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.
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD Overview
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.
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.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD Review
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.