2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Video: First Drive

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We spent quite a bit of time recently sampling several different flavors of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 near Jackson Hole, Wyo., and gathered impressions on how the pickup trucks drove. With this new half-ton truck, Chevy has created one of the widest arrays of trim packages we've seen, providing a pickup for just about every personality you can image. Then there's all the new technology and special features, some of which are offered for only a specific trim level.

We did some four-wheeling, towing and canyon-carving while also loafing along some high-altitude scenic highways. Through it all, this new half ton impressed. It may be a little early to call this new truck a game-changer for parent company GM, but this is by far the most impressive all-new half ton GM has allowed its engineers to build — at least in our memory. If there's a hint of cost-saving buried in in this truck, we never found it. We share our driving impressions in the video below.

 



Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

 

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Comments

This is one of the best review videos I've seen from cars.com/pickuptrucks.com. Nothing to do with the GM, all about the content and production quality.

This is one of the best review videos I've seen from cars.com/pickuptrucks.com. Nothing to do with the GM, all about the content and production quality.

Dang, I haven't completely paid off my 2015 High Country and now I want this new model. Geezus GM! Stop redesigning your trucks so quickly.

@ Mark Williams
That was a great video! Any feedback from that polarizing front end design? It is completely turning me away from the good reviews this truck is getting.

It's got cloth seats - so?

Center console more storage - ok.

Closer center stack - should have never been that far away to begin with.

TBC moved for easier access- should have never been hard to access to start with.

Powertrain "feels a little underpowered."

Redesigned bumper steps - told ya the old step was too small. U
Still up too high as well.

Push button tailgate - seen that before but not a fan when if it stops working.

Trail Boss is not a Ford Raptor fighter.

Bed - more tie downs - good, stronger bed but still needs a bedliner.

towing pkg - more checklists and warning screens.

Not that the ride on the last gen was bad but it does very well now.

What's the big take away? How far they have come. I must have missed it.

@OGG, I went through all the points made in the video. Nice truck, but I don't see the game changer. The front end is polarizing but that is typical today.

Where did everybody go?

No wonder some of you missed it.
GM is far better than the others in chasis dynamics.
They couldn't fully employ their expertise in the last model because they had to rush out a cost cutting product under financial circumstances.
But this one their engineers (the same engineers that are world's best with the Camero) did their thing.
I know, you Ford guys just have a hard time getting the importance of chasis dynamics. Poor Ford fools.
You may never get it.
Although I must say, Ford is starting to show some good steering savy. Good job, Ford, good job.


Center console more storage - ok.

Closer center stack - should have never been that far away to begin with.
Posted by: Chevy Truck Guy | Aug 13, 2018 1:51:07 PM

It wasn't too far away to begin with but I guess if you're 5'2", I guess it might have been a reach.

TBC moved for easier access- should have never been hard to access to start with.
Posted by: Chevy Truck Guy | Aug 13, 2018 1:51:07 PM

It wasn't hard to access. Guys that have no coordination complained because they had to use their left hand to use it before.


Powertrain "feels a little underpowered."
Posted by: Chevy Truck Guy | Aug 13, 2018 1:51:07 PM

They were a mile above sea level. Any naturally aspirated engine will be down 10-20% at that elevation.


Redesigned bumper steps -
Still up too high as well.
Posted by: Chevy Truck Guy | Aug 13, 2018 1:51:07 PM

Never had a problem using a 14-18 truck with them. Are you 5'2"?

Push button tailgate - seen that before but not a fan when if it stops working.
Posted by: Chevy Truck Guy | Aug 13, 2018 1:51:07 PM

Good thing it's optional. Also, the same could be said for the biggest selling points of the F-150 and 2019 Ram. Both are loaded with gimmicky features and unreliable technology. 12" touchscreen = $$$$ when it stops working and just shows a black screen.

Bed - more tie downs - good, stronger bed but still needs a bedliner.
Posted by: Chevy Truck Guy | Aug 13, 2018 1:51:07 PM

But it won't rip apart or crack like an aluminum bed without the bedliner.

