USED: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Review – Is the New Family Car a Pickup Truck?

Chevrolet Silverado Family Car

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is a beast of a truck, even when you’re only carting kids.

I have a secret to admit: I had never driven a truck before the 2019 Chevy Silverado was dropped off in my driveway. I didn’t know what to expect. It was HUGE. I knew it would be useful to pick up big items, but could it cart all my kids around? Could it work for carpool? All together, could the Silverado really be a family car? The answer is yes!

The luxury and high-tech touches in this Chevy truck impressed me. I thought I’d have to give up extras like power outlets, USB ports, heated seats, and leather seats. Nope! I got all of that and more. Driving this truck made me rethink my misconceptions about trucks. The Silverado can be used for working hard or hardly working. It’s no wonder Chevy has sold more than 85 million trucks since it sold its first pickup truck in 1918!

Did you know the 2019 Chevy Silverado can seat six?

The 2019 Chevy Silverado Can Actually Seat 6, Though 4 Fit More Comfortably.

There is seating for three in both the front and second rows. Photo: Maria Smith

Yup! It’s a pickup truck that can fit my whole family. I had no idea that was even possible. However, you wouldn’t want to jam six people in this cab all the time. This is not a minivan, folks. There is seating for three in the front thanks to a split-bench front seat. The second row has room for three as well, but legroom is a little scarce. My 5’9″ 12-year-old was much more comfortable in the front seat.

Safety Side Note: If you want your kids to ride in the jump seats with you, be sure to check out the laws regarding the age, height, and weight of children who can sit in the front seat in your state. It varies from state to state, but the majority of states don’t allow kids under 7 years old to sit in the front seat of a truck when there is a back seat available.

For those who want more options, Chevy probably has something you’d love. 

Who is the 2019 Chevy Silverado for:

  • Small families
  • People who need cargo space
  • Those who need some towing ability
  • People who need a vehicle for work and play
  • People who don’t need tons of legroom in rear seat

What This Truck Costs:

The 2019 Chevy Silverado Is A Refreshed Model.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado is a refreshed model. Photo: Maria Smith

  • Base price, $28,300. This includes a rear vision camera, Onstar service capability, 8-inch color touchscreen, tailgate with lift assist, Android Auto/Apple Carplay, and 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot capable.
  • Convenience Package, $2,025.00. This includes dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, second row USB ports, keyless open and start, and remote vehicle start.
  • Convenience Package II, $920.00. This includes Sirius/XM capability, HD rear vision camera, and power sliding rear window.
  • Safety Package I, $890.00. Package includes front and rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Leather package: $760
  • Total cost of 2019 Chevy Silverado 4WD LT DBL we reviewed with the above options and more: $49,365

What’s New in the 2019 Chevy Silverado

The 2Nd Row May Not Be The Most Roomies Place In The 2019 Chevy Silverado.

My 5’9″ 12-year-old was more comfortable in the front seat. Photo: Maria Smith

The 2019 Chevy Silverado is built on a brand-new platform. It is longer and lighter than previous models. This adds more cab space and helps increase fuel efficiency. Additionally, the 2019 Silverado has advanced safety features options, new towing technology and new engine and transmission combinations to help create the exact truck you need. Chevy says “the Silverado features a modern, powerful design with a strong dose of Chevy Truck DNA.” And I couldn’t agree more!

Need more interior space? Check out the Chevy Equinox! 

What You Need to Know

  • Seating for 6, but more comfortable for 4
  • Up to 4 USB ports, up to 2 power outlets and 4G Wi-Fi connectivity will keep your digital devices connected
  • Improved aerodynamics increases fuel efficiency
  • 19 MPG city/22 highway
  • Annual fuel costs estimated at $1,900

Key Features of the 2019 Chevy Silverado

The Grill Of The 2019 Chevy Silverado Just Got A Facelift.

