Comparison: 2019 vs 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is here and what a beast of a truck it is. From its bold new styling to its cavernous interior space, the 2019 Silverado is an evolution from one of the most dependable pickups on the market over the last 100 years.

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The 2019 Silverado has a striking new exterior design language. Depending on the trim, the new truck can have an all black or chrome front grille with new LED daytime running lights and LED headlights on higher trims. Around back the new LED tail lights continue with the bold look of the truck and the LTZ and High Country trims receive a power up and down tailgate.

In addition to the new styling, the new 2019 Chevy Silverado is also bigger than the outgoing model. Overall length is 1.6 inches longer with a 3.9 inch increase to the wheelbase (distance between the centers of the wheels). Overall width has also increased by 1.2 inches. But despite the size increase, the 2019 Silverado 1500 is up to 450 lbs lighter when compared to the previous model Silverado in crew cab configuration.

2019 vs 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


The increased size means more interior space. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 adds almost 3 inches of legroom for rear occupants in crew cab configuration. In addition, there are also storage bins in the rear backrests and underneath the rear bench. The design of the interior has been designed with function and ergonomics in mind. The touchscreen is not larger but it is more responsive and has better resolution. Most functions, such as heated seats, climate controls, radio functions, etc. have physical buttons and knobs that are easy to use even with thick gloves on during the cold winter months.

2019 vs 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


The 5.3L and 6.2L V8 engines carryover to the 2019 Silverado 1500 but are now equipped with a feature called DFM (Dynamic Fuel Management) which actively shuts down any number of cylinders under light load to save fuel. The 4.3L V6 is also carried over where it joins two new engines. A 2.7L inline-4 turbo producing 310hp and 348 lb-ft of torque along with a 3.0L Duramax diesel Inline-6. Unfortunately no specifications have been released of the new 3.0L Duramax diesel engine at the time of writing this article.

2019 vs 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


The full box steel frame that the body of the 2019 Silverado sits on is 40 kg lighter than the 2018 Silverado while offering 10% greater torsional rigidity. Chevrolet achieved this by using various types of steels in constructing the frame without sacrificing strength and safety. The stronger frame also aids in payload and towing numbers. Below is a list of the maximum payload and towing figures that the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is capable of achieving (depending on body style).

  • 4.3L V6 – 285hp / 305 lb-ft – 8,000 lbs towing & 2,500 lbs payload
  • 2.7L I4 Turbo – 310hp / 348 lb-ft – 7,200 lbs towing & 2,280 lbs payload (new for 2019)
  • 5.3L V8 – 355hp / 383 lb-ft – 11,000 lbs towing & 2,430 lbs payload with 6-speed
  • 5.3L V8 – 355hp / 383 lb-ft – 11,600 lbs towing & 2,190 lbs payload with 8-speed
  • 6.2L V8 – 420hp / 460 lb-ft – 12,200 lbs towing & 2,100 lbs payload
  • 3.0L I6 Diesel – TBA specifications (new for 2019)
2019 vs 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Majority of features carryover from the 2018 Silverado to the 2019. However there are some new safety and convenience features that are added onto the 2019 model year. Some of these include a heads-up display, push button start, heated rear seats, rearview mirror camera, 360 degree camera system, and the aforementioned power tailgate to name a few.

All of these features are either standard or as options depending on the trim you choose. The familiar WT, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country trims are still present but now RST and Trail Boss are newly added trims. The RST sits between the LT and LTZ trims and features a street-performance appearance along with full LED lighting and up to 22-inch wheels. The Trail Boss trim can be added to the Custom or LT trims and it features a factory 2-inch suspension lift, locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, and 18-inch wheels wrapped with Goodyear Duratrac tires.

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