Consumer Reports Buys 2019 Chevy Silverado, Does It Justify $50,000 Price Tag?

One of the most important products in GM’s portfolio, the Chevrolet Silverado, was significantly updated last year.

The full-size pickup truck has a bolder design, increased payload and towing capacities compared to its predecessor, and wants to lure buyers with a $29,795 starting price. Consumer Reports bought the LT model, which is powered by a 355 hp (360 PS / 264 kW) and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque 5.3-liter V8 that’s coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Equipped with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power-operated sliding rear window and a few other options, CR’s Silverado LT came at a hefty $50,225.

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On the go, the V8 offers good throttle response and acceleration. The steering is responsive and, for a vehicle of this segment, has little body lean. Also, the four-wheel drive system now has an Auto mode, so drivers don’t need to worry about having to constantly push buttons. On a side note, if you’re going to take it off the beaten path, make sure that you eschew the basic models, as they don’t have a low-range.

The cabin is not as refined as some of its competitors and the ride isn’t that comfortable either. The reviewer also found the wide cockpit to make some controls hard to reach, including the touchscreen infotainment system. These drawbacks, combined with the lack of some standard advanced safety gear, might make some opt for other trucks.


  • Sovereignty

    Yes! Trucks are getting more and more equipment. Do we really expect them to stay the same price forever?

  • GM = Junk

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I think you mean Mopar.

      • dumblikeyou2

        I guess the constant recalls and news about unexcusable build issues from FCA is just “fake news” in his world.

  • Rocket

    It feels like Chevy phoned this one in … especially considering the dramatic improvements Ram has made. The only full size truck Chevy could beat in an objective comparison test is the previous generation Silverado. There will be big piles of cash on the hood in no time at all. And it will take those big rebates just to maintain volume. Conquest sales? Fuhgeddaboudit!

    • dumblikeyou2

      I don’t know, I think that black Silverado with the larger wheels looked pretty sweet and since most people buy their trucks OEM-pimped-out at stratospheric prices, GM knows exactly how to pimp them and who to price them for. The Ram looks good, but conventionally safe; the Dad-truck. Below the age of 60, I would be looking at the Ford or GM. Plus, FCA < need I say more?

  • Branden Burke

    Meh. I cancelled my consumer reports subscription for good reason. They never seem to make apples to apples comparisons. I recall last year they compared how under powered the 5.3 was vs Ford’s eco boost. Why not compare the 6.2? That’s the more accurate comparison. Or, in this instance, they get a base model truck loaded with goodies. Why not get the premium package with all the goodies and compare them? Also, gms infotainment system is 3 years old. 3 years ago, they had the nicest infotainment system in the truck market. Now the others have upgraded and gm is old. That’s normal. I don’t like the look of the new trucks. But I have quickly soured on consumer reports. Too inconsistent

  • FordMopar

    [putting flame suit on]….. V8? What’s this, the ’80s? 85% of drivers lease these and don’t even use the bed for anything except ladder to bring over someone’a house. Over 50 grand with CLOTH seats and front bench with fold-down console arm rest and sissy grandma column shifter across the trims lineup. What’s this again, base truck of the ’90s? Wheels are laughably small with huge space between fenders and top of tires and not helping with tall hood look. [opening the door getting myself ready to leave, oh and save your breath- Ford and Mopar in my screename are what my wife and I are currently leasing- NOT being “Ford fan-Mopar fan for life!” type of person….GTFO]

  • Branko

    “Also, the four wheel drive system now has an Auto mode, so drivers don’t need to worry about having to constantly push buttons”

    Really? Consumer reports has lost all credibility. The Silverado has had that for at least 20 years. Had that on my ’99 Silverado.

    • brn

      Consumer Reports had credibility?

      • Pavel B.

        LOL exactly. Only the brainwashed lemmings find them credible.

  • Richard Alexander

    Never fear, just finance it for 180 months.

  • Paul

    Considering it’s CR I take their findings with a grain of salt.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


      They’ve got huge sample sizes and statistically sound research and reliability data. They’re one of the best out there, and aren’t funded by manufacturers like JD Power.

      • Paul

        Or so they say anyway.

  • Mike anonymous
    • brn

      What’s wrong with the wheels?

      • Mike anonymous

        I thought they were small. A bit too small for the vehicle.

        • brn

          OK, let’s talk about them then. 🙂

          Compared to a lot of what is popular today, they do seem a bit small. However, if this were 15 years ago, they’d be typical. Allows for a better ride.

          Maybe the wheels are big, but the truck is bigger.

          • Mike anonymous

            While they are a bit small, if they help to improve ride quality and capability, then that I can get on board with. Ride quality and usability matter a little more than looks when it comes to trucks, at least in my opinion.

            I personally don’t drive truck (nothing against them, I just don’t own one). I’m not sure how it may improve the ride (I haven’t driven one so I don’t know), but I’ll trust your judgment on it. 👍

  • Kagan

    Not by it’s looks. Your trucks are ugly, only f150 raptor is ok.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    ill choose the Ram…ur basically paying for a 2016 model. only the exterior was redesigned…

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