While it may be hard to believe, pickup trucks are the best-selling vehicle segment in the United States. Of course, that is due to the fact that a lot of business and individuals that own their own small business purchase pickups due to their towing, hauling, and off-road capabilities.

On the other hand, we believe everyone can really enjoy being an owner of a pickup truck in their daily life as they are extremely tough vehicles and come in handy on occasions when you’re buying large items from Ikea or helping a friend move.

We recently spent a week with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss, and while we didn’t do any tough construction work or haul a large payload, we thoroughly enjoyed driving this giant beast around. As it currently stands, this is the closest answer Chevy has to the Ford F-150 Raptor. Of course, Chevy isn’t throwing everything it has at the Ford F-150 Raptor with the new Silverado Trail Boss but it does have some off-roading capabilities that make this Silverado a truck for those with a more active lifestyle. Let’s take a closer look at the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Exterior

The front of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has been a bit controversial but we really don’t mind it. It is a bit of a departure from the classy look of the Silverado but this new aggressive appearance looks best on the Trail Boss trim. The design elements you’ll notice right away on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss are the blacked out grille, the Z71 badge above the front fenders, and the big Trail Boss lettering right above the rear fenders. You’ll also notice the 18-inch black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Off-Road tires. Now, you can upgrade those wheels for 20-inch painted aluminum wheels for an additional $800, but we would advise against that because the black wheels look really tough. Other standout features include red tow hooks on the front and dual chrome exhausts on the back. Our favorite feature has to be the automatic tailgate can be lowered just by touching a button.

The color pictured here is called Northsky Blue Metallic and it is our personal favorite from the 11 available choices. Two of the eleven choices fall under the premium category with Cajun Red costing $495 and Iridescent Pearl costing $995.

When it comes to weight, the 5’8’’ Box Silverado 4WD Trail Boss weighs in at 5,105 lbs while the 6’6” Box weighs in at 5,155 lbs.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Interior

As with most American cars, comfort is a big factor when it comes to the interior and the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado does not disappoint. The interior is extremely spacious and undeniably comfortable.

When it comes to standard options, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD Trail Boss is packed with tech including the Chevrolet infotainment system that is housed in an 8-inch touchscreen and includes Bluetooth (with audio streaming), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. Other standard tech includes 4G LTE WiFi hotspot capability, USB ports (2 in the front, 2 in the back), a 12-volt outlet in the front, and a 12-volt outlet in the back, and a rearview camera. Getting leather seats will cost you an extra $4,335 dollars since the $985 Leather Package requires you to add two other packages and a range of extra features. Doing that will also give you heated front seats, heated steering, dual-zone climate control, a Bose sound system, and more. That will bring your price to $54,130** before you add on anything else.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Performance

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD Trail Boss we tested here is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine making 355-hp and a maximum torque of 383 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic that allows this beast to run from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, and hit a top speed of 100 mph. Fuel economy is rated at 15/20 mpg* (city/highway).

Towing capacity for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD Trail Boss comes in at 9,400 pounds with a payload capacity of 1,760 pounds. However, as we mentioned earlier, a pickup can come in handy for those that never haul any cargo or do anything that requires towing. With that in mind, let’s talk about ride quality and performance. To us, a pickup is about having a fearless presence and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD Trail Boss delivers. It has a very comfortable ride quality and soaks up bumps and potholes with total ease. Acceleration is remarkably smooth and swift for a large beast that weighs over 5,000 lbs. Yes, it is notably large but driving it on a daily basis didn’t really pose a challenge.

Let’s talk about the Trail Boss off-road capabilities. By no means can the Silverado Trail Boss outrun a Ford F-150 Raptor when it comes to off-roading but to give it a more adventurous appeal, Chevy added a two-inch suspension lift, the Z71 Off Road Package including locking rear differential, skid plates, and Rancho shocks for you to tackle some challenging terrain.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Safety

Standard safety features on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss include six airbags, daytime running lamps, hitch guidance, a rearview camera, stability control system, and more. Optionally, you can upgrade to the OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Overall

American pickups have been the best-selling vehicles in the United States. In 2018, the Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverado, and the Dodge Ram held the top three spots. With that being said, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 5.3 4WD Trail Boss is a pickup that really delivers. Prices for the Trail Boss start at $43,395**. Visit your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealership and go for a test drive today.

*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
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