I drove the Ford F-150 as a high performance Raptor, and I have not yet tried the new Ram 1500. I have also run the normal F-150 and I even checked out the Toyota Tundra.
Silverado is often the number two-selling full-size after the F-150 – although you add to the Chevy's mechanical siblings, the GMC Sierra, the platform is neck and neck. It is therefore critical that GM does not allow Silverado to fall behind.
With the new 2019 model, it certainly doesn't. But while the revolutionary F-150 had a history that involved the risky use of much aluminum to make the old warhorse easy, the new Silverado is a more gradual improvement. When I first jumped in, I thought to myself, "Huh? This is probably known."
Some of these reservations disappear when I, instead of turning an ignition key, slammed the start button and kicked up the volcanic 6.2-liter V8. The yank column shifts into the drive as you are the ranch of the ranch and feels the power disgorging itself as if from a bottomless fire. Sweet Mercy!
V8 is a monster. All I did was around a bad Christmas tree in bed ̵
Chevy is part of General Motors and this V8 reminds you of what it means. The F-150's available 5.0-liter V8 peaks out at 395 horsepower, giving up 25 ponies to Chevy's 6.2-liter V8. Okay, Chevy obviously doesn't achieve that extra oomphen is effective. But it does. And boy, is it sweet!
Silverado handles well, runs smoothly and, with a robust four-fire system, should be able to absorb everything an owner throws at it. The cottage is spacious, comfortable, and in LTZ trim, close to luxury. Although I'm going to mark "close" – it may be better, and maybe it should be, since truck customers have moved far beyond using the vehicles just for work.
The Infotainment system is among the best in the industry, so no problems there. The addition of 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity makes Silverado a great family move, as well as a useful multidevice hotspot in workplaces.
As for the all-around toughness … well, Silverado certainly looks and feels like you could knock the shit out of it. Styling has not undermined that quality. What we have here is a handsome truck.
Chevy took a conservative path with the new Silverado, and on balance it was a wise call. Why mess with success? The big question now is whether the moderately ambitious update will be enough to keep long-term Chevy owners from flirting with Ford and Rams. It will probably, but 2019 will be the year that tells that story.
Of course, I couldn't find anything significant to dislike about Silverado. And I found plenty to enjoy. The truth is, US buyers now have three good choices, proof that Detroit knows better than ever what it does in this segment.