 19 mpg combined, 23 mpg highway (2wd)
o 16 mpg city, 18 mpg combined, 22 mpg highway (4x4)

Horsepower and torque ratings are SAE certified using 87 octane regular gasoline.
* With Max Trailer Package, available later this year

EPA fuel economy estimates, light-duty pickups with V-8 and turbocharged V-6 engines (City Combined Highway)
Chevrolet Silverado 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 2WD 16 19 23
Chevrolet Silverado 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 4x4 16 18 22
Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 2WD 16 18 22
Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 4x4 15 17 21
Ford 5.0L V-8 2WD 15 17 21
Ford 5.0L V-8 4x4 14 16 19
Ford 6.2L V-8 2WD 13 15 18
Ford 6.2L V-8 4x4 12 13 16
Ram 4.7L V-8 2WD 14 16 20
Ram 4.7L V-8 4x4 14 16 19
Ram 5.7L Hemi V-8 2WD (6-spd) 14 16 20
Ram 5.7L Hemi V-8 4x4 (6-spd) 13 15 19
Ram 5.7L Hemi V-8 4x4 (8-spd) 15 17 21
Toyota 4.6L V-8 2WD 15 17 20
Toyota 4.6L V-8 4x4 14 16 19
Toyota 5.7L V-8 2WD 13 15 18
Toyota 5.7L V-8 4x4 13 15 18
Nissan 5.6L V-8 2WD 13 15 18
Nissan 5.6L V-8 4x4 12 14 17

Source: Model Year 2013 EPA Fuel Economy Guide

Maximum available towing ratings, light-duty pickups with V-8 and turbocharged V-6 engines
Chevrolet Silverado 5.3L EcoTec V-8* 11,500
Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 11,300
Ford 5.0L V-8 10,000
Ford 6.2L V-8 11,300
Ram 4.7L V-8 7,700
Ram 5.7L Hemi V8 10,450
Toyota 4.6L V-8 8,600
Toyota 5.7L V-8 10,400
Nissan 5.6L V-8 9,500
* Double cab 2WD with Max Trailer Package, available later this year. Maximum towing ratings for competitive trucks also requires optional equipment.

Source: Published manufacturer's information

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2014 Sierra V-8 Fuel Economy Tops Ford EcoBoost V-6
Pricing announced for new full-size truck with premium features, advanced tech

DETROIT – The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup truck arrives at dealers later this spring with the best V-8 pickup fuel economy in the industry. Sierra's new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 uses direct injection, cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing to achieve EPA estimates of 16 mpg city and 23 highway with two-wheel drive or 16/22 with four-wheel drive.

In addition to highway estimates that are 2 mpg higher than a comparable 2013 Ford V8 pickup and 3 mpg higher than a Ram V8, Sierra's new V-8 fuel economy estimates also measure higher than those of the 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V-6.

The new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 combines its leading fuel efficiency with performance and capability. With an SAE certified 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque – increases of 40 hp and 48 lb-ft compared to the 2013 model – Sierra's new 5.3L offers a class-leading towing capacity of up to 11,500 pounds.

Most GMC owners – three out of four last year – will opt for the 5.3L V-8 engine, which is an $895 option.

"In the core of the full-size truck market, the 2014 Sierra is second to none," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. "Truck owners expect durability, capability and fuel efficiency, and this latest generation of our proven V-8 is designed to deliver on those expectations."

The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 is just one of three more efficient new engines for the Sierra. With a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 that arrives this summer and a long list of standard features, the 2014 Sierra will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $25,085, including a destination charge of $995.

Compared to the 2013 Sierra, the new model adds a standard 4.2-inch radio display, a locking tailgate, projector headlamps, a CornerStep rear bumper, cloth seats (versus vinyl in other trucks), DuraLife brake rotors and other all-new features. The truck's all-new 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission is engineered to offer improved efficiency and capability, with additional details coming later.

Sierra also will be available later this year with an all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 with even more power, torque and capability than the 5.3L. Additional specifications for the 6.2L will be released later.

Every 2014 Sierra 1500 comes with Pro Grade Protection which, in addition to a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, includes two years or 24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of standard scheduled maintenance.

Coverage is included in the price of the vehicle and includes up to four regularly scheduled oil changes, oil filter replacements, tire rotations and multi-point vehicle inspections, based on the schedule in the vehicle owner's manual. Customers will be eligible whether they lease or purchase and the coverage is completely transferable between owners.

Additional Details and Data

2014 Sierra base MSRP:
• Regular cab: $25,085
• Double cab: $29,110
• Crew cab: $33,210
Includes destination freight charge. Excludes tax, title, license and optional equipment.

Sierra 1500 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8
• 355 hp (265 kW)@ 5600 rpm
• 383 lb-ft of torque (518 N-m)@ 4100 rpm; more than 300 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm
• Maximum available towing rating: 11,500 pounds*
• Maximum available payload rating: 2,102 pounds
• EPA estimated fuel efficiency:
• 16 mpg city, 19 mpg combined, 23 mpg highway (2wd)
• 16 mpg city, 18 mpg combined, 22 mpg highway (4x4)

Horsepower and torque ratings are SAE certified using 87 octane regular gasoline.
* With Max Trailer Package, available later this year

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. The 2014 Sierra half-ton pickup boasts all-new powertrains and design, and the Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks ever built by GMC. Every retail GMC model, including Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs, is now available in Denali luxury trim. Details on all GMC models are available at, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at


By Jonathon Ramsey

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