2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge Preview: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT

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By Brian Normile

For our third preview of the five competitors in our upcoming 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge, we'll take you through the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT. We've already shown you both the 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, but the GMC Sierra 1500 has several unique features that separate it from the class.

Although the Sierra 1500 SLT is similar in many ways to its Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sibling (mostly under the skin), this new version is probably as different than ever before. You can read about many of those new details and technologies in Challenge judge and reviewer Aaron Bragman's full First Drive, where he breaks down everything that's changed on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500.

Much like the F-150 Lariat, astute readers will be quick to note that this isn't the top of the line trim for GMC's half-ton truck. We won't speculate on the reasoning behind GMC's choice of an SLT trim instead of the popular, fully loaded Denali since we were happy the truckmaker accepted our invitation to send what it considered to be its "best" truck. We simply invite automakers to send their trucks, then we test whatever we get. Still, there were a lot of special features on this SLT.

This Sierra featured the stalwart 6.2-liter V-8 ($2,495), now equipped with GM's all-new Dynamic Fuel Management system (a multicylinder shutoff system), mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Among the more significant changes in this new Sierra 1500 is an all-new platform, retuned suspension, a host of upgraded and brand-new powertrains, a new interior layout and a thoroughly redesigned bed, all leading to about 400 pounds of weight savings.

On top of our SLT trim, the Sierra 1500 came equipped with the SLT Premium Plus Package at $6,760 (before $1,000 discount) that included blind spot warning, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, front and rear park assist, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, rear cross-traffic alert, a spray-in bedliner, automatic forward emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The package also added lots of interior nice-to-haves like the Bose Premium Audio system, front heated and ventilated bucket seats, smart headlights, sliding rear window and wireless charging.

The final option packages on our GMC was the Max Trailering Package at $850, the White Frost Tricoat at $950, the power sunroof at $995 and the Trailer Camera Package (embedded in the sideview mirrors) for $250. The Max Trailering Package gives the Sierra 1500 the taller 3.42:1 gear ratio, stronger retuned shock absorbers, heavier-duty rear springs, a heavier-duty alternator, a larger radiator, bigger gross vehicle weight and gross combined weight ratings, and a higher payload capacity.

One standard feature that deserves to be called out separately is the all-new MulitiPro Tailgate. While some may be skeptical of its functional intent, we found plenty of ways to make it work for us — although, without giving too much away, we did find a few problems with the setup as well.

A base model 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT crew-cab 4x4 like our tester has a starting price of $51,495, including $1,495 in destination fees. However, once all the options were totaled and the $1,000 discount applied, our 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT came to $63,040. That's $2,010 more than the F-150 Lariat and $4,380 less than the Silverado 1500 High Country.

Since these previews are running alphabetically, next up will be the 2019 Nissan Titan Pro-4X.

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Comments

i do like the GMC's they look a lot better than the Chebbies, i still can't get past there cheap interiors

Another GM 6.2, how about that. They're both about to drop the hammer on the Ford.

I guess GM is scared to send the gutless 5.3

Very nice, exterior and interior, sharp wheels,
could have knocked the price down $950 if is wasn't frost white,

i still can't get past there cheap interiors
Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools

After driving a late model Ford I can tell you the GM truck's interior looks vastly superior to that milk-jug plastic Ford dash and trim.

The good thing about the Ford interior is that it's a fit for a typical F150 engine these days.

If you're gonna do any towing of say a camper or similar, you DON'T want the factory exhaust coming straight out the back. It'll blow exhaust all over whatever you tow. Ram did the same dumb thing.
If not towing, then non issue...

68% oil life with only 1,076 on the ODO? GM bringing back 3,000 miles oil changes with 0w-20 synthetic?

Dual exhaust looks good, ford is late with that, and only on limited,
I don't think black smoke is going to blow at your trailer, if exhaust blows out the side your blowing it at people, or cars passing by, I'm a farmer our tractors blow it straight up

After driving a late model Ford I can tell you the GM truck's interior looks vastly superior to that milk-jug plastic Ford dash and trim.

what your chebbie back in the shop again?

after seeing one i will disagree, gauge cluster sucks layout is out of place, looks like the dash is giving birth in the middle, they still hanging on to that stupid center console


"I guess GM is scared to send the gutless 5.3

Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Nov 7, 2018 7:45:27 AM"


Yup gm sure dosent want the to risk the volume 5.3 being humiliated by the smallest available Ecoboost and sends the lowest volume engine it offers in both its trucks.

