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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: What You Need to Know

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The redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is one of our highest-rated full-size trucks. It blends excellent performance with a quality interior, making it an appealing option no matter what you want in your next truck.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is ranked:

Is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a Good Truck?

Yes, the Chevrolet Silverado is a terrific full-size pickup truck. It's one of the most capable pickups in the class, with a large bed and plenty of powertrain options. It rides well and provides a cavernous interior that anyone can get comfortable in. The Silverado also offers an abundance of comfort and convenience niceties, infotainment tech, driver assistance features, and towing equipment. It's no wonder why this is one of our most highly rated trucks.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Silverado is a great truck for all of the reasons listed above, and its reasonable starting price makes it a solid value in its class. If you like the Silverado, there's no reason not to buy it. However, there are other good options in the full-size truck class. You may want to take a look at the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Silverado is completely redesigned for 2019, and the changes are plentiful. Despite its lighter weight, the new Silverado has a larger bed and cabin. It also has a higher maximum payload by more than 300 pounds. The redesigned Silverado offers a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and – later in the model year – a turbodiesel.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard in the Silverado. Available features that are new-for-2019 include a head-up display, a rearview camera mirror, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front pedestrian braking, and a surround-view parking camera.

Although you can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Silverado, you’ll miss out on the redesign's updates. If you are interested in a used model, check out our reviews of the 2018 and 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. Also stop by our Used Car Deals page to learn about the savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Silverado Cost?

Full pricing data has not been released for the 2019 Silverado, but it's expected to start around $28,500. That's comparable to the starting prices of a few other full-size pickups.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

Chevrolet Silverado Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Silverado or Ford F-150?

Both the Silverado and the Ford F-150 are recently updated; Chevy redesigned the Silverado this year, and Ford refreshed the F-150 for 2018. Both finish highly in our full-size truck rankings. They offer a wide variety of engines that include V6, V8, and upcoming turbodiesel options. The Silverado is available with a turbo-four while the F-150 isn’t, but the F-150 offers three turbocharged V6 engines.

The F-150 can tow and haul a bit more than the Silverado, but both trucks are so capable that it shouldn't affect most buyers’ decisions. Each truck also has an off-road specialty trim – the F-150 Raptor and the Silverado Trail Boss. Inside, the F-150 gets a slight edge for having a more upscale look. Each truck offers features the other doesn't, but both have long features lists overall. There's a lot to like about these two trucks, and your personal preferences will ultimately determine the better option for you.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Silverado or Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 is another truck that does well in our rankings. It's about as capable as the Silverado from a towing and hauling standpoint. However, the Ram stands out from the heard by having the smoothest ride in the class.

The Ram also has the nicest cabin in the class. It's extremely well-built and comfortable, with lots of luxurious touches in the upper trims. The Silverado offers a longer list of tech features, though. Both are great trucks, and each has advantages over the other. Your needs as a truck buyer will determine the right choice.

Silverado 1500 Performance

Silverado Engine: Spoiled for Choice

You have five options for a Silverado powertrain: the 285-horsepower V6 base engine, a 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, 355-horsepower and 420-horsepower V8s, and a turbodiesel that will debut partway through the model year.

Choose the V8s if you expect to do a lot of towing and hauling. Otherwise, both the standard V6 and available turbo-four perform well in most driving situations, making them fine choices as well.

Silverado Gas Mileage: Not Bad With a V8

As of this writing, fuel economy data is only available for the Silverado's two V8 engines. The smaller V8 earns 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, and the larger V8 gets 16/20 mpg city/highway. V8-equipped Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 models get similar fuel economy ratings to the Silverado with its V8.

Silverado Ride and Handling: Big and Composed

The Silverado handles well for a large truck, and it actually manages to make you forget how big it really is while you're driving (though it can still be tough to park in tight spaces). The ride is good by truck standards, but rivals like the Ram 1500 have a smoother ride.

