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2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 drops weight, adds muscle, tons of tech

Chevrolet's all-new full-size pickup has more of what buyers want, packaged behind a bold new face.

Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
Chris Paukert
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Unlike last time out, the 2019 Silverado 1500 won't be mistaken for its predecessor.

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GM has expended more effort and more time differentiating the looks of the Silverado from those of its GMC Sierra sibling.

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A wheelbase that's up to 3.9 inches longer helps maximize interior room and yield a more comfortable ride.

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All crew-cab Silverados benefit from a larger cab and a higher seating position, as well as higher-quality materials.

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The way the front fenders wrap into the grill and hunker down over the bumper to create air curtain passageways won't be for everyone.

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The Silverado's bed is seven inches wider, and it's deeper, too, yielding a 20% improvement in space.

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Even if you don't opt for the High Country, you'll be pleased by the well-laid-out controls and tons of storage space.

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Thanks to increased use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, the 2019 Silverado 1500 weighs around 450 pounds less than its predecessor.

Oh, yes, aluminum doors, hood and tailgate help too.

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The sun has clearly set on demure Silverado designs.

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A mighty 6.2-liter V8 is the top-shelf engine option, and it features trick new cylinder deactivation tech that enables it to run on between one and eight cylinders for maximum efficiency.

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The Durabed offers 12 tie-downs that are twice as strong as before, and the bed itself features high-strength flooring made of 500-megapascal steel.

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If you don't love chrome, don't live in the High Country, ya'll.

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The Advanced Trailering System infotainment app allows customers to create and store up to five profiles, including "guests," for different trailer types.

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The MyChevy app enables a test sequence to test your trailer lights, either remotely via your phone or through the central touchscreen.

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Speaking of phones, the MyChevrolet app is free with all Silverado 1500 trucks, and it features a step-by-step how-to-tow videos, along with towing checklists and a dictionary of tow jargon.

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You can get a lot of cameras on the new Silverado. A new Trailer Camera Package offers up to four cameras that enables a 270-degree view.

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The Advanced Trailering System features a hitch guide feature with dynamic backup lines to help reliably and easily insert Tab A into Slot B.

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GM has taken the simple but clever step of adding a trailering label in the door jambs that displays the exact towing capabilities of their exact truck. Tied to the vehicle's VIN, it accounts for things like engine and transmission, bed configuration, tow package and so on.

Sometimes, old tech rules.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country

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♫ "In a High Country, dreams stay with you,
like a lover's voice fires the mountainside...
stay alive" ♫

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