What’s old is new. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD is based on the previous-generation Silverado and is only available in double cab configuration. Likely, it'll only be available for one year as General Motors advances the all-new Silverado 1500.
The 1500 LD is all about giving customers extra value as they consider their options. Supplies are limited as the new model takes hold. You’ll typically find a cash discount offer on this model and likely a lease offer will emerge this spring. The same can be said for the new model, however.
One engine choice. Besides only offering the double cab, the Silverado 1500 LD comes with just one engine choice, and that’s the highly capable 5.3-liter V8. This means the other two engine choices, a 4.3-liter V6 and a 6.2-liter V8, can't be had.
The V8, however, is an excellent choice as it makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Its fuel economy ratings come in at 15 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway, and 17 combined, or 15/21/17 mpg (city/highway/combined) with four-wheel drive.
Four trim levels. Chevrolet makes it possible to dress the Silverado LD in one of four trims: WT, Custom, LT, or LT Z71. The base WT trim has 17-inch painted steel wheels set within all-season tires. Chevrolet’s CornerStep bumper is included. Moving up to the top trim, you’ll find 18-inch machine-finished aluminum wheels set within all-terrain tires and chrome appearance touches.
Chevrolet also offers a variety of upgrade choices, including safety, appearance, and convenience packages. However, you may find the pickings slim as the automaker winds down the model.
Safety features for the taking. All Silverado LDs come with a rearview camera and TeenDriver, the latter serving as parental monitor of young driver road behavior. A suite of airbags, stability and traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes round out the standard equipment.
Among the safety features available is the driver Safety Alert Seat, which serves as a warning system if a crash is possible. The warnings come from either the left, right, or center of the cushion, alerting the driver to the direction of where the threat is located. Other safety features include forward collision warning, front and rear park assist, automatic high beams, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.
Final thoughts. This isn’t the first time Chevrolet has extended a previous Silverado generation to overlap with a new one. The transition, though, may confuse buyers, but that’s something easily handled at the dealer level.
Should you choose the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 LD over the new model? Go with the first choice only if the cash savings is the main driver for you. Otherwise, the latest Silverado offers the latest equipment and the broadest selection of cab, bed, engine, and transmission choices.