2020 Silverado Cold Air Intake Install, Video, and Review

Power, Performance, and Efficiency – The Best Cold Air Intake for 2020 Silverados

BY Lone-Star Hawaiian

There’s no doubt that Cold Air Intake systems are incredibly popular. Typically, the first thing “enthusiasts” do when they buy a car if it doesn’t already have one, is pull out the stock intake system and replace it with a “Cold Air Intake System.” Part of the reason they are so popular is 1) they are easy to install, and 2) they work well. And how they work is surprisingly elementary. Here is a recap of the install of a Cold Air Induction Elite Series cold air intake for my 2020 Silverado Trail Boss.

The Quick and Easy Way to Add Power and Save at the Pump

Shortly after purchasing my brand-new 2020 Silverado Trail Boss, I quickly noticed two things that needed to be changed, immediately. The first was the lack of “noise” a typical truck should make. Without an exhaust tone that was audible from the cab, it is near impossible to hear or feel your truck’s RPM. Without literally looking down at your tach, the amount of effort you’re asking from your tried-and-true V8 is a complete mystery. This was easily solved with a muffler delete kit from AFE, which quickly livened the truck up for a low cost and easy install. The truck is still equipped with a restrictive exhaust with cats and multiple resonators, so my neighbors don’t hate me…yet.

The next issue I needed to tackle was the hideous and extremely restrictive stock air intake system. When Chevrolet redesigned what is the “new and improved” Silverado for 2019, they redesigned the entire engine bay. The airbox moved from the passenger-side, where it lived for generations, to the driver-side of the engine bay. Also with the redesign came an extremely aggressive front end. Additional brackets were added at the front corners of the engine bay causing the stock air-box to be mounted much closer to the engine than the previous generations. When you move the stock plastic air box right next to the 8-cylinder furnace (also known as your engine), it’s easy to believe the air being fed through the stock filter and box is hotter than it needs to be. This is where a Cold Air Intake becomes a huge advantage.

Why Manufactures Don’t Do This from the Factory?

The cylinders in internal combustion engines generate power through controlled explosions with fuel and air. Typically, your stock engine does not receive as much air as it should for an optimal combustion cycle. Stock air intakes are designed to keep engine noise level to a minimum by using restrictive bends and a disposable filter usually at the expense of horsepower and efficiency. Surprising, right? If you are buying a truck, especially a Trail Boss, chances are you don’t expect the noise level to be kept to that of a Rolls-Royce. By freeing up the restrictive flow, you allow your engine to intake air more efficiently, and in a related benefit, it sounds dang good. But that’s only part of the advantage. 

The “Cold Air” portion of Cold Air Intakes provide both increased performance and better fuel efficiency, and how this works is pretty simple. If you think back to your 7th-grade chemistry class, you’ll remember that when you compare hot air to cold air, the air molecules of hot air are spread much further apart than cold air. As air is cooled it becomes much denser, which means more oxygen. If you have a charge of cold air into a confined area, like an engine cylinder, you have much more oxygen molecules in that cylinder than you would have with hot air. And more oxygen equals more powerful and efficient combustion. This results not only in increased horsepower (upwards of +14 hp with Cold Air Inductions system), but increased fuel efficiency. So, more power and you save money at the pump. Does it get any better?

The Cold Air Inductions intake system is constructed of high-quality heat-shielding material that prevents any heat soak. As you drive on hot summer days, you have confidence that the high flow filament filter and streamlined MAF tube will allow cold air to be sucked in through the shielded intake box to be converted into horsepower and big smiles. The combination of AFE’s muffler delete and Cold Air Inductions intake system creates an intoxicating sound that will most certainly lead to a very heavy right foot.