Silverado Towing Capacity

The Silverado is one of the most capable trucks in the class, with a maximum towing capacity of over 12,000 pounds and a max payload of nearly 3,000 pounds. Both V8 engines can pull heavy trailers without feeling strained, and you can add plenty of useful features to help you hook up and safely pull a trailer.

Silverado 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the Silverado Seat?

The Silverado seats three in Regular Cab models and six in Double and Crew Cab models. You can get front bucket seats (instead of the standard bench) that drop capacity by one. In any cab style, passengers of all shapes and sizes have plenty of room whether they sit up front or in the back.

Silverado and Car Seats

Silverado models with rear seats are equipped with two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

Silverado Interior Quality

Nobody will deny that the Silverado looks great inside and that it features high-quality materials throughout. However, it still trails competitors when it comes to providing an upscale feel and clever styling touches.

Silverado Cargo Space

Chevrolet made the Silverado's beds wider and deeper for 2019, and it claims they're now the largest beds in the class. You have three bed length options: 8-foot, 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-8-inch. There are also several features like tie-down points, lockable bins, and a power tailgate that make hauling cargo easier.

Silverado Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include Chevy's Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a sunroof, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, three additional USB ports, wireless device charging, and an upgraded Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch HD touch screen and navigation.

The Silverado comes with a user-friendly infotainment system, and the touch screen is large and easy to read from the driver's seat. There are physical controls for some functions as well, though some of them can be tough to reach.

Silverado 1500 Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Silverado Reliable?

The 2019 Silverado does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Silverado Warranty

Chevrolet backs the Silverado 1500 with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Silverado 1500 Safety

Silverado Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Silverado a five-star overall crash test rating.

Silverado Safety Features

The Silverado comes standard with Teen Driver and a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, rearview camera mirror, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, a surround-view parking camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

Which Chevrolet Silverado Model Is Right for Me?

You have eight trims to choose from when picking out a Silverado: Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country. Before you dive into choosing a trim, you first need to determine which cab style, bed length, and engine you want. Picking those three things will narrow down your trim choices because not every trim offers every combination.

For many buyers, the LT trim makes a great choice. It's right in the middle of the trim lineup, so you get plenty of standard features and a nice array of available features. It also won't cost you as much as the top trims.

Buyers that want the most possible features – particularly those interested in driver assistance technology – will want one of the two highest trims, the LTZ and the High Country. They offer several features not found in any lower trim.

As a final consideration, those who love venturing off the pavement will want one of the two Trail Boss trims, which come with additional off-road features.

Chevrolet Silverado Custom

The Silverado Custom is the second-lowest trim level, ahead of only the Work Truck trim. However, this is probably the lowest trim most buyers should consider because the Work Truck offers little beyond the standard features and is really only useful as a … well, you get it.

The Silverado Custom features a 285-horsepower V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include a rearview camera, cruise control, keyless entry, Teen Driver, and Chevy's Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Chevrolet Silverado LT

The Silverado LT is one of the most popular trims year in and year out. It comes standard with the new-for-2019 310-horsepower turbo-four engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the Custom trim's features, the LT comes with engine stop-start technology, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an additional USB port, and an upgraded Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch touch screen

Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss

The Trail Boss comes with the 355-horsepower V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The LT Trail Boss offers many of the same features as the LT, but it also comes with off-road-oriented features like a locking rear differential, a two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, and skid plates.

Chevrolet Silverado LTZ

Standard features in the Silverado LTZ include a trailer brake controller, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, two 120-volt power outlets (one located in the bed), and an upgraded Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch HD touch screen, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

Chevrolet Silverado High Country

The High Country comes with front bucket seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless device charging, a power tailgate, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, front and rear parking sensors, and navigation.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

The Final Call

On the heels of its redesign, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado delivers on almost every front. Whether you care more about performance or interior quality, there is a lot to like about the Silverado. That's why it's one of the most well-rounded trucks on the market, and that's why it does well in our full-size truck rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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