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Chevrolet Silverado: 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

Beauty on the outside

Beauty on the outside

WE LIKE Updated exterior, 10-speed transmission

WE DON’T LIKE Dated interior, laggy 5.3-liter throttle response

With fabulous new exterior styling, a fancy cylinder deactivation system, and an automatic trailer light test, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 showed much improvement over the third generation. But its bumpy ride, the dated interior, and a hesitant 5.3-liter engine kept the Silverado from getting the Golden Calipers.

“There’s nothing linking the neat exterior design to the uninspired interior,” Christian Seabaugh said of the Trail Boss’ cabin. “It’s just a sea of black, speckled with bits of chrome and gray plastic.” Added Ed Loh: “Not budgeting a refresh for the interior seems a huge miss to me.” Compared to the Ram 1500’s interior, the Silverado’s cabin looks dated and “cheap for the price,” Scott Evans noted.

Ride quality was also an issue. When towing up and down Davis Dam grade, Chris Walton felt impact bounces in each of the two Silverados we tested there. Kelly Pleskot described the ride as “jittery” when she compared it to the F-150 or the Ram 1500. Evans similarly compared it to its rivals: “The body control isn’t as good, with significantly more roll in the corners. Likewise, the damping isn’t as good. This ride is busier and stiffer.” However, every judge applauded the smoothness of the High Country’s 10-speed automatic on Davis Dam and on the highway.

There are many things we like about it—the ease of getting into the bed with the standard corner step, three hooks on each corner of the bed, and the new Dynamic Fuel Management system, which can deactivate up to seven cylinders.

“Good power from the 6.2-liter, great tranny, OK ride,” Kim Reynolds summarized. “But blah handing, and the interior is dated.”





2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD RST (Crew) 4WD LT Trail Boss Z71 (Crew) 4WD High Country (Crew)
BASE PRICE $45,995 $49,795 $57,795
PRICE AS TESTED $54,280 $53,295 $64,030
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door truck Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE 5.3L/355-hp/383-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8 5.3L/355-hp/383-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8 6.2L/420-hp/460-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,178 lb (58/42%) 5,236 lb (58/42%) 5,450 lb (57/43%)
WHEELBASE 147.4 in 147.5 in 147.4 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 231.7 x 81.2 x 75.5 in 231.7 x 81.2 x 78.4 in 231.7 x 81.2 x 75.5 in
0-60 MPH 6.6 sec 6.4 sec 6.0 sec
QUARTER MILE 14.9 sec @ 94.6 mph 15.0 sec @ 93.2 mph 14.4 sec @ 98.3 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 126 ft 134 ft 123 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.76 g (avg) 0.69 g (avg) 0.77 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.6 sec @ 0.58 g (avg) 30.0 sec @ 0.55 g (avg) 27.5 sec @ 0.64 g (avg)
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 14.8/19.3/16.5 mpg 15.0/24.3/18.1 mpg
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 16/22/18 mpg 15/20/17 mpg 16/20/17 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/153 kW-hrs/100 miles 225/169 kW-hrs/100 miles 211/169 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.06 lb/mile 1.15 lb/mile 1.10 lb/mile