Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jeremy asks: I have been looking into this truck because I wanted the 6.2 liter engine. I know you’re a busy individual but wanted to know your honest opinion on this. Pros and Cons.
My reply: Much as I loathe GM, the company, I love the LS V8.
The 6.2 version that’s optional in the Silverado is basically the same engine used in the Corvette. It gets this half-ton truck to 60 in less than 6 seconds. That is strong! And the big V8 is also relatively simple. Two-valve heads, pushrods – single camshaft.
I much prefer this engine to the complex twin-turbo V6 in the F-150 and the new Borg’d version of the Hemi V8 in the new Ram 1500.
But, the rest of the Silverado… not as much. I am not a fan of the ten-speed automatic transmission (it is programmed to shift in such a way as to maximize mileage, even at the expense of drivability) and if it breaks after the warranty expires… may the motor gods have mercy!
GM is also very hard-selling the nanny stuff. If you dislike being nannied, you may not like this truck. Also, the 6.2 is only available in the more expensive versions of the Silverado.
I would suggest having a look at the 2019 Ram Classic – which is the “old” Ram 1500 but sold brand-new, side-by-side the just-updated version. You can get the Hemi in this one without the 48 volt hybrid system and with a more sane eight-speed automatic. These are great trucks and while the 5.7 Hemi isn’t quite as strong as the 6.2 LS in the Chevy, it is still very strong and I doubt you will be disappointed!
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