Ask TFL: Should I Buy an Outgoing 2018 Chevy Silverado or an All-New 2019 Truck?

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2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 : Dash comparison

Here is another take on an age-old question: which truck should I buy – the last year of an outgoing model or a first year of an all-new truck? We recently received this question from Max Reynolds.

I have a 2002 Chevy Avalanche with about 165,000 miles on it, and it’s been a great truck. Should I go ahead and jump the gun and get a great deal on a 2018 Silverado 1500, or wait a little and buy a 2019? My biggest concern would be the fact that it’s an all new truck and I wouldn’t want to be one of the Guinea pigs for a new vehicle.
The trade off is fairly clear, but it is still a very tough decision. The last year of an existing truck model is a known quantity. Many of the issues and bugs have been worked out on the truck. There are still a lot of these truck on dealership lots, so there is a lot of choice. There are also great deals to be had.
One the flip side, the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 has a lot of new technology and capability baked into it. First, the styling and the design are all new. The new truck is lighter, and offers more payload capacity. The bed is wider and can hold bigger items. There are rear-seat air conditioning vents. The engines and transmissions are largely the same, but there are new technologies under the hood with active fuel management and a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The end decision will likely come down to price. What do you guys think?  Please add your feedback for Max in the comments section below.