2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD WT Review

Chevrolet Silverado HD 2019

What’s new in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD WT?

The 2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT(Heavy-Duty Work Truck) pickup remains largely unchanged from the previous generation. The Regular Cab and Double Cab bed versions have been dropped, for the newer variant although you can buy them through a fleet program.

2019 Chevy Silverado HD Pros & Cons

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has evolved a lot since its debut. It is almost like an experimental platform for Chevrolet for testing out different engines, gearboxes, body styles, etc. And just like any other car, it also has its fair share of pros and cons.

  • Variety of engine options to choose from
  • Excellent towing capability
  • Optional trailering equipment
  • Advanced level of safety
  • Rearview camera
  • Higher price for the base model
  • Basic interior quality
  • Lack of a turbo-diesel engine

Overview

First introduced in 1998 along with its GMC cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado is no stranger to people in the market. To give a hint of its success, Chevrolet has sold over 12 million units of the Silverado since its launch in 1998. The first generation of the Silverado lasted for over 8 years. The Silverado HD truck is offered 2500 Heavy-Duty and 3500 Heavy-Duty models.

While the Heavy-Duty variants of the Silverado have seen 3 generations, the latest, fourth-generation feels refreshed and a lot more refined and powerful than its predecessors.

Chevrolet offers 2 engine options for both the 2500 and 3500 Heavy-Duty models.

The Silverado 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck comes out of the factory with a 6.0L VORTEC V8 pushing out 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque and is matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox. There is an optional 6.6L turbocharged diesel V8 with 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. This diesel Duramax V8 monster is paired with a robust Allison six-speed automatic gearbox. Buyers also have the option of adding a bi-fuel option to the 6.0L V8, allowing it to run on gasoline or a clean-burning compressed natural gas.

The Silverado 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck comes standard with a 6.0L VORTEC V8 engine 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque matched to a six-speed automatic (same as the 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck). The buyer can also opt for the optional 6.6L turbocharged Duramax diesel V8 with 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged diesel V8 is paired to a more robust Allison six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also go for the bi-fuel option with the 6.0L V8 engine, allowing it to run on gasoline or a cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG).

Also check our review on the 2019 Chevy Silverado Truck here.

2019 Chevy Siverado HT WT
2019 Chevy Siverado HT WT

Trims available in 2019 Chevy Silverado HD

The 2019 Silverado Heavy-Duty Work Truck is available in many body styles, trim levels, and configurations. Buyers can opt for either a Double Cab or Crew Cab variations. The buyer can choose from 2 types of beds: a regular bed and a long bed. Two drivetrains on offer are a 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD WT

2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD WT

The standard equipment for the 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck trim consists of a 40/20/40-split front bench-type seat, rubber floors, vinyl upholstery, power door locks, power windows, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-adjustable only steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, 17-inch steel wheels and an auto-locking rear differential. We do get some options on the 2500 Heavy-Duty work truck. These options include satellite radio and OnStar with 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot. There is also a package available. Called the Custom Package, it adds 20-inch wheels, upgraded trim and a few options for convenience to create a less apparent work-oriented truck.

The standard equipment for the 3500 Heavy-Duty WORK TRUCK comprises of rubber floors, vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front bench-type seat, a driver information display, power door locks, manual windows, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-adjustable only steering wheel and 18-inch steel wheels and 17-inch wheels with dual-rear-wheel (DRW), manual tow mirrors, a seven-pin wiring harness with a trailer brake controller. Some other standard features available are a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch-operated infotainment system with Bluetooth with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Voice controls are also available to make things easier for the driver. The double cab and crew cab are also available as standard.

Optional features on the 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck are OnStar with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot and satellite radio.

Which 2019 Chevy Silverado HD We Recommend?

We would recommend the 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck as it maxes out at an impressive 3,204 pounds of hauling capacity and a trailering capacity of 14,500 pounds. These numbers make the 2500 HD one of the most practical and pocket-friendly trucks in its segment.

