Chevrolet once billed itself as "the Heartbeat of America." Though Chevy's marketing department may have moved on to new slogans and catchphrases, the old handle still holds true for the brand's iconic Silverado. Generations of Americans have found comfort and familiarity behind the wheel of the tried-and-true Chevy pickup, whether it was grandpa's old Advance Design, dad's Square Body, or just a high school buddy's beater C/K rig. It's the kind of machine this country was built on, even if more and more pickups nowadays are family-haulers rather than farm implements. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is fully redesigned with new motors, freshened exterior styling, and an updated interior.
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview
What's New for 2019
The Silverado is all new for 2019.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Modern full-size trucks have become a veritable smorgasbord of choices and options. In the Silverado's case, there's a whopping eight trims and five engines; let's not even broach the various cab and bed choices that are also part of the deal. It's safe to say that if there's a specific combination of truck bits you're looking for, Chevy's probably got you covered.
Like last year's trucks, buyers have a choice of Regular, Double, and Crew Cab body styles. Regular are available with either an eight-foot or six-foot-six-inch bed; Double Cabs are six-foot-six-inches only; Crew Cabs have the choice between the six-foot-six-inch or a five-foot-eight-inch bed. Certain trims are limited to certain bad styles; for instance, the LTZ and High Country models are only available on Crew Cab trucks, while Work Truck models are destined only for Regular and Double Cabs.
As for powertrains, well, let's start off with the base 4.3-liter V6. This old six has spent its fair share of time under the hood of Chevy trucks, but it's proven itself admirably – there's a reason so many swear by this big-displacement six. For 2019, the venerable 4.3 offers 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. It's standard in the lower-tier trucks, and unavailable beyond the Custom Trail Boss trim.
Another familiar face returning for 2019 is the 5.3-liter V8. This year, it's offered in two different configurations: one with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and one with Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM). Both offer the same power output of 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Where they differ is in their fuel delivery and fuel-saving technologies. AFM has been around for some time, and is nothing fancier than cylinder deactivation during moments when the engine is underworked, such as cruising on the highway without a load. DFM, on the other hand, can run in one of 17 different cylinder patterns. Unfortunately, Chevrolet has yet to release how much this new technology helps cut down on fuel consumption – fuel economy for most 2019 Silverado engines are still MIA. It's worth noting that AFM models are hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission, while DFM trucks get an eight-speed gearbox. The 5.3 is available across all eight trims, with lower trims getting the old AFM tech and the higher ones getting DFM.
The old 6.2-liter V8 also returns, and every one will be built with DFM technology. Power stands at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, which is unchanged from last year. The transmission is now a 10-speed automatic, one that was – gasp – co-developed with Ford. If you were hoping to get this big-cube motor nestled into a bare-bones Work Truck model, check yourself. Chevy has limited it's availability to only the ritzy High Country and LTZ trims.
Equally as new and perhaps more ballyhooed than the Silverado is the newly-available inline-six diesel. With a turbocharged 3.0 liters, this Duramax diesel has us anticipating some impressive fuel economy and towing numbers. However, late availability means there's no hard data to support the hype surrounding this motor. Look for more info towards the back half of the model year.
We do have the stats for the other new 2019 powertrain, though. The 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the first time a four-cylinder has been dropped into a Silverado in the nameplate's history. Power is rated at a stout 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, which, if you've been reading carefully, is a good bit more than the standard-issue V6. An eight-speed automatic does the job of shifting gears and AFM tech lets it run on even less than four cylinders during opportune times.
Take a quick glance at what's offered as optional, and suddenly Santa's list of who's been naughty and nice suddenly doesn't look so intimidatingly long. There's a lot to wade through here – almost too much, frankly. There are, however, a couple packages with widespread availability. The Trailering Package includes a hitch, seven- and four-pin connectors, and hitch guidance. The Max Trailering Package uses a 3.42 rear axle, heavy-duty cooling and heavy-duty springs, and a heavy-duty alternator. Other functional hardware like block heaters and heavy duty batteries are also optional across most, if not all, models.
The best value in the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup is in the LT range. It offers a good selection of standard and optional equipment, and the RST and Trail Boss variants can make the truck into a hip boulevardier or butch mud-seeker. Let the contractors get the W/Ts and Customs, and leave the LTZs and High Countries on the lot for someone else to pay for – the LT scratches the truck itch just right for most buyers.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review
With the full-size pickup truck segment going through massive changes, it was time for the Silverado to get a full update. That update comes in the redesigned 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, which boasts an all-new look, reduced weight, a new interior, and an array of new engines. Is this the redesign the Silverado really needed? Keep reading to find out.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in all shapes and sizes; it even has eight trims to satisfy just about any buyer: Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country. Within these trim levels, one strikes a delicate balance of features and value, and that is the LT.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 LT comes standard with many of the features the typical truck buyer would want, including a chrome bar in the center of the grille, chrome bumpers, chrome mirror caps, 17-inch bright-silver wheels, LED headlights, automatic engine stop/start, an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, 4G LTE WiFi, two USB ports, an easy-lift tailgate, and more. Here's how we'd build it:
- Model:2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab, Standard Bed LT
- Engine: 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output:310 hp / 348 lb-ft
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain:Rear-wheel drive
- MPG:20 City / 23 Hwy
- Options: None
- Base Price:$38,395 (includes the $1,495 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$38,395
If you want engine options, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 has plenty to offer, including a 4.3-liter V6, a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, two 5.3-liter V8s, a 6.2-liter V8, and even a 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel. While each engine has its benefits, the real standouts are the V8 units that range from 355 to 420 horsepower. For buyers looking to save a little on fuel, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine will likely be the best option, but Chevy hasn’t released its official specs yet.
The 2019 Silverado also went through serious suspension updates, making its already smooth ride even smoother. What’s more, this softened suspension doesn't make it a pig in the turns as its big drop in weight helps it manage body lean.
Though the new four-cylinder engine has plenty of accessible power and helps with city fuel economy, its 23 miles per gallon highway is lower than the 5.3-liter V8 by one mpg.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 boasts an all-new look that's upright, blocky, and chiseled, just like a pickup truck should be. Its shapely headlights add a little extra flare to this otherwise utilitarian-looking truck.
While the Silverado 1500’s new look is far from ugly, the big and blocky face can be a little too much. This is especially true with the all-black grille, which may remind you of Darth Vader’s mask.
Inside, the 2019 Silverado 1500 boasts an array of options that range from the dirty-boot-ready vinyl to upscale leather and navigation in the High Country model. Regardless of what trim you choose, the Silverado 1500’s cabin is well thought out and all its controls are easy to access.
The Best and Worst Things
The V8 grunt and soft ride are top-notch in the Silverado 1500. Few trucks can match it in both categories.
While it’s nice to see Chevy take a chance with styling, the Silverado has a face only a mother could love (maybe?).
Right For? Wrong For?
The Silverado is perfect for a buyer who’s tired of the same old trucks. With its striking looks, soft ride, and thoughtful interior, the all-new Silverado 1500 is a breath of fresh air.
Buyers shopping for a luxury pickup may prefer one of the Silverado’s competitors. Even the range-topping High Country model lacks true premium features.
The Bottom Line
The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500’s redesign keeps the lineup fresh, but it does so at a cost, as some buyers may find this new look overwhelming. If they can get past that front end and into the cabin, the Silverado’s impressive V8 engines, soft ride, and intuitive interior will make them forget about that awkward nose.
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