I’ve had a 2014 Denali, 2015 SLT All-Terrain, 2017 LTZ, 2018 base Sierra, 2016 Yukon SLT and a 2019 Tahoe Premium RST to compare to. I think the 2019 High Country is the best yet. The only feature I don’t care for is it seems like they’ve taken some legroom away for the driver’s left foot. Otherwise just small refinements all over.
How heavy are the loaded trailers? If they’re not over 6,000lbs I’d get the 1500. I traded in my 15 3500SRW on the new 1500 and unless I get a big trailer again I’m not going to miss it.
I ended up with a High Country. I agree with the above post about the ugly front fender / bumper junction area but I find it easy to ignore with a dark color, so i got the havana brown. The GMC just has too large of a front end and the only model I found I was able to overlook it was an elevation edition, but they have even less creature comforts than the RST. I couldn’t get one without the safety 2 and technology packages without getting a lighter color, so I went ahead. It’s nice that they have made it easier to shut off all of the safety 2 stuff now on these trucks. I do like the HUD and multiple cameras of the technology package now that I have it, which I thought I’d be indifferent about. The wife doesn’t have that stuff on her Tahoe RST and she’s jealous, lol. I had thought that GMC made a lateral or even backwards move with the interiors for 2019 but after driving the truck my opinion has changed. Many small refinements and improvements add up to me being very pleased. The center stack still looks too big proportionally but otherwise everything seems better and more refined. The only thing I wish I could have gotten on the HC that’s only available on the Denali is the dark walnut leather. I went with the jet black and I’m happy, I like how they’ve made the truck’s headliner a dark charcoal color instead of light grey, it looks much better. No disappointments so far. I haven’t driven the truck much at night yet but the headlights seem good, fog lights seem mediocre at best. I’m thinking the lighting on my 2017 LTZ may have been better.
We just got a 2019 Silverado High Country for me and a 2019 Tahoe Premium RST for the wife, both have the 6.2 and 10spd. Hate to say it but the truck is nicer for a lot less money. She’s a little jealous. If you are ok with the extra length of the truck, I wouldn’t think twice.
I had the same conundrum, I love the look of the RST but wanted the 6.2 and cooled seats. I bought a High Country, it checks all of the boxes and I love the look, except for a little too much chrome. Remove the steps, debadge and a little vinyl wrapping would fix that but I don’t care that much and I’m just going to leave it alone and enjoy it for what it is. the 6.2/10spd is awesome.
We have a 2016 Yukon SLT for the wife, 5.3/6spd, 3.42 max tow pmg) I’ve had a 17 Silverado with 6.2/8spd and an 18 Sierra with 5.3/6spd. Yukon pros: great on fuel easy to park (it’s short) Yukon cons: Second row has much less legroom than the crew cab pickups Third row is ridiculous, good for kids only Cargo space is limited compared to a truck Expensive (compared to truck) Truck pros: More utilitarian Way more legroom in back seat Cheaper Truck cons: No vents in rear seat area for heating/cooling (on my 14-18’s, 19’s might have it?) Expect 1-3mpg less fuel economy Longer wheelbase, not as easy to park in the city I love the 6.2, got great fuel economy with it and the power blows away the 5.3, hated the 8spd in my 17. I really liked the 6.2/6spd in my 14 Sierra Denali. To be avoided, in my opinion. I’m excited about the new 10spd, picking up a new Silverado this week with the 6.2/10spd and trading in the wife’s Yukon on a Tahoe Premier RST with the same.
I can see the multipro tailgate being useful for certain situations but I’m 6’5 and I just have never felt a need for more than what GM already offers with the steps in the rear bumper. I like simplicity. I’m annoyed that I can’t seem to find an in stock truck that doesn’t have the Safety 2 and technology packages, for that matter. The auto high beams and collision warning stuff I find to be a big nuisance. Same with the power steps, at least they can be disabled but I hate paying a premium for stuff that I don’t want/need. If the RST came with the 6.2 and cooled seats I’d just get it instead.
So I'm ready to trade up, and I have not driven a 2019. I've sat in them and checked them out enough to know that I like both of these models. On the GMC I prefer the body lines, but I do not like the multi-pro tailgate, odd shaped wheel wells with plastic cladding, or squared off, tall looking hood. On the Chevy I don't care for the tail lights, the way the front fenders connect to the front bumper with the vertical slots/vents, and the way the body lines swoop down behind the front fenders, but I find it not very noticeable in a dark color such as black. That being said, what are the hidden differences? Has anyone here spent much time driving both to compare? I wonder which has better headlights? Better visibility over the hood for maneuvering? Anything else worth mentioning? I wonder this because I feel that my 17 Silverado had much better headlights than my 18 Sierra, mind you this was LED vs HID. The headlights in my 14 and 15 Sierra's were atrocious, and the shape of the hood seemed to make it difficult to judge where the front corners of the truck are. Especially in the 3500HD. Are the Chev/GM pretty even when it comes to this stuff? Thanks!
Anyone else experienced this? backstory: 2016 Yukon SLT stock 18” rims with Nokians mounted for winter 20” OEM GMC Sierra Elevation Edition wheels/tires for summer, stock Goodyear’s, which don’t have any signs of anything wrong with them. Spring is here, I jacked up the Yukon and put the summer set back on. Retorqued, set at 36psi front and 35psi rear. It now feels like it’s getting pulled all over the road by rutted pavement, etc. It was not like this last year with the same wheels/tires on, and was not like this with the winter set mounted. Could I have bent an A-arm or something with the jack? I wouldn’t think so, but something feels off.
Does this engine require premium gas, or is it recommended? Or does it run fine on 87 octane like the 5.3? Thinking about trading the wife's 16 Yukon in on a new RST with the 2.7, as most of her driving is around town and the 2.7 should be a noticeable improvement in MPG's. If it requires 91+ octane, we'll likely stick with the 5.3.
I agree with you on the fuel tank size, it’s frustrating that GM won’t put bigger than a 26 gallon tank in the 1/2 tons. It’s been 20 years! i disagree about the bed access. I’ve owned a Ford with the tailgate step, and a Ram that has nothing. GM wins hands down with their bumper cutout steps. Ford’s fold down step is flimsy and vulnerable to damage, and I have to assume that GMC’s new 47-piece tailgate will be too.
I really liked the Silverado at first but then I started to get distracted by the front fender / bumper junction, and now I can't help but focus on it. The GMC has much cleaner lines, and I do like how the front end resembles the Yukon but more aggressive. I'd go for the GMC AT4 with 6.2 and no extra fluff, like the driver assist, HUD or gimmick tailgate. I just wish you could get the 3.42 rear end without losing the dual exhaust.
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