The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn’t appear to be all-new at first glance, or even second for that matter.

But when you dive into the details it’s clear to see that Chevy worked hard to magnify what was already great about the Silverado 1500 and make the overall product even better.

I recently spent a day with an all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado courtesy of our friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA. Click here to get the best price on a 2019 Chevy Silverado.

2019 Chevy Silverado Top-3
1. The Drive 
2. Interior 
3. Power

Continue reading below for my complete review or click play to listen to the podcast version.  Either way, check out the pictures from my afternoon drive along the Pacific Coast right here in SoCal!

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

April 26, 2019

The All-New 2019 Chevy Silverado Review

If you’ve ever shopped for a new full-sized pick-up truck then you know there are seemingly endless configuration possibilities.  And, it makes sense, when you consider that this vehicle segment accounts for around 14% of all new vehicles sold in the United States each year.

Black 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 front (review)

Hello ’19 Silverado! (review)

Additionally, the Chevrolet Silverado’s eight ( yes, 8) different trim options also make sense.  Because the Chevy Silverado makes up a huge percentage of that 14% I just mentioned.  So, it’s important to have something for everyone.

Black 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 passenger front

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 review – Can-do powerful stance.

So, here are the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trim options.  Starting with the Silverado Work Truck (WT) that a country club groundskeeper might drive.  And, going all the way up to the High Country that a billionaire oil tycoon would feel very comfortable tooling around in.

Silverado 1500 Trim Options

Trim options and starting manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing as well.

2019 Chevy Silverado trim options & MSRPs:

  1. Work Truck: $32,200
  2. Custom: $34,600
  3. LT: $36,900
  4. RST: $38,800
  5. Custom Trail Boss: $39,500
  6. LTZ: $43,000
  7. LT Trail Boss: $48,300
  8. High Country: $53,000

Always remember the literal definition of MSRP is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA 

And don’t worry a bit about MSRP!  Go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and they’re going to give you the best deal.

Black 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 badge

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 review

Again, don’t worry about MSRP, email me and I’ll personally connect you with my friends at Martin Chevrolet: tom [at] idrivesocal [dot]com.

“…see my friends at Martin Chevy.  They specialize in configuring vehicles precisely to your needs.”

Also, you have to get your Chevy Silverado equipped to your specifications.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 rear

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 review

So, there’s another reason to see my friends at Martin Chevy.  They specialize in configuring vehicles precisely to your needs.

Engines, Transmissions, Beds & Cabs

And speaking of configuring your Chevy Silverado, you have a number of additional options besides the trim that best suits you.

2019 Silverado bed and cab combo options:

  • Regular Cab, long bed.
  • Double Cab (partial back door), standard bed.
  • Crew Cab (four-door), short bed.
  • Crew Cab, standard bed.

And of course, you have the option of 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.  But when it comes to the engines for the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado full-sized pick-up truck you may be surprised.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 passenger profile

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 review – Unmistakable Silverado profile.

That’s because the 2019 Silverado offers five engines.  But that’s no big deal, right?  Well, here’s the thing, one of them is a 4-cylinder!  And I hear it’s powerful and quick too!  (I’ve not yet driven it.)

2019 Chevy Silverado engine options:

    • 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that delivers 310-horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
    • 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6, delivering 285-hp and 305 lb-ft of torque.
    • 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 giving you 355-hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.
    • 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management Technology, 355-hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.
    • 6.2-liter EcoTecV8, also with DFM tech and, 420-hp with 460 lb-ft of torque.
    • Coming Soon – 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel.

As you can see various options really start to multiply with Silverado.  Especially when you consider that you still have various packages to select from and accessories.

My 2019 Silverado Test Driver

My friends at Martin Chevrolet set me up in a 2019 Chevy Silverado that I would professionally refer to as a ‘bad mama-jamma.’  That’s an iDriveSoCal technical term. :0)

Chrome on black 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ badge

The 2019 Silverado that I test drove was a 4-wheel drive LTZ Crew Cab with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8.  It had a super-smooth 10-speed automatic transmission.

“My friends at Martin Chevrolet set me up in a 2019 Chevy Silverado that I would professionally refer to as a ‘bad mama-jamma.'” 

Now, I didn’t mention fuel economy above because there are too many variables to the overall equation.  But I can put the 2019 Chevy Silverado’s overall fuel economy in perspective.

Chrome on black 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.2L badge

The 4-wheel drive LTZ Crew Cab with the big 6.2-liter engine is rated for 16-mpg city and 20-highway.  Highly respectable to say the least.

The Drive

I’m not going to pull punches on this one.  I felt like I owned the road while driving this truck!  So much so that I was deliberately trying to be extra-nice yielding to other drivers.

Black 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 passenger rear

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 passenger rear

Maybe it was just my perception.  But the ’19 Silverado is so so big and muscular that I worried about intimidating other SoCal drivers!

“…the ’19 Silverado is so so big and muscular that I worried about intimidating other SoCal drivers!”

So, how’d it drive?  Awesome!  Ridiculous power and command of the road.  Acceleration was great with all that torque.

And now, I’m not an avid off-roader.  But this truck is ready to go for sure.

Yet, even with that in mind, the Silverado LTZ, complete with 20-inch wheels and a trailering package provided a surprisingly smooth ride.  And quiet too!

Exterior

Outside the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado remains 100% a Chevy Silverado.  In fact, so much so that there has been some criticism about the ‘all-new’ moniker not being deserved.

