Chevy guys, you know who you are, and do we have some great news for you! The refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 is finally here, and with it come too many upgrades to list, including a max towing capacity of 13,300 pounds, an available 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, and an all-new Silverado ZR2 trim that will see you through even the toughest backcountry trail.
What do you look for in a full-size truck? The Chevy brand includes a long history of building durable trucks that are at home on the job site, but more recently, these same trucks fit in just as well in the valet parking line. We don’t commonly use the word elegant to describe a pickup truck but slide behind the wheel of the Silverado High Country, and that’s exactly the adjective you’ll choose to describe it.
From class-leading performance to night-at-the-symphony level luxury, the newest Chevy Silverado lineup delivers across a surprisingly diverse spectrum of buyer demands. Advanced technology peppers the driving experience with unexpected conveniences (can anyone say hands-free cruise control?), and a refreshed exterior conveys boldness without crossing over into boxy, utilitarian territory.
There’s so much to discover about the upgraded 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, and at the top of the list is an extensive interior upgrade. Sure, you can still buy a basic WT (Work Truck) at a budget-friendly price, but if you want some creature comforts, the LT, RST, LTZ, all-new ZR2, and the top-of-the-line High Country trims offer them in spades. Chevy infuses each trim with a generous list of standard equipment, beginning with the LT and culminating in the High Country.
Let’s talk next level luxury: the Silverado 1500 High Country embodies prestige, with standard open-pore wood accenting throughout the cabin (including on the console, doors, and glovebox), modern stainless steel covers on the speakers of a premium Bose audio system, and your choice of two trim-specific interior leather seating color schemes – Nightshift Blue or Jet Black. Notably, Chevy revealed that the Silverado’s upgraded interior has a “hint of Corvette influence.”
Technology is the highlight of Chevy’s latest Silverado, beginning with a standard landscape-oriented 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen on the LT and higher trims. Coupled with the infotainment real estate is an equally sizable 12.3-inch digital driver display that’s fully customizable. Smartphone integration is easy with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and both Google Voice Assistant and Amazon Alexa join the compatibility lineup for 2022.
Buyers can select from a number of cab styles, from the two-door regular cab available on the Work Truck to the expansive Crew Cab that very comfortably seats up to five. Configuring your cabin with front bucket seats allows the inclusion of a center console with a console-mounted shifter. It’s a driver-centric interior designed for more spaciousness and to give drivers access to advanced infotainment and safety technology. Even with all the upgrades, the Silverado’s heritage still shines through. It’s unmistakably a Chevy pickup, proudly wearing the familiar bow tie on the grille.
For the 2022 model year, Chevy offers the Silverado 1500 with four different powertrains, including an upgraded diesel option. The standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder turbo high-output engine makes 310 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, allowing up to 9,500 pounds of towing capability. You’ll find it on the WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, and LT Trail Boss. Fuel economy ratings average out at around 20 mpg combined, making it an efficient choice for daily commuters and road trippers.
Are you looking for a little more power? Upgrading to the LTZ or the High Country gets you a standard 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The engine is also available as an option on less-expensive trims and is well worth the upgrade for buyers wanting a little more power. A larger optional 6.2-liter V8 is also offered for the Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trim, and it’s standard on the new Silverado ZR2.
For many pickup truck buyers, only a diesel will do. Chevy has your back with the dependable Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel. Choose this engine to max out towing capacity at 13,300 pounds and enjoy 460 lb-ft of low-range torque. The higher tow rating comes from chassis changes made by the factory and represents a 4,000-pound improvement over previous diesel Silverado models. The turbo-diesel motor is also Chevy’s most fuel-efficient, providing an estimated 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
The Silverado 1500 leads the segment in available cargo bed volume, offering 89.1 cubic feet standard. The bed receives 12 standard tie-downs, the most of any full-size truck in the category, and has an available power up and down tailgate feature that no other truck offers. Chevy’s Multi-Flex tailgate easily converts for multiple uses, including a portable work surface, a long cargo stop, a bed entry step, and more.
In short, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 is all business in its architecture but finished with high-end comfort and convenience extras that will make any job a lot more enjoyable. It’s hard to remember that underneath all the fancy upgrades beats the heart of a durable workhorse, but Chevy builds in structural features like a roll-formed high-strength-steel truck bed, so buyers never need to worry that their truck won’t be up to the task.
Brand new for 2022 is the Silverado 1500 ZR2. This truck is designed primarily for off-roading, with a standard 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine that pairs seamlessly with a 10-speed automatic transmission to make good use of the available 460 lb-ft of torque when you need it. The ZR2 features standard 33-inch mud-terrain tires, protective skid plates, and a trail-ready steel front bumper that can endure a 31.8-degree approach angle.
Not only are both bumpers reinforced, but they also feature removable end caps that are easy to replace after trail damage and that protect the dual exhaust system, which is recessed within them. Other exterior features unique to the Silverado ZR2 include a black hood insert, a trim-exclusive front grille, ZR2 badging, and 18-inch wheels. The interior receives a black and grey color scheme with leather seating surfaces.
The Silverado ZR2 is the only truck on the market with Multimatic dampers. Multimatic develops dampers for high-performance race cars and trophy trucks and has adapted that technology for the ZR2. The company’s spool valve dampers offer a more secure connection with the road, resulting in better traction and more effective off-road capabilities. Dampers are responsible for reducing vibration and smoothing out the ride on uneven surfaces.
Chevy pairs the Multimatic dampers with special springs that allow more movement in the front and rear suspensions. The off-road chassis and special suspension deliver unparalleled off-roading prowess, and the Terrain Mode setting lets drivers perform rock crawling maneuvers with one pedal. The ZR2 is engineered to perform both in high-speed desert settings and more rugged off-road trails.
With the ZR2, Chevy offers a complete 4x4 truck designed specifically for hard-core off-roaders. It eliminates the need for aftermarket equipment or upgrades, providing drivers with front and rear electronic locking differentials for optimal traction and a whole host of special engineering that separates it from its brethren. Also, its boxy, nearly vertical front grille and stainless steel bumper with a visible front skid plate visually depict this rig’s off-road capabilities.