2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Review: Comfortable Workhorse

The Chevrolet Silverado was once the runt of the heavy-duty pick-up litter, trailing far behind its Ford and Ram competitors in terms of muscle and towing capacity. That changed in 2019, with a bold makeover and a new standard gasoline engine. The 401-horsepower V8 gives the Silverado 2500HD a lot of power under the hood, but in terms of torque, it's still no competition for the available Duramax diesel engine, which delivers an impressive 910 lb-ft. Coupled with the reinforced chassis and bolstered axles and joints, this powertrain allows the 2500HD tow up to 18,510 lbs in its optimal guise, making it a strong contender with the Ram 2500 and Ford F-250. But that isn't all the Chevy has going for it; the interior is far more modern than the last generation, even if the styling leaves something to be desired. With a relatively low asking price for the base model, you can afford to throw in the diesel engine and all-wheel drivetrain to optimize its performance without breaking the bank. The gas bill at the end of the month will be another story, though.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 6 /10
  • Performance 10 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 9 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 10 /10
  • Reliability 9 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 9 /10
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2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Changes: πŸš™What’s the difference vs the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD?

Only a few very small changes affect the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. The Custom trim can, from this year, be equipped with an optional power-adjustable seat. Additionally, Chevrolet's Multi-Flex six-position tailgate can now be specified on any trim. Lastly, a new metallic paint color called Greenstone joins the palette.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful base gasoline engine
  • Very high cargo and payload capacities
  • Competitive towing capability
  • Spacious cabin options
  • Available head-up display
  • Terrible gas mileage figures
  • Can get expensive quickly
  • Advanced safety features restricted to higher trims

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2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Work Truck
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$39,500
LT
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$43,400
Custom
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$43,700
LTZ
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$53,000
High Country
6.6L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$67,200
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Handling and Driving Impressions

The Chevrolet Silverado is a truck designed to do a job, and do it well. It isn't for thrill-seekers or driving enthusiasts. Despite having access to up to 910 lb-ft of torque, acceleration will never compete with sport trucks. Nevertheless, the Silverado 2500 isn't lazy on the road. With plenty of power from the new base gasoline engine, the pick-up is actually pretty eager.

The gas engine is mated to an efficient six-speed automatic gearbox, but it isn't as smooth and refined as the ten-speed Allison automatic transmission that comes with the diesel powertrain. Just a few extra gears give the Chevy a more consistent climb in power, so that it never strains or feels underpowered, even when pulling heavier loads.

While the Silverado will never handle with any real dexterity, the steering is remarkably light for such a heavy vehicle. This allows the truck to maneuver around town quite well. But never fear, the steering wheel still gains some heft once you get the pick-up traveling down the highway. The wheels are also more talkative than you'd expect from a work truck, which helps to alleviate any unease you may experience when you can't really see what's going on around the bulky body. Still, the available advanced driver assistance features on the top trim can still boost driver confidence further.

As is expected from a vehicle designed to pull heavy loads, the Silverado's brakes are plenty potent, and the electronic trailer brake controller helps to keep your towed weight stable during deceleration. While the Chevy will never be athletic, it can handle itself around town or over rough terrain with the same degree of ease, even if it lacks grace.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD a Good Truck?

While not the strongest Silverado available, the 2500HD is still a powerhouse in its own right. Where the Ford and Ram mid-range heavy-duty trucks once dominated the market with their unrivaled towing and hauling capacities, the redesigned Silverado finally muscled its way onto the podium in 2020. The reinforced chassis and strengthened joints allow the Chevy to nearly match its more established rivals from Ford and Ram with a maximum towing capacity of 18,510 lbs. These rivals had to make some last-minute adjustments to their heavy-duty pick-ups to stay ahead of the curve, but the new Silverado is certainly worthy of a place on any buyer's shortlist.

The Chevy isn't just a workhorse, though. The interior is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of available tech and convenience features. You could certainly use the truck as an everyday vehicle, if you were so inclined, but the poor fuel economy could make that a pricey decision. Still, this is nothing out of the ordinary for the segment.

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is designed to serve a very specific purpose, and insofar as it does that, it is a very capable and good vehicle.

🚘What's the Price of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD?

The entry-level Silverado 2500 doesn't carry an overly hefty price tag, with a starting MSRP of $35,800 for the Regular Cab model. The LT, also with the RC, will cost you $40,000. The Custom is only available with the larger cabs, with the Double Cab with standard bed also costing $40,000. The similarly-configured LT costs $42,000 and the LTZ Crew Cab with the standard bed will set you back $51,800, while the top-tier High Country, standard with the Crew Cab and all-wheel-drive, has a hefty price tag of $63,800 with the long bed. Most of the lower trims allow for some customization in cab and bed length, at additional cost, while all-wheel-drive is available across the range for an additional $2,800. Upgrading to the available diesel engine will add around $10k to your final bill, too. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and the manufacturer's $1,695 handling fee.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Models

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is available in five trims in a combination of three cab configurations and two bed lengths. The WT (Work Truck) and LT trims can be specified with any of the Regular, Double, or Crew Cabs, but the Regular Cab is not available on the Custom and LTZ trims. The High Country flagship can only be had in Crew Cab. The base engine on all trims is a 6.6-liter V8 gas engine with 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. A 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine with 445 hp and 910 lb-ft is available on all trims for around $10,000 extra. All models have a standard rear-wheel-drive configuration with four-wheel drive optional, except on the High Country, which is AWD-only.

