With new releases from Chevy and Dodge Ram, 2019 is shaping up to be a big pickup truck year as both manufactures aim to unseat the Ford F-150—America’s best-selling truck for 36 years. We spent some time with Chevy’s new, stylish Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss Z71 to see how it handles getting work done, along with helping maximize your weekend.
Day 1: Hitting the Highway
The Chevy’s front end has aggressive styling with obvious touches like a pair of red recovery hooks and others that are less so, like aerodynamic fender vents. The Trail Boss trim replaces large swaths of chrome for a black plastic grill so the squat and wide LED headlamps and badging pop out. Loading into the Trail Boss, this is a full-size pickup in every way. We love the driver-side pull handle, wide and comfortable front seats, and massive folding center console with enough storage for daily tech needs—it’s also serviceable as an impromptu table for road eats.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss Courtesy image
Heading out of Chelsea towards Long Island we weave in and out of traffic without any issue—with its crew cab and standard bed, this truck isn’t small, but it’s manageable. When traffic opens up, we do the same: Chevy offers the Silverado in several engine configurations, including 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s, a 4.3-liter V-6, and a 2.7-liter turbo-4 and 3.0-liter Duramax I6 diesel. Our Trail Boss tester’s 5.3-liter V-8 cranks out 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque. It comes with what Chevy calls Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM), which shuts down the engine’s cylinders (in up to 17 different configurations) when you don’t need the extra power, increasing fuel economy to 15 city and 20 highway.
On the road, when the DFM kicks in, you can’t really tell—there’s no lack of power from the