There are only minor tweaks to Chevy’s Silverado 3500HD pickup truck for the 2022 model year. There’s an available six-function multi-flex tailgate, an optional new green metallic paint finish, and the ability to specify a power seat as an option. Chevy also offers a Silverado 2500HD in its lineup of heavy-duty trucks.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
The Silverado range is complex, offering numerous configurations. You can choose from two engines, 2WD or 4WD power, three body styles, standard or long beds, plus four trim levels. There’s even a choice between four or six wheels, with dual rear wheels available on certain models.
The most affordable model is the 2WD Regular Cab Long Bed with a single rear wheel, costing $38,695 including destination in WT trim. With a bewildering array of configurations further up the range, it’s possible to spend as much as $77,495 on a High Country-model dual-rear-wheel AWD turbodiesel with a Crew Cab. Crew Cab models are the only ones available in LTZ and High Country trims.
The Silverado comes with one of two engines, starting with a 6.6-liter V8 gas engine which generates 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to either the rear or all four wheels through a six-automatic transmission. The other engine is also a 6.6-liter V8, but it’s a turbodiesel unit. As such, it produces 445 hp and a vast 910 lb-ft of torque, fitted with a ten-speed auto box.
Fuel economy figures for the 2022 Silverado range have yet to be released.
|6.6 V8 gas||401 hp||464 lb-ft|
|6.6 V8 turbodiesel||445 hp||910 lb-ft|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the three-seater Silverado (increasing to six seats on Double Cab and Crew Cab models) ranges from 69.5 cubic feet in Crew Cab Standard Bed guise to 83.5 cubic ft. in Single Cab Long Bed models.
Every Silverado benefits from hill start assist and trailer sway control, six airbags, hitch guidance, and Chevy’s Teen Driver feature. LTZ models and above receive an HD rear vision camera with hitch guidance, and High Country versions sport a bed view camera, front/rear parking assist sensors, and HD surround-vision cameras.
This is also the only model to receive features like lane change warnings and rear cross-traffic alerts as standard.
The standard media setup is a seven-inch color touchscreen on WT, with two-band radio and smartphone compatibility including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are only two speakers fitted as standard, reflecting this vehicle’s utilitarian nature.
You do get 12-volt and USB ports, but LT is the first trim to receive a digital driver information center or a compass, while its infotainment screen expands to eight inches. LTZ models receive an HD color touchscreen of equal size, and High Country boasts a seven-speaker Bose sound system.
The sparsely-equipped Work Truck comes with manual adjustment for almost everything, from the windows and doors to the seats. The only automated feature worth noting is single-zone climate control. Mechanical features include air filtration monitoring, a locking rear diff, external engine oil cooling, and a heavy-duty battery.
The $1,825 Work Truck Convenience Package combines remote keyless entry and a power-release tailgate with cruise control and tinted glass. Regular Cab models also get power windows and door locks as part of this upgrade. Safety can be enhanced through the $1,090 Work Truck Safety Package, combining lane change and rear cross-traffic alerts with front and rear park assist.
It wouldn’t be fair to describe LT models as luxurious, but they’re far less spartan than WT. There’s satellite radio and WiFi hotspot capability in a cabin whose windows and door locks are powered. Remote keyless entry is standard, alongside heated power-adjustable outside mirrors with integrated turn signals. The touchscreen is also increased to eight inches in size, but there are still only two speakers.
Greater sophistication on LT models is reflected in the $2,275 Convenience Package, blending over a dozen features including dual-zone climate, 10-way power for the heated driver’s seat, remote start, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Safety Package detailed on WT models drops in price to $890.
Matching the huge price hike over LT, there’s a similarly big jump in the comfort of Crew Cab-only LTZ models. Externally, they’re distinguished by chrome door handles and mirror caps, LED headlamps and fog lamps. Front-seat occupants receive 10-way power with lumbar for the driver, while storage is integrated under a perforated leather split-bench front seat. Dual-zone climate and heated driver and passenger seats are standard alongside a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There’s keyless entry and start plus an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, an alarm system, and wireless phone projection.
There are 20 different packages available on this trim, and while it might seem ridiculous to consider spending $7,835 on the LTZ Premium Package, it does include 20 different upgrades. These range from twin trailer view cameras and a 15-inch head-up display to ventilated front seats and a sliding power rear window, via navigation and wireless device charging. Safety is also enhanced with lane departure/change and rear cross-traffic alerts, high beam assist, and parking sensors at both ends of the truck.
High Country Silverados feel far removed from WT trim, coming with navigation, in-vehicle apps, and a Bose sound system. The driver and front passenger seatbacks and cushions are ventilated, while the driver faces onto an eight-inch digital information center. Wireless device charging complements a variety of USB ports, and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels cut a dash externally alongside chrome assist steps and a matching front grille bar with bronze accents. Even the tailgate is powered.
The options list on High Country wouldn’t look out of place in a sedan or SUV brochure, with the $1,275 Technology Package combining a rear camera mirror and 15-inch head-up display. The $645 Safety Package II represents excellent value, bundling emergency braking and forward collision alert with lane departure warnings and intelligent high beam assist.
Few people buy a truck expecting High Country levels of sophistication, but LTZ represents a good balance between price and comfort. If your budget won’t stretch that far, an LT with the Convenience Package fitted will feel less primitive than the startlingly basic WT trim.