5 Fixes for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Now that we've had some time to digest what we learned during our First Drive of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we have a few requests (complaints?). We stand by our position that this truck will be a game-changing pickup for GM and the half-ton class, but there's always room for improvement. So below we share the top five things we think Chevy overlooked.

 

More Juice

Good grief, it needs a larger fuel-tank option. The 26-gallon tank is the industry standard for the class, but there are so many things people do with their pickups that require a larger tank option. We understand the value of weight-savings and its resulting benefits, but, dang, even the model the 2019 is replacing had a 34-gallon option, as do competitors. If you expect buyers to do any towing or remote exploring, you need to give them more fuel capacity.

 

More Drama

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The interior upgrades and redesign of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is nice, but this class requires drama similar to what the 2019 Ram 1500 delivered. With that said, if we hear another car guy talk about how conservative the Chevy Silverado interior is, we think we're going to puke. No doubt there is a group of pickup buyers interested in glitzy and shiny (with a bigger, Tesla-like navigation screen, of course). They want their top-of-the-line trim level to have it all — certainly that's what Ford discovered with the F-150. Still, Chevy also has GM sibling GMC to think about; GMC traditionally has been pretty good about delivering what those customers want. We'll see soon; our First Drive of the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 will publish Monday.

 

More In-Cabin Information

Why in the world would a truckmaker go to the trouble of loading its new pickup with a high-tech fuel-management system featuring sophisticated cylinder deactivation and not offer access to that information via the in-cabin multimedia system display screen? Even the last-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid had a screen to let people know what direction and how much of the power was flowing. We get that some advanced technology probably should be invisible, but this doesn't fall into that category.

 

More Street

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GM engineers deserve a lot of credit for putting together a factory lift kit , but there's no question that even the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss trims are likely to see more pavement in their lifetimes than serious 4x4 trails. Why not offer a street-performance package to get the center-of-gravity a little lower with a set of Corvette tires? Of course, Chevy would need to do that without losing any payload or towing capacity.

 

More Skylight

One of the defining features of a modern-day half-ton pickup truck is how versatile it must be in terms of the type of work and play it does. We're hearing that to meet those demands, a big truck's interior must be less of a closed box. Lately, that's been defined as offering a sliding or drop rear window and a massive moonroof so passengers don't feel closed in. And it should be more than just a standard single-panel sliding moonroof; ideally, it's a huge piece of glass that brings the outdoors inside.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

 

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Comments

Seriously, the only complaint that is somewhat justified would be the lack of a larger fuel tank option.

Otherwise, let the game changing begin!

... And the steering wheel is now centered. Blam!

Nice truck. Unfortunately for Chevrolet dealers, the 2019 is confronted by the half ton Nissan and the new 2019 RAM, both of which have greater appeal. Neither Nissan or RAM will take a huge number of sales from Chevy, but the Ford will get its share too. All in all, more was needed. If the public goes wild over the innovative 2.7 turbo four, or the 3.0 diesel it could be a mitigating factor. Based on the 5.3 and the 4.3 lower trims, it's hard to see anyone buying them unless and until the remaining stock of 2018s is sold.

The 2019 Silverado will be a flop.

great truck! Let's get a comparison and watch the fanboys excuses begin!

@ Jose Canusee

I'm not so excited about the centered steering wheel though. Makes it hard to satisfy myself when the urge arises.

@Ozman

Only thing floppy here is my tits....Fact.

The damn truck hasn't even arrived and people already know what it needs and what it should have fixed.

LMFAO!

@TNT
That post is worthless without pics.

Fix #6 The front fenders that stick down over the bumper. I think those will get destroyed in the woods.

GUTLESS

GLORYLESS

OUTCLASSED BY RAM

2019 SILVERADO

Fortunately with all the new engine choices that GM is making available they're still offering the acoustically pleasing, instantly gratifying need for speed 6.2. liter. Great engine!

Why offer a bigger tank when most malls are within 50 miles of most people. Most don't fill up the 26 gallon tanks anyway. Those of you that do haul will need a pee break before gas anyway.

Interior definitely didn't go far enough but come like it simple.

