"Durabed" may sound like a discount mattress brand, but it's actually Chevrolet's trade name for the new Silverado pickup truck bed — it's bigger than before with what the brand claims is best-in-class cargo volume, box depth and box length at floor. Every inch matters in the game of half-ton truck one-upmanship against the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, and Durabed's implication of durability is likely a not-so-subtle dig at the Ford F-150's aluminum bed construction.
Every Silverado bed has gained space for 2019. The long box gets the biggest bump, swelling from 75 cubic feet to 89. The standard and short boxes are up 10 cubic feet, for totals of 72 and 63, respectively.
According to GM, the short-box’s volume is 20 percent larger than any of the Silverado’s competitors. Chevy’s engineers achieved that increase by widening the maximum width of the bed floor across all three bed sizes.
Other bed upgrades include larger cutouts in the corner step bumpers and a higher-grade steel construction. The number of fixed tie downs has also been bumped to 12, all of which can take 500 pounds of force before bending. Additional movable tie-down points are also available, for a grand total of 21.
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