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Purchasing decision - 2.7l Turbo vs 6.2l

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Hey all - joining to sort through my final phase of decisions. Going back and forth on getting one of the base LT Trail Boss in the 2.7t (to save the $10k) or springing for the 6.2 with the works...

Really think I would regret not having the cameras parking downtown, and while I do like the 2.7t from some test drives, I feel like I would always wish I had the 6.2. 10 grand is 10 grand (damn these trucks have gotten expensive) but over the loan after my trade-in/down payment, we are only talking about a $300 / mo difference (maybe more if I actually keep the truck for a longer time, which I am more likely to do with the 6.2).

What is a man to do?
 
Hey all - joining to sort through my final phase of decisions. Going back and forth on getting one of the base LT Trail Boss in the 2.7t (to save the $10k) or springing for the 6.2 with the works...

Really think I would regret not having the cameras parking downtown, and while I do like the 2.7t from some test drives, I feel like I would always wish I had the 6.2. 10 grand is 10 grand (damn these trucks have gotten expensive) but over the loan after my trade-in/down payment, we are only talking about a $300 / mo difference (maybe more if I actually keep the truck for a longer time, which I am more likely to do with the 6.2).

What is a man to do?
All depends on what you intend to use the truck for, but at current prices for a new truck today do not compromise. Get what you want if it is within your budget. I personally would not want to spend $55-60K on a truck that in a few months I will be wishing I had something else, that could be had for $5-$10K more. It is tough decision, took me over 3 months to finally decide on the truck I wanted down to engine and options. Then months to find the truck that I wanted. Best of luck!!
 
Go big or go home was my motto when I ordered my truck with the 6.2 vs the 5.3 I had been searching for on lots. I wanted the custom trim so the 5.3 was the AFM with 6 speed in 21 vs the 6.2 with the 10 speed. It was an extra $1000 for the 6.2 over the $1500 price for the 5.3. Not thrilled about gas prices going up and it recommending premium but I love driving it and having power where ever I need it. I haven't driven a 4 banger to have an impression of it, especially the revamped motor for 22.
 
Thanks all for weighing in. Ya, this is really more of I want it than need it. Towing is periodic and likely not much pushing limits when I do. I am just a bit more of a motor head, and tend to drive a little angry with a bit more throttle than actually necessary...
 
Thinking about this? Or only Feeling about it?

We traded a 2011 Extended Cab Silverado with 106,000 miles. Perfect Truck, Zero problems. We looked only at Trail Boss trucks that were already at a dealership. And we "settled" for the short bed, because that is what was available. And with the 5.3. Our 2021 Trail Boss IS SO MUCH MORE truck, and so MUCH BETTER, In every way. If you don't think you will have this kind of experience, what are you trading in? A $100,00 Raptor?

These trucks do not disappoint. Towing, Interstate, Off Road. No one complains about lack of power towing or rock climbing with the 5.3L engine. When I drive very carefully, using neutral on downhills, I can get 25 MPG highway or better. The 5.3 with more than 375 HP is great.

What I do see here are folks who think that a 4WD truck is some sort of race car. Angry driving is not recommended. There are several utoob channels that specialize in teaching this. If you want a race car, see my post on buying a TB and a Vette combined for less than the competition.
 
I agree that it depends on what you intend on using it for or your driving style. I have a bit of a lead foot and enjoy beating people to the next light so I can take their lane lol, so I opted for the 6.2L. But gas mileage isn't fantastic, especially if you disable DFM like I did.
 
Towing is periodic and likely not much pushing limits when I do.
I have a 6x12 enclosed cargo trailer and was initially looking at Colorados. I eventually want to purchase a car trailer, enclosed would be preferred, so I wanted a truck capable of that. I'd rather have more truck than I need right now, than having not enough truck to do what I want with it. This is my third new vehicle in my life(48) and I plan on keeping it for good. With everything expected to go electric, I wanted the biggest motor in a 1/2 ton I could get while I could get it.
 
Thinking about this? Or only Feeling about it?
Not sure I follow.

I test drove both a 2.7t and 5.3, and personally liked the 2.7t better of the two but understand why someone would chose the 5.3. Still a few problems that would bother me over time include the noise (this particular turbo 4 is a bit harsh) and lack of ability to get the some other options like blind spot monitor and sunroof.

I actually tried to buy a few 6.2s off the lot over the weekend. I casted a wide net and was basically willing to travel across country to pick it up. Missed out on one in Iowa, and was basically hung up on by a few other salesmen when I told them I'd be coming in to buy it at supplier pricing with my employer code.

Car buying is really weird these days and I fundamentally refuse to pay any ADM or play dealer games. I guess eventually at least my trade (or private sale) of my current ride is thousands over what I paid 4 years ago, but so are the price increases on these trucks...

As far as driving angry, you can hustle anything responsibly. My 5.0 F-150 made great v8 noises while I had it and the sport mode in the old 6 speed was pretty fun especially with 4 auto engaged. I'm not going WOT around town in between every stoplight, and I sure do drive like a grandpa in neighborhoods and school zones, but I am certainly not waiting around behind a slowpoke on country roads... Point is, I could care less about relative gas mileage as I am going to likely be within a couple hundred bucks in fuel at the end of the year whether I feather the throttle or not, and further I tend to find with turbos I am mostly in the boost anyway negating any theoretical fuel savings.
 
Go with a 5.3. My brother owns a Chevrolet dealership, he says the 6.2 has way too many lifter issues. The 2.7 hasn't been out long enough. The 3.0 diesel seems to be OK. The 5.3 is a bulletproof motor. I have had two 6.2 motors (2017 GMC Sierra SLT, 2017 Yukon Denali) both were great. When I bought my '21 TB I got a 5.3 and I like it as much as any truck I've had. It's got plenty of power for what I do which is just commute to work, I don't tow heavy loads.
 
Go with a 5.3. My brother owns a Chevrolet dealership, he says the 6.2 has way too many lifter issues. The 2.7 hasn't been out long enough. The 3.0 diesel seems to be OK. The 5.3 is a bulletproof motor. I have had two 6.2 motors (2017 GMC Sierra SLT, 2017 Yukon Denali) both were great. When I bought my '21 TB I got a 5.3 and I like it as much as any truck I've had. It's got plenty of power for what I do which is just commute to work, I don't tow heavy loads.
The 5.3 is prone to the same lifter issues if it has DFM instead of AFM. DFM, regardless of the displacement or which hood it is under, is what is causing the lifter issues. I know of a few people with the 5.3 who had the same lifter issues as I did in my 6.2. Each time, it was DFM instead of AFM.
 
The 5.3 is prone to the same lifter issues if it has DFM instead of AFM. DFM, regardless of the displacement or which hood it is under, is what is causing the lifter issues. I know of a few people with the 5.3 who had the same lifter issues as I did in my 6.2. Each time, it was DFM instead of AFM.
Actually, a member on this forum also had lifter issues in his 5.3. It is the thread titled "Check Engine at 13k - Lifters..." by Biv82 on 08/11/22.
 
I love my 6.2. Gobs of power and it rides way nice compared to my 2500. If you tow there is no choice
 

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