We never saw this coming.
Chevrolet hasn't had a direct answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ram 1500 TRX for some time. However, the automaker at least closed the gap somewhat when it revealed the 2022 Silverado lineup with a new ZR2 model. With its 420-horsepower V8 and upgraded suspension, the Silverado ZR2 is a brawny off-roader even if it can't quite match the Raptor, let alone the ridiculous TRX. Up until now, we didn't know what the ZR2 would cost, but according to undisclosed sources, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 will be more expensive than the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor.
The Chevy sources claim that the ZR2 will start at $65,100, excluding a destination charge of $1,695. By comparison, the 2021 F-150 Raptor starts at $64,145, excluding its own destination charge of $1,695. That makes the ZR2 nearly $1,000 pricier than the Raptor, despite the Chevy's deficits of 30 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque. In our initial comparison between the ZR2 and Raptor, we were impressed with the Chevy's better approach/breakover angles and its upgraded infotainment interface. It also has two more cylinders than the Raptor. However, our mostly positive impression of the ZR2 was based on the assumption that it would easily undercut the Raptor on price.
It's likely that the 2022 F-150 Raptor will receive a slight price bump, potentially making it more expensive than the ZR2, but we can't help but feel that Chevy's pricing is a problem. It's worth noting that the ZR2's price remains unconfirmed by Chevy.
The Ram 1500 TRX is in a different league, both in terms of price and performance. It starts at $73,380 but produces a ludicrous 702 hp and 650 lb-ft from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8. All three trucks are exceptionally capable, and each does something a little better than the other two. We'll have to wait and see if shoppers are willing to spend more for less on the ZR2, though - at least compared to its Ford rival.