Strong V8 engines with surprisingly good fuel economy; simple no-nonsense interior; comfy front seats; good crash ratings
Lacks the variety and many improvements of the all-new Silverado; comparatively rough ride; plain interior design with unimpressive materials
The Silverado LD is Chevy's previous-generation 1500 pickup with fewer available engines, body configurations, trim levels and equipment. It will only be produced for 2019.
You'd have to be looking at a massive discount on the LD relative to the redesigned Silverado for it to make much sense. The new truck really is better. That said, the 1LT is your best bet as its alloy wheels and extra creature comforts should be appreciated by any owner. At the same time, if you're buying a Silverado LD for your business, the Work Truck should definitely go above and beyond the call of duty.
Although the Silverado LD is basically the same truck Chevrolet sold for 2018, the possible number of variations has been dramatically reduced. It's only available with a double (extended) cab, six-passenger seating and a 6.6-foot bed. There are also only four trim levels: Work Truck, Custom, 1LT and 2LT.
Standard equipment on the Work Truck ($34,500) isn't as sparse as you'd imagine. It includes xenon headlights, 17-in steel wheels, a backup camera, power locks, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, a USB port, Bluetooth, a 7-in touchscreen and a 6-speaker audio system. The WT Convenience package adds keyless entry, power mirrors and a remote-locking tailgate.
The Custom basically adds those Convenience package niceties plus 20-in alloy wheels, privacy glass and body-colored exterior trim in place of the Work Truck's many plain black pieces. Its own Convenience package includes a rear window defroster, satellite radio, 4G LTE in-truck Wi-Fi and OnStar emergency communications and services.
The 1LT ($42,700) adds all Convenience equipment plus 17-in alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, interior carpeting, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, extra USB ports, an 8-in touchscreen, HD radio and a CD player. The 2LT ($44,000) is basically the same truck, but with body-colored exterior trim and 18-in wheels.
Unlike other full-size trucks, there are few options available. Among these is the Z71 package that adds a variety of off-roading equipment along with special styling. The Z71 Sport package is essentially a poseur model that has the design flares but swaps out the off-road equipment for parking sensors, assist steps and black-painted wheels. The LT trims can also be upgraded with a trailer-brake controller, a spray-in bedliner, remote ignition, heated front seats and an extra power outlet in package known as either All-Star or Texas Edition depending on where you live.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 Ram 1500 Classic -- Like the Silverado LD, the Classic is the previous-generation Ram 1500 that will be sold this year alongside its completely redesigned successor. The Ram is available in more variations, however, and we think it's the better overall truck.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado -- This is the new and improved Silverado. You can learn all about it in our first drive review as well as our article "2018 vs 2019 Chevrolet Silverado: What's the Difference?"
2019 Ram 1500 -- As solid as its Classic predecessor continues to be, the all-new Ram 1500 really knocks it out of the park with its refined driving manners and plush interior.
2019 Ford F-150 -- There's a reason the F-150 is the best-selling vehicle on the planet. It's a really solid truck that offers plenty of innovation and capability. No pickup search is complete without considering it.
Used Chevrolet Silverado -- Since the LD is just a previous-generation Silverado, you might as well consider a used model since it's basically the same vehicle. This is particularly true if you desire an upper trim level as the LTZ and High Country aren't available on the LD.