2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 & 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Options

Comparing the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Options

Here at Steve Schmitt Inc., our dealership offers a wide range of trucks for customers to buy, and two of our most popular options are the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500. These full-size models offer four engine options, and many customers wish to know how these powertrains stack up to one another. This is reasonable to request and one we're happy to answer, so if you wish to learn more, keep reading or contact Steve Schmitt Inc.

2.7-Liter Turbo High-Output Engine

This outstanding powertrain will give your Silverado 1500 or Sierra 1500 everything it needs to lead the pack. The massive 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque ensure you'll earn the respect you deserve.

Standard on WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST Double Cab, and LT Trail Boss (Silverado 1500).

Standard on Pro, SLE, and Elevation (Sierra 1500).

  • 310 Horsepower
  • 430 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy of 19/22 MPG City/Highway
  • Maximum Towing Capacity of Up to 9,500 Pounds

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2022 Silverado 1500 offers a range of engine options. This includes the base turbocharged four-cylinder, two powerful V-8s, and a Duramax diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. The four-cylinder engine is quite strong for a base model, as it boasts 310 horsepower and 420 pounds of torque. The diesel-powered engine has the slowest acceleration of all four powertrains, but in exchange, this engine offers a smooth and quiet ride, 305 horsepower, and 495 pounds of torque.

Out of all the engines, though, the Silverado 1500's two V-8s is where this pickup comes alive. The 5.3-liter 355 hp V8 engine is optional on the base model and provides 355 hp and 383 pounds of torque. Then there's the 6.2-liter V8 engine offered on the ZR2 trim, providing 420 hp and 460 pounds of torque.

With a max towing capacity of 13,300 pounds, the 6.2-liter V-8 for Silverado 1500 is a one-capable hauler. While this rating dips for the 5.3-liter version, it can still handle up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped. And models with the turbocharged four-cylinder can tow up to 9,500 pounds. Towing is where this model shines, as the payload capacity for this pickup ranges from 1,870 to 2,280 pounds.

The Silverado 1500 may be a powerful pickup, but it won't save you money at the pump. The optional diesel engine offers the best fuel economy, with an estimated 23/33 mpg. Though with all-wheel drive, the highway rating dips to 26 mpg. Meanwhile, the turbo-four cylinder with all-wheel drive is rated at up to 20/22 mpg, making the two V-8's the thirstiest model available. The 5.3-liter V-8 with all-wheel-drive is rated to get 16/22 mpg, while the 6.2-liter V-8 is estimated to get up to 16/21 mpg.

5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 Engine

This engine defines what it means to be a truck. The powerful V8 delivers 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque so that your every move exudes power.

Standard on RST Crew Cab 2WD, LTZ 2WD, and High Country 2WD (Silverado 1500).

Standard on SLT and available on Elevation, SLE, and Pro (Sierra 1500).

  • 355 Horsepower
  • 383 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy of 16/21 MPG City/Highway
  • Maximum Towing Capacity of Up to 11,200 Pounds

GMC Sierra 1500

The 2022 Sierra 1500 is also available with four engines. The base setup is a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder that produces 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There are two V-8 options: a 355-hp 5.3-liter and a 420-hp 6.2-liter. There's also a torque-rich diesel six-cylinder that generates 460 pound-feet. Three of the engines hook up to a 10-speed automatic transmission, except the 5.3-liter V8, which is attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

With several different powertrain combinations, the fuel economy for this truck varies. Those looking to spend less time at the pump should consider opting for the optional diesel engine, as this model is estimated to get around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. However, most Sierras will become equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 when they buy any Denali model. So, its fuel economy will dip, as it gets around 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway when paired with all-wheel drive.

As for the power of this pickup, the Sierra 1500 can tow up to 13,200 pounds and support a payload of 2,240 pounds when properly equipped.

3.0-liter Duramax® Turbo Diesel

Reign supreme when piloting a Silverado 1500 or Sierra 1500 built with a 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine. Hold your head high as this powertrain pumps out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, taking you beyond the limit.

Available on Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims (Silverado 1500).

Available on SLT, Elevation, and SLE trims. (Sierra 1500).

  • 277 Horsepower
  • 460 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy of 23/30 MPG City/Highway
  • Maximum Towing Capacity of Up to 13,200 Pounds

6.2-liter EcoTec V8

Achieve what you set your mind to when equipping your Silverado 1500 or Sierra 1500 with a 6.2-liter V8. This massive engine gives you 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Standard on ZR2 trim. Available on Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims (Silverado 1500).

Available on SLT trim (Sierra 1500).

  • 420 Horsepower
  • 460 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy of 15/20 MPG City/Highway
  • Maximum Towing Capacity of Up to 13,000 Pounds

Contact Steve Schmitt Inc. to Learn More

As you can see, both the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 offer similar powertrains, similar gas mileage, and roughly the same power strength. So, if you're basing your decision to buy one of these trucks on the engine, looking at the features these models offer is the better call. To see what features these vehicles have, shop at Steve Schmitt Inc. today.

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