The new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado starts at $37,898 in Canada, and at $35,495 in the United States, destination freight charge included.
Exhaustive trim level lineup, frugal diesel engine, great ride quality.
Spotty reliability record, gasoline engines could be more efficient, unimpressive payload capacities.
Over the past couple of years, the pickup truck market has been sizzling. Not only has demand increased during that time, but automakers are working hard to keep the assembly lines running while the microchip supply is an ongoing problem. Through all this, GM launched the heavily updated 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
We’ll point out here that the new Silverado was scheduled to hit the market last fall, but complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down its development. As a result, GM decided to introduce the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited, which was largely unchanged compared to the 2021 model. So the Silverado Limited is not part of the refreshed pickup line, which may end up confusing buyers down the road when all these trucks appear on the used market.
The new Silverado arrives with a revised front end, some new alloy wheels, some paint colour swaps 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 truck’s base trim level.
But that’s not all. The 2022 Chevy Silverado also boasts 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 base Work Truck (or WT), Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims don’t get much fancier interiors, but LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country trims benefit from higher quality materials, a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument panel, a 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, new colour schemes and more advanced safety features. A power tilt and telescopic steering column as well as the Super Cruise highway semi-autonomous driving system are available as well.
In a bid to reduce emissions and fuel consumption, two engines bit the dust in the 2022 Chevy Silverado. The 285-horsepower, 4.3L V6 is gone, as is the six-speed automatic that was connected to it. The base powerplant is now the turbocharged 2.7L inline-four, matched to an eight-speed automatic. Up until now, it produced 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, but this revised “high-output” mill now belts out 430 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm.
There were two different versions of the 5.3L V8 engine, one with Active Fuel Management, and the other with Dynamic Fuel Management. The AFM-equipped lump, which goes by RPO code L82, has been canned, while the DFM-equipped L84 soldiers on. They both produced 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, but the L84 was slightly more fuel efficient and is now exclusively connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2L V8 is also still available with 420 horses and 460 pound-feet, as is the turbo-diesel 3.0L inline-six with 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet.
Depending on the chosen trim level, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can be equipped with 17- to 22-inch wheels, a power sunroof, motorized running boards, LED headlights and taillights, the brand’s Multi-Flex articulated tailgate, and a slew of dealer-installed appearance options. Inside, dual-zone climate control, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, a surround vision camera system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel and wireless phone charging are all available as well. As these lines are being written, features such as heated seats, park sonar and automatic stop/start could be missing from certain builds due to the microchip shortage, but GM says the affected vehicles will be eligible for a retrofit later on.
Pricing varies between $37,898 and more than $96,000 for the Silverado 1500 in Canada, and between $35,495 and more than $81,000 in the United States. It obviously competes against the GMC Sierra 1500, the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500, the Toyota Tundra and the U.S.-only Nissan Titan.
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 lift kits of the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss, while the new ZR2 ups the ante with trick Multimatic DSSV dampers, skid plates, greater suspension travel, front and rear e-lockers, 33-inch MT tires and more.
- The 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 U.S. when matched to 4WD. The 3.0L six is particularly frugal around town, beaten only by the F-150’s hybrid gasoline powertrain.
- The 2022 Chevy Silverado’s towing capacities 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 more popular Crew Cab configuration has a max tow rating of 13,200 pounds or 5,988 kg with either the 6.2L V8 or the Duramax 3.0L I6.
- In the uplevel trims, the Chevy’s interior is much nicer to look at, and boasts bigger screens for a more sophisticated touch, in addition to improving ergonomics.
- The Silverado 1500 is high on ride comfort, even without the optional Adaptive Ride Control suspension that’s only available as an option on the range-topping Denali.
What the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Doesn’t Do Well
- Aside from the Duramax diesel engine, the other powerplants don’t particularly shine for their fuel economy. The turbocharged 2.7L inline-four should normally be an efficient choice, but its combined city/highway rating of 13.1 L/100 km or 18 mpg in 4WD configuration can’t match the F-150’s EcoBoost 2.7L V6 mill and its 11.7 L/100 km or 21 mpg. Adding insult to injury is GM’s recommendation of using premium gasoline in the 6.2L V8.
- The Silverado’s max payload capacity of 2,270 pounds or 1,030 kg is nose to nose with the Ram 1500’s (2,300 pounds or 1,043 kg), but it’s easily beat out by the F-150’s 3,325-pound or 1,508-kg payload.
- Reliability isn’t the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado’s strong point, or at least it shouldn’t be based on previous model years. Consumer Reports gives the pickup a rating of 1 out of 5, citing major engine issues, electrical system problems and in-car electronics challenges. That being said, the F-150 and Titan aren’t much better with a 2/5 reliability rating, while the Ram 1500 gets by with a 3/5 rating. The redesigned Tundra is still too new to demonstrate how solid it is, as the long-in-the-tooth previous gen had a rating of 4 out of 5.
- The High Country variant is fancier than before with its new interior, it still doesn’t compare to those in the F-150 Limited and Ram 1500 Limited. GM fans can take a gander at the updated 2022 GMC Sierra and its new Denali Ultimate variant if they want a posh truck.
- Right now, GM can’t build enough Silverados to meet demand, which is unfortunate because according to some online GM truck groups and forums, many buyers have been waiting for their pickups to arrive for months. Dealer inventory is virtually non-existent as well. Production of the Silverado 1500 will soon start at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant, in addition to its Fort Wayne, Indiana and Silao, Mexico facilities, and if the automaker can keep the microchip supply flowing, the situation should improve over the course of the year.
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 lineup is more complete and desirable as ever. The powertrains are stout and the trucks offer a swell ride.
The Silverado still isn’t perfect, however, and GM has to figure out a way to improve fuel economy and the overall build quality of its best-selling model. Not to mention making more of them before customers switch over to rival brands—not that the F-150 and Ram 1500 inventory is any better at this time.