10 Biggest Pickup Truck Stories: Silverado Hauls to Top With Gladiator, Ranger in Tow

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing
Cars.com photo by Dan Carney

By Matt Schmitz

Engine specs, payload capacities and fuel economy ratings can tell you a lot about a truck, but they can't tell you the whole story. To truly know how a pickup is going to perform in the wild and whether those raw facts 'n' figures translate to something that's gonna suit your lifestyle, you gotta get that thing off the dynamometer and out on the road. And that's just what we did with the redesigned-for-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, as we put the full-size pickup to the test for real-world needs under real-world conditions in the real world.

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PickupTrucks.com contributor Dan Carney tested a 2019 Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 4x4 — powered by a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine making 460 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission — in everyday scenarios. These included hauling a load of tree branches and towing a recreational vehicle (a racecar, in this case), while also monitoring fuel economy and gauging the livability of the truck in terms of things like cargo storage, convenience features and technology.

Evidently, y'all wanted to find out how it went, as the article ranks No. 1 among our most popular content in the entire month of April. Mileage was also top-of-mind for pickup shoppers this past month, as a pair of posts reporting the mpg ratings of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and our real-world fuel-economy experience with the 2019 Ford Ranger ranked second and third, respectively.

Rounding out the monthly top five were our report on details about the CarbonPro carbon fiber bed to be offered on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali and AT4 models, as well as a roundup of all the crazy customized Jeep Gladiator off-road one-off pickups designed and built for the annual Easter Jeep Safari outing in Moab, Utah.

Feeling behind on pickup truck news like a trailer being towed? Hitch your wagon to us and load up on the top 10 news stories PickupTrucks.com readers couldn't get enough of in April:

  1. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Everyday Towing and Hauling
  2. 2020 Jeep Gladiator MPG: Not the Worst, Not the Best
  3. 2019 Ford Ranger MPG: Real-World Fuel Economy
  4. Details Emerge on GMC Sierra's CarbonPro Bed, Except the Biggest
  5. Jeep Builds Custom Two-Door Gladiator and More for 2019 Easter Jeep Safari
  6. GMC Syclone Returns to GMC Dealers With 455 HP Via Tuner Company
  7. And Down the Stretch It Comes: Ram Unveils 2019 HD Kentucky Derby Edition
  8. Ford Partners With Rivian; Will Build All-New EV Using Rivian Platform[MS8]
  9. 2015-2019 Ford F-150, Super Duty: Recall Alert
  10. Will Volkswagen Bring Its Small Truck Concept to the U.S.?

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