2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge Preview: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country


With both GM and Ram offering all-new half-ton pickup trucks in one of the hottest classes in the auto industry, you just knew we'd be putting a half-ton Challenge together for your pleasure. And we have. However, before we reveal the results of our comprehensive comparison test on Nov. 12, we want to give you a clear picture of exactly how each competitor was equipped.

We should note that we asked each truckmaker to send us their best half-ton competitor, however they wanted to define it. Some sent their latest and greatest top trim level, while others sent their most popular. As a result, we had a five-way battle (Toyota declined our invitation) with prices ranging from $54,190 to $68,390.

We'll start by giving you a look at the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 4×4 crew cab.

The Chevy is one of three half-tons that underwent a  for 2019. With a new look and more aerodynamic design, more trim levels, an all-new (and lighter) frame, retuned suspension and several all-new engines along with a newly upgraded interior and bed design, the new Silverado 1500 has a lot of expectations and interest behind it.

Our test truck — 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor — was powered by the 6.2-liter V-8, now equipped with the advanced , mated to an all-new 10-speed automatic with 3.23:1 gears; however, it did not have an added towing package that would have increased its gross vehicle weight rating and towing capacity.

Before options and fees, this Silverado 1500 High Country had a starting price of $56,300, but our test truck included the High Country Deluxe Package ($3,940), which includes forward collision alert, lane keep assist, low-speed forward braking, front pedestrian braking, auto high beams, a following distance indicator, vibrating safety alert seats, a power sunroof, 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, all-season tires and all-weather floor liners. The Silverado also had the $2,495 DFM 6.2-liter and 10-speed transmission; the Technology Package for $1,625 that includes the HD surround cameras, a rear camera mirror and large-screen head-up display; power assist side steps for $995; a special paint color for $995; wheel locks for $75; and $1,495 in destination fees for a total of $67,420.

Stick around, as we'll be introducing the rest of the competitors in alphabetical order over the next several days before we publish our full results story and the winner of our 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge. Next up: the Ford F-150. photos by Christian Lantry


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Road Test Editor Brian Normile joined the automotive industry and in 2013 and became part of the Editorial staff in 2014. Brian spent his childhood devouring every car magazine he got his hands on — not literally, eventually — and now reviews and tests vehicles to help consumers make informed choices. Someday, Brian hopes to learn what to do with his hands when he’s reviewing a car on camera, and to turn his 2021 Hyundai Veloster N into a tribute to the great Renault mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive hatchbacks. He would daily-drive an Alfa Romeo 4C if he could. Email Brian Normile

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