The Work Truck runs on silver-painted 17-inch steel wheels and has halogen headlights, daytime running lights, and black bumpers. The seats are four-way manually adjustable and trimmed in vinyl (cloth is optional) and air-conditioning is fitted, as is a 3.5-inch driver-information display and a trailering package that consists of a trailer hitch, hitch platform, and hitch receiver. The infotainment system has a seven-inch screen and incorporates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a two-speaker audio system on Regular Cabs (six-speaker on other cabs). The basic safety features comprise six airbags, stability control, a teen driver feature, and a backup camera.

The Custom trim adds to these various visual improvements, such as 20-inch alloy wheels, body-color bumpers, and deep-tinted windows. The default upholstery is cloth and it gets cruise control, remote keyless entry, and carpeted floor coverings too.

LT trim runs on 17-inch alloy wheels and adds chrome bumpers, body-color door handles, and an EZ Lift tailgate. The driver-information display gets upgraded to 4.2 inches and it also gets a multi-function steering wheel and a compass. The infotainment system's screen goes up to eight inches and gains a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability and SiriusXM, while OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Access are added too.

The LTZ gets 18-inch alloy wheels, stainless-steel beltline moldings, chrome mirror caps and door handles, all-LED head-, tail, daytime-running, and fog lights, and power-folding/auto-dimming exterior mirrors. Inside, leather trim on the seats and steering wheel is standard and it gets ten-way power adjustment and heating for the front seats, as well as dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, and keyless ignition. The infotainment suite gains access to voice control and becomes app-capable.

The top High Country trim rides on 20-inch alloy wheels, gets the golden Chevrolet bow-tie on the grille, and is equipped with a bed-view camera, LED bed lighting, chrome recovery hooks and assist steps, body-color bumpers, a bed liner, a powered and defrostable rear window, and a power tailgate. The driver-information display goes up to eight inches and it gets ventilated front bucket seats with a center console, heated rear seats, and a universal home remote. Navigation, a Bose audio system, and two USB ports are added to the infotainment suite. Additional safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, and front and rear parking assist.

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Additional Packages

The Silverado 2500HD is highly customizable, with a host of available packages and standalone options. The WT Safety Package ($1,090) for the Work Truck adds front and rear parking assist, lane-change alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Similarly, the WT Convenience Package ($1,185) adds cruise control, keyless entry, powered mirrors, a rear window defogger, and power lock and release to the EZ liftgate. The Texas Edition ($3,240) for the LT adds a ten-way driver seat with lumbar settings, keyless entry and ignition, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and all the features of the aforementioned Safety and Convenience packages. High Country Deluxe ($2,465) adds a rear camera mirror, a head-up display, an HD surround-view camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and a safety alert seat.

πŸš—What Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Model Should I Buy?

The best model for you will depend on your specific needs. Luckily, you can just about reach the maximum towing capacity on the Silverado 2500 with even the Crew Cab models, so you are spoiled for choice. Since the lower trims are almost devoid of any convenience or comfort features, we suggest aiming somewhere in the middle. The LTZ comes quite a bit cheaper than the top-tier High Country, and it gets most of the basic creature comforts, like a ten-way power heated front seats, heated rear seats, and dual-zone climate control. It does lack the advanced safety features on the High Country, but that can be remedied by equipping the LTZ with the optional Safety Package. It's a small price to pay for peace of mind, especially if you want the pick-up to double as a family vehicle.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Comparisons

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2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD vs Ram 2500

Much like the Chevy Silverado, the Ram line of heavy-duty trucks has undergone an extensive redesign in 2019. The Ram 2500 maintains its lead over the Silverado with a maxing towing capacity of 20,000 lbs when equipped with its 850-lb-ft diesel engine, but in most other regards it is very much like its rival. Both pick-ups offer similar cabin and cargo bed options, but the Chevy is slightly more spacious inside and offers similar amenities such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now that the Ram's tech features are up to scratch, it's almost too close to call, and will likely come down to personal taste, but we believe the Ram has done enough to edge ahead, especially thanks to its class-leading ride quality and towing capacity.

See Ram 2500 Review

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD vs Ford F-250 Super Duty

The F-250 Super Duty hasn't been redesigned since 2017, but Ford has made adjustments over the years to keep up with the competition. The latest F-250 models have engine and transmission options, with a 475-hp, 1,050-lb-ft diesel engine allowing the pick-up to tow a class-leading 22,800 lbs. When you take into account that the Ford is available with the same modern features as the newly redesigned Silverado, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and multi-contour heated front seats, it's plain to see that the manufacturer is resolute in its desire to remain king of the heavy-duty segment. The Chevrolet certainly has its appeal, and brand loyalists will most likely still choose it over the stronger F-250 Super Duty, but the latter looks to be the smarter buy for those who value performance above all else.

See Ford F-250 Super Duty Review

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