2011 Chevy Silverado fuel economy is a hot topic in these times of rising fuel costs. The 2011 Chevy Silverado  delivers up to 22 miles per gallon in highway operation thanks to its 5.3L V8 engine and six speed automatic transmission. The gasoline version of the Silverado is rated at 15 miles per gallon city and 22 miles per gallon highway. This rating drops significantly with the flex fuel option. When using E85 fuel the mileage rating drops to 11 miles per gallon city and only 16 miles per gallon for highway operation. Clearly the flex-fuel option is not doing you any favors.

The popular 6.2L V8 with six speed automatic transmission also delivers less fuel economy with  a rating of 13 miles per gallon city and 18 miles per gallon highway.  Many owners  accept this trade-off in favor of the  additional power, utility and towing capacity. If you attempt to run the 6.2L V8 in flex fuel mode with E85 your rated fuel efficiency drops off to 9 miles per gallon city and only 13 miles per gallon on the highway.This falls even further with 4-wheel drive trucks due to additional drive train losses.

Silver Chevy Silverado

Silver Chevy Silverado

Improving 2011 Chevy Silverado Fuel Economy

Selecting the right truck for your specific needs is the first step to improving the 2011 Chevy Silverado’s fuel economy. If you live in sunny southern California and rarely venture off-road, there’s no point in having a 4-wheel drive truck.  It’s costing you a considerable amount at the pump. The best choice for most of us is the 5.3L V8; unless you’re planning to tow a trailer or a boat a great deal of time.  The 403 horsepower V8 is one hot truck and its performance is pretty spectacular. Still, if you are seeking maximum fuel economy, it better to select the 5.3L V8.

Improving 2011 Chevy Silverado Fuel Economy

Choosing the correct truck to suit your particular needs is the first step but, you can practice other strategies to help your truck achieve or even surpass its rated fuel economy much of the time. Drive conservatively and check you tire pressure once a week.  Tire pressure is one of the biggest offenders in reducing fuel economy. Also avoid running the air conditioning if possible. Use a gas mileage computer such as Scangauge II to learn your truck’s performance preferences. Then modify your driving style according to the Scangauge readings.

2011 Chevy Silverado fuel economy is no more difficult to achieve than any other vehicle if you drive intelligently and avoid  traditional gas guzzling practices like jack rabbit starts and excessive speeding. You can also help by not compromising  the truck’s aerodynamic efficiency with bug deflectors, grill guards, push bars, front mounted winches and other frequently unused equipment that creates additional drag.  Synthetic lubricants also have a beneficial effect, but practicing the hundred or more practical tips shown in the Free Gas In your Tank Handbook will have the greatest overall effect on improving your 2011 Chevy Silverado fuel economy.

 

 

 



 

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