I get it, buying a brand new truck is a big investment and not something you want to enter into lightly. That’s smart – you should always make sure you know what you’re buying before you make a purchase, and when it comes to something like a truck, that’s even more important. Which is why you’re here – reading about cars and trucks, seeing what’s out there, educating yourself so that you can make the best decision possible. And that’s why you should check out the 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500, not because I’m telling you to, but because you’re going to want to.
You should never buy a brand new truck just because someone tells you to without any reasons or evidence backing up that position. Don’t worry, I have reasons. The biggest reason though is simple: power. The Silverado 3500 has always been about size and power, and this year is no different than ever before. Want to haul around a load of lumber? This is the truck. Want to help your kid or brother-in-law move (well, maybe not “want,” but you do it anyway cause they’re family)? This is the truck. Want to take your grill and coolers camping or tailgating this weekend? This is the truck!
1. Pure Power
If you’re not interested in power, then check out a sedan or coupe, otherwise, this is the biggest reason to buy a 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500. It starts with the baseline engine: a Vortec 6.0L V8 that gives you 360-hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque with a 6-speed automatic heavy duty transmission. A pretty good place to start and it ensures you have enough power to lug around just about any load you could want to pile into this beast.
If that’s not enough, however, then you can upgrade the 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 with a Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V8 engine. This will give you up to 445-hp and 910 lb.-ft. of torque, with a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission. Not sure what all that means? It means power! It means towing capacity that can’t be beat. Whether you are loading up with sheets of drywall or hauling a trailer with a boat on it, this engine is up to the task.
2. Incredible Payload
Some days you might need to hitch on a trailer or lug a camper behind you, but most days I worry about the general payload the bed of my truck can handle. This is where I’m putting my toolboxes, my materials, and pretty much anything else I just need to toss somewhere that’s heavy enough to not fly away. So the payload maximum is important to me, and it should be to you too.
The maximum payload depends on the engine, either the baseline Vortec or the Duramax turbo-diesel, and whether you pick a model with a single or dual rear wheel under the box. The Vortec with a standard box can handle up to 4,124 lbs. of payload, while a dual rear wheel configuration increases that to 6,112 lbs.
The Duramax turbo-diesel is really better for towing, but still offers up to 3,993 lbs. of payload capacity with a single wheel or 5,281 lbs. of payload with dual rear wheels. If you need to load up more than 6,000 lbs. of materials or cargo on the bed of your truck, then you probably want a commercial vehicle.
3. Tremendous Conventional Towing
Just like with the payload, conventional towing maximums depend on the type of engine you choose and whether you want a single or dual rear wheel setup. For the Vortec engine with a single rear wheel, you get just over 14,000 lbs. of conventional towing capacity. With dual rear wheels that goes down slightly, to 13,700 lbs. which should still be plenty for most jobs.
The Duramax turbo-diesel really shines when it comes to towing. With a single rear wheel setup, the Duramax will give you up to 15,000 lbs. of conventional towing capacity. Choose a dual rear wheel setup, however, and you get up to 20,000 lbs. of conventional towing. Unless you’re trying to move a house, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 can pull whatever you need – and probably some houses too.
4. Even Better Gooseneck Towing
Fifth wheel or gooseneck towing, which requires a hitch in the bed of the truck, is not something that everyone needs. I don’t, but I know some people who do; so if it’s important to them, then it’s important to me. The Vortec engine with single rear wheel setup has a gooseneck towing capacity of up 14,200 lbs. and just 13,700 lbs. with a dual rear wheel build. Once again, the Vortec option is better for handling heavier payloads, with solid towing but not exceptional.
The Duramax turbo-diesel shines when it comes to gooseneck or fifth wheel towing, just like conventional. With a single rear wheel build it can handle up to 17,500 lbs. when gooseneck towing, and up to 23,100 lbs. with a dual rear wheel setup. If you’re looking to use a gooseneck hitch, then you probably have some specialized needs and big loads, which the 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 can handle.
5. The Lap of Luxury
Power is great, high towing capacity is great, but we’re not animals – we want some comfort in our truck. Whether you’re on your way to work, or just leaving a job site, your vehicle should give you a break from demands on your time and energy. Sound-deadening materials and triple-sealed doors help ensure you have a quiet cabin to sit in – whether you are cruising down the highway or just getting away from coworkers for a few.
The leather-appointed seats are comfortable and supportive, with full headrests and plenty of leg room, even for your passengers. If you’ve got kids who will be riding in the back, there’s even an option for a rear entertainment system to keep them entertained and occupied. Steering wheel controls make it easy for you to change conditions in the cabin without ever taking your hands off the wheel, keeping you safe and in control.
6. Terrific Technology
2019 model year trucks, like the Chevy Silverado 3500, should include the latest in technology and all the bells and whistles. The Silverado includes a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen as part of a complete Infotainment and navigation system. This can give you directions, display information about the music you’re listening to, and give you additional information about a trailer you’re pulling.
There are numerous USB ports and an available 110V power outlet, so you can keep devices and other things charged. Still not enough? There’s even an available wireless charging pad that can charge compatible smartphones without any wires or plugs at all. Plus you get great safety features like a rear camera, lane departure warning, and rear parking assist.
Need More Reasons? Didn’t Think So.
For anyone looking for a new truck that can be an absolute workhorse and still let you play on the weekend, then the 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 is hard to beat. It offers power and performance, incredible towing and payload capacities, and all the technological and safety features you would expect on a 2019 model. The only thing left to do is go give it a drive and see for yourself just how good it feels.