2019 Silverado 2500HD New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD returns for a final model year before it's replaced with a new truck in the 2020 model year. It's still an excellent heavy-duty truck that's worth consideration, especially for its energetic engines and impressive capability.
A new Tribute Edition (actually an option package) bedecked with a number of unique visual elements has joined the lineup for the 2019 model year. Otherwise, the Silverado 2500HD and its heavier-duty 3500HD compatriot are little changed.
Heavy-duty Silverados come in three-quarter-ton (2500HD) and full-ton (3500 HD) configurations. Four trim levels are offered: WT (Work Truck), LT, LTZ, and High Country.
Either a gasoline or diesel V-8 may be installed. Silverado HDs come in three cab types: two-door Regular, four-door Double Cab, or four-door Crew Cab. Cargo beds may be short (6-foot-6) or long (8-foot). Only 3500HD models can have a dual-rear-wheel (duallie) setup.
Chevrolet's standard 6.0-liter V-8 engine develops 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, mating with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Payload capacity reaches past 3,500 pounds.
The turbodiesel option is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 that makes a strong 445 horsepower, but conjures up a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque. That's enough to tow more than 18,000 pounds, in some configurations. Optional for specific models, the turbodiesel engine adds more than $9,000 to the truck's price.
Rear-wheel drive is standard on most versions; four-wheel drive is optional.
The NHTSA has given the 2019 Silverado 2500HD four stars overall in its crash-test, five stars for side-impact, and a three-star rating for frontal-impact and for rollover prevention (a calculated figure, not based upon testing). The IIHS has not crashed a Silverado HD.
LT and LTZ models can have optional forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, plus a rear-seat reminder to check for children in the back seat. Those warning systems are standard on High Country trucks. Automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors are not available..
Prices do not include a $1,495 destination charge.
Regular Cab Work Truck ($38,100 with four-wheel drive) has a 133.6-inch wheelbase and comes with a three-place bench seat, vinyl upholstery, blacked-out trim, 17-inch steel wheels, power locks/windows, and 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Double Cab 144.2-inch Work Truck ($40,300 with four-wheel drive) rides a 144.2-inch wheelbase and adds a three-place back seat with half-doors.
LT Double Cab 144.2-inch ($45,700 with four-wheel drive) includes 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome accents, LED headlights, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and cloth seat upholstery.
Double Cab 158.1-inch Work Truck ($37,600 with rear-wheel drive, $40,500 with four-wheel drive) is equipped similar to Regular Cab Work Truck.
LT Double Cab 158.1-inch ($42,500 with RWD, $45,900 with 4WD) is equipped similar to Double Cab V-8, on longer wheelbase, with durable cloth seats.
Crew Cab 153.7-inch Work Truck ($38,400 with RWD, $41,300 with 4WD) is equipped similar to Work Trucks above, but with four conventional doors and full back seat.
Crew Cab 167.7-inch Work Truck ($38,600 with RWD, $41,500 with 4WD) is similar to Work Truck above, on longer wheelbase.
LT Crew Cab 153.7-inch ($43,700 with RWD, $47,000 with 4WD) is equipped similar to LT models above.
LT Crew Cab 167.7-inch ($43,900 with RWD, $47,200 with 4WD) is similar to LT above, on longer wheelbase.
LTZ Crew Cab 153.7-inch L(($49,500 with RWD, $52,700 with 4WD) gets heated leather front seats, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, integrated trailer brake controller, 110-volt power outlet, power-sliding rear window, 18-inch alloy wheels, and chrome body trim.
LTZ Crew Cab 167.7-inch ($49,700 with RWD, $52,900 with 4WD) is similar to LTZ above, on longer wheelbase.
High Country Crew Cab 153.7-inch ($55,900 with RWD, $59,000 with 4WD) includes a power up/down tailgate, assist steps, Bose audio, heated/cooled front seats, front/rear parking sensors, spray-in bedliner, and 20-inch wheels. The High Country comes only in short-bed Crew Cab configuration.
A Z71 package on midlevel trucks adds off-road equipment, including tougher shock absorbers, a front stabilizer bar, and underbody shielding.
The new Tribute Edition package on Z71-equipped trucks adds unique flag-themed trim elements and chrome lower skid plate detailing..