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"I love it when a plan comes together." Hannibal from the A-Team.

I wasn't expecting to get back into a review vehicle for some time as the Detroit Auto Show tends to reduce the number of vehicles available - they're reserved for those coming out-of-state and OEM representatives. I thought next month is when I would begin my rotation once again. But a surprise email this morning from General Motors asking if I was able to take a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado today. Of course!

This particular Silverado is an LT Trail Boss Crew Cab with the 5.3L V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Base is $48,300 and my as-tested price comes to $55,965 with a few option packages like the Convenience package (front bucket seats, dual-zone climate control, and heated steering wheel).

First Impressions?

  • Even though it may appear the truck is black, it is actually painted a dark blue (blame my iPhone). Even though I'm not sold on the design on the Silverado as a whole, the Trail Boss make it look aggressive.
  • Interior looks a rehash of the one seen in the previous Silverado. Material quality is better, but I was kind of hoping more in terms of design.
  • 5.3L V8 doesn't feel muzzled when leaving a stop or needing to accelerate quickly - THANK YOU GM!
  • Haven't quite figured out how to open the power tailgate. Spent a few moments just pressing the button and not having the tailgate come down. Need to some reading in the owners manual.

I'll be trying my best to update this piece with other observations and impressions throughout the week. You can also drop some questions below if you want to something about the truck.

Gallery: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss Crew Cab


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How is the forward visibility from the driver's seat?  The front end seems awfully tall..

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54 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

How is the ride? Bouncy or more soft?

Bouncy. Can't tell if its due to the Z71 off-road package or the tires. I think I've been spoiled by driving too many Ram 1500s.

35 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

How is the forward visibility from the driver's seat?  The front end seems awfully tall..

About what I expected where I can't fully place where my front wheels or front end at the moment. I expect this go away in a few days time.

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Did you put a bag on its hood while you were driving it?  ('cause its sooooo ugly)

But then again, all black like that and it becomes a 'butterface'...  

 

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Pretty cool.  Keys please.

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That is the best looking image of that ugly mug! :P 

William, does the seat go all the way down to the floor or does it stop and still have considerable gap underneath?

If the seat is all the way back for long legs, how much room is between the back of the front seat and the back seat? Can a person site behind the driver?

Yes Tall person who has found like the 2007 Escalade over the 2006 I could not sit in with out being seriously reclined due to the seat not going all the way down to the floor for us very tall body people..

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17 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

Did you put a bag on its hood while you were driving it?  ('cause its sooooo ugly)

But then again, all black like that and it becomes a 'butterface'...  

 

Heh. As my younger brother put it, at least its less ugly. (I think I like it).

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I may be one of the few people here that doesn’t have a problem with the exterior design. The interior is a whole other matter though. 

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5 hours ago, William Maley said:

Heh. As my younger brother put it, at least its less ugly. (I think I like it).

Your brother is dead on. Its less ugly all black like that.  All black vehicles are all sinister lookin'. This one is no different. Even more so because its ugly.  I mean, there are some all black cars that are sinister, mean lookin', but they have a certain scary charm to them.  Like Dracula. 

This thing is Freddy Kruger sinister scary in all black clothes.   (I think I like it a little also)

3 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

I may be one of the few people here that doesn’t have a problem with the exterior design. The interior is a whole other matter though. 

I never got past the front end of the 2019 Silverado to tell you the truth.   Im afraid to take a peak inside and see what is what. 

Maybe at the Montreal Auto Show...

Oh dang...it finishes tomorrow and Im working. Oh well... 

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On 1/25/2019 at 8:18 PM, dfelt said:

That is the best looking image of that ugly mug! :P 

William, does the seat go all the way down to the floor or does it stop and still have considerable gap underneath?

If the seat is all the way back for long legs, how much room is between the back of the front seat and the back seat? Can a person site behind the driver?

Yes Tall person who has found like the 2007 Escalade over the 2006 I could not sit in with out being seriously reclined due to the seat not going all the way down to the floor for us very tall body people..

And welcome to what will be known as the @dfelt/basketball player seat space tests.

To begin, the front seat does go a way decent way down - but not all way the way to the floor. I was able to stick my hand vertically with no issue.  Now, I think most tall people will not have any issues if you avoid the sunroof. My tester lacks it and there is a large cutout in the roof panel. With my seat in place, I have about 5 to 7 inches of space between my head.

At first glance, I thought the Silverado would be ok with the front seat all the way back as I found the standard seating position to be similar to a large luxury sedan. But putting the seat all of the way back, I found that I had a small gap between my knees and the seat.

I'll work on getting some photos later in the week to illustrate this.

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Interested in the rear seat area- the bottoms flip rearward... what's beneath the seat? If it's a carpeted steel wall- can you tell how it's attached to the body (bolted or spot-welded)?

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19 hours ago, balthazar said:

Interested in the rear seat area- the bottoms flip rearward... what's beneath the seat? If it's a carpeted steel wall- can you tell how it's attached to the body (bolted or spot-welded)?

You have a little storage box that holds the emergency jack. (I have included a picture below). Judging from how this piece is installed - a few bolts - I believe this can be removed.

I can't fully tell how the steel wall is attached to the body.

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On 1/26/2019 at 2:07 PM, surreal1272 said:

I may be one of the few people here that doesn’t have a problem with the exterior design. The interior is a whole other matter though. 

I think a black on black  Trail Boss trim is about as pretty as this new Silverado gets. 

@William Maley will you be taking it out in the massive snow storm you are getting right now? 

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46 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I think a black on black  Trail Boss trim is about as pretty as this new Silverado gets. 

@William Maley will you be taking it out in the massive snow storm you are getting right now? 

Depends how the weather is later today. At the moment, it is currently lightly snowing.

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27 minutes ago, William Maley said:

Depends how the weather is later today. At the moment, it is currently lightly snowing.

Since your supposed to get sub-zero Artic blast with heavy Snow, how fast do the new heaters / defrost warm up? less than 30 seconds?

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57 minutes ago, William Maley said:

Depends how the weather is later today. At the moment, it is currently lightly snowing.

And now the snow is starting to fall a bit more steadily. 

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1 minute ago, William Maley said:

And now the snow is starting to fall a bit more steadily. 

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it looks lonely

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4 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

it looks lonely

I was thinking it looks just right in the elements for a Trail Boss. Yea could use a Canyon Trail boss next to it. :P 

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9 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

How much snow are you forecast for @William Maley ?

We're expecting somewhere between 5 to 7 inches according to the current forecast.

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3 minutes ago, William Maley said:

We're expecting somewhere between 5 to 7 inches according to the current forecast.

Time to switch it to 4L and find some fun!

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Time to switch it to 4L and find some fun!

Hell yes.

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