With the EPA’s recent crackdown on virtually everything diesel-powered, it’s a wonder that big manufacturers are attempting new things like the idea of a half-ton diesel-powered pickup truck at all but here we are. I can honestly say that I am glad that they are because it gives us enthusiasts new trucks to see, try, and test.
After a recent ride and drive with GMC, we wanted to get our hands on one for a week and document our experience; What I am calling a “Week In The Life” of a 1500 diesel-powered Silverado. Before we dig into the details of our tryout, let’s cover some of the basics of what Chevrolet has to offer with these trucks and what you can expect.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax- 5-Passenger, 4-door pickup, Base-$53,090
- 183ci / 3.0-Liter Inline-Six DOHC 24-valve Duramax
- Aluminum Block
- Aluminum Cylinder Head
- Direct Fuel Injection
- 460 lb-ft of torque
- 10-Speed automatic transmission
As a guy that has had plenty of hours piloting big brother diesel engines to this one, my first impression of Chevrolet’s attempt at a half-ton diesel was great. When the truck rolled into my abode, I was smothered with the smooth idle of the small diesel engine and a whole new look. You could tell that it was a diesel with that natural rumble but it was quiet enough that you felt you were in the presence of luxury.
Now I mentioned luxury and when the driver’s door opened, luxury certainly comes to mind. The interior of these trucks is on another level and once again, my impressions continue to get better. It was shaping up to a very nice cruiser that could pull almost anything I would ever need to pull. Speaking of towing, these credentials are rather impressive for a truck that offers great fuel economy.
Gross Combination Weight Rating- 15,000-pounds (Vehicle, Trailer, Fuel, Passengers, etc.)
Max Gross Vehicle Weight- 7,200-pounds (Vehicle, Passengers, Fuel, Cargo, etc.)
Max Payload- 1,870-pounds (Carrying Capacity In Bedspace)-Carefully Inspect Vehicle Loading section in Owner’s Manual for more information)
Max Conventional Trailering- 9,300-pounds (Trailering weight, weight of passengers, cargo, and accessories can reduce amount capacity)