Since the truck’s facelift in 2019, Chevrolet has adjusted and fiddled with it every year. We weren’t shocked, because our initial impressions of the then-all-new Silverado were mixed, especially when compared to the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. Give Chevrolet credit, though, for putting in the effort: With its improved cabin, more powerful diesel engine, and new ZR2 off-road package, the 2022 Silverado appears to have largely closed the gap.
The majority of active safety systems are now standard on every Silverado, and the top-of-the-line High Country model can be equipped with GM’s hands-free driving technology, Super Cruise. The Silverado portfolio now includes a hefty ZR2 off-road variant, which isn’t as extreme as the Ford F-150 Raptor or the Ram 1500 TRX.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Chevrolet has removed the 4.3-liter V6 engine from the Silverado’s inventory for 2022, leaving it with only four options. The torque output of the Silverado’s turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine has been increased from last year’s model to 420 lb-ft, up from 348 lb-ft. To take use of the 2.7-liter engine‘s greater torque, changes were made to the 8-speed transmission.
The 3.0-liter turbodiesel (277 horsepower, 460 lb-ft), 5.3-liter V8 (355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft), and 6.2-liter V8 (420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft) engines remain unchanged. A 10-speed automatic transmission drives all of these engines. Silverados with diesel engines can tow more than they could last year.
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The Silverado’s Interior and Comfort
The Silverado may be built in a variety of ways, from the stripped-down Work Truck to the fully loaded High Country. Only the essentials are included in base versions, such as manually adjustable front seats, manual locks and windows, and vinyl seats. The cabin is substantially snazzier starting with the LT level, due to a handsomer dashboard design with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a large central touchscreen.
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With its leather upholstery and open-pore wood trim, the High Country’s interior is exceptionally attractive. While the crew cab boasts a large back seat with plenty of legroom, we found the back seat cushions to be unpleasant. Nonetheless, this is a useful carrier, with smart storage compartments strewn throughout the cabin. While the Chevy doesn’t have the half-ton Sierra’s carbon-fiber-reinforced cargo bed, it does have a similar multifunction tailgate called Multi-Flex.
|Curb Weight||6,542 lbs.|
|Gross Weight||10,200 lbs.|
|Ground Clearance||10.2 in.|
|Maximum Payload||3,620 lbs.|
|Maximum Towing Capacity||14,500 lbs.|
|Overall Width Without Mirrors||81.9 in.|
|Turning Circle||53.9 ft.|
|Wheel Base||162.5 in.|
Safety and Tech
Chevy Safety Assist comes standard on all Silverados. Automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, and automatic high beams are among the sophisticated driver aids available. A robust surround-view camera system and Chevy’s Advanced Trailering System are among the other optional safety features. The latter facilitates trailer hookup and allows drivers to monitor tire pressures, brake lights, and other aspects of the trailer.
The revamped 2022 Chevy Silverado is scheduled to hit dealerships in the spring of 2022. The base model of the Silverado will cost roughly $30,000, with a fully loaded High Country or ZR2 model costing over $70,000.