Ford’s Tremor package is growing in availability but it’s a complete trim with the F-150.
The Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss is offered in two versions, the Custom, and LT.
Both these versions serve as the gateway to their ultimate off-road iterations, namely the Raptor and ZR2.
Automakers are rushing to offer adventure- or off-road-like trims for nearly all SUVs and trucks these days. Brands like Ford and Chevrolet are capitalizing on this latest trend as they have recently added new off-roading trims to their most popular models, the F-150 and Silverado.
Both brands went about the process from slightly different angles. Ford started out with the famous Raptor in 2009 but only very recently introduced a sub-version in the Tremor. GM, on the other hand, started out with the Trail Boss a few years ago and quickly followed with a more sharply-focused ZR2 iteration.
The Raptor and ZR2 are a number of things including more expensive and possibly a little too hardcore for many buyers. These same truck enthusiasts may still want to venture off the beaten path but not necessarily jump sand dunes. And this is where the Tremor and Trail Boss come into play.
For this specification comparison, we will measure up both the Tremor and Trail Boss versions of the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado.
What is the base pricing and when will they be available?
Both the 2022 Ford F-150 Tremor and 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss are available now.
The 2022 Tremor starts at $63,145 and comes well equipped. The 2022 Custom Trail Boss beings at $53,948 however with fewer features than the Ford.
What are the available powertrains?
The Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss can be fitted with one of four different powertrains. The base engine is the turbocharged 2.7-litre 4-cylinder which produces 310-horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. Next up is the popular 5.3-litre V8 which delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. The efficient and powerful 277 horsepower 3.0-litre Duramax Diesel V6 and its 460 lb.-ft. of torque completes the powertrain options for the Custom. Selecting the LT Trail Boss opens up the possibility of selecting the silky-smooth 6.2-litre V8 which generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
It stands to reason that 4WD is standard. With the exception of the 2.7L engine, which is delivered with an 8-speed automatic transmission, all others are fitted with a 10-speed auto.
The Ford F-150 Tremor is offered with a much configuration. As standard, it is powered by a powerful 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 that produces a commendable 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque. As an FYI, these numbers are down only 50 and 10 respectively compared to the Raptor. 4×4 and a 10-speed automatic transmission are included.
What are the different features contained in both packages?
Going with the 2022 Ford F-150 Tremor will include the following features:
33-inch General Grabber All-Terrain tires sized 275/70 mounted on matte finish 18-inch alloy wheels.
Unique front hub knuckles and upper control arms.
Tremor-specific monotube front and twin-tube rear shocks with more travel (1.5 inches in the rear, 1 inch up front).
Rear locking differential.
A torque-on-demand transfer case that merges all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive capabilities.
Bash plates and off-road running boards
A unique hood and grille with Active Orange highlights including tow hooks, and unique trim.
Off-road driving tech includes enhanced Trail Control, Trail One-Pedal Drive, and Trail Turn Assist.
Options include a front Torsen limited-slip differential and more.
Looking over at Chevrolet for the Silverado Trail Boss, it starts out with the following kit:
A 2-inch factory suspension lift with Rancho shocks.
Z71 Off-Road Package.
Autotrac 2-speed transfer case.
18-inch High Gloss Black-painted wheels with 275/65 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac M/T tires.
Automatic locking rear differential.
Raised hood with styled insert.
Options include a cat-back performance exhaust system and more.
More important numbers: What matters most when off-roading is ground clearance and the Trail Boss earns its name with a considerable 10.88 inches of it, compared to 9.4 inches for the Tremor.
Our Thoughts On The 2022 Ford F-150 Tremor and 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss
Chevy’s Trail Boss is a far more varied offering in the sense that it can be about the truck’s looks or about looks and performance. The numerous options enable the buyer to nearly customize or their trucks to their liking. But, even when selecting the top model with all the trimmings, it still comes up a little short.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Tremor may only be available in one flavour but it’s the chocolate-brownie-cookie-dough-oreo ice cream flavour. With only an option or two, the Tremor quite nearly matches the Silverado ZR2 in off-road kit…