Close-up 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 wheel

Silverado LTZ wheel

However, my view is, why screw up a good thing?  I like that they kept so much of the look of the previous generation.  It worked, so why not?

“The 4-wheel drive LTZ Crew Cab with the big 6.2-liter engine is rated for 16-mpg city and 20-highway.”

But when you dive into the details Chevy made some great improvements.  They took an entire 450-pounds off the previous generation.  They also made the 2019 Silverado about 2-inches longer and gave it a wider bed.

Black 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 driver profile

2019 Chevy Silverado driver profile

In addition, one piece of technology on the outside of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is the available power, up and down, tailgate.  I was surprised at how well it functioned.  And it did so without throwing off the normal tailgate function one bit.

One last note on the outside of the Silverado, specifically my test driver, the 4-wheel drive LTZ.  It stood quite tall.  I’m just under 6-feet tall and the roof of the cab well exceeded my height.

Black 2019 Cheverolet Silverado 1500 bedliner tag & 4x4 graphic

Rear-quarter & bed-liner graphics

And the 2019 Silverado I drove didn’t have running boards.  I was able to get in and out without a problem but I’d probably add those to one I buy.  Both for function and aesthetics as they look great.

Interior

Inside the 2019 Chevy Silverado is huge.  You do have the option of a bench in front with a fold-down center console.  But for many of the upscale trim options, my choice would definitely be to stick with huge center console and separate front seats like I had.

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 center console

Dropped my pen inside for perspective – huge!

And the back seat in the 2019 Silverado is ridiculously huge.  You have legroom galore.  And the width of the backseat really emphasizes the overall size of the truck.  I think the backseat might be bigger than the first futon I slept on in college.

Gray 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 backseat

Nap-worthy Silverado backseat.

And of course, the backseats fold to create different cargo space configurations.  But Chevy got really clever and created really cool storage nooks in the ’19 Silverado backrest of the backseats themselves!

Gray 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 backseat storage

Silverado Crew Cab includes clever storage space.

The cockpit of the 2019 Silverado has all sorts of stuff ‘going on’ but it’s extremely well laid out.  And I found it easy to get familiar with while driving through Torrance and Palos Verdes.

“2019 Silverado that I test drove was a 4-wheel drive LTZ Crew Cab with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8.”

A few of items of special note in the cockpit include the following.  First, the 4-wheel drive and transmission mode selectors on the dash to the left of the steering wheel.

Left of steering wheel 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 driver door controls

Silverado 4-wheel drive & transmission controls

And second, is this row of controls toward the bottom of the center stack with ports below it.  Sure you have the obvious USB, old school cigarette plug but a 120V outlet as well?!?!  Sweet!

Close of of 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 climate control & ports

Silverado center stack – check out the 120V Outlet!

And just above the 120V outlet is a super-handy button that takes down all four door-windows simultaneously when selected.  Perfect for when you hop in a steamy vehicle in the summertime.

“2019 Silverado that I test drove… had a super-smooth 10-speed automatic transmission.”

Finally, I have to point out my favorite feature making its way into more and more vehicles – ventilated seats.  As you can see in the above pic, I had mine on full blast.  But also of note is the heated seats can be activated on either just your back or both but and back.  Great for achy-backs during those long road trips!

Technology

The optional technology on the 2019 Silverado is just as ample as the trim, engine, bed and cab offerings.

In addition to your safety and driver assistance features (see below), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto there are a number of optional standouts worth noting.

“…you have Silverado’s impressive Heads Up Display so you can keep your eyes on the road at all times.”

For instance, the Silverado trailering technology is a must-have for towing anything.  And that, along with a lot of other functionality, interfaces with the myCheverolet Mobile App.

Then you have Silverado’s impressive Heads Up Display so you can keep your eyes on the road at all times.  Chevy Silverado also offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.  In addition to Automatic Stop/Start for increased fuel savings.

Gray 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Onstar & overhead controls

’19 Silverado Onstar & overhead controls

And of course, sitting atop the very well configured center stack is a crystal clear, easy to use, swipe-action digital touch screen display.

Safety & Driver Assistance

The 2019 Chevy Silverado offers all the typical safety and driver assistance technology that new vehicles can include these days.  The one that stuck out to me, which has made appearances in General Motors vehicles for a few years now is the haptic seat-bottom vibration.  This is an optional way to alert the driver instead of using audible collision avoidance alerts.

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Change Alert – with Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Lane Keep Assist – with Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Safety Alert Seat – vibration instead of audible alert

2019 Chevrolet Silverado | Top-3

With so many configuration options I’m picking my Top-3 from the 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ 4-wheel drive that I test drove.  And actually, just picking three from that truck is rather tough.  But, here goes:

1. The Drive – We all pay taxes and have equal rights to the roads.  But, in the Silverado, you can’t help but feel like you own a bit more of the roads than everyone else.  🙂

2. Interior – I love the space and design.  Again, there’s a lot going on.  Much to control, but everything is thoughtfully laid out.  Logical and a breeze to navigate.

3. Power – This could arguably be grouped in above with ‘The Drive.’  But, having 420-horses and 460-lb-ft of torque under your right foot deserves to be noted.

 

We’ll be reviewing additional Silverado’s from our friends at Martin Chevrolet for sure.  As for the LTZ 4-wheel drive with the 6.2L V8 is a great option for a daily driver that’s just as capable for the workweek as the weekend!