2022 Chevy Silverado 1500: From Work Truck to High Country, you're covered
With increasing gas prices and supply chain problems, you'd think new vehicle sales would down so far this year, especially in the full-size pickup category. And you'd be wrong. Car and Driver reported on July 5 that four of the top seven models are light duty and heavy duty trucks. And two of them — the mechanically similar GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado — accounted for 378,454 in sales during the first half of the year.
In fact, together Sierra and Silverado sold 79,109 more units than the number one truck in the country, the Ford F-150. If GMC and Chevy just admitted they make the same truck, they'd have the bragging rights.
What accounts for the success of the nearly identical twins? Judging by the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 that I spent a week with, it is the incredible choice of options and — with the top-of-the line High Country 4WD — the qualify of the construction.
Although the Chevy did not completely redesign the Silverado for 2022, it has significant updated its features and offerings. All now feature revised front ends and, in the upper trim levels, much more refined interiors.
The base Work Truck still starts at a bargain basement $34,845, with a slight upgrade to the Custom model. But from there the sky is the limit, including the first-ever Z71 Off -Road package with a factory installed lift kit.
Four engines are available on the 2022 Silverado, including a pair of tried and true V8s. The 5.3-liter features Dynamic Fuel Management, while the 6.2-liter remains the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine in the segment — delivering 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The other two engines saw some upgrades. The turbocharged 2.7-liter now leads its class with more torque and maximum trailering rating of 9,600 pounds in a two-wheel drive configuration. Chassis changes now allow the popular 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel to tow up to 13,300 pounds in a two-wheel drive.
But technology is critical in today's marketplace — including trucks — and the new Silverado features an available 13.4-inch-diagonal touchscreen. The large interface is standard on the LT trim and above. This system provides immediate access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play right on the infotainment screen. This new experience works with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
And Super Cruise hands-free driver-assistance technology with trailering is available on the top High Country trim only. The 2022 Silverado will be the first Chevy pickup offered with Super Cruise, the industry's first true hands-free driver-assistance technology for compatible roads. It can already be used on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada. When not trailering, Lane Change on Demand and Automatic Lane Change are also available with Super Cruise.
Still, the most important things about any new vehicles if how it drives. Here the 2022 Chevy Silverado Crew High Country 4WD delivered the goods. Yes, it is a very large truck and required the retractable running board for me to early get in and out of. But once underway it it incredibly smooth and quiet. Even with an empty bed, there was a minimum of bucking even over speed bumps and broken pavement, thanks to its adoptive ride control suspension.
It's a common refrain in top-of-the-line full-size pickup reviews to note how much they cost. In the case of the High Country 4WD, it is $72,870. But seriously, I've tested a couple of vehicles lately that cost a lot more and can't work and play as hard. And there are always less expensive versions that will still deliver the goods.
2022 Chevy Silverado Crew High Country 4WD
Base price: $34,845 (base Work Truck)
Price as tested: $72,870
Style: Full size pickup
Engine: 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lbs-ft - as tested)
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy: 15/20
Length: 231.9 to 242.4 inches
Weight: 4740 to 5620 pounds
Final assembly point: Roanoke, IN
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