In the spirit of the type of comprehensive testing we like to do here at PickupTrucks.com, we requested a pair of identically equipped 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500s (LT, double cab, two-wheel drive, shortbed) from General Motors, each with the new EcoTec3 4.3-liter V-6 powertrain and 3.23:1 axle gears (the only ratio available for this engine).
Regular PUTC readers will remember our test last year, "Rampage! The Test at Davis Dam," in which we had two similarly equipped 2013 Ram 1500s — one empty and one with a fully loaded horse trailer (no horse, just heavy barn mats). For that test, we ran both Rams through our Davis Dam regimen of testing, measuring acceleration times and keeping detailed notes regarding our fuel economy along our 1,000-mile route. Additionally, we compared most of the data collected in Ram/Pentastar test with an earlier two-part story (Part 1 and Part 2) in which we tested a set of identically equipped 2011 Ford F-150s, each with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
In this twin Chevrolet test, we measured our Silverado 1500 4.3-liter V-6 data against data from our previous Ram 1500 Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 test for comparison purposes; the results may surprise you. We tried to keep as many of the variables involved as identical as possible throughout the test, but we should note there were some subtle differences. The full story will be posted Monday.
Cars.com photo by Mark Williams