2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT Performance

Engine & Transmission

Here is the part when things become interesting. The 0-60 sprints are not the forte of these trucks but it does strike curiosity among the buyers to know how fast their heavy rollers can accelerate.

The 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck, zips from 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds thus helping it to get to freeway speeds quickly. The 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck doesn’t stop as well as it goes. In our tests, we found that the braking distances are considerably longer and the brakes don’t inspire as much confidence. Although, the braking prowess is adequate for stopping at freeways and the city.

The big bad boy, the 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck, shares identical acceleration figures with the mid-tier sibling, running 0-60 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds. The brakes, in this truck, helps to stop the truck from 60-0 miles per hour in 132 feet.

2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT Fuel Economy (MPG)

Here we talk about how thirsty the trucks are when it comes to fuel economy.

The 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck gives a rating of 8-12 mpg for the city and 14-17 mpg for the freeway. There are no official EPA figures available for a truck of this size, but the above figures are claimed by the owners of the vehicle.

The 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck doesn’t have an official rating either but the user claimed fuel efficiency figures stand at 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg out on the freeway.

2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT Safety

The 2019 Silverado 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck comes standard with dual-stage dual front airbags, side airbags, side-curtain airbags, StabiliTrak electronic traction and stability control with trailer sway control and rollover mitigation, daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The NHTSA awards the Silverado 2500 HEAVY-DUTY WORK TRUCK a 4-star overall rating, with 3-stars in the front and rollover crash tests and 5-stars in the side impact test.

The 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck can fit three kid seats in the back without much trouble. There are two sets of easily accessible lower LATCH anchors and three shelf anchors. But this truck ride height makes it a little uncomfortable to lift kids and place them into their throne on the rear seats.

The 2019 Silverado 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck includes dual-stage dual front airbags, side airbags, side-curtain airbags, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic traction and stability control with trailer sway control and rollover mitigation and daytime running lights as standard.

The NHTSA has not rated the 3500 model yet.

The 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck can fit three kiddo seats in the back comfortably. There are two sets of easily accessible lower LATCH anchors and three shelf anchors that are at a less desirable position.

2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT Interior

Interior in 2500 HD WT

Not the best, not the worst seems to be the inspiration behind the 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck’s cabin. The overall design looks decent and the quality of the materials used is also adequate. The 2500 Heavy-Duty’s controls are very easy to use, owing to large button size and an intuitive touchscreen. The grab handle makes getting in and out of the cabin an easy task. The driving position is commanding due to the big windshield and a higher driver’s seat height. The driving position is made comfortable owing to adjustable pedals and the tilt and telescoping adjustable steering wheel. There’s a lot of space for five people on the inside. All of the Silverado’s roof pillars are wide which might make looking behind tricky. The panels in the interior well-built and the fitting quality is excellent and contributes to the plush interior.

Interior in 3500 HD WT

The 3500 Heavy-Duty Work truck’s is a very user-friendly vehicle. The controls are self-explanatory and easy to comprehend. The dashboard looks basic yet user-friendly. The buttons are large, easy to operate, and within the reach. The solid switchgear contributes to ease of use. The power-adjustable pedals, tilt and telescoping adjustable steering wheel and an adjustable driver’s seat offer a comfortable driving position every time. It offers plenty of room to spread out and relax. The headroom and legroom are in abundance. The panels in the interior well-built and the fitting quality is excellent and contributes to the plush interior. The interior materials aren’t the nicest in the class, but they certainly suffice for a utility-focused vehicle.

Seating

The seats on the 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck are big, well-bolstered and comfortable, no matter how you prefer to sit on the seats. The seats are wide with adequately contoured to hold you in place while providing a very smooth and comfortable long-haul comfort. The truck is very keen to bounce and shake over road imperfections but still keeps the occupants comfortable.

The 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck’s front seats are very well padded and bolstered on the edges for lateral support. The rear seats are relatively flat and firm and it takes some time to break-in the padding of the seats to get comfortable. The suspension tuning is stiff which means the 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck has a rigid and uncomfortable ride when unloaded. Adding a little payload helps the ride quality significantly.

