By on September 10, 2021

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The full-size truck race is competitive, and one can’t afford to fall too far behind.

After a few years of hearing criticisms concerning the Silverado, and how it’s not as stylish as the Ram 1500 or well-done as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet has unveiled an updated truck, with the intent of blunting those critiques and getting back in the game.

Oh, and the brand hasn’t failed to notice the sudden popularity of off-road trims/vehicles, as evidenced by the fact it now offers a ZR2 trim on Silverado, which is a first. It’s now the flagship off-road Silverado.

Personally, your humble author never thought the current Silverado was a bad truck. I felt it was good on its own merits but lacking when compared to its two closest competitors.

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Well, regardless, Chevy has given the truck a bunch of updates for 2022. Not only to the ZR2 trim, but to the interior (LT trims and up), the exterior styling, and more. Silverado adds GM’s SuperCruise driver-assistance system, and Chevy’s Safety Assist suite of driver-aid systems is now standard. The 2.7-liter turbo gains torque (it’s at 420 lb-ft now) and the 3.0-liter diesel increases towing capacity up to 13,300 pounds.

While the outside is refreshed (new front fascia, new daytime running lamps, lowered headlamps, turn signals that perform various lighting sequences as drivers approach or leave the truck), the interior is totally redesigned, at least on LT and up trims. A 13.4-inch diagonal touchscreen for infotainment is part of the upgrade.

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Other interior changes include a horizontal instrument panel, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, new center console. access to select Google apps via the infotainment screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. There’s a new shifter for trucks with bucket seats.

High Country trims get unique details meant to give off a feeling of luxury. SuperCruise will be available on High Country and available with a towing option.

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Select the ZR2 trim and you get a 6.2-liter V8 (420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque), 10-speed automatic transmission, Multimatics dampers for the suspension, springs that increase suspension travel, electronic lockers front and rear, drive modes that allow you to select off-road-tuned suspension and chassis calibrations, a Terrain mode that allows for one-pedal driving off-road, 33-inch off-road tires, skid plates, and a steel front bumper that helps allow for a 31.8-inch approach angle. The dual exhaust is moved to reduce the chance of damage when boulder bashing.

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ZR2s also get a different grille with integrated lighting, unique badging, a black hood insert, 18-inch wheels, and a specific interior color combination.

Things that remain the same: The Silverado still offers the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s. The trim walk for 2022 will include LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ, and High Country.

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38 Comments on “2022 Chevrolet Silverado Addresses Previous Critiques, Adds ZR2 Trim...”


  • avatar
    jack4x

    Looks very competitive with the 2012 Raptor.

    • 0 avatar
      CoastieLenn

      I wouldn’t go that far…

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        It’s more of a Trail Boss on ‘roids. The Trail Boss is a huge seller for Chevy. If they wanted to target the Raptor they would have to fit 35’s or 37’s. This truck comes with 33’s. 32’s are stock.

        • 0 avatar
          CoastieLenn

          @Lou: I admittedly don’t pay much attention to GM trucks (much to my family’s dismay- they’re all GM freaks), but I saw a Trail Boss yesterday and it had a V6. I was actually amazed that they offered that package on a base model truck, or at least with the base powertrain. I was impressed.

          • 0 avatar
            jack4x

            The point of my sarcastic comment was that after a decade on sale, GM still can’t or won’t put out a true Raptor competitor.

            I’ll reserve final judgement until I see what this costs, but it seems like a pretty weak effort, more comparable to a Rebel or Tremor trim than Raptor or TRX.

          • 0 avatar
            CoastieLenn

            @jack: I picked up what you were putting down. My snide retort was only to highlight your comment. GM’s newest offering with “peak off road cred”… isn’t competition for a 10 year old version of one of it’s two chief rivals.

    • 0 avatar

      I mean GM is for sure missing out on the high end of the market that the TRX and Raptor enjoy. But this does seem to hit a sweet spot much like the ZR2 Colorado and the Tremor for Ford. 33″ tires give decent clearance without messing with towing and daily driving.
      I’m more surprised by the 13k towing on the diesel and 420 ft lbs out of the 4 cylinder.

  • avatar
    Gardiner Westbound

    A step ladder is optional for those who check their own oil.

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    It is obvious RAM shamed GM and Chevy into redoing their interior. Competition is the answer to everything.

    Not government mandates and government subsidies. Let that be a lesson for electric vehicle fan boys and fan girls.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Speaking of government subsidies, GM got BOATLOADS of tax incentives to modernize the plant that makes this truck.

      https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2015/05/26/gm-invest-fort-wayne-plant/27960933/

  • avatar
    Fred

    People really think these trucks are stylish? They have been going downhill since the early 70s.

  • avatar
    stuki

    Does “magnetic shocks” mean magnaride or such. Meaning, NOT Multimatics?