Luckily for gm the 6.2L will look good here since it will only have to compete against Fords volume 3.5L....

what your chebbie back in the shop again?
Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Nov 7, 2018

I get offers for my 10 year old daily-driver "chebbie" almost every week. What do YOU drive? What will YOUR truck look like in 10 years, assuming that it still runs by then

I think the Silverado looks much better then this. The days of the giant plasti chrome grills are behind us. This truck is in a race for the biggest grill with the Tundra while other trucks have gone to more normal sized grills.

Good God that's a hot mess. So many angles and globs of add-on features makes it look like a transformer toy. Gaudy!
Nice towing mirrors too. WTF?

These challenge previews are worthless clickbait.

The dual rear exhaust looks cool and I had them on my last truck. I camp about 12 to 15 times a year and it’s true when hooking up the travel trailer, I always got a lungful of exhaust. Much better with the side exit.

Why another 6.2? I'm so disappointed that there is no 5.3. Since 2014 I think I've seen 2-4 5.3 and 5.0's being tested. 90% of guys I know have these two engines but no one ever tests them. What's the BEST truck? Not some blinged out, over priced weekend truck that's for sure. Yah they have there place but how about testing the bread and butter versions?? Like the XLT or SLE or LT and whatever compares in the Ram. You know? The trucks 3/4's of your average readers drive.
And yah the 5.3 might lose the drag race but it will shine in other area's. Still worth testing once in a blue moon.
I honestly for the first time in years don't care who wins this.

I get offers for my 10 year old daily-driver "chebbie" almost every week.


Posted by: papajim | Nov 7, 2018 8:54:56 AM

"WE BUY JUNK CARS" business cards on your windshield wiper every Saturday Morning does not count as offers you old goose.

The Sierra design is terrible, way overdone, in addition, it has an identity crisis.

Garbage, glad I'm not a fan.

I get offers for my 10 year old daily-driver "chebbie" almost every week. What do YOU drive? What will YOUR truck look like in 10 years, assuming that it still runs by then


Posted by: papajim | Nov 7, 2018 8:54:56 AM

i drive an '18 F-150
hard to tell what my truck will look like in 10 years because unlike you my truck actually works for a living you know towing, hauling, paying the bills type stuff, anyone who has a truck for 10 year with only 100k on it is only riding around or is really old, you ever haul anything with, how about tow anything, does it ever have more than you in it, my cousin had a chebbie he told he gets all kinds of offers for it, but when the time came to sell it it took him 30 day to get rid of it and he got 2k less than what he wanted, don't count your chicks before they hatch old man

The underhood picture clearly outlines the new engine compartment perimeter that is undoubtly designed to give these new generation GM 1/2 ton twins superior small overlap crash protection.

Piggish and weird-looking with a disappointing interior, this new GMC has my prediction to be a bust.

don't count your chicks before they hatch old man
Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Nov 7, 2018

Mine is a very happy life.

There must be something sadly deficient in yours. You don't need to compare yourself to others. You'll be a lot happier without that.

Totally agree my2cents...
This should be a test of what the average person buys - trim level and motor. I don’t care either but I’ll predict Ram. GM may use better materials on their dash but the design hideous. Ford has nicer design lines but blah materials, Ram has the best looking dash pleasing lines and materials.

Come-on GM. Let one 5.3 out of Guttless Protection. It is after all your bread and margarine engine.

pelosijim

you're starting to sound like a democrat again, stings a little doesn't it

I think the Silverado looks much better then this. The days of the giant plasti chrome grills are behind us. This truck is in a race for the biggest grill with the Tundra while other trucks have gone to more normal sized grills.
Posted by: papajim | Nov 7, 2018 9:27:38 AM

The FAKE papajim. They must have let the crew take a day off at the sheep station again.

Why do you care people use the name papajim, you're not the only dimwit in this world.

