2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pricing to Start at $29,795
Volume-Model LT Crew Cab Costs Less than 2018 Equivalent
Chevrolet announced pricing for the 2019 Silverado 1500, with the base Work Truck starting at $29,795 and the most popular LT Crew Cab asking $40,795, both prices including destination.
The starting price of the 2019 Silverado 1500 is the same as its 2018 predecessor, in spite of the new truck’s standard longbed body style. Getting a longbed on a base 2018 Silverado would cost its owner $30,195, $400 more than the 2019 pickup. The 2019 Silverado 1500 Work Truck comes standard with a mostly carryover 4.3L V-6 producing 285 hp and 305 lb-ft, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Active Fuel Management comes on the V-6, a trait shared with the Work Truck’s optional 5.3L V-8/six-speed auto combination. These powertrains are also available on the Custom ($36,095) and Custom Trail Boss ($40,995).
The base V-6 is replaced by a 2.7L turbocharged I-4 in the mid-level LT model. This truck, which Chevrolet anticipates will be its volume seller, starts at $38,395 for a double cab with a standard bed or $40, 795 for a crew cab with a shortbed. Those numbers are $300 and $400 cheaper than their 2018 equivalents, even though the turbocharged I-4 produces more power and torque than the outgoing standard V-6, at 310 hp and 348 lb-ft. Chevrolet claims the little engine will be able to tow up to 7,200 pounds and handle a maximum payload of 2,280. (Oddly, the less powerful V-6 is up to the task of towing 8,000 pounds and hauling 2,500 pounds).
The sporty Silverado RST, which also comes standard with the 2.7L turbo, starts at $40,295 for the double cab and $42,695 for the crew cab. Both the RST and LT are available with an optional 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
That powertrain, however, is standard on the LT Trailboss 4x4, which starts at $47,395 for the double cab and $49,795 for the crew cab. The V-8 is also standard on the LTZ ($44,495 and $46,895, respectively). The LTZ can be optioned with a 6.2L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and a 10-speed auto, which is the standard powertrain for the ne plus ultra Silverado 1500 High Country. Going whole hog on this crew cab, shortbed trim level costs $54,495.
Curiously, Chevy doesn’t seem to be offering its standard bed on either the regular cab or crew cab variants, leading us to believe the company is offering its trucks in a single wheelbase, at least initially. We presume more body styles will be available soon after the truck is released. Furthermore, the company hasn’t revealed pricing for 4x4 models save its two Trail Boss trims and the four-wheel-drive–only High Country, so plan on adding $3,000 or so if you want four driven wheels and a two-speed transfercase. There’s also no word on the pricing, power output, or capability of the forthcoming 3.0L turbodiesel I-6, although that engine will be available on the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country.
Fuel economy numbers have only been revealed for the 5.3L/eight-speed and 6.2L/10-speed powertrains, with the former achieving 17 city/23 highway/19 combined mpg (matching the Ford F-150’s 5.0L V-8 in lockstep). The latter hits a respectable 16 city/20 highway/17 combined mpg, which compares favorably to the Ram 1500’s Hemi V-8. Both engines improve upon their 2018 counterparts by 1 mpg city.
Payloads are up compared to their 2018 equivalents across the board. The base V-6 can handle a 400-pound-heavier trailer, while the 5.3L V-8 dispatches one weighing 11,600 pounds (up 400). Finally, the top-dog 6.2L V-8 can lug a 12,200-pound trailer, up 500 from 2018. And payloads for crew cab models are up 340 pounds, though Chevrolet doesn’t break out specific numbers model by model—the maximum payload a 2019 Silverado can handle is 2,500 pounds, achieved by the base V-6. These capability factors still can’t quite match those of the F-150, which hits a maximum towing rating of 13,200 pounds and a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds. But the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is still class-competitive.
Hitting showrooms later this year, Chevrolet’s 2019 Silverado 1500 looks like it’s loaded for bear, offering a wide variety of powertrains, aggressive pricing strategies, and a heart-of-the-market approach.