2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

By June 9, 2022

A big update this year brings a fresh face and a lot more tech to many versions of the popular Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup.

The big changes are reserved for LT and higher trim levels, leaving Work Truck and Custom versions as essentially carryover models for 2022. Updated models have a new dash with a 13.4-inch touchscreen and they can be had with high-tech features such as the automaker’s Super Cruise limited hands-free driver-assist system, integrated Google Maps interface, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The powertrain lineup sees some tweaks, too. The newly standard 2.7-liter turbo-4 gains more torque, while options include V-8s of 5.3 and 6.2 liter configurations plus a 3.0-liter turbodiesel option. Eight- and 10-speed automatic transmissions are optional, as is a choice between rear- and four-wheel drive for most variants.

Fuel economy varies greatly by what’s underhood, but even different trim levels can have different ratings. The base turbo-4 is rated at 20 mpg combined, or 18 mpg combined with four-wheel drive. Turbodiesel models match some hybrid rivals at 26 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive. Predictably, the big V-8s use more fuel. Figure 17-18 mpg for the 5.3-liter V-8 and just 17 mpg with the 6.2-liter V-8.

Neither NHTSA nor IIHS crash testing has occurred yet for these big trucks, but they definitely have mass on their side. They also come standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, and automatic high beams. Driver-assist options range from a surround-view camera system to parent company GM’s excellent Super Cruise hands-free driving system that should do an impressive job reducing fatigue for many drivers.

Model Lineup

Stretching from about $35,500 to well more than double that, the Silverado lineup includes myriad configurations. Depending on the trim, you can find regular, extended-, and crew-cab passenger compartments matched with short and long beds.

Base Work Truck versions are hardly skimpy with features. You’ll find 17-inch painted steel wheels, keyless entry, power locks and windows, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth for two devices simultaneously. Custom versions add some nice styling upgrades and serve as the gateway to more features, including the off-road-ready Trail Boss package.

The LT gains the new dashboard and its bright 13.4-inch touchscreen for a little under $50,000 in rear-drive form. You’ll also find heated front seats, automatic climate control, keyless open and start, and a few more features.

LTZ versions add leather and a few other niceties, but you’ll need to step up to the High Country for the full luxe experience. Its heated and cooled leather, seven-speaker Bose audio, and upgraded interior trim deliver a feel fitting its $64,000-plus price tag.

The range-topping version here is now the off-road-ready ZR2, however. It comes only with the big V-8 and four-wheel drive, and it rides on special suspension dampers, mud-tires, and raised ride height for serious mud-plugging and rock-crawling… so long as you can find a wide enough trail.


While not a full styling revamp, the tweaks made to most versions of the 2022 Silverado this year give it a softer, more refined look. Details vary by trim level, so on some models you might find a big Chevy badge while others wear wide CHEVROLET lettering.

Below the three-story grille – OK, maybe it’s not quite that big – sits a better-integrated bumper, which can be gray, color-matched, or chrome-laced, depending on the trim level.

Silverado ZR2 trucks are cut from a different cloth. Less gentle off-roader than Hummer-lite bruiser, they sit up high and offer terrific approach and departure angles by big truck standards.


The carryover dash on Work Truck and Custom models is easy enough to sort out, but it’s nowhere near the attention-grabber of the SUV-like setup now included on other trims.

A big, crisp digital instrument cluster greets drivers, though the wide touchscreen at the center of the dashboard is the clear centerpiece here. It’s bright, easy to operate, and positioned just right. Many switches and knobs remain for climate and secondary functions, however.

LT and higher trims now come with a power-adjustable driver’s seat even with the standard three-piece front bench. Captain’s chairs are optional, and they’re divided by a wide center console with plenty of USB and household-style power outlets. Rear-seat riders have upward of 43 inches of leg room in crew cabs.

Bed-wise, the Silverado can be had with either 5-foot-8, 6-foot-6, or 8-foot options depending on what cab is fitted up front.

Driving Impressions

There’s no disguising these trucks’ heft, but the Silverado offers terrific acceleration, responsive steering, and a comfortable ride no matter the variant.

The base turbo-4 has plenty of power and torque for most needs, and it works well with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The step-up 5.3-liter V-8 has more power and torque, but a lot more fuel consumption even with its trick 10-speed automatic transmission. Topping the lineup, the 6.2-liter V-8 delivers muscular acceleration even when bolted into the heaviest version – the ZR2.

That model offers impressive off-road ability with its locking differentials and Multimatic dampers.

Towing capacity ranges from about 7,900 to upward of 13,000 pounds depending on the setup.

Final Word

While not redesigned for 2022, the Silverado nonetheless offers enough changes to make it a must-shop for anyone seeking a big, capable, and high-tech pickup truck.


—by Andrew Ganz, with driving impressions from The Car Connection

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