Driving the 2019 Chevy Silverado and testing its tech

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By Arvin Santiago and John Nguyen

Chevrolet has been building trucks for over 100 years, but yet to this day, most still see trucks as the car that you need if you want to move large and heavy things from point A to point B. For Chevrolet, they see trucks as something much more, so they brought us out to spend the day with the 2019 Silverado, so we can see first hand how their history of trucks fits into today’s modern age.

The 2019 Silverado is one of the biggest trucks that Chevrolet has ever built, and you can really get that sense when you’re driving it. The exterior has a bold and aggressive look that will make smaller cars move out of your way while driving down the road. While the interior is spacious and plush, with a lot of cargo space and room to fit up to six adults.

The Chevrolet drive event with the Silverado started out in Newport Beach, California. This is when we had the chance to get ourselves familiar with the car, such as finding our optimal seating positions and loading up our route on the navigation. Our drive would take us from Newport Beach to Anaheim via the Pacific Coast Highway. And let us tell you something, there’s no better feeling than driving down the coast with the windows down and enjoying that ocean breeze hitting your face.

Our first stop in Anaheim was at the Trinity Bat Company, a baseball bat manufacturer that makes personalized bats to some of the biggest names in baseball. It is just one of a handful of manufacturers approved by the MLB. We got to experience all the work and dedication they put into making their bats. Starting from the specific woods, then to the shaping, and finally down to the final touches such as painting and engraving.

Photo by Casey Rodgers

After our tour at the Trinity Bat Company, it was off to Angels Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where we got to experience something that any baseball fan would love to do. Inside the empty stadium, we had a tour the facility in which we got a look at the history of the Angels, which was all topped of with the chance to hit a few baseballs around on the field. We’re not big baseball players, but getting the chance to put on a baseball helmet and crack a few balls straight onto the field is something else.

Technology

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Having access to our smartphone allows us to stay connected, which is a vital thing in today’s standards. The 2019 Silverado allows you access to your smartphone without having to actually use it. Supporting both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, drivers will be able to access their smartphone’s navigation, media, phonebook, and messages, which is all displayed on a fairly large LCD panel. But the connectivity doesn’t stop there. The 2019 Silverado also has 4G LTE Wifi built-in, which will give passengers a chance to use their tablets or laptops to surf the web or stream T.V. shows or movies.

Keeping your devices powered is another thing that the Silverado had in mind. Inside, there’s the typical cigarette lighter that can double as a power source. There’s a USB port that will not only connect your phone to Android Auto or Apple CarPlay but also charge your smartphone. The one thing that I didn’t expect to see on the center console of any car is a three-prong 12V outlet. This is perfect for anyone who takes the Silverado for a long car trip, or on a job-site and might need to power up some of their tools.

The Silverado is also equipped with a great stock sound system that has clear mid and highs, and very punchy bass. It can get exceptionally loud, which makes it perfect for those weekend camping trips or tailgate parties. There’s also an included SD card reader just in case you want to take along with you your favorite movies, music, or pictures.

Drive

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Credit: Casey Rodgers

The thought of driving a big truck like the Chevy Silverado felt a bit intimidating due to the fact that we mainly drive compact cars. There’s a lot of traffic and tight areas in California, and it’s not an ideal place for truck drivers as compared to a place like Texas. Once we took off and traveled the roads, we were more at ease with the truck’s size. Even though the Silverado we were driving doesn’t have the 5.3L engine, the 2.7L Turbo engine still felt powerful as we zoomed past cars left and right. We’ll admit, we were a bit more aggressive, and if you drive in Los Angeles, then you should be used to it by now.

We’re not the type to drive a pickup truck, but test-driving the 2019 Chevy Silverado has made us reconsider it. The vehicle is a beast, and we definitely felt like we’re dominating the road. The coastal drive in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach was a rush with the windows rolled down and the music blasting in the background. With the Chevy Silverado’s height, being able to see over the cars and checking out the views of people, buildings, and the beach felt freeing and relaxing.

Pickup trucks might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this drive event has shown that if they are, Chevrolet wants to make sure that the Silverado gives you everything you need. Incorporating ruggedness, durability, and size with the technology and features of a sedan, the Silverado made us look at trucks in a different light. Maybe we might prefer to drive around in a smaller car, but sometimes, you just can’t beat the versatility and the Silverado gives you exactly that.

To find out more about the 2019 Chevy Silverado, you can visit https://www.chevrolet.com/trucks/silverado-1500-pickup-truck.

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