Trucks & SUVs

This Was Consumer Reports’ Biggest Knock About the 2019 Chevy Silverado

Chevrolet makes one of the best-selling trucks on the market. But with fiercer competition than ever, the Silverado has a lot to keep up with. When it comes to the current 2019 Silverado, Consumer Reports had a lot to say.

Where the 2019 Chevy Silverado falls short

Expectations for pickup trucks are higher than ever. With safety being a top concern and innovative technology available in all vehicles, buyers expect the same modern features in new trucks.

With a big name like Chevrolet, expectations are even higher. There’s a lot the Silverado got right, but Consumer Reports was most disappointed by the 2019 model’s “lack of standard advanced safety systems.” The only safety features you’ll get standard with the new Silverado are anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and daytime running lights. As Consumer Reports explains, all of these features are pretty run-of-the-mill.

You’ll have to opt for higher trim levels and available options to get automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection (city-speed), blind-spot warning, and forward-collision warning. What’s worse: High-speed automatic emergency braking isn’t available for the Silverado at all.

Unfortunately for Chevrolet, many automakers offer innovative, advanced safety features standard on vehicles, including trucks. This puts Chevy way behind in overall value, as safety is one of the most important factors for shoppers. According to Consumer Reports, you can get the Ford F-150 with standard forward-collision warning as well as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. 

Even Automotive News claims, “Where the Silverado excels in engineering and ride, it lacks in special features and amenities.” Chevrolet fails to keep up with offerings like adaptive cruise control found in both Ram and Ford trucks.

More pros (and cons) of the 2019 Chevy Silverado

Though Consumer Reports found fault with its lack of safety features, the Silverado did hit the mark in many categories. In the same disappointing review, Consumer Reports praised the Silverado for its improved handling and braking, as well as its spacious interior.

Overall, the 2019 Silverado was Consumer Reports’ No. 4 pick for full-sized pickup trucks, with an overall score of 58 (out of 100). It scored a decent 76 out of 100 on the road test but only received a predicted reliability rating of two out of five. 

Consumer Reports praised the Silverado in the road test for its improved powertrain, which offers quicker acceleration and better throttle response. The 2019 model also has an improved fuel economy rating. While critics found the ride to be a bit stiff and uncomfortable, the Silverado still got an overall owner satisfaction score of four out of five from Consumer Reports.

The cost of the Silverado features you want

The 2019 Silverado is available in a variety of trims and options. You can choose between rear- or four-wheel-drive, three bed lengths, and three cab options. With a starting price of $29,895, the Silverado offers multiple engine options, too.

But as seen by Cars.com, you’ll have to spend around $40,000 to get the advanced safety features. There are also optional packages, like the WT safety package, which you can add for an additional $1,000-$2,000. This gives you features like lane-change alert, front and rear parking assist, and rear-cross traffic alert.