What's the big take away? How far they have come. I must have missed it.
Posted by: Chevy Truck Guy | Aug 13, 2018 1:51:07 PM

Stronger bed that can hold more than the competition and comes with 3 tie-downs in each corner. Strongest IFS in the 1/2-ton segment. Best 4WD in the 1/2-ton segment. Frame made of more high strength steel. The frame is made from 2 to 5mm thick steel, the 2015-18 F-150's frame uses less high strength steel and the steel is 2-2.8mm thick. The crew cab is bigger, the steering wheel is centered, the layout is better. The truck are up to 450 lbs lighter, cutting down on Ford's weight advantage without ruining the truck by using a weak aluminum bed. Good improvements in my option. Especially compared to the 2015 F-150, where Ford replaced a good IFS with a weak IFS only concerned with being lightweight, not strong. Same with the bed - light aluminum bed that's not designed to be strong enough to do real work. The 2019 Ram uses plastic control arms to save weight and money, the payload ratings of typical configurations is still down around 1,300-1,450 lbs, well below what I would consider respectable payload capacity. They were too busy looking at hammers I guess.

I have owned both Ford and Chevy. Currently own a Silverado and sometimes drive my brother-in-laws F150. The Ford is much nicer! And for my money, my next will be the F-150 as Chevy continues to cut Corners too much with its interiors.

Great video and review

The the truck looks amazing and it will be a game changer!

Pickup trucks get that half ton comparison done ASAP!

Well done!

Underpowered. Carryover interiors when Ram and Ford have interiors that look like luxury cars. GM is completely out of step with its buyers. This refresh will sink like a stone in a couple years but we will see eventually.

All that off-roading can be done with a Suburu Outback.

Lol

@ Chris

And when it wins the comparison, like the Duramax has done. What will your excuses be then?

It was 1 mile above sea level. Of course its going to feel a little underpowered.

@ Chris

And when it wins the comparison, like the Duramax has done. What will your excuses be then?

It was 1 mile above sea level. Of course its going to feel a little underpowered.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Aug 13, 2018 4:27:58 PM

The 1500 is not optioned with D-MAX.

Can someone please remove this negligent feminine bot poster, it's causing immense clutter. Not to mention, false information.

Thanks.

Not true. But if the Chevy was to win it could only be with the 6.2 10 speed which will be a tiny fraction of trucks. GM is afraid to go all in.

GM is completely out of step with its buyers. . Posted by: Chris Aug 13, 2018

@Chris

GM sold millions of pickups during the last few years. They sold more pickup trucks than any other domestic automaker during the last five years.

Do you really mean to say they're out of step?

@ Frank guy

Are u clueless. I was referring to the recent HD challenge that the Duramax won. Wow, get a grip and a brain. Then come back a debate

BTW. U related to the other Frank?? Your intelligence seems to put u right in the ballpark

@ Chris

I do agree with you that GM needs to offer the 6.2L in atleast the LT trim level. But, if people are willing to spend the extra coin for it.....might as well do it?!?

BTW. I just read an article that GM is overing the 6.2L now in Tahoe and subarban in their premier trim level. Not just the RST.

Yes, again its the higher trim level, but this is nice bc those 2 big rigs have needed the 6.2L for a while now.

Did the steering get centered to the seat or still off to the right?

Jim, Use you brain power and common sense. Were talking full-size. Try to stay on topic. The sales have been essentially lousy the past few years and they are spending tremendous amounts of money to make two truck lines.

@Chris,

Anytime the GM product loses, TNT will claim the test was done 1-Mile Above sea level, so it isn't fair.

It now make sense why everybody post under his name, she's such a whiny brat.

@ Frank guy

Any normal person with intelligence knows that turbo engines favor over N/A engines in altitude.

I have given u facts after facts that at sea level or below your ecobust gets beat by the 6.2L. Over 70% of the population Lives at sea level or below. Get an education and then come back to debate.

As for people posting under me, its BC their spineless, weak. GUTLESS, and small minded individuals. Kinda like yourself.... Sure it isnt you Franky boy, being the imposter

@Whiner,

I don't care if GM can't supply an engine to compete, clearly not Ford's Fault.

Stop crying like a little b!tch you are.

Sure it isnt you Franky boy,

Posted by: TNTGMC | Aug 13, 2018 5:20:24 PM

Funny, you TNT, johnny doe, GMSRGREAT solely use the name franky within their post when trying to undermine me.

BUSTED: TNTGMC is johnny doe, GMRSGREAT and probably Michigan BOB.

