2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

$28,300 – $56,600
Price Range (MSRP)

What’s new

  • Completely redesigned for 2019
  • Part of the fourth Silverado 1500 generation introduced for 2019

Pros

  • Several available powertrains for various towing/hauling needs
  • Longer cabin provides excellent rear legroom
  • Lots of in-bed tie-down points and massive bed capacity
  • New touchscreen display is attractive and easy to use

Cons

  • Interior design and cabin controls seem old compared to rivals
  • Extra-large center stack takes up lots of cabin space
  • Quality of some cabin materials is subpar




What’s new for 2019?

Almost everything. The truck itself is new, with new sheetmetal and a few new powertrains. The truck is larger: the overall length is up by 1.6 inches, with a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase, making for a bigger and roomier cab. The bed is also larger, and thanks to the use of some aluminum (doors, hood, and tailgate) and high-strength steel, the truck is lighter. If you compare the new and old quad-cab V8 trucks like to like, the 2019 is 450 pounds lighter. The frame is 88 pounds lighter, and still fully boxed, while the cab is similarly lighter. The cargo bed is still steel, and thanks to some clever stamping techniques it’s wider internally by seven inches, with taller walls, increasing bed capacity to 63 cubic feet.

Chevrolet understands that a full-size truck is built to work, and has endowed the 2019 Silverado Crew Cab with more practicality than ever, offering both a short bed and standard bed. 2WD and 4WD derivatives are available, with a choice of engines from a 4.3-liter V6, rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, a 2.7-liter turbo-4 with 319hp and 348 lb-ft on tap, a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, and a 6.2-liter V8 delivering 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. The 4.3 and 5.3 units make use of a 6-speed automatic, with the 2.7 unit gaining an extra 2 ratios, and the 6.2 making use of a full 10-speed automatic. No fewer than 8 trims are available; WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and range topping High Country, with prices ranging from $36,095 to $58,095 before options.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Models

TRIM ENGINE TRANSMISSION DRIVETRAIN INVOICE PRICE (MSRP)
Work Truck (WT) V6 Gas, V8 Gas 6-Speed Automatic Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive $27,083 $28,300
Custom V6 Gas, V8 Gas 6-Speed Automatic Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive $32,766 $34,600
LT Inline-4 Gas, V8 Gas 8-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Automatic Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive $34,575 $36,900
RST Inline-4 Gas 8-Speed Automatic Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive $36,356 $38,800
Custom Trail Boss V6 Gas 6-Speed Automatic Four Wheel Drive $37,406 $39,500



What are the engine and transmission options?

There are two new engine options on sale right now — a new version of the carryover 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management for increased fuel economy, and a 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four that is available in the LT and RST trims and replaces the old 4.3-liter V6. The V6 is now only available on the WT and Custom trims, aimed at fleet and working buyers. A new turbodiesel inline-six will be available down the road. There’s also an available 6.2-liter V8. A carryover version of the 5.3-liter V8, with Active Fuel Management and hooked up to a six-speed automatic, is also available. We have a very thorough overview right here of all the engines and transmissions, and which trims they’re available in.

How It Drives

The 5.3-liter V8 engine and new eight-speed automatic transmission work together superbly, making the Silverado feel responsive and satisfying to drive. The transmission delivers timely and quick shifts, and together, this powertrain combination is a vast improvement over the previous generation.

It is disappointing that a basic four-wheel-drive Silverado doesn’t have the low-range gearing needed for serious off-roading duties. But it does have a “lock” feature that sends equal power to all four wheels to help get the truck out of challenging, slippery situations, such as through mud or a loose-gravel incline. We like that the four-wheel-drive system has an Auto mode that can be left engaged indefinitely. Off-road enthusiasts must look to the Z71 Off-Road package or Trail Boss models for the necessary rock-crawling hardware.

The new Silverado’s handling is sound. It feels responsive and is not nearly as clumsy as the F-150.

What features are available and what’s the price?

The 2019 Silverado is available in eight trim levels, starting with the most basic Work Truck for $31,290 and culminating in the leather-clad High Country for $55,990. The LT level is the bread-and-butter of the lineup, with a traditional exterior look highlighted in chrome and an interior that features an eight-inch touchscreen and optional leather seats. New models for 2019 are the $41,790 RST and $42,490 Trail Boss.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado RST is meant to appeal to the performance crowd with nearly all bits of chrome from the LT replaced with body-color trim. Unfortunately, there isn’t any actual added performance from the RST over any other Silverado. The new 2019 Trail Boss is available as a package on the lower-cost Custom trim or the more fully featured LT trim, and starts at $48,890. With a blacked-out face punctuated by a beefy red pair of tow hooks, the Trail Boss is a ruggedly handsome truck. The Z71 Off Road Package comes standard on the Trail Boss, but the big selling points are the factory-installed two-inch suspension lift, Rancho shocks, and skid plates.

 

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will start at $29,795, which includes a $1,495 destination charge and is $400 cheaper than last year’s equivalent truck. This is a proper base model, with a regular cab, a long bed and rear-wheel drive. The standard engine is Chevrolet’s 285-horsepower, 305-pound-foot 4.3-liter V6, which comes mated to a six-speed automatic. It’s good for up to 8,000 pounds of towing or 2,500 pounds of payload.

Chevy’s 5.3-liter V8 is available on this trim, as well. It puts out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, enabling towing up to 11,000 pounds and payload up to 2,430 pounds.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 4.3-liter V6 is also standard on the Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims. These two trims, and all the trims above them, are available with either a double cab and a standard bed or a crew cab and a short bed. The Custom starts at $36,095, while the 4WD-only Custom Trail Boss starts at $40,995.

If you want a 2019 Silverado with Chevrolet’s new 2.7-liter turbocharged I4, it’s first available on the LT trim, as well as the sportier RST trim above that. It’s a mighty little guy, with an output of 310 horsepower and 348 torques, and it mates to an eight-speed automatic. It’ll tow up to 7,200 pounds and haul up to 2,280. The LT starts at $38,395 (a $700 price drop over last year), and the RST will set you back $40,295. The 5.3-liter V8 is available here, as well, as is Chevrolet’s new 3.0-liter I6 diesel engine. Output and towing figures for the diesel are still TBA.

That 5.3-liter V8 is standard equipment on the next two trims, the $47,395 LT Trail Boss (4WD only) and the $44,495 LTZ. In fact, that’s the only engine you can slam into the LT Trail Boss. The LTZ, on the other hand, can wield the 5.3-liter V8, the 3.0-liter diesel I6 or Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter V8. The 6.2 is the big boy, offering 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet with up to 12,200 pounds of towing capacity.

Once you move up to the range-topping Silverado High Country, the 6.2-liter V8 becomes standard. It’s the fanciest, most expensive Silverado you can buy, with a starting price of $54,495, about $1,000 more than the last generation. It’s also the only Silverado that is offered solely with a crew cab and short bed. You can get the diesel if you want, though.