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There is perhaps no truck on the market that better personifies choice than the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Chevrolet says there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ truck, and this belief informs their expanding range of models. In short, there’s a Silverado for every need, and they’re all available at Zeck Chevrolet in Oklahoma.
First, the Silverado now has seven main models – the light-duty 1500, the heavy-duty 2500HD and 3500HD, the new medium-duty truck models 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6600HD, and the outgoing light-duty model now rebranded the Silverado LD.
Then if we look at light-duty Silverado 1500 alone, it has no less than six engine choices, eight trim levels, and three bed lengths from which to choose. It is the most consumer-focused of the range, and will have another 10 special editions on offer this year!
The 2500HD and 3500HD are more commercially focused, and while they offer many customization options, these are thankfully a little easier to digest than the Silverado 1500’s myriad of choices. You have the choice between two heavy-duty engines, four trim levels, four special editions, two bed lengths, and two cab sizes. You have the choice of two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive.
With all of these choices (and there are more!), it’s easy to find yourself stuck in analysis paralysis, unable to decide which Silverado to buy. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you could differentiate what is most important to you to drill down to the ultimate Silverado.
Towing and Payload Ratings
One of the main reasons you would opt for the Chevrolet 2500HD over the 1500, or the 3500HD over the 2500HD is found in the amount they are able to tow and how much they’re able to carry. The difference in payload and towing rating often just comes down to how the suspension is tuned. A lighter suspension, as found on the 1500, will give you better ride quality on a day-to-day basis. A heavier suspension setup, as found on the 3500HD for example, will be stiffer but better able to transport large loads.
The lowest common denominator when it comes to towing is the Silverado equipped with the 2.7-liter I4 engine, which is still capable of towing 7,200 pounds and carrying 2,280 pounds with its 310-horsepower engine. Swap out the engine for the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 paired with a 10-speed and you’ll be able to tow up to 12,200 pounds but the max payload will drop to 2,100 pounds.
Properly equipped, the 2019 Silverado 2500HD with its 6.0-liter V8 SFI engine can tow up to 21,100 pounds and carry a max payload of 3,233 pounds. Drop in the 6.6-liter 4WD Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 and you call pull 25,300 pounds – but the payload drops back to a reasonable 2,356 pounds.
The 3500HD has the same engines as the 2500HD and can therefore also pull 25,300 pounds – but it’s also capable of carrying a mammoth 3,843 pounds on its stiffer suspension.
This is where you’ll feel the benefit of the heavy-duty Silverado most over its more sedate versions. If you’re never going to be carrying such heavy items, then the Silverado 1500 is arguably a better choice for you.
Features and Luxuries
The HD Silverados, while work-focused, still offer four trim levels with a wealth of features. These are the WT, LT, LTZ, and the High Country. Opting for the High Country gets you six-inch chrome assist steps, 20-inch all-terrain blackwall tires filled with chrome aluminum wheels, a spray-on bedliner, Chevrolet infotainment system with an eight-inch color touchscreen, Bose sound system, leather heated and ventilated front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, and power-adjustable pedals on top of all the goodies you get in the LTZ trim. Clearly, this is no mere work truck.
Still, the Silverado 1500 may sway you if you value more excitement in your ride. The Silverado 1500 offers comparable WT, LT, LTZ, and High Country trims, but also throws in Custom, Custom Trail Boss, RST, and LT Trail Boss variants into the mix. The wider range of engines includes some more raucous choices that take the Silverado off-road in style.
The Custom looks great in the city with its LED signature taillamps and body-color styling theme. New for 2019, the Custom Trailboss adds a two-inch suspension lift and the Z71 off-road suspension package and is similar to the LT Trailboss that is still available. The RST offers a street-performance look with full LED lighting and up to 22-inch wheels.
As you can see, there really is a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado for everyone and Chevrolet have yet again done an outstanding job with the new Silverado range.