With the Los Angeles Auto Show in full swing, the automotive industry is looking toward the North American International Auto Show in January. It’s the go-to auto show for domestic automakers thanks to it being in their backyards. Along with the show comes the coveted North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year award. For 2019, General Motors has two finalists in the truck category—the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. They are competing against the 2019 Ram 1500 for top honors.
Both the Silverado and Sierra are all-new for the 2019 model year. Each has distinctive styling while the GMC’s MulitPro tailgate is a stand-out feature. Both offer a wide range of six- and eight-cylinder engine options and eight- and 10-speed gearboxes. The 2019 Ram 1500 is also all-new, and it possibly has a slight advantage over GM’s offerings. The Ram eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain is stellar, adding power and efficiency. It’s something GM isn’t doing—yet.
Trucks today have transformed a lot since the days of solid front axles, bench seats, and few if any creature comforts. Trucks today are used as everyday workhorses and luxury commuter vehicles, sometimes costing tens of thousands of dollars more than their base price. Judging today’s pickup trucks is more than measuring payload and towing capacities. Handling, ride quality, performance, and creature comforts are also taken into account.
GM does have an advantage thanks two taking two of the three finalist spots. However, we’ll have to wait for the North American International Auto Show in just over a month to see if the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 beat out the 2019 Ram 1500. Motor Trend gave its Truck of the Year award to the Ram, while Pickuptrucks.com tipped its hat to the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali. If those two awards tell us anything, it’s that the next competition will be close.