Car and Driver Magazine Already Loves the "Longer, Lighter, More Fuel-Efficient, and Extremely Refined" 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

"The truck wars are raging as hard as ever," says the automotive magazine's professional reviewers, and, they add, Chevrolet "keeps up with its ever-improving competition."

Given what we know so far, our Chevy truck enthusiasts here at Champion Auto Group can certainly see where and how. Take the new 2019 Silverado 1500 LT for instance. For one, it'll be more spacious inside than the outgoing model -- up to 4 cubic feet more voluminous, to be sure, and with expanded cargo room to boot, up to 62.9 cubic feet. To achieve this, Chevy designed its crew cab/short box combo 1.7 inches longer overall, 3.9 inches longer by wheelbase, 1.2 inches wider, and 1.5 inches taller. That's more space in a short bed than a standard Ford F-150 bed offers -- and the edge Athens, AL truckers need for any job.

You can also expect higher capacities on that note, both for towing and hauling. Crew cab models will receive a 14-percent payload bump compared to prior years, around 340 pounds. Go regular cab and rear-wheel drive with a 4.3-liter V6, and you'll be able to tow up to 8,000 pounds. That's 400 more than last year. Choose a double-cab configuration, RWD, and a 5.3-liter V8 with a Max Towing Package, and that value becomes 11,600 pounds max, a net gain of around 400 pounds on previous models. Of course, if you opt for a 6.2-liter V8 with that package and four-wheel drive in a double cab, your towing capacity can reach a staggering 12,200 pounds. That's 500 pounds of gain on a similarly equipped 2018 model. And, all in all, it means ample capacity for everything from a small pop-up camper or couple of dirt bikes to a pair of ATVs or even a light towable RV.

The new 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 should even prove to be the more cost-effective bet. You can get your hands around the wheel inexpensively, even with the all-new standard 2.7-liter turbo engine, an eight-speed auto transmission, stop-start technology, and aerodynamic active aero shutters. Should you choose a 2019 Silverado 1500 High Country at the top of the line, however, you can look forward to new standard equipment galore, from push-button start to bring a draft-horse 5.3-liter V8 to life to driver-assistance elements like Lane Change Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert, LED exterior lighting, advanced trailering tech, dual exhaust outlets, and a class-exclusive power tailgate. The best part? That's at an MSRP of only approximately $1,000 more than the outgoing 2018 trim -- an investment well worth it to go fully loaded.

There's even more to check out here at 921 South Clinton St., and our showroom's soon to be the home to an even more extensive new selection. Isn't it time to schedule that test drive you've been waiting for? Give us a call here at 866-955-0192 or stop by, and we'll set you up with some time behind the wheel. We're right around the corner from Huntsville, the Decatur, AL area, and the Madison neighborhood!