That's pathetic.

@Chris

Ford is trying some new ideas but it's doubtful that they will out-sell GM again this year in regard to pickup sales.

I'm not a huge Ford fan anymore, but I'm really hoping to see them do well with the Ranger. I like what they've done with it.

regarding sales figures. I do my homework.

If I say something is true, you can take it to the bank. GM is outperforming these days.

You should go home and do YOUR homework.
Run along now.

1) Don't look at the tacky front end
2) Interiors that look like they should be from 10 years ago
3) Feels underpowered

Welcome to your 2019 Chevy Silverado first drive!

hahahah jim sounding like the usual imbecile

@ Frank....aka some guy...aka doesnt like facts...Mr. Insulter

U switch your username, but keep the same senseless posts.

I dont post under others name. Sorry u lose again. But your used to that. U drive a ford. Now that's funny!!//

Based on the pictures and video, these Chevy's continue their exceptional high quality fit and finish so hopefully the other manufacturers will follow suit.

You know what's the biggest fuel tank you can get? 26 gallon. That's not enough.

Its what is under the skin that matters.
I know that is hard for Ford people to understand.
This truck tows and hauls much better.
It does the job safer, and with far more confidence and competence.
Yeah, not Ford strong points.
Ford is great at being skin deep.
And skin deep people get easily fooled.

Blah blah blah. Sorry to hear you still have to defend.

Blah blah blah. Sorry to hear you still have to defend.


Posted by: Nitro 3 | Aug 13, 2018 6:26:41 PM

When are you debuting crunchtime 2.0?

I just had to laugh at soneone saying the F150 had a luxury car interior. It's by far the cheapest of the 3, as cheap looking as the wavy aluminum panels on the outside.

Plats and King Ranches have been better than the best Chevy int for awhile now. Since the 2019 int looks pretty much the that isn't going to change. And that's not even counting the new 2019 Limited that will decimate all.

I also got a good laugh at the huge platform manstep on the tailgate if the 2019 Sierra I just saw. What is Howie Long gonna say now? It looks pretty cool and also how the tailgate flips down. But if course the Silverado can't have this option because GM doesn't think Chevy buyers are good enough I guess.

Good night.

I think trying to buy one of these trucks will be confusing. Some models have 4.3 for base engine and some have 2.7 for base engine. The 5.3 may be afm with 6 speed or 5.3 with DCM with 8 speed depending on model. Want a 10 speed that only with 6.2 in top line truck. Want 4wd with low range got to buy the right model. I guess you don't need 4wd with low range to Mall crawl. Maybe GM knows their market.

The 4wd with out low range is this the mall crawl special. Got to say GM knows their market.

It's YUGE!!!

Yeah, that's nice and fancy. But here's a stupid question in an age of stupidity:

Can I get one with a manual transmission?

Good night.
Posted by: Frank sez | Aug 13, 2018

Sorry but the sun's not up yet. In your dismissive comparison you generously (for Ford) failed to note that Dearborn won't let buyers choose a burly V8 in the F150, not since 2012 or so. GM offers its customers a 6.2 V8 that all reviewers seem to love.

Maybe someday Ford will reintroduce its very fine 6.2 SOHC engine in the 150. Till then it's sad.

How far they've come... well they were very far behind...

Ford is great at being skin deep.
And skin deep people get easily fooled.

Posted by: Name Does not Matter | Aug 13, 2018 6:11:04 PM

Well said. That's what you call drinking Military Grade Kool-Aid. the Ford guys guzzle it by the gallon! hahaha

I love turbos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate my 6.2 V8 only gets 30 mpg in the city stop and go, I suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@ fake TNTGMC

This @$$ half is just jealous bc my 6.2L is better than any motor ford offers in a half ton, will last longer, gets better FE, and is upset bc he could never afford one bc he never finished high school, skipped out on college, and settled to work for minimum wage. Do us all a favor and get a life bc we know u can't buy one!

@ pickuptrucks.com same type of review gloss over what's new and what works. I wanna know does the truck's transmission hunt for gears like the previous gen? Does the transmission actually shift smooth? Thanks for taking my comment.

Geez TNT, you use so many names now, even put a 3 after my name.....

I hear that GM has tuned their 10 speed transmission to put more power to the road, just like the Allison in their HD trucks does.



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