GM’s 2014 Half-Ton Pickup Trucks Show Boost in Fuel Economy


General Motors has debuted its model-year 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 light-duty pickup trucks, emphasizing that the vehicles' new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine delivers an EPA-estimated 23 mpg (highway).

‘Truck owners expect durability, capability and fuel efficiency, and this latest generation of our proven V-8 is designed to deliver on those expectations,’ says Tony DiSalle, vice president of marketing for GMC.

‘Silverado's available 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gives customers the best of both worlds,’ adds 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.’

The EcoTec3 offers 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, representing a 40 hp/48 lb-ft increase over 2013 models. The towing capacity for the trucks is up to 11,500 pounds, and they carry a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

The 2014 Sierra will have an MSRP of $25,085; the base-model Silverado is $24,585.

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