Trucks aren’t generally bought for speed. More often, a truck is purchased for those rugged jobs that require towing capacity. But nowadays, trucks are more mainstream, used for everything from a commuting vehicle, to an off-roader, and of course a power horse.
The evidence is clear, pickups are more popular, too – the three top-selling vehicles as of October 2019 were all trucks. If you’re buying a truck today, speed probably does matter more. You want it to accelerate comparable to other vehicles on the highway, and you want to feel like you’re in a vehicle that can do more than just be rugged.
Meet the fastest Chevy truck
It’s no surprise that the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 was the truck awarded to the 2019 MVP of the All-Star game, Shane Bieber. After all, the Silverado is quite the MVP itself. It would win the award for the fastest Chevy truck because it made it on the list of the fastest production trucks in the world, coming in second.
How fast does it go? It can go from 0-60 mph in an astounding 5.7 seconds. The engine reaches those numbers due to a 2.7 liter DOHC turbo engine specifically made with 348 lb.-ft torque and 310 horsepower and has a 16-valve direct-injection design.
The dual-volute turbocharger helps by providing instant throttle response. Unlike the twin-scroll, interference is avoided by routing the airflow through scroll-shaped sections on each side of the turbine wheel. There’s also good news for vintage Chevy lovers. The Tri-Power system is back with this model.
The Silverado 1500 is more than just speed
It’s no surprise that the Chevy Silverado 1500 is one of the most driven pickup trucks in the U.S., or that it’s a truck that will last you well over 200,000 miles. A lot is going for it. But what other features come with the Silverado? Let’s have a look.
- 62.9 cubic ft bed volume goes up to 81.9 cu. ft. bed volume
- EPA-estimated 15 city/20 hwy mpg
- 8 trim choices
- 4 engine options: 6.2L V8, 5.3L V8, 4.3L V8, 2.7L Turbo
- Multiple drive modes
- Up to 420 hp, 460 lb.-ft torque, and 12,200 lbs towing capacity
- A comfortable interior with plenty of storage
- Ample safety features, including numerous cameras, alert systems, and Teen Driver monitoring
- Infotainment 3 system that keeps you connected and integrates technology
There’s another fast chevy truck, too
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the second-fastest Chevy truck, so if you’re looking for something a little different than the Silverado but still want speed, this is worth checking out.
With a 3.6L V6 engine that has 275 lb.-ft. torque and 308 horsepower, it’s combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission that moves the truck from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The acceleration is excellent, and the transmission has a smooth shift. This is true even when it’s towing. It’s also the most fuel-efficient mid-size pickup truck, offering 30 mpg on the highway.
Changes to the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500
The 2020 Silverado 1500 is quite impressive too. While the bed volume capacity and max available torque haven’t changed, the towing capacity has increased to 13,400 lbs. So has the mpg, with the EPA-estimated city at 23 mpg and hwy at 33 mpg.
There are still eight trim choices, but now there are six different powertrains, giving you even more options for engine power. It’s one of the most affordable truck on the market with over 400 hp. You’ll see new available technologies like new tailoring features and an Adaptive Cruise Control Camera. It’s only getting better.
What matters most
It’s really up to each driver to determine what matters most when selecting the right truck for their lives, but the Chevy Silverado 1500 is undoubtedly a top prospect among truck buyers, and it’s easy to see why.