The grill of the 2019 Chevy Silverado just got a facelift. Photo: Maria Smith

 1. Better Aerodynamics

Not only is the front grille super cool looking, it’s functional too. It is designed to reduce aerodynamic drag by routing air around the front wheel wells. The side profile also reduces wind drag from the bed and further enhances aerodynamics. Also, most models feature active aero shutters in the front grille that close to reduce wind drag and open to cool the engine when needed.

 2. Strong, large durabed

The Durabed In The 2019 Chevy Silverado Is Huge.

The durabed in the Silverado is huge. Photo: Maria Smith

While this Chevy truck can be used as a family car, it’s still a pickup truck at heart. The Silverado is known for its strong, easy-to-use truck bed. And as of 2019, it’s been made even better including:

  • The most cargo volume for this size pickup truck: The 2019 Chevy Silverado offers the most cargo volume in every bed length.
  • Higher-strength steel floor: The Silverado has a high-strength steel bed floor with yield strength that is 40% stronger than past models;
  • More and stronger tie-downs: 2019 Silverado has 12 fixed tie-downs and 9 moveable tie points for increased flexibility and strength in the truck bed.

 3. All new interiors

I really appreciate how Chevrolet designed every surface ergonomically as well as functionally. They looked at everything from the rotary knob textures to the angle of the infotainment screen. The crew-cab models offer 3 additional inches of rear-seat legroom. I found the impressive 44.5 inches of front legroom to be very comfortable. Rear legroom is calculated at 43.4 inches, which is large for a pickup truck, but small compared to full-size minivans and SUVs. They have also added new storage options, including under-the-seat trays to keep items out of sight from prying eyes.

 4. Head-Up Display

The 2019 Chevy Silverado is the first full-size pickup with a head-up display.  The 3 x 7-inch color display projects critical data right onto the windshield, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

 5. Surround Vision Camera

Surround vision is a game-changer! It lets you maneuver into those tight parking spots or hitch a trailer with ease. Using four cameras on the car, surround vision gives you a virtual bird’s-eye view on the display screen of the area all around the vehicle.

 6. Increased Engine Options

Over half of the Silverado models have the brand’s most advanced V-8 engines. This includes updated versions of Chevrolet’s 5.3L, which produces 355 horsepower, and a 6.2L, which produces 420 horsepower. A new 2.7L 4-cylinder turbo offers better MPG and produces 310 horsepower. Also, for diesel fans, Chevy introduced a new Duramax 3.0L V6 turbo diesel.

 7. Dynamic Fuel Management System Keeps Your MPG Optimal

The 2019 Chevy Silverado Is More Fuel Efficient Than Past Models.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado is more fuel efficient than past models. Photo: Maria Smith

The bottom line of this feature is that it optimizes fuel efficiency and the power of this Chevrolet pickup truck. It is stunning how the system is making a determination 80 times per second to determine how many cylinders are needed to meet the request for power that your foot is asking of the accelerator.

 8. 4G LTE Wi-Fi & Connectivity

Connect away! No burning down your cell phone battery or “wasting” your data. Let the kids (and you) connect to the 4F Wi-Fi in the Silverado. Pair up to seven devices. Fortunately, with up to four USB ports, you can keep them charged too!

 9. myChevrolet Mobile App

Turn your cell phone into a virtual command center using the myChevrolet Mobile App. You’ll get seamless control of your vehicle, even if it’s nowhere in sight. You can start and shut down your vehicle, lock and unlock your doors, activate your car’s horn and lights, send parking reminders and more.

Bottom line

If you need (or want) a truck, but you still need to carry kids around, the 2019 Chevy Silverado can do the job. You get the best of both worlds. While large families, or those with tall kids, might find the cab a bit cramped, it can definitely work in a pinch. The bonus with the 2019 Chevy Silverado is that driving it makes you feel like one bad MF.

You Can Make The 2019 Chevy Silverado Into A Family Car. It Seats 6 And Looks Good When You'Re Working Hard Or Hardly Working!

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