With its long, successful history, you might think that the Chevrolet Silverado is in no need of upgrading or restyling. However, buyers’ tastes do change over time, and the folks at Chevrolet have realized that it has come time for the unleashing of a new-look full-size pickup. The 2019 Chevy Silverado boasts a new frame with the inclusion of more high-strength steel, a more lightweight aluminum body, a longer and wider stance, and a better-organized front console and instrumentation panel.
The question is always the same, however. Which trim and cab configuration will suit your needs? Below, we will explore the various trims on the 2019 model, the available cab designs, and the powertrain options. This will give you some valuable information you’ll need in order to make a final purchase decision.
Cab And Bed Configurations
The 2019 Silverado is available in three cab configurations. These are Regular, Extended, and Crew. Three different bed lengths are available, but not all of them can be matched to all three of the cab styles.
The matchings are:
- Regular cab with either the standard (6.5 ft) bed or long (8-ft) bed
- Extended cab with the standard bed
- Crew cab with the standard bed or the short (5-ft-8-inch) bed
The two-door Regular cab can seat up to three because of its long, single front seat bottom and seatback. This cab style is two-door. The Extended cab is four-door and has a slightly narrow rear seating area. This cab style seats up to six. The Crew Cab is also four-door but has a much larger, roomier rear seating area. It should be noted that the Regular cab can only be ordered on the base Work Truck trim.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado is available in a total of eight trims, so there’s plenty of customizing possible. Whichever trim you choose, you get a long list of standard and optional features.
The trim levels are:
- Work Truck
- Custom Trail Boss
- LT Trail Boss
- High Country
The base trim Work Truck comes with 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a tilt-only steering column, and a 7-inch screen display. You also get Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, and a six-speaker stereo system.
The Custom trim adds on 20-inch wheels, remote entry, and front tow hooks. It also features heated and power mirrors, deep-tinted glass, and cruise control. The Custom Trail Boss adds on a special suspension package, and it comes with smaller, 18-inch wheels.
If you choose the LT trim, you get LED headlights, alloy wheels, a tailgate damper, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and an upgraded driver info display. This trim also gets OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. The RST comes with these additional features but adds on a power-release tailgate, rear window defrost, in-bed lighting, and additional USB ports.
The LT Trail Boss has special exterior trim, a trailering package, and dual exhaust. It’s pretty similar to the Trail Boss trim but comes with the Z71 suspension package.
The LTZ will interest you if your preference is on interior refinements. This trim comes with leather upholstery, a higher-definition rearview camera, a heated steering wheel, 120-volt power outlets, navigation, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and HD radio. The top-level High Country comes with all of the LTZ’s equipment and adds on 20-inch chrome wheels, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, a Bose audio system, and heated second row seats on the Extended and Crew cab versions.
This is a medium-to-heavy duty pickup, so you’ll want plenty of power and lots of transmission gears. You’ll like what the 2019 Silverado brings to the table.
The engine choices are:
- A 4.3L V6 rated at 285 horsepower
- A turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder rated at 310 horsepower
- A 5.3L V8 rated at 355 horsepower
- A 6.2L V8 that produces a total of 420 horsepower
The standard V6 is the only engine available on the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims. The turbocharged engine is found under the hood of the LT and RST trims. The 5.3L V8 is standard on the uplevel trims, and the larger and more powerful V8 is optional on the LTZ and High Country trims.
The standard transmission is six-speed automatic with the V6. If you choose the turbocharged engine, you get an eight-speed automatic. The 5.3L V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic as well, and the larger V8 is paired to a 10-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available across the trim lineup.
Each of these trims can be purchased as a 1500 series model, but all can be ordered with a stronger, more capable bed with increased payload capacity. Figuring out which trim and powertrain combination will best suit your needs depends largely on how much you’re going to haul and whether you’ll be doing much off-road travel.
Take Them For A Test Drive
This is the best way to find out which trim and cab style is calling your name. The 2019 Chevy Silverado has been redesigned and restyled from the wheels up, so a thorough inspection and test drive is necessary to see just what sets apart the various trim levels.