As an easy power-adding-gas-saving modification, the Cold Air Inductions intake system for the 2019–2020 Silverado is an absolute no-brainer. The truck feels lighter on its feet, and the throttle is crispy as a potato chip. The combination of sound and throttle response typically leads to feelings of horsepower gains, but this cannot be verified without a before/after dyno test. Even though I cannot verify the claimed +12 / +14 hp, I can claim an immediate increase in fuel efficiency. After several hundred miles driving, my highway mileage has increased from 19.5 mpg to 22 mpg. Cold Air Inductions’ intake on my Silverado is going to pay for itself in no time with these increases. But as for the smiles it puts on my face at wide-open throttle, it’s priceless.


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Colorado Cold Air Intake Review, Install, and Dyno

Colorado Cold Air Intake Review, Install, and Dyno by Horsepower Obsessed

By Horsepower Obsessed

Does a COLD air intake add POWER to your Chevy Colorado?! Dyno before AND after! Colorado cold air intake review, install, and dyno test video by Horsepower Obsessed.

The Colorado cold air intake from Cold Air Inductions creates a few extra ponies, tested on the dyno, for my 2018 Chevy Colorado, but that isn’t the only benefit of this intake. Extra power is always welcome, but the sound of this thing makes is amazing! The engine and exhaust on the truck sound louder with the cold air intake installed under load and makes it sound more like a true “truck”. The convenience that comes with a reusable air filter that is easily visible through the top cover glass is just icing on the cake!

The install for this 2018 Chevy Colorado cold air intake was also one of the easiest I’ve ever had the privilege of doing myself and it is the only intake I know of for the Chevy Colorado that keeps the engine cover in place!

Colorado Cold Air Intake

Intake System Includes:

  • Insulated Aluminum Air Box
  • Air Box Lid with Clear Inspection Window
  • Thermal-Coated Intake Tube
  • High-Performance Air Filter
  • Installation Instructions

This Cold Air Intake Fits:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon 3.6L V6 2.5L I-4
  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon 2.8L Turbo-Diesel

NOTES: Not for sale or use in California.

NOTES: This is a direct replacement for the OEM air box. No modifications required on box itself.

The NEW 2016-2019 GM 3.6L V6 Camaro Cold Air Intake

All New V6 Chevy Camaro Cold Air Intake

If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to increase the horsepower of your 3.6L V6 Chevy Camaro look no further. We’re introducing a new high-performance air intake system that can increase the horsepower of your Chevy Camaro up to 13 horsepower. With our high-performance V6 Camaro cold air intake, we have seen an average increase of 11 real-wheel horsepower.


  • Insulated Aluminum Air Box
  • Air Box Lid with Clear Inspection Window
  • Thermal-Coated Intake Tube
  • High-Performance Air Filter
  • Black Silicone Coupler / Stainless Clamps
  • Installation instructions

This Cold Air Intake System Fits:

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 3.6L V6




Which Cold-Air Intake Is The Best For Your Truck?

It’s easy to get confused when shopping for a cold-air intake for your Chevy or GMC truck. There are a lot of choices, and every company claims that theirs is the best. We know you care about your truck. You want to make the smartest purchase for every upgrade you make. That’s why we put together this list of facts that you should consider before buying a cold-air intake. Things that we know matter to truck owners such as true torque and horsepower gains, sound, quality and durability.

