2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD Overview

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado expands its engine lineup, improves its on-road dynamics, and gets up to 14 percent more payload capacity. Its V-8 engines are strong, and it’s a very pleasant truck to drive. We rate it a 6 for performance, adding a point for V-8 engine performance. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The 2019 Silverado engine lineup starts with the 4.3-liter V-6. We haven’t driven it yet, but we did last year. Rated at 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, it provided adequate power in the 2018 model and with the 2019’s weight loss, it should be more livable, with a new 10-speed automatic.

A new 2.7-liter turbo-4 makes 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, and it's mated to the smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic. Compared with rivals from Ford and Ram, the turbo-4 is down on power, down on payload, and down on towing capacity. But it posts a 13-percent improvement in fuel economy over the V-6 it replaces at the bottom end. Since the turbo-4 generates lots of torque down low, it's smooth-natured and powerful in city driving—a commuter truck, something today's pickups are forced to do well. The 4-cylinder sounds hammer away in the cabin, though, as it's pressed to generate power, and the turbo-4 in the Silverado LT we drove had a floaty feel to its suspension tuning. It gripped well, but undulating surfaces made it feel unsettled. (For more numbers-crunching, read our first Silverado turbo-4 drive.) 

The V-6 gets the tried-and-true, but aging, 6-speed auto. Also new is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6. It, too, comes with the 10-speed. We haven't driven these two versions yet.

Two versions of GM’s 5.3-liter V-8 are offered. The base version is paired with the 6-speed and comes with Active Fuel Management that can shut down four cylinders under light load conditions. The other gets an 8-speed automatic and the new Dynamic Fuel Management system that can shut down one to six cylinders. Both are rated at 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.

The top dog is a 6.2-liter V-8 that churns out 420 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque and sends that power through the 10-speed automatic.

Both V-8s are strong, though they don’t provide the immediate grunt of Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. The 6.2-liter is noticeably more willing. Both engines deliver smooth acceleration, as well as a pleasing American rumble. All three automatic transmissions provide smooth and willing shifts with the V-8s, but we haven’t tested them with the new turbo-4 or turbodiesel.

The Silverado pulls a load well, too. The 5.3-liter V-8 maxes out at 12,200 pounds with four-wheel drive. An integrated trailer brake controller, a new towing checklist in the instrument panel, and a new towing app make the towing experience that much easier and worry-free.

One four-wheel-drive system is offered; it’s the advanced version from last year. It includes a two-speed transfer case and has an automatic mode that can be used on any road surface.

Changes to the suspension for 2019 only serve to make a smooth ride smoother, while the weight loss helps improve control. The Silverado is exceedingly comfortable on the road, and its steering is nicely weighted and direct. While it leans like any tall vehicle would, the truck responds well to driver inputs, even the taller Trail Boss models. Passengers will also notice that cabin noise is kept to a minimum, again even in the Trail Boss models with their knobby tires.

Source : https://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/chevrolet_silverado-1500_2019

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