Give a rest, crybaby.

No wonder they called them GARBAGE MOTORS COMPANY. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The FAKE papejim lol

WRONG. QUIT USING MY NAME.

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Yup gm sure dosent want the to risk the volume 5.3 being humiliated by the smallest available Ecoboost and sends the lowest volume engine it offers in both its trucks.

Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 7, 2018 8:37:18 AM

Considering the downright embarrassing GVWR the 2.7 ecoboost is limited to, it's doing just fine humiliating itself. Pretty sad when a 2018 F-150 Lariat 4x4 with the 2.7 Ecoboost makes 400 lb-ft but limited to a 6500 lb gvwr and a tow rating that's more in line with a midsize truck than a fullsize.

After driving a late model Ford I can tell you the GM truck's interior looks vastly superior to that milk-jug plastic Ford dash and trim.

Posted by: papajim


The 2015+ F-150 interior plastics really are the worst of the 3 manufacturers these days. I know a guy with a 2017 F-150 XLT that had to have his dash replaced after the plastic around the defrosters started curling up and other spots were forming dips. After spending a summer sitting in the sun on the worksite, the new dash did the same thing. It looks terrible. He says there are a ton of them on this Ford truck forum he's a member of. It's been a problem since 2015.

Why another 6.2? I'm so disappointed that there is no 5.3. Since 2014 I think I've seen 2-4 5.3 and 5.0's being tested. 90% of guys I know have these two engines but no one ever tests them. What's the BEST truck? Not some blinged out, over priced weekend truck that's for sure. Yah they have there place but how about testing the bread and butter versions?? Like the XLT or SLE or LT and whatever compares in the Ram. You know? The trucks 3/4's of your average readers drive.
And yah the 5.3 might lose the drag race but it will shine in other area's. Still worth testing once in a blue moon.
I honestly for the first time in years don't care who wins this.

Posted by: my2cents

They tested a 5.3 Silverado in 2016 I do believe.

I’m starting to gain respect for Toyota for choosing not to get into this dumb comparison. It’s not an apples to apples contest.

I’m starting to gain respect for Toyota for choosing not to get into this dumb comparison. It’s not an apples to apples contest.


Posted by: MLS956 | Nov 7, 2018 5:10:01 PM

I agree. You all know I hate Ford. But this test is biased. GM trucks have their top engines from each manufacturer. But the F-150 is make doing with their 2nd most potent power plant and not the 450hp/510ft-lbs torque HO 3.5L

Apples to apples would be the HO 3.5 vs the 6.2L. They both come in limited modeled of trucks for their respective mfg.

@Eco-boost rules??

"Yup gm sure dosent want the to risk the volume 5.3 being humiliated by the smallest available Ecoboost and sends the lowest volume engine it offers in both its trucks.

Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 7, 2018 8:37:18 AM

Considering the downright embarrassing GVWR the 2.7 ecoboost is limited to, it's doing just fine humiliating itself. Pretty sad when a 2018 F-150 Lariat 4x4 with the 2.7 Ecoboost makes 400 lb-ft but limited to a 6500 lb gvwr and a tow rating that's more in line with a midsize truck than a fullsize.


Posted by: Eco-boost Rules | Nov 7, 2018 4:33:12 PM"


Im guessing you are a gm fan in disguise. It would make sense with the B S you are spewing here.

In reality the 2.7L Ecoboost has a towing capacity of 7600lbs in a 2018 F-150 CC 4wd which is right in line with the motor it competes against in the gm hierarchy (4.3L) all while being able to embarrass the 4.3L and its bigger brother (5.3L) at the stop light.

I know i know it must burn to be a gm fan and have to accept that Ford has a motor to embarrass ANY gm truck at the stop light but please lets not make things up.......


https://www.ford.com/services/assets/Brochure?make=Ford&model=F-150&year=2018


https://my.chevrolet.com/content/dam/gmownercenter/gmna/dynamic/manuals/2019/Chevrolet/silverado-1500/19CHSL_Trailering%20Chart_FINAL.pdf

Apples to apples would be the HO 3.5 vs the 6.2L. They both come in limited modeled of trucks for their respective mfg.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 7, 2018 6:16:23 PM

I assume that was full&hit_only once again posting with my name. Just so you know the GM 6.2 HO is in the Corvette, which is not represented in this test here. So it's apples vs apples.

