Chevrolet’s redesign of the full-size pickup truck left me eager to test it in the real world and see how well its specifications deliver in real-world use. I was excited to spend a week in one to report back on everyday experiences behind the wheel, including towing my racecar and hauling loads of branches.
The test truck was a Silverado LTZ Z71 4×4 powered by the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 460 pounds-feet of torque paired to the 10-speed automatic transmission. The first test for this Silverado was hauling a load of branches to the dump. This sort of job isn’t ideal for a short-bed truck, but the 2019 Silverado’s increase in bed volume, with 7 inches of additional width and the dozen tie-downs, made it easier to pack in the branches and strap them down for the trip.