2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Solid “Like a Rock”
Though you may not be old enough to remember the commercials — or maybe you do — Chevrolet has been building upon the Silverado legacy since long before the popular jingle took hold. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 continues this tradition, bringing potential buyers a solid work truck that works hard all day and glides you home at night.
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about the 2019 Silverado 1500, but check out its bigger siblings, the 2500 and 3500 if you need more truck for your buck.
Chevrolet offers four different powertrains on the 2019 Silverado 1500. The base 4.3-liter V6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and puts out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Smaller 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder engines pair to an eight-speed automatic for 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. The smaller of the two V8 engines available on the Silverado 1500 is a 5.3-liter capable of 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired with either the six-speed or the eight-speed automatic. Finally, the 6.2-liter V8 shifts via a 10-speed automatic and boasts 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Like most trucks on the market today, the Silverado 1500 is available in either a two-wheel or a four-wheel drive type. Towing capacity, which mostly depends on cab size, ranges from 10,000 pounds up to 12,200 pounds.
There are quite a few numbers in terms of fuel efficiency for the 2019 Silverado 1500, depending on the drive type and cab you choose.
FuelEconomy.gov reports the EPA-estimated mpg rating for the 4.3-liter V6 range from 14 to 16 city and 17 to 21 highway mpg. For the 2.7-liter powerplant, customers will likely see anywhere from 18 to 20 city and 21 to 23 highway mpg.
The powerful V8 engines in the 2019 Silverado 1500 post similar numbers in terms of two-wheel and four-wheel drive variants. For example, those equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission both make the same 15 city mpg rating, while the four-wheel drive variant loses a point to the two-wheel drive’s 22 highway mpg. The V8s paired with the eight-speed automatic will see anywhere from 15 to 17 city and 20 to 23 highway mpg, dependent upon cab length, drive type, and trim level. Finally, the 6.2-liter V8 is only available in four-wheel drive, so it achieves 16 city and 20 highway mpg.
Entertainment and Safety Features
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received a “Good” rating from the IIHS in all categories except for the passenger-side small overlap test. Currently, the NHTSA has not yet given the 2019 Silverado 1500 an overall safety rating. However, it awarded the 2018 Silverado 1500 five stars for the crash test, frontal crash, side barrier, and side crash ratings.
Pickup trucks vary from typical sedans and even crossovers in that you have to choose both a cab style and trim level. For a comprehensive to list of features available to build your custom Silverado 1500, be sure to check out Chevrolet’s website. We’ll try to break it all down for you here, though.
Let’s first begin with cab types. There’s a two-door regular cab, a four-door extended cab, and the crew cab. Many consider the two-door Silverado 1500s to be work trucks, while the crew cabs tend to be used for more luxurious purposes.
Now for the trim levels. There are eight in total: Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country. The Work Truck and Custom trims are powered by the 4.3-liter V6 engine. LT and RST trims get their power from the 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder, while the LT Trail Boss and LTZ upgrade to the 5.3-liter V8. However, both the LTZ and the High Country can be equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 engine.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 varies in price, costing anywhere from $28,000 to $53,000 depending upon the options you choose. Each trim level comes with a different assortment of features. To help, we have listed them all below.
- The Work Truck trim comes with 17-inch wheels, cloth seats, air conditioner, a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
- The Custom trim comes with 20-inch wheels, power heated mirrors, cruise control, and remote entry.
- The Custom Trail Boss trim comes with four-wheel-drive, 18-inch black wheels, and Z71 off-road suspension.
- The LT trim comes with LED headlights, OnStar, eight-inch touchscreen, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and tailgate damper.
- The RST trim comes with power-locking and power-release tailgate, remote start, window defroster, and in-bed lighting.
- The LT Trail Boss trim comes with four-wheel-drive, 18-inch black wheels, Z71 off-road suspension, unique exterior accents, and dual exhaust.
- The LTZ trim comes with a rearview camera, power-folding mirrors, heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, navigation, leather seating, heated front seats, and HD radio.
- The High Country trim comes with 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome side rails, seven-speaker Bose audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, power-sliding rear center window, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
How the 2019 Chevy Silverado Compares
Kelley Blue Book (KBB) named the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 as “one of the best-selling trucks in America, thanks to its well-rounded portfolio of strong performance, reliability and quiet, comfortable interiors.” And in fact, Edmunds chose the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss as one of their best off-road trucks. There’s a lot to like about the Silverado 1500, from the 300-pound weight-loss to the “better throttle response and quicker acceleration.” KBB experts note the model “drives smaller than it is,” which can be a plus for those not as experienced in driving larger vehicles.
However, experts did have a few bones to pick with Chevy. Most notably, KBB says that the Silverado 1500 “is a jack of all trades but master of none.” Consumer Reports found the ride to be uncomfortable and Edmunds experts didn’t like the amount of space the center stack took away from the interior. Despite the criticism, reviewers did recommend purchasing higher trim levels.
Chevrolet does command a large, loyal following, however, and like always, personal preferences often take precedence over facts and figures.
- A wide variety of powertrain options and trim levels
- Turbo diesel engine available soon
- Lots of available safety features
- Infotainment and voice controls trail competitors’ offerings
- Interior pales to GMC and Cadillac
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 represents the entry-level pickup truck offerings from the iconic brand. We recommend stopping by your local Chevrolet dealership to take a closer look at what the 2019 Silverado 1500 has to offer and decide if it fits your needs.