Anytime a new pickup hits the market, it’s a big deal. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 being as popular as it is, the redesigned 2019 models was certainly going to attract a lot of attention even if it doesn’t really look all that new.
The big changes found in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are definitely under the surface. There have been a ton of tweaks made under the hood and body panels, and there’s a new, more rugged off-road version.
If you own a previous-generation Silverado, you will likely notice the changes fairly quickly. That said, you may be left wanting more as the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, new generation or not, stayed close to the original recipe.
What’s new about the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
It’s bigger and has more interior space, a bigger bed, and an overall larger footprint. The 2019 Silverado grows in almost every area which leads to improved versatility and passenger comfort, particularly in the back. The Silverado 1500’s bed features 12 tie-downs and best-in-class cargo capacity.
Under the hood, the 2019 model can get a new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic. The 4.3-liter V6 is still on the menu, but you probably will have trouble finding one.
Both 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines are still offered. The first makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque while the second is good for 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic is paired with the turbocharged 2.7-liter engine as well as the V8 engines in some versions while the 6.2-liter V8 gets a 10-speed automatic. A new 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine is coming with 450 pound-feet of torque.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 gets a new cylinder deactivation system that’s both exclusive and quite advanced. Unlike your typical cylinder deactivation technology, this new system can deactivate cylinders in various sequences depending on the situation. You don’t feel it working and it certainly adds to the truck’s fuel efficiency.
As for what you don’t get in the new Silverado, well the GMC Sierra’s Multipro Tailgate is one feature. You can get a power tailgate in the Chevy, but not the Multipro. Not right now at least.
What’s the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado’s price?
It’s always a bit complicated to figure out how much a particular pickup costs. There are so many versions to begin with, and there are always a ton of rebates offered on full-size trucks. That said, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado’s official starting price is listed at $35,000 before fees, taxes, and rebates.
You’ll pay $37,800 for a Crew Cab model, and $38,800 for 4WD versions. To get the top-of-the-line 6.2-liter V8 engine, expect to pay more than $54,000, and just over $40,000 for a 2.7-liter, RWD 2019 Silverado.
When does it go on sale?
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is already on sale.
What other trucks should you consider?
You’ll want to check out the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, obviously. You also want to have a look at the GMC Sierra which is a bit more expensive but also more upscale. The Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra deserve a look as well if you’re the pragmatic type.
What do we think about it?
We drove both the redesigned GMC Sierra and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and we’ve also driven the new Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 extensively. If it were our money, we’d go with the GMC Sierra 1500 or the Ram. The Silverado’s main problem for us is that it doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from the previous generation. It looks the same inside even if it has more space, and it needs more useful technology upgrades.
It’s not a bad pickup and if you owned one and loved it so far, you’ll like the new generation. We just wish it made more of a splash with major interior design upgrades and technologies.