With pickup trucks now being so popular among today’s drivers, Chevrolet felt the need to bolster its 2019 lineup. While the midsize Colorado has become a favorite among drivers seeking everyday practicality, the full-size Silverado 1500 has been fully redesigned. Meanwhile, drivers needing the maximum towing capabilities can turn to the more robust Silverado HD.
Let’s take a closer look at what each model brings to the table.
2019 Chevrolet Colorado
- Base: $20,500
- WT: $24,000
- LT: $27,500
- Z71: $30,600
- ZR2: $40,900
Built to compete against pickups like the Toyota Tacoma and the all-new Ford Ranger, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado continues to impress. Drivers rave about the Colorado’s smooth performance and overall versatility. An outstanding tow rating makes this truck even more rewarding.
Chevy offers the new Colorado with three different engines. Tuned to develop 200 horsepower, the base four-cylinder engine is perfect for daily commuting. Fuel economy stands at an economical 20/26 mpg. Drivers who need more muscle can step up to the brawnier V6 engine, which punches out 308 horsepower. If you desire class-leading fuel economy, opt for the four-cylinder diesel engine. It develops 181 horsepower and a compelling 369 pound-feet of torque. Aside from returning a frugal 20/30 mpg, the diesel-powered Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds.
While the Colorado’s well-mannered handling and excellent ride comfort make it satisfying to drive on the street, you can also have fun traveling off the beaten path. Featuring rugged upgrades like a raised suspension and front/rear differentials, the trail-ready ZR2 model is especially great for off-road adventures.
Don’t expect the Colorado to provide a great deal of legroom for passengers sitting in the back. Nevertheless, it’s an extremely comfortable truck. This year, Chevy’s all-new Infotainment 3 interface with smartphone integration comes standard throughout the lineup. You’ll enjoy the touchscreen’s sharper graphics and quicker processing. Upper trims also benefit from a new HD backup camera. Upgrades, like a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot and a seven-speaker Bose sound system, are available as well. Although the Colorado doesn’t offer blind-spot monitoring or automatic emergency braking, you can benefit from the available forward collision alert system.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- Work Truck: $29,795
- Custom: $36,000
- Custom Trail Boss: $40,995
- LT: $38,395
- RST: $40,295
- LT Trail Boss: $47,395
- LTZ: $44,495
- High Country: $54,495
Chevy is hoping the redesigned Silverado 1500 can finally surpass the top-selling Ford F-150. This full-size pickup has certainly improved in several key areas. Not only does the new Silverado 1500 offer the largest bed in the segment, but it also boasts a higher towing capacity. Sleeker exterior styling adds to the truck’s appeal.
When checking out the redesigned Silverado 1500, you’ll have several engines to pick from. A 285-horsepower V6 remains the base power source. Many drivers will be interested in the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which churns out 310 horsepower and returns a combined 21 mpg. Drivers who need more muscle under the hood will be interested in one of the available EcoTec V8 engines. While the 5.3-liter variant develops 355 horsepower, the 6.2-liter version generates 420 horsepower. Chevy’s new 10-speed automatic transmission optimizes performance with the larger V8 engine. Maximum towing capacity has increased to a formidable 12,200 pounds. According to sources, a diesel engine could be offered for the first time later in the model year.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 handles very well for a big truck. Although the Silverado 1500 may not offer the ride comfort of the Ram 1500, most people won’t have any big complaints. For the drivers who like to explore the wilderness, Chevrolet offers the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trims. These four-wheel-drive models come standard with a Z71 package, which includes an off-road suspension and added undercarriage protection.
If you have a family, you’ll especially appreciate the new Silverado 1500’s roomier interior. Crew cab models provide substantially more legroom for your backseat passengers. You’ll also value the interior’s easy-to-use features. Like the smaller Colorado, it comes standard with Chevy’s much-improved Infotainment 3 interface. Some of the other high-end features include 4G Wi-Fi connectivity, a color head-up display, and ventilated front seats. Forward pedestrian detection with braking and blind-spot warning are just a couple of the available safety technologies.
2019 Silverado HD
- Work Truck: $37,600
- LT: $47,000
- LTZ: $52,700
- High Country: $59,000
In terms of hauling and towing abilities, the heavy-duty Silverado HD is a step above the Silverado 1500. It’s powerful, roomy, and tough enough to handle rigorous working environments. Family-friendly features, like a rear-seat entertainment system and a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, also make the Silverado HD a great vehicle for road tripping.
Two different engines are available for the new Silverado HD. The standard V8 engine pushes out a solid 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. However, opting for the turbocharged diesel engine transforms the Silverado HD into an even more capable workhorse. It develops a competitive 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. This is enough muscle for the Silverado HD to confidently pull a 14,500-pound load. As expected, four-wheel-drive and Chevy’s Z71 Off-Road package are optional. Because the EPA doesn’t provide fuel economy estimates for heavy-duty vehicles, the Silverado HD’s efficiency is not certain. However, some testers have averaged around 15 mpg during real-world driving conditions.
Although the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD is built for the everyday grind, it’s still a relaxing truck. Big controls and easy-to-read gauges make you feel right at home. While the Silverado HD comes loaded with a competitive number of features, the automaker’s all-new Infotainment 3 interface is not available. Instead, you’ll get Chevy’s slower MyLink system. On the bright side, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone support are included across the lineup. Featuring heated/ventilated leather seats and wireless charging, the range-topping High Country trim is especially luxurious. High Country models also benefit from a standard Driver Alert package, which provides lane departure warning and forward collision alert.