2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Introduction

Fully redesigned for the new model year, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 full-size pickup truck is more refined and more practical than its 2014-18 predecessor.

In its latest form, the Silverado has lost a lot of weight, dropping up to 450 pounds, helped by use of mixed materials. Cabs are bigger. So are cargo beds, which offer more features. Crew Cabs have gained 2.9 inches of rear legroom. Buyers also have a wider choice of powertrains.

Road manners have improved, and more safety features are available. The model lineup has expanded to eight trim levels: Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country. Most Silverados have the Double Cab (extended-cab) or Crew Cab configuration, but a couple of Regular Cab versions remain available. Cargo-bed length may be 5-foot-8, 6-foot-6, or 8-foot.

The base engine is a 4.3-liter V-6 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, driving a 6-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet’s 5.3-liter V-8 now comes in two versions, both rated at 355 hp and 383 lb-ft. The base V-8 works with a 6-speed automatic and includes Active Fuel Management, which shuts down four cylinders under light load conditions. The new V-8 version mates with an 8-speed automatic. GM’s new Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) system can shut down one to six cylinders when appropriate.

Topping the power spectrum is a 6.2-liter V-8 that generates 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet, with 10-speed automatic and DFM.

Two powertrains are new for 2019. Rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, the 2.7-liter turbo-4 mates with 8-speed automatic. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6, whipping up 277 horsepower and a vigorous 460 pound-feet, joined during the 2019 model year.

Silverados may have rear-drive or four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. In automatic mode, the 4WD Silverado can be driven on any road surface.

Safety-feature availability has grown, but the most valuable items are offered only for upper-trim models. A Safety package, standard on High Country and optional for LT trim and above, includes blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and front/rear parking sensors. Safety Package II, available for LTZ and High Country, adds forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, and active lane control.

Crash-testing by the IIHS resulted in “Good” scores, except for “Marginal” in the small-overlap frontal test on the passenger side. Headlights were rated “Poor.” The NHTSA gave the 2019 Silverado a four-star rating overall and for frontal impact, but five-star for side-impact.

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