2019 Chevy Silverado Power Tailgate

The 2019 Chevy Silverado Power Tailgate is finally here!

This awesome power tailgate has an electric motor and gear reduction in the bottom of the tailgate (replaces a torsion bar) and a pair of power-assist closure latches similar to Corvette doors closed once you close them.

There are 4 easy ways to use this new feature.

  1. Manually.  Yes, you can still open and close the tailgate by yourself.  But, when you open/close the tailgate manually it will start to come down or raise up by itself so don’t be surprised.
  2. Use the key fob.  Press the tailgate button twice quickly to open.  Press the button once and then again quickly and HOLD it to close the tailgate.
  3. There is a rubbery (electronic touchpad) button in the center top of the tailgate you can press to open or close the tailgate.
  4. There is a button in the cabin area (located in the center of the truck under the radio) you can press to power open/close the tailgate.

And yes, it IS still possible to remove the tailgate. Just unplug the power and camera connection near the middle of the base of the tailgate, then undo a retaining bolt at the right-side pivot (the motor reacts against this solid mount when raising and lowering the gate). The left side is a free rotating pivot. The change to aluminum for the tailgate saves way more weight than the motor and power latches add back in, so you’ll have an easier time manhandling this gate off and on. Loads on the tailgate are carried by the same cable straps you find on any pickup.

In addition there are safety features that won’t allow the tailgate to shut if fingers etc. are in the the way, or if items are resting on the tailgate.

The full power tailgate will be standard on High Country models and optional on LTZ models.

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Chevy Silverado versus Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan versus Silverado
Nissan Titan
Chevy Silverado versus Nissan Titan
Chevy Silverado

At first glance, it might appear as though the 2018 Chevy Silverado vs. 2018 Nissan Titan have much in common. Unfortunately, critics and testers of these newer vehicles found out otherwise. The Titan attempts to strike a balance between luxury and heavy-duty, however, it misses the mark. Critics gave the Titan an overall rating of 2.5 stars which falls way below the 4.5 Silverado rating.

Critics consider the body of the Titan to be too bulky. It seems Nissan engineers were trying too hard to make it look “beefy.” So, even though it might appear powerful, performance levels are lacking and inferior, which might leave the customer feeling as though they were duped by a bait and switch.

Compared to the Silverado’s engines, the Titan’s Cummins V-8 diesel operates crudely. Certainly, the 2018 Nissan Titan has a few selling points with the cargo bed options and comfortable seating. But while still lacking in powertrain, towing capability and infotainment, a comfortable cabin barely makes up for it.

That’s what makes the 2018 Chevy Silverado a better choice for a pickup truck. The towing capacity is still unmatched by its competitors, and critics prefer the Duramax diesel engine combined with its Allison transmission to the Cummins V-8.

Put to the test, the 2018 Silverado seems to win out over the Nissan Titan on every count. Some ratings for the Nissan Titan are 2-3 stars less, and the safety and crash test ratings do not even exist. Between the two, the 2018 Silverado is by far the better choice to make, but you be the judge!


2018 Nissan Titan

With an overall interior rating of 3 stars, it’s already not looking good for the Titan, even though the interior and cargo room are supposed to be its selling points. The most exciting things Nissan has to offer are its standard Zero Gravity seats, which look unique and stand out amongst a boring plastic interior. Critics do like the appearance of the new Midnight Edition package, saying it looks nice paired with the black and charcoal color scheme.

There is cargo room, but critics say the back seating is still lacking in space. Cargo space gets an overall rating of 4 stars from critics, which is the highest rating the Titan will see. This is due to its low lift-over height, and interior storage space which is useful but still identical to the Silverado when it comes to available cubby space.

2018 Chevy Silverado

The Silverado saw a 4-star rating, so it’s already ahead of the game. The interior is both spacious and functional, and space around the seats both in front and in back is substantial.  It also has two bed lengths: the 6.6-foot and 8.0-foot which is great for extra cargo room beyond what the interior has to offer. The interior has more than enough space, both under and behind seats as well as a huge console, and gigantic door pockets.


2018 Nissan Titan

Titan also only racks up 3 stars in infotainment. That’s not great. Silverado scored a 5-star rating among critics, by comparison. Though responsive, NissanConnect is not everyone’s favorite display. It’s also incompatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The NissanConnect touchscreen display is 7.0-inches, same as Silverado. And though easy to navigate, the menus are not as comprehensive as the Silverado. The screen also washes out when hit with direct sunlight.

2018 Chevy Silverado

It might even seem silly to compare the two since Silverado received a 5-star infotainment rating. That rating is mostly due to 3 things: response times, compatibility, and connectivity. It should go without saying that the Silverado is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and has all the volts, and USB ports car buyers are looking for. Critics by far prefer Silverado’s 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen due to its visibility and interactivity, that and its intuitive menu.


2018 Nissan Titan

The 2018 Nissan Titan scored one of the lowest ratings in its class, 2.5 stars, for its engine and transmission rating. Critics prefer the Titan’s V-8 gas engine paired with the 7-speed automatic transmission to the Cummins diesel, which they consider unrefined. Though they prefer the V-8, it only gets up to 390 hp. Still, the Cummins diesel gets only 310 hp, which is more than 100 hp less than what the Silverado diesel gets, and it’s noisy too!

