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.

Best Value

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

Performance

Chevy Silverado 1500

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.

Style

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?

Chevy Silverado 1500

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.