It’s always fun to drive the new trucks. I live in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, home of the Tevis Cup, and the Western States Endurance Run. It’s natural to see a truck towing a horse trailer in Auburn, CA. I’m always amazed at how easy they make it look to backup, tow, and park with a 2-4 horse trailer behind the pickup.
My neighbor tows a couple of horses to the Tahoe area as part of the search and rescue team. They are called the sweep riders, following behind the last runner or horseback rider to make sure everyone gets out of the canyon with no harm. It’s like a dance moving the trucks from one place to another, parking them in tight spaces. With the old trucks, you had to be really good at maneuvering to back up a vehicle of that length, girth, and weight.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado makes it a lot easier with the new smartphone app called myChevrolet. The app on your phone allows you to conduct a trailer light test that uses an automatic exterior light sequence to help confirm that the trailer is properly connected. Previously, I would have been the one getting out of the truck to make sure everything was correctly connected; now my neighbor can attach the trailer and check the lights on her app.
If she owns an LTZ or High Country trim level or an LT, RST and Trail Boss trim level she can activate the Advanced Trailering System that automatically sets when the vehicle is put into Hitch View to help avoid vehicle movement after the truck is connected with the trailer and then shifts to park. Of course, the Rear Vision Camera system is invaluable.
Wyoming is the perfect place to drive a big ole truck, in Wyoming pickup trucks account for 36 percent of overall vehicle sales. One in every six automobiles in the State is a truck, trying to rival Texas and California. The new generation of the Silverado is quicker, lighter and better looking.
We started the journey from Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson, WY in a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD LT crew cab 5.3-liter ecotec3 V8 with an 8-speed automatic transmission. You can tell it’s an LT by the chrome accents on the bumper, front grille, and mirror caps. Inside, is an 8-inch touchscreen. My driving companion noted that it was not the top of the line since the bucket seats were cloth, not leather.
The drive took us twenty-five miles west from Jackson, WY, elevation 6,237 feet to Victor, Idaho, elevation 6,214. I took the driver’s seat from Victor, Id to Alpine, WY, a forty-eight-mile track ending winding around Snake River to The Refuge Air Ranch. I am going through this much detail about the drive because, amazingly, I got 25.1 mpg in a truck that the EPA fuel economy estimate is 15 city/20 highway/ 17 combined.
On our ride back to Spring Creek Ranch we took highway 89 East to 191 North for forty miles. We also switched vehicles, this time we drove the mostly highway in a 2019 Chevy Silverado 4WD High Country Crew Cab 6.2-liter V8 ecotec3 with a 10-speed transmission. Both engines come with what Chevy is calling Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) that allows for seventeen different modes of cylinder deactivation. The mpg was spot-on with what the EPA estimated fuel economy said; 16 city/20 highway/17 combined. We got 17 and change. Here is the difference; we started in Alpine, Wyoming, elevation: 5,633 and journeyed back up 600 feet to Jackson, WY. The difference in altitude and going downhill made all the difference in miles per gallon.
Listen as Dave Stall and Michele from You Auto Know radio show talk about the 2019 Chevy Silverado drive
How Good Is The New 2019 Chevy Silverado Z71 Trail Boss OffRoad? mud, ruts, and guts in Alpine, Idaho
We took the Silverado Z71 on a simulated off-road through the timber lodge, hill descent and ascent, boulder crawl, and mud pit. What was once a beautiful truck was mud-red by the time we got through the field. Some of the new off-road options include; electronic hill-descent control, skid plates for engine oil pan and transfer case protection, and 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. The Z71 package is standard on the trail boss models, which feature factory-installed 2-inch lifted suspension.