@ GMSRGREAT

Now you’re comparing sport car engines to pick up truck engines???

You really are stupid

What do you not understand about top of the line truck engines you fuqing idiot GMS?


@gmsucks


I have never needed to post under your name or anyone else's for that matter, there is nothing i say here that I would have to hide behind a fake name.

And no the Corvette engine is not available in a gm truck so no it's not an apples to apples comparison that PUTC is doing here.

All the Ecoboost haters need to realize GM is now copying Ford and building Ecoboost like engines (2.7 turbo 4). GM is copying Ford because they now know this is the future. I expect the next will be a 3.5 to 4.0 liter V8 so it will look less like a copy of Ford.
V8 engines in half ton trucks will soon be a thing of the past. Gone the way of the big blocks in half tons.

All the Ecoboost haters need to realize GM is now copying Ford and building Ecoboost like engines ......

Posted by: just the truth | Nov 7, 2018 10:15:18 PM

There is no such thing as a eco-boost engine. It is a turbocharged engine of which GM has used for many applications including a small to midsized truck called the Syclone. 0-60 was 4.3 seconds in that beast.

There is no such thing as a eco-boost engine. It is a turbocharged engine of which GM has used for many applications including a small to midsized truck called the Syclone. 0-60 was 4.3 seconds in that beast.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 7, 2018 11:20:28 PM

the question i have for you is this, has anyone beside Ford done this amount of volume with turbo charged gas motors? you GM guys keep bringing up the Syclone if it was so great why did GM do away with it?

I’d have to agree that Ford was the first to commit to making a turbo charged engine available across the entire product portfolio of light duty trucks. They have their issues, but the EB have gotten better with the dual injection. I haven’t owned the truck variant but I have the 2.0 in the Fusion at nearly 100k miles it’s not had any issues. The powerband of any boosted motor is sweet.

At least there isn't a 1K upcharge for that "special color", we all call white like om the chevy.

In the interest of catching up GMC capitulates and does a "manstep" (something they spent a lot of time ignoring and malaigning) as well as bring modern materials to at least portions of the truck's body. The modern engine will have to wait... Good thing they went halfsies with Ford to have a 10spd tranny.

@grnzel

I'll grant you that! However I have two related thoughts to share.

1. Go to Havana Cuba or Mexico City and you'll see the old 1960s Chevy II, or old Ford Falcons in the thousands. Still running. Odometers broke years ago, but the engines still run fine.

2. Go to any junkyard in the lower 48 and you'll find endless numbers of old American cars. They died because the interiors were trashed and the sheet metal had rusted clean off. Bad collision damage. When those cars went to the junkyard their engines still ran.

It ain't about the engines. Congrats on your little Ford. My daughter has one too but the lease is up and it's going back.

you GM guys keep bringing up the Syclone if it was so great why did GM do away with it?...Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Nov 8, 2018

Wrong question. Ford and GM both screwed up with turbos.

Back in the mid 1980s Ford had a T-Bird that was pretty popular called the Turbo Coupe. It had a 2.3 SOHC turbo engine that would keep up with V8s. Did not catch on.

Ditto for the Buick Grand National turbo 3.8 They smoked everybody on the street but GM dropped it after a few years.

Both cars were before their time.

Tune in next week and we'll discuss why Ford dropped the F150 Lightning back in the 1990s

Tune in next week and we'll discuss why Ford dropped the F150 Lightning back in the 1990s


Posted by: papajim | Nov 8, 2018 6:29:10 AM

better yet why don't we discuss why GM dropped the 454

There is no such thing as a eco-boost engine. It is a turbocharged engine of which GM has used for many applications including a small to midsized truck called the Syclone. 0-60 was 4.3 seconds in that beast.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 7, 2018 11:20:28 PM

Wasn’t direct injection with port injection, variable valve timing etc etc engine

Big difference bonehead.

@ papa
What engine does your daughter have in her car? There are only 2 worth having in the Fusion 2.0 and 2.7. The others are meh!



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