For our ride and handling impressions of the 2019 Silverado 1500, click here.
For our trailering impressions of the 2019 Silverado 1500, click here.
At some point, in the advancement of things, we have to ask if things are left well enough alone. Full-size pickup trucks, for example, have been so damn good for the past 5 years or so that it’s difficult to see where major improvements can be made. They all ride well, they all boast modern technology, and they’re all highly capable. And large. Don’t forget large. Yet, the needle continues to move.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 seems to be an exercise in what needed improving and what’s left well enough alone. The truck has become larger and visually more imposing than before, has become lighter and handles better than before, and does work better than before. So, is the interior nicer than before? Did it need to be nicer than before?
The center console volume and tuning knobs seem to carry over from the previous truck, and are integrated into a different layout that comes off as ergonomic and easy to figure out, but they could be bigger. Otherwise, it comes off as a rehashed cabin from the outgoing model. Just to clarify – there’s nothing really wrong about the K2xx Silverado interior, and in that sense, the new T1 Silverado 1500 should make previous and current Chevy truck customers feel right at home. After all, that’s the group that was surveyed for this truck.
However, we’re not sure how this method will help them attract new customers from Ford with the sales-leading F-150, or from FCA with the elevated cabin experience of the 2019 Ram 1500. The rest of the truck – the way it drives, and the functionality of the cargo bed – feel a generation ahead. The interior didn’t evolve as much as it should have.
It goes beyond just simply that. the 2019 Silverado interior just didn’t feel as sturdy as before. Take the steering wheel, for instance. Tapping it would return a reverberation similar to finding a good watermelon. But the steering wheel isn’t a melon. We were hoping things felt more solid in the cabin. The cabin of the 2018 Silverado parked in our driveway feels more bolted and glued together.
The positives? Toggle-style switches, the new placement of trailer sway control, the smuggling compartments for additional and discreet storage, and the added tech. The new infotainment system – no longer branded “MyLink” – is fantastic, and the instrument panel appears crisp and visibly improved. As we’ve mentioned in our trailering impressions for the 2019 Silverado 1500 – the technology in this truck is immersive, surrounding, and up with the times. But from there, few things on the inside actually felt nicer or better built than what can be found in a Ram or Ford. Or what could be found previously. For the die-hard Silverado customer, the interior is fine. For attracting less loyal customers, the improvements surrounding the interior of the 2019 Silverado will have to make up for it.