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2019 Chevrolet Silverado essentials: Large and in charge

Friday 15/March/2019 - 08:46 PM
Sada El Balad
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The Chevrolet Silverado LT Crew Cab is the lower-rung (and high-volume seller) version of Chevrolet’s popular full-size pickup. The four-door truck sports a 5.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 that feeds an eight-speed automatic. Buyers can also get a 4.3-liter V6 or the new 2.7-liter turbo I4. Calling it a half-ton pickup is a slight against its actual payload rating of 2،130 pounds -- or، just over a ton
With the pickup wars still growing، there’s little room for the major players -- Ram، Ford and Chevy -- to slip up. The new light-duty Ram rigs are a home run، the Ford F-150 is a perennial all-star and the last generation of Chevrolet Silverado is no slouch either. This new one plays like an evolution of the outgoing model instead of starting from scratch. It is technically "all new." The styling edges the line toward "polarizing،" but the size and proportions in real life seem to make the aesthetic decisions of the design team pay off. Again، parking one of these next to a '17، you can see how the new Silverado came to be and you’d never mistake it for one of the trucks from the crosstown rivals.

On the inside، the Silverado takes a different، less opulent approach to design. Maybe that will improve with the higher-trimmed High Country، but on this already-$52K-plus LT، the interior is devoid of the soft touch materials and luxury-look controls people are starting to expect with bigger pickups. That said، the Silverado probably looks the most like a traditional pickup truck inside: If you plan on using a Silverado on the job site، the interior does seem durable with textured rubberized plastic covering the dash and touch points. The seats are comfortable but not expensive-looking.

The ride is a bit more throwback too، leaning toward the essence of what people used to want (or at least get، whether they wanted it or not) out of a truck experience. The rest of the pack is making trucks that feel more like huge high-riding sedans. This Silverado goes over bumps and holes in the road with confidence، but not with the magic carpet qualities of an air suspension-equipped Ram. The F-150 probably falls somewhere in the middle.

The star of this rig is firmly planted under its hood: Chevy's latest 5.3-liter V8 sounds great and delivers potent throttle response. It'll surely beat most regular cars off the line -- and probably some of the sportier ones too. The transmission -- an eight-speed automatic -- shifts smoothly and decisively، allowing the 383 lb-ft of torque to hit the pavement as quickly as possible.

Like other full-size pickups today، the Silverado is big، so keeping it between the lines at speed takes a little practice. Obviously، parking does too. Thankfully، an actual parking spot isn't needed -- just pull up on a hill or in the dirt. This would be perfect concert transportation; just park on the grass.

The goal posts keep shifting for pickup trucks، and Chevrolet maintained a more conservative approach to its latest Silverado. That'll probably make its legions of fans perfectly happy... just as the Ram and F-150 will maintain their loyalists. Such is the nature of the truck business. And if you plan to use this truck for، you know، truck stuff -- hauling، moving and working -- it will surely excel in that realm.





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