Big glass roof are nothing but future problems especially in truck being worked.

2019 Silverado = Epic Fail!! Ford is where it's at!

Peace out!

The 2019 Silverado is a big fat mess.

I bitched about it from Ford and bitched about it from Ram.

Where is the new halo motor?

I get they have the 2.7, and the diesel. those are not that interesting to me personally.

Show me something new on the high end regarding power. Hell just get me a 550 hp supercharged 6.2 for my next Denali pickup please!!!!

The 6.2 gets 24 mpg and will smoke any Ford HAHAHA!

Fakenews

The 6.2 gets 24 mpg and will smoke any Ford HAHAHA!

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 21, 2018 7:43:39 PM

Nice post fake GMSRGREAT. Any Ford? No. Any stock 2.7 or 3.5 ecobust truck with equivalent body configuration, options and at sea level, Yes.

To address the 24 MPG comment, I routinely get 21.8 MPG at 72 mph. I realize I made an error earlier today. I meant to enter 22 MPG at 55-60 MPG. Sorry for any confusion I may have created.

Does anyone know if they dropped the 4wd low from all the trims, or is the new “pseudo low gear braking thingy” just for certain models?

From what I read the "off-road" packages will get real low range.

Do the interiors of a work truck matter? No
Do the interiors of a 55-65k truck matter? Absolutely Yes
And GM has failed miserably

Frank in Florida thanks glad to know they didn’t completely lose their minds. Hopefully the WT models will get real low range too.

My five fixes:

1) More power for 5.3 and 6.2 engines

2) 6.2 engine available in LT trim level

3) More upscale dash, need nicer materials and get rid of 1/2" panel gaps at both glove boxes

4) Either a turbo 6.2, or an I-6 version of the 2.7 turbo 4

5) An upgraded payload capacity for the 3.0 I-6 diesel

@MLS565--the auto "low range" is only available with the all-wheel drive transfer case; we drove it on the RST package but it will be available on several other trims. The traditional four-wheel drive transfer case will offer a dedicated and separate low-range reduction gear.
@Texas1836 -- We'd take those five fixes as well.

I have the same complaint for all the new trucks, to darn big! Seems like they grow more with every platform release, just pull one up to a c10 to see. I was thinking about a new truck but I will stay with my 03 Sierra for maybe 15 more years. Ecoboost.. radio dial shifter... Yuck!!

This truck's a huge disappointment.

The styling is "tubby" overall like a potbelly pig and can Chevy finally ditch the cross bar? Look at how clean the '73 truck was.

The interior is a lackluster redo from last year's design.

The max payload is still way below Ford.

I guess per GM, it's plenty good enough for the church parking lot.

My fixes.
1) Fix that ugly front clip!!!
2) Interior needs better materials for High Country and LTZ
3) Lower the belt line and bed side height
4) Increase power for 5.3 and 6.2 even if just a little
5) Offer 6.2 across the range
Oh and one more thing..............FIX that ugly front CLIP!!!

Did I say that already?

I guess per GM, it's plenty good enough for the church parking lot.


Posted by: redbloodedxy | Aug 22, 2018 7:42:30 AM

Where would that leave the Ford, at toyrus?

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/07/whats-the-best-one-ton-heavy-duty-truck-for-2018.html

Garbage Motors needs to do something to keep them from rattling to pieces.. all the gadgets made with cheap plastic just don't cut it.

GMSGREAT = TNTGMC

GUTLESS

GLORYLESS

CLUELESS GM FANS

GMSGREAT = TNTGMC

GUTLESS

GLORYLESS

CLUELESS GM FANS


Posted by: HEMI RAMPAGE | Aug 22, 2018 8:50:46 AM

Incorrect:

The accepted rule among auto technicians was that you can not fix a Ram, you can only work on them.

Hemi Rampage=always in 3rd place and always will be in third!

Will just wait for another comparison test and it will show your brand of truck always comes in last!

Hemi Rampage=always in 3rd place and always will be in third!

Will just wait for another comparison test and it will show your brand of truck always comes in last!

BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER (TNT AND GMSGREAT)

NO GUTS

NO GLORY

Oh and one more thing..............FIX that ugly front CLIP!!!

Did I say that already?

Posted by: Old GM Guy | Aug 22, 2018 8:17:30 AM

What's your thoughts on the Superduty front clip?

@ tntgmc Wrong again Ram is second in the 3/4 and 1 ton.

@ Just the truth

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/07/whats-the-best-one-ton-heavy-duty-truck-for-2018.html

Please read and see who is 3rd..WOW

you should be names "Full of Cr@p""

@ Just the truth

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/07/whats-the-best-one-ton-heavy-duty-truck-for-2018.html

Please read and see who is 3rd..WOW

you should be names "Full of Cr@p""

Great looking truck, most powerful and fuel efficient v8s, great driving from the reports. I expect to see a lot of these on the roads from now till the next 20 years.

The fuel tank size is a very serious issue to those of towing heavy weights. No way am I stopping to fill up the tank twice in the same day.

Otherwise, the article pretty much points out what I've seen from GM for too many years - no understanding of the needs and wants of the customers. Come on, GM, wake up!


tntgmc Wrong again Ram is second in the 3/4 and 1 ton.

Posted by: Just the truth | Aug 22, 2018 10:14:05 AM

Right on my RAM Brother and soon to be NUMBER ONE!!

GUTS

GLORY

MOWING DOWN THE COMPETITION

RAM 1500 AND RAM HEAVY DUTY

The max payload is still way below Ford.

I guess per GM, it's plenty good enough for the church parking lot.
Posted by: redbloodedxy | Aug 22, 2018 7:42:30 AM

The F-150's with the 2,500+ lb payload ratings are unicorn trucks. An F-150 Limited can have as little as a 1,200 lb payload rating.

The 2015+ F-150's could get stuck in a church parking lot thanks to that worthless 4x4 setup. These days those cheap plastic IWE's fail left and right. I know a guy with a 2017 Lariat that has had them replaced 4 times now. One set failed after 10 miles. Plastic gears transferring power to the front wheels? Built Ford "Tough"? lol okay

great truck! Let's get a comparison and watch the fanboys excuses begin!

Posted by: TNTGMC | Aug 21, 2018 4:30:54 PM

You mean like "the 2.7 has twin turbo's so that's not an apples to apples comparison. Put a supercharger on the 5.3 and you all know what will happen" excuses? Or were you thinking of a different type of excuse?

Garbage Motors needs to do something to keep them from rattling to pieces.. all the gadgets made with cheap plastic just don't cut it.
Posted by: jake | Aug 22, 2018 8:39:09 AM


The 2015+ F-150's are the ones filled with cheap plastic. For starters, that worthless 4x4 setup. These days those cheap plastic IWE's fail left and right. I know a guy with a 2017 Lariat that has had them replaced 4 times now. One set failed after 10 miles. Plastic gears transferring power to the front wheels? Built Ford "Tough"? lol okay

And then there's that cheap plastic Ford uses for the dash. Hundreds of posts on the Ford forums by guys with brand new Ford trucks that have a warped dash just from the sun shining through the windshield. These days even the Lariats are filled with so much cheap plastic you'd swear it was an XL or maaaybe a low rent XLT.

I agree with some...bigger tank-YES, sliding or drop down rear window-Yes, more info-Yes, sunroof-No, interior-little more glitz, engines-6.2-Yes in more trim's, bit more horsepower-Yes.

@ ecoboost roost

U twie EVERYTHING out of context! I want a comparison test.

Its u and everyone else who has excuses especially when GM wins!

BTW. I wish they would throw a supercharger on 5.3L. And make a ZL1 6.2L in highest trim. Maybe next year...let's hope.

take....dang phone.

Garbage Motors needs to do something to keep them from rattling to pieces.. all the gadgets made with cheap plastic just don't cut it....Posted by: jake | Aug 22, 2018

@jake--does that rhyme with FAKE? Or is it joke

Your comment is a joke! GM trucks have a super quiet interior. When you grow up maybe you can go for a ride in one and find out.

@ tntgmc So you think you are right and the rest of the world is wrong. You may need some help.



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