"2019 Chevy Silverado is the best kind of paradox"
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2019 Chevy Silverado is the best kind of paradox
Say hello to Chevy's franchise player, the 2019 Silverado 1500.
This all new fourth generation truck is General Motor's most important vehicle.
Because its huge volumes drive huge profits for the company.
So, that's why they have to get this one exactly right.
I'm here in beautiful Wyoming to find out if they've done just that.
So let's go get our hands and our tires dirty and see how they've done.
I actually just got out of a 2018 Silverado earlier this week, so it's still fresh in my memory.
And this one is a massive, across the board improvement.
To be honest, the outboard Silverado, while capable and quiet inside, was never really cutting edge, even when it first came out in 2013.
But that was then and this, well, this is wow.
This truck is about 450 pounds lighter than the old one, yet it's got a longer wheel base, a bigger cab, and a much bigger bed.
Plus, there's a lot of new technology both under the hood, and here, inside the cabin.
The top flight high country model I'm driving has the big boy 6.2 liter V8.
All 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque onboard.
Power in this High Country is effortless.
And thanks to a new ten speed gear box, this truck is acting more efficient than before as well.
In fairness, it's not just the gear box though.
There's a new stop-start system that's very well behaved.
Plus, there's something called dynamic fuel management.
Which lets this engine run on anywhere between one and eight cylinders.
That's right, this V8 can run with seven cylinders tied behind its back.
There's also a smaller 5.3 V8 with the same features, if you don't need quite as much muscle.
You can still get the old-school 4.3 liter V6, of course.
But there's even an optional new 2.7 liter turbo four, with 310 horsepower, and 348 pound feet of tourke.
Yup a four cylinder in a full size pickup.
Plus a three liter diesel is on the way next year, there are a lot of choices.
In fact, if you're considering a new Silverado, there are just a lot of choices period.
Todays truck buyers.
Well all they want is everything.
And they want it in their own particular style.
There are now eight flavors of Silverado 1500 from the humble work truck.
To this over $63 thousand High Country.
A model that treads really close to GMC Sierra Denali territory.
There's even a new street truck look trim, RST, and the Trailboss, which stops just short of being a full on Ford Raptor rival.
The upshot is, whether you're a general contractor, a weekend warrior, who's towing a lot of power sports equipment, or somebody that just likes a cushy, cowboy Cadillac, well this truck, it's got you covered.
As you can see, the interior's received a complete redo too.
And not a moment too soon, because it's the area where the old Silverado was showing its age the most.
This new interior, it's palatial, it's noticeably bigger than before.
Plus you sit higher up for a more commanding view.
The fit and finish, the material choices.
Well, there are much better than before.
There's more storage space plus the ride quality is more compliant whether you've got a load in the back or not.
The old Silverado was available, features like a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging, but it flunked out on a lot of conveniences, including basic items like keyless entry with push button start And a telescoping steering wheel.
This new truck, it fixes all of that, and it brings with it unexpected new tech, like an available huge and crisp head up display, a rear camera mirror and even usb seat charging.
Plus, it's got Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
But this, this is a truck, so let's talk about hauling stuff.
The Silverado's new Durabed is seven inches wider, so it's up to 20% larger than competitors.
It's also stronger, has more tie downs, and is easier to access, with bigger corner steps and get this, and available power tailgate that raises and lowers.
You can even get a 120 volt outlet, LED task lighting, or big lockable bins It's clever stuff, and it's easier to tow stuff too.
There's a full array of features that are designed to make it easier for you to hook up a trailer.
Plus, there are advanced safety features, like auto-brake and lane-keep assist, that are designed to help you do it safely too.
Theres a optional four camera system with a clever hitch guide view.
Plus new features I've never even seen before.
Including a trailer tire temperature and pressure monitor.
As well as an app for your phone that offers trailering checklist and a test to ensure you've hooked up your lights correctly.
Did I mention that this 6.2 liter V8 can tow up to 12,200 pounds.
That's as much as a full grown elephant.
What's nice is even though GM has made this new truck bigger, it doesn't really feel like it from behind the wheel.
The turning circle hasn't changed, and this Silverado isn't intimidating to keep between the lines on the road.
All in all, this is a very well rounded, surprisingly high tech truck.
If you're wondering why so many americans are walking away from sedans and vans, and stepping up into SUVs and pick up trucks like these, that's because they make it really easy to do.
The Silverado has surprising refinement, huge space and good amounts of tech In fact, with this Silverado, you can eat your cake and tow 12,000 more pounds of it right out back.
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