Chevrolet
Silverado 1500 LD
2019
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William Kinton
Automotive Editor - August 22, 2018

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD OVERVIEW

If you're the kind of person who prefers a proven design with a production history instead of a new model, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD is the truck you're looking for. Chevy says the LD stands for "Light Duty," don't think the Silverado is no longer up to the tough stuff. It can still haul heavy things and drive over stuff like the outgoing 2018 model, but you'll know that it's a design that has had most of its quirks worked out.

What's New for 2019

For this generation's final model year, Chevy has greatly simplified the options into three trims. Furthermore, there's only one engine choice, and models are limited to the Double Cab and standard box configuration.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD

The only engine choice for the Silverado LD is the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This power allows the Silverado LD to tow up to 9,400 pounds while also returning up to 15 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway, and 17 combined, according to the EPA. Four-wheel drive is optional for $3,900 extra on the WT and LT trims, although it does lower the tow ratings by 200 pounds and impose a one-point penalty to the highway mpg rating.

Unlike the previous year, all Silverado LD models come with a double cab and a standard 6.5-foot box. Common option packages that exist across all trims include the $1,295 Essentials Package which includes a soft-folding tonneau bed cover, all-weather floor liners, and chrome running boards, and the $385 Protection Package which pairs all-weather floor liners and front and rear splash guards. All trim levels also get access to a performance cat-back exhaust ($1,195) and at least a few stylistic option changes like black Bow Tie badges.

WT

The base level Silverado LD is the WT trim, which starts at $35,995 (all prices include the $1,495 destination fee). WT stands for "Work Truck," in reference to who's likely to buy this truck. Therefore, the WT gets a standard front bench, vinyl bench, steel wheels, and unpainted black plastic bumpers. Since the person buying the WT probably isn't the person driving it, comfort and tech aren't highly prioritized, leaving the driver only with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.

Options are much more limited with the WT trim, with the only unique package being the $710 WT Essentials Package that gives the Silverado LD tinted windows, a 110-volt AC power outlet, remote keyless entry, and heated power mirrors.

LT

The LT trim is the bread-and-butter choice for most Silverado LD buyers, starting at $40,695. The LT gives the Silverado aluminum wheels, painted door handles, cloth bench seats, an updated 8.0-inch infotainment system, three months of satellite radio, and the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate.

Several option packages are available, including the Texas Edition and All Star Edition Packages. Both of these packages cost $2,155, and include dual-zone climate control, heated seats, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a 110-volt AC outlet, an integrated trailer brake controller, rear window defogger, LED fog lights, and unique wheels. There's also the Local Market Package for $4,275 with unique 22-inch wheels, an illuminated black Bow Tie badge, running boards, and mudguards. The similar Black Pack ($3,825) adds 22-inch gloss black wheels, running boards, and black Bow Tie emblems, and the $3,295 Chrome Package comes with chrome wheels and running boards.

LT Z71

The LT Z71 is the top line Silverado LD for $45,495 and positions itself as the ultimate off-road variant of the line. To that end, the LT Z71 gets standard four-wheel drive, unique 18-inch wheels, hill descent control, a transfer case shield, a special off-road suspension, LED fog lights, and the special Z71 Appearance Package. The Z71 also has access to the same packages as the standard LT, but adds the $1,060 Midnight Edition with black Bow Tie emblems, black wheels, special off-road tires, rear park assist, and a black front skid plate. Options are pretty much the same as the standard LT, as well.

CarsDirect Tip

Your individual requirements for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD will largely dictate which one you buy, but most people will be set with the LT trim. Of the various packages, we'd recommend sticking with either the Texas Edition or All Star Edition packages which add several useful features that you'd otherwise miss.

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