JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Three of America's most treasured pickup trucks are unarguably the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, but for the 2019 model year, it was just the Chevy that got a full redesign.
There’s no question: GM added some impressive hardware to help it in the ultra-competitive pickup truck war by redesigning the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. But was that enough to make it a strong competitor in a tough category?
According to Consumer Reports, the version with the V8 engine feels quick off the line, answering one of CR's chief criticisms of the dull, flat-footed previous generation. It can easily handle core pickup truck duties without breathing heavily.
But this big Chevrolet is a letdown with a ride that’s stiff and uncomfortable by today’s pickup truck standards when the bed is empty, CR said. The Chevrolet’s controls and infotainment system have taken a few steps backward, while its competitors are charging ahead. All of this adds up to a disappointing remake.
The Silverado faces some tough competition from the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, and today, “good” often isn’t good enough, CR said. This new truck may satisfy Chevrolet loyalists, but based on a few hundred miles behind the wheel, CR said it’s not likely to attract buyers from other brands.
Read Consumer Reports' full test here.
Not much has changed in 2019 for America's best-selling vehicle, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The 2019 F-150 Limited has, however, gained the high-output 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 from the Ford Raptor, which Ford says now makes it the most powerful light-duty pickup truck in America.
The truck has an all-aluminum body, which saves about 700 pounds over its steel-bodied predecessor.
According to CR, the cabin is very quiet, but the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is ponderous but ultimately secure. We recommend getting the optional Sync 3 infotainment system.
Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard for 2019.
The 2019 light-duty pickup truck from Ram received the award for North American Truck of the Year. According to CR, it's the most civilized among full-size pickup trucks, partly due to its rear coil-spring suspension setup.
The smooth 5.7-liter V8 carries over, and with the mild-hybrid option, ensures smooth stop-start at idle without compromising the air conditioning, CR said. Its editors got 17 mpg overall with it.
Handling, CR said, is secure and responsive for such a large truck. The cabin is extremely quiet. In most versions, four-wheel-drive can remain engaged indefinitely, a plus.
Rear-seat room is generous, and the Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use, according to CR. The top trim Limited is lavishly furnished inside, and features an enormous 12-inch touch screen for the Uconnect system.
Advanced safety features such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and blind spot warning are optional.
WJXT, Consumer Reports 2019