Is The Current Gen Chevrolet Silverado Worth Buying?
July 12, 2022
Features and Specs of the New 2019+ Chevrolet Silverado
The truck market today is saturated with auto manufacturers. Ford, Chevy, GMC, Dodge, RAM, the list goes on. We have them, we have Toyota and Nissan, and don't get us started on the new electric trucks that are popping up everywhere nowadays.
Right or wrong or otherwise, you can't deny that there are a lot of trucks on the market, and while most people have their preferences, Chevy has seemingly always been towards the top of the list. Over the last few decades, Chevy trucks have always been amongst the most popular on the market, and despite the square wheel wells and Vortec-loving goodness, they did one thing in the last few years that shook the market up and took a lot of people by surprise.
Today, we'll be taking a look at the new 2019+ generation of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups, to go over why you may just want one. Let's get it!
How Did The Chevrolet Silverado Become Popular?
When it comes to pickup trucks, few can stand toe to toe with ol' Chevy. At its core, Chevrolet has been making trucks since essentially the dawn of time - in other words, 1918. The first Chevy pickup was a half-ton delivery vehicle powered by a 3.7-liter inline-four engine that produced - get this - all of 36 horsepower. It also had a torque rating of "just enough to crank the wheels tightly."
While not setting any land speed records, this Model T would pave the way for the future of Chevy trucks, and it even included a beautiful dark blue Chevy bow tie right up there on the front of the radiator. Regardless of how little horsepower the Model T would make, it undeniably paved the way for the modern pickup of today's market.
By 1929, just eleven short years later, Chevy had ditched the open operator's platform in favor of the enclosed cabin design of the Chevy delivery. This redesigned style would continue to be prevalent until around the 1950s, at which point Chevy trucks started to resemble actual pickups like we know today. Regardless of if you love them or hate them, the general public was overall happy with Chevy's design choices up through the 2018 model year. That would all change in 2019 though, and it kinda set the world on fire a bit.
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New Design Features and Specs of the Current-Gen Chevrolet Silverado
Introduced on a crisp, cold winter morning in Detroit, Chevrolet debuted the all-new Silverado 1500 on January 13, 2018. This completely new redesign would come out swinging, making claims like "the most functional bed of any full-size truck" and "up to 450 pounds lighter from mixed materials for improved performance."
Probably the biggest announcement Chevy made with this new redesign, though, would be the engine offerings that GM optioned these trucks with. Sure, they would offer the traditional V8 engine as they always have and always will, with favorites like the 5.3-liter Vortec and 6.8-liter high-output engine remaining. But new for this body style was a leap in the direction of fuel economy - that's the 3.0-liter Duramax, baby.
The Duramax engine is tiny, but it would prove to be quite popular for Silverado drivers. It's got plenty of torque, plenty of power, and it's smooth and quiet - that's not even mentioning that a Duramax Silverado can give you some pretty incredible fuel efficiency, even when it's propped up on a leveling kit.
Chevrolet Silverado Trim Package Comparison and Features
In terms of trim packages on the new Silverado redesign, Chevy split their lineup into three separate segments, which we'll call High Value, High Feature, and High Volume, each with unique characteristics.
So, let's start with the High-Value trucks. This is where you'll find things like your traditional work truck trim, which is as base as it comes with vinyl or cloth seats, 17-inch wheels, and Chevy badging across the grille and tailgates. Also found in this High Value would be the Custom, which was little more than an up-badged work trim with body-color match, trim pieces, 20-inch wheels, and LED taillights.
Coming in the middle of the pack is the High-Volume trucks, which were designed to sell to your average consumer. This includes the LT, RST, and Trail Boss trims, featuring things like chrome bumper accents, LED headlights, and of course, 22-inch wheels from the freaking factory. Do you guys remember when 20x12s were big? We certainly do, and now you can get a brand-new Silverado with 22s on it. What a time to be alive.
Chevy also featured its High-Feature trims on the new Silverado, which of course includes the LTZ and High Country models. You guys know all about those, and they're some of our favorites here.
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What Fits A 2019+ Chevrolet Silverado?
If you guys are anything like us, you just can't leave anything stock. The good news here is that a stock-height 2019 Silverado will clear 20x10s and a set of 33-inch tires with some minor trimming, which is a lot of wheel and tire stuffed in there. A four-and-a-half-inch lift will clear 33-inch tires on 14-wide wheels, but if you're willing to go up a few inches, you're in luck. A six-inch lift will clear 35s on a 12-wide without too many issues.
One important note here is that if you're planning on getting a Silverado from 2019 or above, you'll want to get a little creative with your wheels. Chevy did this cool thing where they decided that they wanted to stop better, so they put a bigger brake caliper upfront on these trucks. Not a big deal, but along with that larger caliper they also engineered a cooling fan. That's cool (pun kind of intended) but it makes aftermarket wheel and tire fitment a nightmare because chances are you'll need to run a three-inch spacer to clear the brakes. It's not the end of the world, but it's an important thing to note either way.
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So what do you think? Would you drive a 2019 or above Silverado, or are you staying far away? And if you have a 2019+ Silverado that's still rolling around on stock wheels, what the hell are you doing?
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