2018 Chevy Silverado

Getting up to 445 horsepower with 910 lb-ft of torque, with its diesel engine, it’s no surprise that the 2018 Silverado gets a 4.5-star rating from critics. Critics are pleased with all of the revisions that Silverado made to its engines, making the components more refined, more capable, and even less noisy. Once again, Silverado engineers achieve the necessary enhancements that truck enthusiasts want in a top-of-the-class work vehicle. It also manages to beat out the Nissan Titan in fuel economy.

Fuel Economy

2018 Nissan Titan

One of the reasons that Silverado was able to beat out the Titan in fuel economy is because the Titan hasn’t even been tested. Since the Titan qualifies as a heavy-duty vehicle, the EPA is not required to test its fuel economy. In fact, the EPA made an exception and tested the Silverado based on the fact that its diesel engine was more refined than the competition. Suffice it to say, even the Titan’s optional diesel engine wasn’t compelling enough to warrant exception, and critics don’t have much hope for it scoring high with real-world economy numbers.

2018 Chevy Silverado

So once again the Silverado beats the competition with another 4.5-star rating. To be fair, most other vehicles in its class have not been tested, and so, of course, it would have the highest rating. However, against prospective fuel economy numbers of other models, the Silverado still scored surprisingly high with a 19 mpg highway rating that is at least 2 points higher than what was expected. It’s clear that Silverado has bested the competition and has blown the Nissan Titan completely out of the water.

So, You Decide!

Although the 2018 Chevy Silverado seems to outshine the 2018 Nissan Titan in several categories, ultimately it is up to you to decide which vehicle works best for you. To make your final decision, visit your local dealerships and see these pickup trucks in person.

Source:  https://www.autoinfluence.com/the-2018-chevy-silverado-vs-2018-nissan-titan/


2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

As other vehicles downsize, Chevrolet’s full-size utes seem to keep growing more large and in charge. For 2019, the burbling 6.2-liter V-8 that debuted on Chevy’s 2018 RST Performance Edition of the Tahoe and, later, the Suburban is now also available on fancier versions of both SUVs.

Ordering these trucks with the new Premier Plus package brings the 420-hp V-8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission, but without the RST’s body-color grille and blacked-out gloss trim. A traditional chrome appearance, including for the 22-inch wheels, pairs with a black-and-brown leather interior and heated and cooled front seats. A sunroof, power-retracting side steps, polished exhaust tip, a head-up display, an upgraded 8.0-inch display in the instrument cluster, and a rear Blu-ray entertainment system come along for the ride. Speaking of that ride, Magnetic Ride Control—GM’s innovative adaptive-damper system—is also standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and a cute little collapsible cargo organizer.

2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

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All-New 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets Advanced Towing Features

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets Advanced Towing features

The brand-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 gets many high-tech towing features to improve customers’ trailering experiences.

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All light-duty Silverado models will have the myChevrolet mobile app trailering capability and customers can add to it the Advanced Trailering System. It also comes with a Trailering Camera Package and a trailering label that helps with calculating the combined weight of customers’ truck and trailer combinations.

While the development of the all-new Silverado was in process, Chevrolet was apparently in conversation with 7,000 customers over the course of 18,000 hours. Among those surveyed, 60 percent named towing as a priority and trailering difficulties was another thing that came up. To resolve this, all four trailering levels offered on the 2019 Silverado 1500 are aimed to provide customers easier trailer hitching and improved connectivity between truck and trailer.

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The myChevrolet app will offer select trailering features such as pre-departure step-by-step towing checklists and a glossary of towing terms for compatible smart phones and data plans. The app also allows drivers to carry out a trailer light test that uses an automatic exterior light sequence to help affirm proper connection of the trailer.

The Advanced Trailering System is standard on LTZ and High Country trim levels and available on LT, RST, and Trail Boss trim levels. It includes an industry-first Auto Parking Brake Assist which prevents truck roll while aligning with the trailer hitch when the vehicle is put into Hitch View, and with it comes Hitch Guidance which features dynamic backing guidelines to help customers line up their hitch. Also included is a trailer tire pressure monitoring system; this, however, requires optional equipment and dealer installation.

This Advanced Trailering System Infotainment app that accompanies the system allows customers to track the mileage, fuel economy, and transmission temperature of their truck while towing. Customers can create up to five profiles for different trailer types, including those for guest trailers. The brake gain memory, which works with the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, allows customers to set and save the controller’s brake gain setting for each trailer within their profile.

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Another industry-first is the Trailer Theft Alert. It can activate the truck’s lights and horn if the trailer harness attached to the truck is disconnected unexpectedly. Customers who are signed up with the OnStar Safety & Security Plan will also receive a theft alert via phone, text, or email.

Then there is the all-new Trailer Camera Package which enhances trailering views with a 270-degree view using a standard rear vision camera and two side view cameras mounted in the side mirrors. An optional fourth accessory camera that mounts to the trailer is also available.

Chevrolet has created a trailering label, located on the driver’s side door jamb of all next-generation 2019 Silverado pickups. This label which is tied to VINs of individual trucks, provides information such as gross vehicle and combined weight rating, gross axle weight rating (rear), maximum payload, maximum tongue weight, and curb weight.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will go on sale in the fall of 2018.

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