2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT Infotainment

2500 & 3500 HD WT

Chevy’s MyLink interface is pretty simple to use. The menu is easy to understand and even easier to navigate, but it’s not the best. Touchscreen responses are smooth and intuitive. It comes integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The voice control may not work every time and thus it is easier to use the physical knobs and touchscreen controls. You can connect your smartphone’s virtual assistant and make the voice control experience much better.

How much will the 2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT cost?

Now, we talk about how much the 2019 Silverado HD Work Trucks will cost you. The basic Silverado 2500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck starts at $47,412 and the 3500 Heavy-Duty Work Truck starts at $53,208. 

The following table shows how much the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty Work Truck will cost you in different areas in the US of A:

STATES2500 HEAVY-DUTY WORK TRUCK3500 HEAVY-DUTY WORK TRUCK
Washington $61,704$61,201
California $67,055$64,666
New Jersey $60,168$67,744
Hawaii $61,204$70,077
Nevada$61,826$64,086

Below is the 5-year cost to own the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HEAVY-DUTY WORK TRUCK, which includes the Tax Credit, Insurance, Maintenance, Repairs, Taxes and Fees, Financing, Depreciation and Fuel:

2500 HEAVY-DUTY WORK TRUCK
Ownership Costs: 5-Year Breakdown

ParticularsYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Tax Credit$0$0$0$0$0$0
Insurance$740$766$793$820$849$3,968
Maintenance$411$693$653$2,127$1,135$5,019
Repairs$0$0$133$314$456$903
Taxes & Fees$3,423$46$46$46$46$3,607
Financing$2,463$1,981$1,466$917$332$7,159
Depreciation$6,228$2,505$2,368$2,780$2,633$16,514
Fuel$3,125$3,219$3,315$3,415$3,517$16,591
5 Year Cost of Ownership$16,390$9,210$8,774$10,419$8,968$53,761

3500 HEAVY-DUTY WORK TRUCK

Ownership Costs: 5-Year Breakdown

ParticularsYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Tax Credit$0$0$0$0$0$0
Insurance$731$757$783$810$839$3,920
Maintenance$411$693$653$2,759$1,135$5,651
Repairs$0$0$133$314$456$903
Taxes & Fees$3,850$46$46$46$46$4,034
Financing$2,823$2,271$1,681$1,051$380$8,206
Depreciation$4,783$2,373$2,245$2,633$2,493$14,527
Fuel$3,410$3,512$3,618$3,726$3,838$18,104
5 Year Cost of Ownership$16,008$9,652$9,159$11,339$9,187$55,345

All the figures mentioned above are estimated costs.

You get a bumper to bumper limited warranty of 36 months/36,000 miles, a Drivetrain Warranty of 60 months/60,000 miles, Corrosion Warranty for the first 72 months/36,000 miles and Roadside Assistance Coverage of 60 months/60,000 miles out of the factory.

2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT Competiton

2019 Chevy Silverado HD WT vs 2019 Ram WT

The RAM has a 6.7-liter 2019 Ram 3500 Cummins inline-six with an option of 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Whereas the Chevrolet Silverado can do a maximum of 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The max towing capacity on the Dodge RAM is 18,210 pounds and the Chevrolet can do a maximum of 20,000 pounds. The heavy-duty RAM displays impressive capabilities, especially given its self-leveling suspension and optional 6.7L Hemi engine that can produce up to a massive 1,000 lb-ft of torque! The RAM can also tow more than the Chevrolet, but its resale values are not as good.

The Dodge RAM starts at $35,000.

What We Think about 2019 Silverado HD WT?

The Chevrolet Silverado HEAVY-DUTY WORK TRUCK is a very capable heavy-duty truck. Starting from the 2500 HD and going up till 3500, the engine options available range from 4.3 V6 to a big 6.6L Duramax Diesel V8 and the torque range up to 921 lb-ft. A high payload and towing capacity ensure that the Chevrolet stands tall and is a tough workhorse. It is one of the un-beatable vehicles out there with Chevrolet’s trust and brand guarantee.

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