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John Coyle | Feb 12, 2020


This week is a bit of a family feud, as we're comparing the 2019 Silverado LT Double Cab vs 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.

Think of it kind of like Thanksgiving dinner - but with trucks.

So if you're trying to decide just how much truck you need, stay tuned as we compare the engines, cabins, infotainment, and price.


Powertrains

First, let’s look at the powertrains. The 2019 Silverado 1500 has four engine options, a 4.6-liter V6 good for 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, a turbocharged four-cylinder packing 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, and a pair of V8s. The smaller 5.3-liter produces 355 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2-liter comes in at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. The 6.2-liter gets a 10-speed automatic, the 5.3-liter gets an eight-speed, and the other engines comes with a six-speed. A properly equipped Silverado can tow over 12,000 pounds, and haul up to 2,250 pounds.

In comparison, the Silverado 2500HD has just two engine options. Base models get a 6.6-liter gas engine which is good for 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, but buyers can upgrade to a 6.6-liter diesel engine that produces 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 lb-ft or torque. The gas engine features a six-speed automatic, which the diesel gets a 10-speed unit from heavy equipment manufacturer Allison. When properly equipped, the Silverado HD can tow up to 35,500 pounds.

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Cabin Interiors

Now, let’s look inside the cabins. The center stack of the Silverado looks great. The infotainment screen is framed by with angular accents, and the prominent vents make it look utilitarian and refined at the same time. The front seats are also exceptionally roomy, and the rear chairs feature a cool little storage area inside the seatbacks. Since it can be optioned to feel like everything from a job site to a boardroom, it’s important to note that the bones are great here.

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Infotainment

Infotainment tech is becoming a larger and larger factor in any new vehicle purchase, so it’s an important element to get right. The Silverado comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. The available Advanced Trailering System uses the rear-view camera to aid in lining up the hitch, and can even monitor the tire pressure on the trailer. It’s a great bit of tech.

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Safety

Safety is one area where trucks have improved dramatically in the past few years. One notable feature of the Silverado is the standard Teen Driver system, which allows owners to set limits for speed and radio volume. There’s also plenty of available safety tech, including lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and front pedestrian braking.

Both the 1500 and 2500 versions of the 2019 and 2020 Silverado earned four out of five stars in testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Value and Price

Now, it’s time to talk price. The 2019 Silverado 1500 starts at $28,300, and the Silverado HD starts at $36,500.

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