  1. Real Power Testing. First, insist on seeing the horsepower and torque curve for your specific model of pickup with the engine that’s in your truck. Without it, you can’t be sure that your application was thoroughly engineered and tested. Some companies advertise a generic power gain which isn’t really your truck and engine package. Cold Air Inductions uses a chassis dyno (in addition to a state-of-the-art flow bench and computer simulation) to develop every system. Cold Air Inductions Inc.’s dyno measures power at the tires, taking into consideration all the variables in a vehicle and drivetrain. The horsepower and torque-curve information provided by Cold Air Inductions Inc. is for the system for your specific model of vehicle and for that same vehicle’s engine.
  2. Real Power Gains. Even when another company does share its before and after power curve, you have to look at how the testing was done. All Cold Air Inductions Inc.’s kits are designed as closed systems. This means we don’t use the top of the hood to seal our air boxes. We think this is more precise for air and heat control, and it also makes a big difference in claimed power numbers. If a competitor tests its open system with the hood open (meaning the air box is not sealing against the hood, so it is able to suck in more cool air during the test), the dyno will record higher horsepower and torque numbers than you’ll ever see while driving. You don’t drive down the street with your hood open, do you? Cold Air Inductions Inc. tests vehicles in a way that ensures the power we claim is the power you will feel every time you drive your vehicle.
  3. Quality from Day 1. When you unbox a Cold Air Inductions Inc. air-intake system and lay your hands on the parts for the first time, you know you’ve made the right choice. Every part in our system is made from the highest quality material, and it is crafted with pride in the USA. The airbox and tube are made from durable aluminum. All of the TIG welding is done by hand. All of the aluminum parts are powder-coated for a durable finish that will last whether your truck sees duty in dry, desert regions or salt-laden Midwest winters. We provide new stainless steel fasteners for the MAF sensor. If there are rubber parts in the system, they are the same quality as what GM used originally, or better. We use ¼-turn fasteners to attach the filter inspection lid – making it easy and quick to remove and reinstall the lid if you need to service the filter. Quality in every component – and quality that will last a long, long time.
  4. The Power of Cold. The goal of a cold-air intake is to reduce the restriction of air flowing into the engine, resulting in increased engine power. We go a step further with our systems by keeping the temperature of the air as cool as possible as it enters the engine. You see, the cooler the air temperature entering the engine, the more dense it is, letting the engine breathe in more air with every revolution for even more power. We coat our air tubes with thermal protection and line our air boxes with heat insulation. This reduces the transfer of heat from the hot, underhood environment to the air flowing through the air-intake, keep the air inlet temperature as cool as it can be. Cold Air Inductions Inc.’s systems improve airflow and keep air as cool as possible for the best power gains.
  5. The Sound of Performance. The last thing you want after upgrading the air intake on your truck is some odd sucking sound every time you lean into the throttle. GM spends countless hours eliminating undesirable noises from the air intake, and we do the same when we engineer our systems. This is an area where assembling a bunch of parts used in systems for other vehicles simply doesn’t work. We design every system for the specific vehicle and engine combination. We test on the flowbench, and then we test in the vehicle under a variety of driving conditions to make sure that the sound you hear when driving is a pleasant, performance one.

We’ve been manufacturing cold-air intakes for more than 10 years. We pay attention to the things that matter to people who love their trucks because we love our trucks! We depend on them for work and play. And you can depend on us for the highest-quality air intakes in the industry, delivering real power and great quality.

2017 Camaro SS Gets The Best Air Intake On The Market

2017 Camaro SS Cold Air Intake Performance For Hammerdown Motorsports

DiabloFormulaRacing installs a 2017 Camaro SS Cold Air Inductions cold air intake system. He gives part by part feedback based on his experience with other systems on the market. Also, he gives a thorough overview on what the installed quality is for the new 2017 systems.

Diablo Formula Racing is at it on a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Coming from the dealer with some power, he looks for a good way to add more to Hammerdown’s white double S Camaro.  Nothing is better than more rear wheel horsepower. DFR breaks down the system from the box showing each component. He replaces the spacer in the front of the intake manifold but aside from that, just uses the parts from the box for a seemingly instant performance upgrade. Having done a few Camaros with Cold Air Induction cold air intake systems, he throws the instructions right out of the box. The car already had headers and some other upgrades. During the latter part of the video, you can hear the air going into the engine. This is a 6th gen Camaro that will be higher horsepower and with more top end torque. The video doesn’t show the side by side before and after the cold air intake install but with the extra modifications, Hammerdown will most likely be dyno testing only after some more upgrades and other projects on a well tuned 6th generation Camaro like he has. DFR estimated Hammerdown is around 440hp at the wheels with the cold air intake and the other modifications.