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.
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.
Chevy's incentives present fair deals whether you prefer to buy or lease. Interestingly, not many models in the lineup feature promotional financing offers. Rates can reach... View All Chevrolet Lease Deals
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