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2018 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado: What's the Difference?

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  • The Chevy Silverado is all-new for the 2019 model year.

  • The same V6 and two V8 engines are available in both trucks, but there's a new turbocharged 4-cylinder available in the 2019 model.

  • The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is bigger than the previous generation, but it is up to 450 pounds lighter depending on the model.

Since pickup trucks continue to be one of America's favorite kind of automobile, manufacturers are investing heavily in keeping them fresh to attract new truck buyers and keep their brand loyalists coming back trading in their old truck for a new truck. Chevrolet is a perennial second-place contender in the pickup truck wars (second only to the Ford F-Series) with the tried-and-true Silverado.

But tried-and-true has a new face for 2019. The Chevy Silverado is all-new for 2019, entering its fourth generation with a familiar family of powertrains, a new look and new trims. Let's take a look at the finer details about what's similar and what's different between the 2018 and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

Exterior

Most people shopping for a truck will immediately notice the new exterior of the 2019 Silverado. It has a more modern look with four different grilles available depending on which trim you chose. The previous generation had several special editions available, but the new truck has even more visual variety in its model range.

The 2018 model is a bit more rectangular, right down to the wheel arches. Chevy embraced the inherent boxiness of pickup trucks by giving the Silverado lots of squared-off features from the front end to the fenders to just about every other visual element of the truck.

Functionally, the 2019 Silverado has the advantage of a more voluminous bed in short, standard and long-box configurations over the 2018 model without making the bed any longer. If you're planning on frequently hauling a lot of payload, you might need that extra room.

In the end, the 2018 Silverado looks more traditional, and the 2019 model has a more modern aesthetic.

Interior

The interiors of these two trucks are a lot more similar than their exteriors. They both soldier on with an old-school column shifter and the same old gauges, which many truck buyers will appreciate but some might find a little too old fashioned. The rest of the interior of the 2019 Silverado harkens back to the squareness of the 2018 model.

Perhaps the biggest interior difference between the two trucks is the back seat space in the crew cab. The 2019 model has a lot more legroom for backseat passengers in 4-door crew cab configurations than the 2018 truck. If you're planning on using a Chevy truck regularly as a family vehicle, then your back-seat passengers would really appreciate the extra room in the new 2019 Silverado. The new model also has more cubbies and interior storage in places like underneath the back seats.

Like the 2018 model, the 2019 Silverado ranges from a bare-bones work truck with a rubber floor and vinyl seats to a well-appointed luxury vehicle with heated and cooled leather seats, wood interior trim and many other luxuries. Of course, the model range includes many different interior configurations in between, allowing you to choose the perfect truck for your taste and your budget.

Mechanicals

For being an all-new generation of the Silverado, the available engines in the 2019 Chevy truck are surprisingly familiar. Although it offers some of the same engines, there are a few tweaks that make them more desirable in the new truck. Here are your options:

2018 Chevrolet Silverado Engines

  • 4.3-liter V6; 285 horsepower, 305 lb-ft of torque; 7,600-lb max towing capacity; 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway

  • 5.3-liter V8; 355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque; 11,100-lb max towing capacity; 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy

  • 6.2-liter V8; 420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque 12,500-lb max towing capacity; 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Engines

  • 4.3-liter V6; 285 hp, 305 lb-ft of torque; 7,600-lb max towing capacity; 18 mpgcity/24 mpg hwy

  • 2.7-liter turbocharged inline four; 310 hp, 348 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/23 mpg hwy

  • 5.3-liter V8; 355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque; 11,100-lb max towing capacity; 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy

  • 6.2-liter V8; 420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque 12,500-lb max towing capacity; 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy

So the popular 5.3-liter V8 gets one mpg better fuel economy in the city in the 2019 model than it does in the 2018 truck. The new 4-cylinder might be the most efficient of the bunch in the city, but those fuel economy numbers don't exactly blow us away, especially considering its highway mpg is worse than the V6 and equals the 5.3 V8.

Chevy has promised a 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel V6 in the Silverado, expected to arrive in the summer of 2019. Unfortunately, specs haven't been released on that engine yet (neither have towing numbers for the 4-cylinder), but we're expecting the diesel to be the Silverado's most efficient engine.

The new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes some pretty impressive numbers considering its relatively low cylinder count, but it's not as efficient as we hoped it would be. Until the diesel comes out, there isn't all that much new under the hood of the Silverado for 2019.

Both trucks come standard with rear-wheel drive in most trims, but of course, they're both available with 4-wheel drive for better off-road capability.

Technology

The 2019 Silverado is available with a lot of technology that can make trailering both safer and easier. The advanced trailering package includes a trailering app with theft alert and trailer tire-pressure monitoring, hitch guidance with hitch view, making it easy to line up your hitch with your trailer without needing a human assistant, hitch-area lighting, a trailer light test and auto-electric parking brake assist.

On top of that, you can get a trailering camera package to give you a better view of what's happening around your trailer with side-view cameras, a hitch-view camera and an additional port for an accessory camera.

Pricing

For all of its improvements, the 2019 Silverado is priced very similarly to the 2018 model. The 2018 and 2019 models have the exact same starting price of $29,795 including destination charges. On the luxurious high-end trims, both trucks are in the mid-$50k range.

It's worth noting that the high-volume LT trim starts $700 lower on the 2019 model than the 2018 Silverado. The standard engine in the Silverado LT is the turbocharged 4-cylinder, which has more power and torque than the V6 that is standard in the 2018 Silverado LT.

Conclusion

We wish there was a little bit more to be excited about in terms of engines, but other than that, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is a big improvement over the outgoing 2018 model. We like that it's bigger, yet lighter, has a much roomier back seat in the crew cab, has a bigger, more space-efficient bed and has a more modern look with more modern tech to show for it. The 2018 Silverado is still a good and perfectly capable pickup truck, but the 2019 model is a worthwhile upgrade.

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