Trying to keep up with the competition, Chevrolet took its 2019 redesign of the Silverado seriously. In an effort to become more fuel-efficient than ever, Chevrolet designed the 2019 Silverado to be lighter and available in more powertrain options that put fuel-economy first. This includes a new 2.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with direct fuel injection. Many were skeptical of the four-cylinder engine’s ability to match the “manliness” of the Silverado. Here’s the one thing the Silverado’s new four-cylinder engine misses the mark on, and you’ll be surprised what it is.
Why you should stay away from the four-cylinder Chevrolet Silverado
Surprisingly, Car and Driver had a lot of good things to say about the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado‘s new four-cylinder engine. But the one thing that the turbocharged four-cylinder engine lacked is the one thing it’s designed to have: superior fuel economy. In fact, Car and Driver found that the new four-cylinder engine “is capable but thirsty.” The estimated fuel economy for Car and Driver’s tested four-cylinder Silverado model is listed as 22 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
But when Car and Driver tested it for themselves, they only observed a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg for daily driving and 18 mpg on the highway. This is the same rating they received for daily use in the eight-cylinder Silverado and three mpg less than the eight-cylinder. Though it is a capable truck, its biggest draw is efficiency. Car and Driver’s test found that the four-cylinder engine missed its mark. Even Consumer Reports only gives the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado the low score of one out of five in fuel economy. Its own tests concluded a vast difference in what was reported and what was observed.
What the Chevrolet Silverado got right in the 2019 model
The same Car and Driver experts boast that the four-cylinder Silverado is “among the smoothest four-cylinders” in General Motor’s lineup. It can get to 60 mph in around seven seconds and hauls up to 7,200 pounds. But there are also six- and eight-cylinder powertrain options available, providing some of the widest options in the pickup segment. There’s also a new turbo-diesel option, all of which can be paired to a six-, eight-, or ten-speed automatic transmission. According to Chevrolet, the 2019 Silverado has a base price of $28,300, but higher trims mean the Silverado’s base price can extend all the way to $56,300.
In Consumer Reports’ road test, the 2019 Silverado felt “responsive and satisfying to drive,” with the transmission shifting quickly and smoothly. Its handling is superior, with great steering feedback and maneuvering abilities. The Silverado also features superior braking performance when compared to the competition, stopping in just 136 feet from 60 mph. Consumer Reports also gives the 2019 Silverado a good score of four out of five in the category of predicted owner satisfaction, as well as in acceleration, transmission, braking, noise, driving position, and seat access. The Silverado received a perfect five out of five in the categories of trunk/cargo area, climate system, and rear-seat comfort.
What’s the best 2019 Chevrolet Silverado to buy?
With the four-cylinder engine proving not to be as capable as it seems, you’ll get more towing capacity with the Silverado’s eight-cylinder option. Instead of hauling 7,200 lbs max, you could be hauling up to nearly 12,000 lbs. And in most trim levels, it only costs around $1500 more for the eight-cylinder engine. When it comes to trim and model, Consumer Reports finds that the best Silverado is dependent on what you need.
The Silverado LT offers affordability and good work capability, while the RST offers a sportier look and a little upgrade in work capacity. The Silverado LT Trail Boss is ideal for people who love adventures and off-roading on the weekend but need an average work truck during the week. The Silverado LTZ, on the other hand, offers every ounce of luxury you’d get in an expensive car, with the same function of a full-size truck.