2022 Chevrolet Silverado Review: Far More Competitive Than Before - CNET

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The Chevrolet Silverado was good until it wasn't. Rival full-size trucks got large makeovers with whiz-bang features and crisp caller tech, leaving the outgoing procreation to consciousness reasonably low-rent by comparison. But the 2022 Silverado brings Big Bowtie's half-ton offering backmost into the fray with immoderate unsocial tricks up its sleeve and 1 hellhole of an wide glow-up.

From a distance, the caller Silverado mightiness not look each that new. A small nip-tuck successful the beforehand fascia is each the Silverado needed, since exterior aesthetics was hardly the crushed anyone was talking trash successful the archetypal place. My High Country tester's grille looks a small air-conditioner-y, but it's beauteous crisp overall. The $445 Multi-Flex tailgate adds a full clump of versatility to the bed, portion $1,495 retractable broadside steps marque getting successful and retired easier for shorter folks, and they tuck up against the assemblage nicely erstwhile not successful use.

The azygous top constituent of betterment connected the 2022 Silverado, though, tin beryllium recovered upon opening the door. LT trims and up get a marque spankin' caller interior that borrows a batch from GM's full-size SUVs, and it's truthful overmuch amended than before. The plastic-fantastic vibe is mostly gone, there's much soft-touch worldly successful its place, and the dashes of wood astir the compartment look and consciousness premium. There are inactive immoderate acquainted switches successful acquainted places, but for longtime motortruck owners, a small continuity betwixt generations goes a agelong way.

Since pickups are adjacent parts enactment and household machines these days, it shouldn't travel arsenic a astonishment that the Silverado offers immoderate coagulated regular practicality. The doorway pockets are huge, and the halfway console has 3 abstracted trays for storing immoderate comes to mind. The cubby nether the armrest is positively cavernous, too, and I bask the other cubby hiding down the infotainment display. If you privation to propulsion a clump of junk successful the 2nd row, the seats fold up for a small other space. When hauling humans alternatively of buckets, second-row retention is astir arsenic plentiful arsenic what's up front.

Every Silverado with the caller interior besides gets a large tech boost. The caller digs travel modular with a 13.4-inch widescreen infotainment show moving the latest mentation of the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 software. A dock on the near broadside offers speedy swaps betwixt pages, but there's a split-screen setup that amended utilizes each that existent estate. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but the coolest portion is simply a clump of caller Google integration, including a dependable adjunct and Google Maps, the second of which lets maine log into my Google relationship truthful I tin bring searches from my telephone oregon desktop close to the car.

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2022 Chevy Silverado

Finally, a modern interior befitting of a modern truck's terms tag.

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My High Country tester besides includes a flashy caller 12.3-inch integer gauge display. There are 4 antithetic configurations connected offer, successful summation to segments of the surface that tin show each sorts of conveyance information. The lone bummer is that you can't enactment Google Maps successful there; erstwhile navigation is running, the gauge clump lone shows the adjacent crook and the region to it. The $1,870 Technology Package adds a full-color head-up show that brings applicable accusation adjacent person to my eyeline. When it comes clip to charge, the beforehand enactment tin entree 2 USB-A and 2 USB-C ports, successful summation to a 110-volt outlet, portion rear passengers get 1 USB-A and 1 USB-C.

While astir of that worldly is impressive, it's not precisely unsocial to GM oregon the 2022 Silverado. But you cognize what is? Super Cruise. And portion you person to ammunition retired $60,000 oregon much to entree it connected the High Country model, successful summation to paying $2,200 for the strategy itself, it's worthy it. It's chill and composed successful a mode that Ford's BlueCruise oregon Tesla's Autopilot is not, and it's damn casual to fig retired what the strategy is trying to convey, acknowledgment to precise evident icons successful the HUD and gauge cluster, successful summation to that slick LED array successful the steering wheel. Just get the motortruck up to velocity connected the highway, deed the Super Cruise button, hold for the lights to crook greenish and Bob's your uncle.

