Is the Chevy/GMC I4 Engine Worth Buying?

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How Good is the 2022 Chevy/GMC I4 Truck Engine?

Comparing a 2022 Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck to one from just a decade would be shocking to see how far the platform has come in terms of performance. Full-size pickup trucks with V-8 engines are still widely available, but V-6 options are quickly dwindling. Surely, a truck like the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra 1500 couldn’t survive having a four-cylinder mill under the hood. Not only can and do both trucks employ a four-cylinder engine, but each has also cancelled its V-6 engine and boosted the output of the turbocharged 2.7-litre, inline four-cylinder engine. Let’s take a closer look.

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GMC/Chevy Four-Cylinder Engine Output Upgrades

The secret to making a four-cylinder engine platform successful lies in turbocharging technology. Before we get into the changes made to both trucks’ four-cylinder engines, let’s talk about why a turbocharger is such an important addition. All internal combustion engines burn a mixture of air and fuel. A turbocharger essentially pulls in more air, which allows more fuel to be burned. The result is an engine that makes a lot of power in a smaller, more compact and efficient package. Torque is especially improved by employing a turbocharger.

 Turbo. 2.7-L, I-4 (2022) Turbo. 2.7-I-4 (2021)
Horsepower   310 310
Torque   420 348
Max. Torque (kg/lbs.) Silverado: 4,354 / 9,600
Sierra: 4,263 / 9,400

Silverado: 4,354 / 9,600
Sierra: 4,173 / 9,100

Ernie Dean GM customers choosing the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 with the four-cylinder engine will get the biggest improvement in capability. When the truck is properly equipped, it can tow up to 4,263 kg (9,400 lbs.), an improvement of 90 kg over the 2021 version. There is no change to the towing capacity for the 2022 Silverado. However, the additional torque will make towing easier.

What Else is Different for the Trucks?

Both the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2022 Chevy Silverado have been redesigned for the current model year. Each brand is equipping the top trim grades with the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system. It can be used on properly marked highways in Canada and the United States on more than 320,000 km of roads. Additionally, both trucks with Super Cruise will be able to use the system while they are towing. The system will make small adjustments to throttle response and transmission to help make towing easier on the truck, safer for drivers and more efficient for everyone. 

Make an appointment with an Ernie Dean GM product expert today to learn more about the improvements to the latest versions of the GMC Sierra or Chevy Silverado.