The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado rocked the market in a number of ways, one being its 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Yep, a four banger in a full-sized red blooded American pickup truck.
How did we get here and why? Is this what happens when you put the pencil pushing wing nuts in charge? All kidding aside, our 2019 Silverado RST 2.7T showed us that new ideas aren’t always bad regardless of what pushed us to them.
In our test drive we came away with three key assessments, starting with the fact that its 310 horsepower in-line four with 348 pound feet of torque passes muster. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission it offers up a 0-60 time under 7 seconds and can hardly be considered “less”.
Fuel economy figures from the EPA say 20 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. We got 20 mpg in our week with it with the AC on at all times, not bad. The only major gripe was its aggressive engine auto start stop system, something we hate.
Another major takeaway was that while it’s indeed all-new from the ground up, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado carries through a familiar brand DNA in all of its behaviors and touch points. This is to say that it feels, smells and drives like a good ‘ol Chevy.
So if you are put off by its angry robot styling or its crazy new lines, relax and give it time. Get behind the wheel and you’ll realize but for it being all-new, nothing has really changed in spite of its 450 pound weight reduction and increased efficiencies. It’s still a Chevy.
Lastly, we find that while GM didn’t go all-out and rack up a list of whiz bang major shifts in its new trucks like an all-aluminum body, multiple turbocharged engines and other gimmicks like Ford for example, we find them to be very competitive in their own ways.
GM used a multi-material approach in their new trucks that features aluminum in key places but retains steels where it counts. The 2.7T engine is a revolution on its own, but the rest of the engine lineup gets freshened with also a new inline six turbo-diesel offering. Competitive.
As tested our Silverado RST came in at $47,795. Stacked with options it remains modest in price, just below the class average in its mid-grade trimmings. We liked it.