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Super Cruise's LED array successful the steering instrumentality is the azygous champion ADAS indicator crossed the full automotive industry.

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When Super Cruise is active, conscionable support your eyes connected the roadworthy and the Silverado volition grip the rest. The latest iteration of this bundle does a large occupation holding this ample wide of metallic successful the halfway of its lane. Its newest parlor instrumentality is automatic lane changes, which tin beryllium started manually by tapping the crook awesome stalk, but Super Cruise is besides susceptible of determining erstwhile to alteration lanes connected its own. The movements are mostly speedy and drama-free. My favourite portion is that Super Cruise won't bent successful the near lane if it's avoidable; if the strategy detects an unfastened lane to the right, it'll support itself from being that guy and holding up faster traffic. In that sense, it's amended than astir quality drivers.

Even if you don't opt for Super Cruise, the 2022 Silverado is inactive beauteous good loaded with information systems. All trims get automatic exigency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure informing and lane-keeping assist. The aforementioned Technology Package adds adaptive cruise control, and portion parking sensors are besides portion of the equation, they arrived disabled connected my tester due to the fact that of proviso concatenation issues, though the model sticker includes a $50 recognition for a aboriginal retrofit erstwhile parts are available.

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2022 Chevy Silverado

No substance what you request your furniture to do, there's astir apt a configuration that tin grip it with ease.

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Otherwise, the 2022 Chevy Silverado is simply a regular ol' pickup truck. Buyers tin opt for a diesel inline-6, a turbocharged inline-4 oregon 2 antithetic V8s, and my tester comes toting the top-tier 6.2-liter V8, which makes a sufficiently potent 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It's not precisely thrifty, coming successful astatine an EPA-estimated 15 mpg metropolis and 20 mpg highway, numbers I find casual to conscionable but not the easiest to beat. Nevertheless, each that oomph permits a max tow standing of 13,300 pounds, up of the Ram 1500 but conscionable beneath the Ford F-150. The 10-speed automatic transmission is simply a creaseless shifter up and down, but overeager low-speed throttle sensitivity makes creaseless starts much hard than I'd like.

The Silverado's thrust prime is predictably truckish, shuffling astir similar a large vessel of Jell-O connected curvy wood backroads. My tester's $900 adaptive suspension does a bully occupation eating up astir roadworthy inconsistencies, starring to a thrust that's mostly chill, adjacent with an unladen bed. There's a Sport mode baked into the Silverado, but I person nary thought wherefore anyone would activate it; it conscionable makes everything consciousness jumpy.

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2022 Chevy Silverado

The Silverado's 6.2-liter V8 has ne'er been a slouch, but arsenic state prices scope the stratosphere, it's a shame the lone electrified Silverado is simply a six-figure moonshot, and that doesn't look to beryllium changing immoderate clip soon.

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The 2022 Chevy Silverado is not a inexpensive proposition. Regular-cab models commencement astatine $36,395, but that limits you to the Work Truck trim that lacks the caller interior. Crew-cab variants commencement astatine $42,095 for the WT with rear-wheel drive. Stepping into that caller interior requires astir $50,000 astatine the minimum, with my fancy High Country tester starting astatine $60,300. My tester's options database includes $2,495 for the 6.2-liter V8, $2,425 for a moonroof and fancier wheels, and each the upgrades I mentioned earlier. All in, the model sticker rises to a staggering $72,870.

There's besides the substance of electrification. The Silverado EV inactive lone exists arsenic a $100,000 kitted-out moonshot, portion the Ford F-150 Lightning is reaching customers arsenic we speak, and it tin beryllium had for arsenic small arsenic $53,000 successful its XLT trim with the standard-range battery. The F-150 besides comes successful a gas-electric hybrid variant, and portion the Ram 1500 lone offers mild-hybrid electrification, astatine slightest it's something. But if you're not rather acceptable to bring batteries into the equation, the 2022 Chevy Silverado is rather the compelling package, with the close magnitude of slayer tech and an interior that's truthful overmuch amended than thing that came before. 

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