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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7L turbo: Big truck, tiny engine

The latest from the Bowtie features a polarizing face with a small four cylinder engine behind it.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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This is the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, and it's got a little secret.

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While most full size trucks rock a V6 engine or better, the Silverado can be optioned with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine -- yes, a turbo-four in a 5,000-pound truck.

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The 2.7T puts out 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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It'll tow a maximum of 7,200 pounds and can haul 2,280 pounds of payload.

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The Silverado has one of the biggest beds in the biz -- even the short box can hold 63 cubic feet of Home Depot goodies.

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ADAS features are a little on the light side. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are only standard on the top High Country trim, and can only be had as optional extras on the LT and above.

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Those who want adaptive cruise control will have to wait for the 2020 model.

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Lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are all options, and only on the top two trim levels.

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The interior is functional, but far from pretty.

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Our two-wheel drive 2019 Chevy Silverado tester with the 2.7-liter turbocharged engine in RST trim comes in at $47,795, including $1,595 for destination. Keep scrolling for more photos.

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