The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
By Christopher A. Randazzo
For awhile now, full-size pickup trucks have been the best-selling vehicles in America. That should surprise no one these days as it seems like trucks are everywhere. But what is surprising is that they are selling so well, resulting in fewer drivers buying four-door cars, leaving auto makers wondering the fate of their sedans. But when you look at the new trucks being offered today, it’s easy to see why sedans are being left behind. Today’s trucks offer nearly all the amenities of a sedan, plus can offer more room – and not to mention the utility that a truck offers that a car just can’t match. One example of such a truck is the Chevrolet Silverado.
The Silverado has been completely redesigned for 2019. Every body panel is new, the cabin has been redone, and there is a new, lighter (yet stronger) fully boxed steel frame. It’s also slightly bigger, which translates into more livable room inside – roughly three inches more legroom in the rear seat of the Crew Cab compared to the last model. For those looking at a truck solely as a worker, Chevy offers the Silverado in a two-door regular cab. Those wanting a slightly larger cab to carry more passengers and better accessibility, a four-door extended cab (Double Cab) is available. But for the ultimate people mover, yet still functional as a truck, the Crew Cab is the way to go.
The regular cab can be had with either a 6.5-foot-long standard bed or an 8-foot-long bed. The Double Cab comes only with the standard bed, while the Crew Cab comes with a shorter 5-foot-8-inch bed.
The new Silverado is available in eight different trim levels, from the base work truck, called the WT, to the creme de la creme luxurious High Country. In between those, in pecking order are the Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss and LTZ. Last week Chevrolet had me in a Silverado Crew Cab decked out in the LTZ trim level.
Just spend a few moments in the new Silverado and it’s easy to see why drivers are choosing them over cars – especially luxury cars. The test vehicle was fitted with heated and vented front seats, heat rear seats, two USB ports, leather interior, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, plus enough room, especially in the back seat, to hold a party. And we haven’t even mentioned the truck bed that can carry a payload of more than 2000 pounds. The tester has a tow rating of 9,600 pounds, but if need be, that can be increased to 12,100 pounds when the Silverado is fitted with the 6.2-liter V8 engine.
In regard to engines, the new Silverado’s base engine continues to be a 4.3-liter V6 that makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque and uses a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine is found in the WT, Custom and Custom Trail Boss trim levels. LT and RST models get, believe it or not, a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Yes – a four-cylinder engine in this big truck is available, and it tops the V6 by making 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed transmission. The LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country gets Chevy’s popular 5.3-liter V8 that still makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and is matched up to an eight-speed automatic. If more power is needed, the big 6.2-liter V8 continues on, working with a 10-speed automatic transmission, it makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It’s optional on the LTZ and the High Country.
The styling of the new Silverado is as bold as ever. A huge front grill with squinting headlights makes this new truck leave a lasting impression. The hood, doors and tailgate are now made of aluminum, which helps this new Silverado come in at 360 pounds lighter than a similarly equipped 2018 model.
While I would have hoped for the larger 6.2-liter V8, the 5.3-liter V8 powering my Silverado made this big truck move quite well. And I must emphasis big – because the Silverado feels huge. Looking over the large hood is quite a site. For those that equate bigger trucks to being better, well, the Silverado won’t let you down.
After spending a week with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, I began to understand the love these big trucks attract. Being in a big vehicle makes most drivers feel safer, and with all the latest technology and creature comforts the Silverado has to offer, I can see why pickup trucks are becoming the new family car.
By The Numbers:
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD LTZ Crew Cab
Base Price: $48,700.00
Price as Tested: $54,720.00
Layout: front-engine / four-wheel drive
Engine: 5.3-liter V8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Horsepower: 355 hp
Torque: 383 ft-lbs
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 city / 22 highway mpg
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