The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 completely overshadows the 2018 model, which came out last year. Regardless if you love or hate the new changes, there is certainly a lot to go through. But before we go any further, it’s safe to point out that Chevrolet will be releasing a 2020 model of the famous Silverado 1500 next year. While the 2020 model packs a few punches, we’re going to be focusing on the 2019 model.
What’s New For the 2019 Silverado 1500?
The shorter version would be almost everything. From a new engine to a bigger bed, bigger dimensions, lots of trim levels, and more, we’re going to try and cover all of them.
Design and Bed
First off, is the truck itself which is brand new on the market, with new sheet metal and powertrains. The whole truck looks slicker than its predecessor, due to the excellent use of aluminum for the doors, hood, and tailgate. The truck is also lighter due to the clever use of aluminum paired with high-strength steel. The frame is almost 88 pounds lighter while maintaining the fully boxed design. The bed of the 1500 Silverado is bigger by seven inches, with taller walls, which increase the capacity to almost 63 cubic feet. If you’re interested in browsing used Silverado 1500’s, then Richard Chevy is the place to be.
Payload and Tow Ratings
Moving onto the payload numbers; they are very important since most owners of this truck use it for one thing or another. The 2019 Silverado 1500 is essentially mid-pack among the domestic. The maximum payload you can get is with a V6 – around 2,500 pounds. However, if you configure it to a 6,2 V8 model, then the towing number increases to 12,200 pounds.
Currently, the Silverado 1500 comes with two engine options. The first one is a 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management that promotes fuel economy, and the second is a 2.8-liter turbocharged inline-four that replaces the old 4.3-liter V6. More so, there are some units built with a 6.2-liter V8 engine and a carryover version of the 5.3-liter V8. In the future, a new turbo-diesel inline-six will be available to buyers, and another turbo diesel engine, a 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six, has also been announced, however, not currently in production.
Fuel Economy on the 2019 Silverado 1500
From the various engine models, we were quite surprised to find out that the 2.7-liter doesn’t achieve higher EPA ratings. As a matter of fact, the highest the 2.7-liter gets is 20 city and 23 highway mpg. Those numbers are quite similar to the most efficient 5.3-liter engine, achieving only one fewer highway mpg, to be precise. However, with all that said, the town mpg ratings cannot be compared as the difference is quite significant between the 2.7 and 5.3-liter. The reason as to why the 2.7-liter is so efficient is due to the fact that it’s rated on 20 mpg in the city, compared to the 17 mpg on the 6.3-liter. The 6.2-liter V8 is even less efficient than both, achieving only 16 mpg in the city, and 20 mpg on the highway.
With a stunning new design, upgraded bed and engines, the Silverado 1500 2019 model beats its predecessor in all departments. With multiple engine models in the works, we can see the Silverado beating the F-150 and Ram 1500 in terms of full-size segments and mid-level trim. However, with a brand new 2020 model in the works, this truck could very well become one of the best ones out there in its category.