For most folks, a midsize or full-size pickup truck is going to be fine. These people like having a truck but don’t often find themselves having to tow trailers with heavy equipment or recreational vehicles. But for other people like you, you need a heavy-duty truck like a 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD because you are going to haul heavy loads, and a regular full-size truck is just not going to cut it for you. Now, if a heavy-duty truck was just about pure power, then there wouldn’t be much difference between them, and there would be no reason for a company like Chevrolet to keep improving its line of heavy-duty trucks. They would just take the Silverado 3500 HD with its big chassis, put the largest diesel or gasoline engine on it that they could find, and maximize the towing and payload capacity.
However, it's really not that simple. In order to get the best performance out of a heavy-duty truck, the automaker has to find the perfect combination of engine and transmission for the powertrain, get the proper weight balance for payload and trailering, and then equip the truck with the latest technology so that it can perform to its maximum capacity. It is because of this balance of strength and innovation that the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD stands apart as the strongest and most capable heavy-duty truck that Chevy has ever manufactured.
A great heavy-duty pickup truck like the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD must offer drivers a superior engine powerful enough to handle the toughest jobs. The 2022 Silverado 3500 HD does not disappoint with a choice of two exceptional engines. The standard engine is a 6.6-liter V-8 gas engine. This engine has a cast-iron block with cast aluminum cylinder heads arranged in a dual overhead valve arrangement, utilizing direct fuel injection to maximize performance. It is capable of 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque.
Chevy also offers the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD with an optional diesel engine. This is a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel V-8, with a cast-iron engine block and cast aluminum cylinder heads. The valves are arranged in a quadruple overhead arrangement with four valves per cylinder. There is an exhaust brake as well as an engine block heater that will come in handy on cold days to help you get the engine started. This engine uses common-rail direct fuel injection to increase engine efficiency, making it capable of 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. This ability to generate maximum performance with less effort is the result of the engine's turbocharger.
Chevrolet has chosen to pair each of the engines on the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD with a specific transmission. The standard 6.6-liter V-8 gas engine features an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6L90 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission, while the available 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel V-8 comes paired with an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. This transmission is electronically controlled with overdrive to give you very smooth handling over your truck’s performance. One great feature of both transmissions is the auto-grade braking that will automatically downshift when you step on the brakes when on a downhill grade. This will not only safely bring your Silverado 3500 HD to a full stop but also reduce wear and tear on the brakes.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD comes with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Trucks with rear-wheel drive will give you greater towing capability and payload capacity, while those with four-wheel drive will give you improved traction and handling. The 4x4 system on the Silverado 3500 HD comes with a standard Autotrac 2-speed two-speed transfer case with push button controls. This allows you to easily shift between two-wheel drive for better on-road performance and four-wheel drive for improved traction, especially for off-road and inclement weather conditions. There is even an Auto mode that allows the four-wheel drive system to automatically shift between drivetrain modes depending on road and weather conditions.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD has an independent front suspension with torsion bars and a semi-elliptical three-stage multi-leaf spring rear suspension. This design will give you both the support you need for heavy loads while not compromising on the comfort of you and your passengers, especially if the road gets rough under your truck. Each Silverado 3500 HD also has a standard automatic locking rear differential. This will ensure that you do not get slippage or lose traction as a result of the rear wheels spinning at a different rate, as the differential will apply unequal torque to each wheel to even out rotation.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD handles fairly nimbly for a full-size, heavy-duty truck. The top two trims, the LTZ and High Country, feature a digital variable steering assist system to give you even greater handling. While no one is going to confuse this with a compact sports car, the Silverado 3500 HD will probably rank among the easiest heavy-duty trucks to drive. The brakes are four-wheel antilock disc brakes. They feature a hydraulic power-assisted Hydroboost brake booster to improve overall responsiveness, so your braking distance should be better than most other heavy-duty trucks.
Like most heavy-duty trucks, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD has the ability to tow heavy trailers and carry plenty of cargo in its payload bed. The amounts depend on your choice of powertrain, drivetrain, wheelbase, and bed length. In general, trucks with diesel engines, rear-wheel drives, dual rear wheels, and long beds excel at towing and payload capabilities.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 comes with the option for a regular cab, double cab, or crew cab, so you can maximize your passenger space to suit your needs. There is a choice of two payload beds. The standard bed measures 80.2-inches in length and has space for up to 69.5 cubic feet of cargo. The long bed is a full 96.3-inches in length with room for 83.4 cubic feet of cargo.
If you want to maximize the payload capacity of your Silverado 3500 HD, you should consider choosing one rear-wheel drive, dual rear wheels, a long bed, and a gas engine, as this will allow you to carry a maximum of 7,442 pounds in your payload bed. If you choose one with this configuration but the available turbo-diesel engine, your payload capacity will reach a maximum of 6,523 pounds. Going with other options like four-wheel drive, single rear wheels, or the standard bed will reduce the payload capacity on your Silverado 3500 HD by a slight amount.
One thing that distinguishes heavy-duty trucks is their ability to tow heavy loads. This is especially true of ones equipped with diesel engines, like the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD with the available 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel V-8. This can give you the ability to tow up to an incredible 36,000 pounds. If you go with the standard 6.6-liter V-8 gas engine, you will still be able to tow up to 17,200 pounds, which is an amazing number on its own.
Technological innovations have propelled the entire automotive industry, but you may be surprised to know that one of the greatest beneficiaries of these inventions is the heavy-duty truck. Once purely a utilitarian vehicle built mainly for commercial purposes, today’s heavy-duty truck is chock full of amazing gadgets and unique features to improve safety, performance, and enjoyment. This is especially true of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD, which benefits from a number of great new features.
One of the greatest issues drivers often have with heavy-duty trucks is loading and unloading cargo from the payload. On these bigger trucks, it becomes quite a chore reaching over the side bumper to retrieve your gear or climbing up into the payload bed from the tailgate. Chevy has addressed this by making its unique Multi-Flex Tailgate an available feature on all trim levels of the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD. This tailgate easily configures into a step with just the push of a button. It can also be folded down to provide a workspace or reconfigured to provide a stop so you can carry objects that exceed the length of the payload bed.
If you plan to use your truck for trailering purposes, then you will be happy to know that the Silverado 3500 HD is offered with eight available cameras that can give you 15 different views around your truck, all on your Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch or 8-inch color touchscreen. This includes the amazing Transparent Trailer feature, which allows you to see objects behind your truck as if the trailer you are towing is not there. This is a great feature if you tow large trailers that obstruct the view out of the rear window of your Silverado 3500 HD.
Speaking of the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, this is a great way for you and your passengers to stay connected, whether you are out on the job or just cruising around in your truck for fun. This system features an exceptional audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, so you can easily access all of your favorite apps.
Not all technology on the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD is for work or play. Some features are designed to improve vehicle safety, such as the available Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. This will help you change lanes safely and easily by allowing you to know if there is a vehicle traveling in your truck’s blind spot when you signal to change lanes on the highway. This is especially helpful if you are towing a trailer, as often inattentive drivers will cruise next to your trailer, not realizing that you may not see them when you go to change lanes. Fortunately, the Lane Change Alert will let you know that they are there, so you can avoid an unfortunate accident.