  • avatar
    Stanley Steamer

    Fantastic!

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    There’s a dude in my complex who I’m calling Hard Luck Silverado Guy. His first one was Game Over due to an engine compartment fire (which was quite the scene). He bought a brand new all-black one a last month, and a few days ago some a$$hat sideswiped him and left a ton of huge, white marks all along the passenger side. Maybe he needs to switch to Ford.

  • avatar
    MrIcky

    420lb/ft out of the 2.7? When that makes it into the Colorado finally- that will be very interesting in that segment. Even if it’s tuned down to 380ish. Very ‘diesely’.

  • avatar

    So the torque figure had me curious on real world mileage on the various big 3 1/2 tons. So these are the averages from Fuelly.
    Fuel Economy minded engines
    GM 2.7 4cyl 18.5 Mpg
    Ford 2.7 6cyl 18.7 Mpg
    Ram 3.6 6 cyl 18.5 Mpg
    Volume engines
    GM 5.3 V8 16.5 Mpg
    Ford 3.5 V6 16 Mpg
    Ram 5.7 V8 15.5 Mpg

    So very closely matched on the economy engines (but way more power on the Ford and GM) and man is the 5.3 efficient for a old school V8.

  • avatar
    ajla

    420lb/ft is a lot on the 2.7L. Makes me wonder why GM won’t give the Cadillac turbos some love. I know they are “tuned” more for horsepower but the CT4-V’s 2.7L gets 10 more horsepower at the expense of 40lb-ft while the CT5-V is rated 405lb-ft despite the extra displacement. Bumping that up to 435 would be nice.

  • avatar

    The interior is much better, but the exterior is still AWFUL.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    I thought it was well established precedent, monkey see, monkey do. When any of the “Big 3” do, El Camino, Camaro, T-Bird, Blazer, etc, or just T-tops for example, they win, we all win.
    When they don’t, someone should be fired.

  • avatar
    Dan

    1. That front end is enormously less bad than it was before. The gills are gone, the chrome trim is shaped like a bumper again, yeah the hoodline is too high but that black LT actually looks good enough to drive. When was the last time you could say that about a Chevy truck? The real question is why they went with the shock value abomination the past three years when they could have done this in the first place.

    2. The interior looks good too, although I don’t have any idea what a 12×4 inch screen is good for. GM’s press kit says that it can “represent the terrain mode selected with engaging visuals” so they haven’t come up with anything either.

    3. Still has the pint size gas tank. After getting spoiled by 500 mile tanks in my Ram (33 gallon) and 600 miles in my Ford (36 gallon) stepping down to 325 and having to watch the gage again is a deal breaker.

    4. More power for the 2.7. Why? This is the base fleet motor for your employees to burn up your gas and tires faster. A GM V8 is the reason you settle for the GM truck that comes with it. Even the 6.2 isn’t behind the ridiculous paywall it once was – well in absolute terms it is, but the 5.3 trucks are 50 grand now too so the effect is the same as if it weren’t.

    5. My next truck is still another Ford although Ram could steal this away with a 392 sport truck for less than 60 OTD.

  • avatar
    Socrates77

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but still a pig. Or polished turd. Overrated

  • avatar

    It went in for a nose job, but really needed a face transplant.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I wouldn’t say GM trucks have been going down hill since the 70s. The 1988 thru 1998 GM trucks were excellent trucks and most GM trucks thru the mid 00s were good trucks. I would agree that recent GM trucks have gone down hill starting in 2007 especially the half tons. The 2022 Silverado has a much improved grill and the interior is noticeably improved. Ram should be given credit for upping the game when it comes to interiors and the Ram is the best looking truck on the market but Ram needs to improve their quality. Ford in recent years has had some quality issues as well when it comes to the F-150 and their crossovers and suvs.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Um, it’s a truck. Ford had a Model – T Truck. Until the last decade, not much had changed on trucks. CAFE got rid of Impalas and LTDs and half of GM’s sedans went bye-bye in the wash and rinse bankruptcy. Suburban families bought trucks to replace large sedans. Poot gas mileage, ill-handling, and constantly rising in price, suburban families just keep buying them. Yes, Ford and GM build them well. They’ve had a hundred years (more or less) to get body-on frame, rear-wheel drive technology down. The Dutch soldier on in constantly thrid place for full size truck sales and Toyota limits selling Tundras to fully loaded models. If I was in Detroit, I’d worry if Toyota decided to spend a few hundred million dollars to dominate the North American truck market.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I don’t worry as much about the Japanese as I do the Chinese.

  • avatar
    Average Simp

    When will the simpletons fascination with pickup trucks end? The typical Mitsubishi Mirage buyer has a higher education level than a pickup truck buyer. That says alot about this country, education and incomes.

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