It’s nearly award season and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will look for a big win. Chevy’s brand-new full-size pickup is a Motor Trend Truck of the Year contender, but the field is a tough one this year.
In the past, Chevy has cleaned up well with the mid-size Colorado, but this year, it’s all about full-size pickups. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will face the also brand-new Ram 1500, its corporate cousin, the 2019 GMC Sierra, and the Ford F-150 and its new diesel engine.
MT put together the Chevy’s candidate profile and said the updated exterior looks are a winner, as is the 10-speed automatic transmission. GM can thank Ford for the transmission, though. The Blue Oval took the lead on development for the 10-speed automatic as part of a collaborative engineering effort, while GM undertook work on a new 9-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive cars. Ford later said, “thanks, but no thanks” to the 9-speed auto.
We’re not sure if there’s a mis-type in the finalist profile, but MT explicitly writes, “[the Silverado’s] bumpy ride, the dated interior, and a hesitant 5.3-liter engine kept the Silverado from getting the Golden Calipers.” The publication hasn’t awarded a winner yet, but it sounds like the 2019 Silverado may be out of the running already.
Similar language was not found in the 2019 Sierra’s finalist write-up.
Judges found few points to love about the 2019 Silverado’s interior, which echoes our prior feelings about the next-generation truck. While we understand it sometimes doesn’t hurt to mess with success, it’s tough not to see the Silverado’s interior as an old design when compared to the 2019 Ram 1500.
We’ll stay tuned as MT prepares to announce the winner in the weeks to come, but if we were to place bets, our money (unfortunately) wouldn’t be on the 2019 Silverado.