2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at a Glance

  • The new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado starts at $37,898 in Canada and $35,495 in the United States, including destination freight.

  • Full range of trim levels, frugal diesel engine, excellent ride quality.

  • Spotty reliability record, gasoline engines could be more efficient, unimpressive payload capacities.

Over the past two years, the pickup truck market has been sizzling. Not only has demand increased during this time, but automakers are working hard to keep assembly lines running as microchip supply is an ongoing issue. Through it all, GM launched the heavily updated 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Note that the new Silverado was supposed to hit the market last fall, but complications from the COVID-19 pandemic slowed its development. As a result, GM decided to introduce the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited, which was largely unchanged from the 2021 model. Thus, the Silverado Limited is not part of the refreshed pickup line, which may end up confusing customers. buyers when all these trucks appear on the used market.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado High Country | Photo: Chevy

The new Silverado arrives with a revised front end, new alloy wheels, paint color changes and an all-new ZR2 Edition. The latter becomes the flagship off-road variant, positioned above the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss. The Regular Cab Standard Bed configuration is back, but only in the base truck trim level.

But that’s not all. The 2022 Chevy Silverado also features a reworked cabin, which was one of the pickup’s biggest shortcomings, at least compared to the interior furnishings of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. The Work Truck (or WT ) base, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims don’t get much fancier interiors, but LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims get higher-quality materials, a dash 12.3-inch digital display, a 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, new color schemes and more advanced safety features. A power tilt and telescoping steering column and the Super Cruise Highway semi-autonomous driving system are also available.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado High Country, ZR2 and LT | Photo: Chevy

In an effort to reduce emissions and fuel consumption, two engines bit the dust in the 2022 Chevy Silverado. The 285-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 is gone, as is the six-speed automatic transmission that was linked to it. . The base powertrain is now the 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four, mated to an eight-speed automatic. Until now, it produced 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, but this revised “high-output” mill now produces 430 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm.

There were two different versions of the 5.3L V8 engine, one with Active Fuel Management and one with Dynamic Fuel Management. The AFM-equipped block, which has the RPO code L82, has been canned, while the DFM-equipped L84 soldiers are on. They both produced 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, but the L84 was slightly more fuel-efficient and now exclusively hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2-liter V8 is also still available with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft, as is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six with 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 | Photo: Chevy

Depending on the trim level chosen, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can be equipped with 17-inch to 22-inch wheels, a power sunroof, power running boards, LED headlights and taillights, Multi-Flex hinged tailgate from brand and a host of dealer-installed appearance options. Inside, dual-zone climate control, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, surround-view camera system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, heated steering wheel and Wireless phone charging is also available. As of this writing, features such as heated seats, parking sonar, and auto stop/start may be missing in some trims due to microchip shortages, but GM says affected vehicles will be eligible for a later upgrade.

Prices range from $37,898 to over $96,000 for the Silverado 1500 in Canada, and from $35,495 to over $81,000 in the United States. It is obviously in competition with the GMC Sierra 1500the Ford F-150the Ram 1500the Toyota Tundra and USA only Nissan Titan.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT | Photo: Chevy

What the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 does well

  • The Silverado offers a wide variety of trim levels, configurations and powertrains for everyone. Enthusiasts can choose between several levels of off-road cred, from the simple Z71 off-road suspension package to the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss lift kits, while the new ZR2 ups the ante with Multimatic DSSV shocks. , skid plates, more suspension travel, front and rear electronic lockers, 33-inch MT tires and more.
  • Silverado’s Duramax diesel engine is one of the most fuel-efficient engines in the full-size pickup segment, with a combined city/highway rating of 9.9 L/100 km in Canada and 24 mpg in the United States when paired with a 4WD. The 3.0-liter six-cylinder is particularly fuel-efficient around town, beaten only by the F-150’s gasoline hybrid powertrain.
  • The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado’s towing capabilities are quite good, with a maximum rating of 13,300 pounds or 6,033 kilograms in the case of a properly equipped Double Cab model. The most popular Crew Cab configuration has a maximum towing capacity of 13,200 pounds or 5,988 kg with the 6.2L V8 or 3.0L Duramax I6.
  • In higher trim levels, the Chevy’s interior is much nicer to look at and features larger screens for a more sophisticated touch, in addition to improved ergonomics.
  • The Silverado 1500 offers high ride comfort, even without the optional Adaptive Ride Control suspension that’s only available as an option on the top-line Denali.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT | Photo: Chevy

What the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Doesn’t Do Well

  • Aside from the Duramax diesel engine, the other powertrains don’t particularly shine for their fuel economy. The 2.7L turbocharged inline-four should normally be an efficient choice, but its combined city/highway fuel economy of 13.1 L/100 km or 18 mpg in 4WD configuration can’t match the 2-speed EcoBoost V6 engine. .7 L of the F-150 and its 11.7 L /100 km or 21 mpg. To add insult to injury is GM’s recommendation to use premium gasoline in the 6.2-liter V8.
  • The Silverado’s maximum payload capacity of 2,270 lbs or 1,030 kg is neck and neck with that of the Ram 1500 (2,300 lbs or 1,043 kg), but is easily exceeded by the payload of 3,325 lbs or 1 508 kg of the F-150.
  • Reliability isn’t the strong suit of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, or at least it shouldn’t be based on previous model years. Consumer Reports gives the pickup a 1 out of 5, citing major engine issues, electrical system issues, and on-board electronics issues. That being said, the F-150 and Titan don’t do much better with a 2/5 reliability rating, while the Ram 1500 gets away with a 3/5 rating. The redesigned Tundra is still too new to demonstrate how tough it is, as the long-in-the-tooth previous generation had a 4 out of 5 rating.
  • The High Country variant is more sophisticated than before with its new interior, it still does not compare to those of the F-150 Limited and Ram 1500 Limited. GM fans can check out the updated 2022 GMC Sierra and its new Denali Ultimate variant if they want a classy truck.
  • Right now GM can’t build enough Silverados to keep up with demand, which is unfortunate because, according to some online GM truck groups and forums, many buyers have been waiting months for their pickups to arrive. . Dealer inventory is also virtually non-existent. Production of the Silverado 1500 will soon begin at GM’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario, in addition to its facilities in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Silao, Mexico, and if the automaker can maintain microchip supply, the situation should improve over the year. .

2022 Chevrolet Silverado High Country | Photo: Chevy

What we tell our friends

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has improved in many ways, and with the arrival of the ZR2 edition, the model line is more complete and more desirable than ever. The powertrains are robust and the trucks offer a pleasant ride.

However, the Silverado still isn’t perfect, and GM needs to find a way to improve the fuel economy and overall build quality of its best-selling model. Not to mention doing more before customers switch to rival brands — not that F-150 and Ram 1500 inventory is any better right now.

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