When the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 rolled into showrooms in 2019, the result was a really good truck with plenty of improvements and greater capabilities. The problem was that the new Silverado still wasn’t as good as the Ford F-150 or Ram 1500. However, a comprehensive update for 2022 changed that, making the Silverado a viable alternative to those competitors.
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The biggest flaw was an interior that fell short, with a look and feel that fell short. Fortunately for 2022, that has changed, with a significant upgrade in cabin materials and design. An inviting and comfortable interior is something that pickup buyers have come to expect in recent years, and Ram in particular has raised the bar with its almost luxurious interior quality. Ford has also stepped up, especially in the higher-end F-150.
While the Silverado’s interior improvements are limited to mid and upper finishes, these are the models most preferred by non-commercial buyers. We suspect that everyone except utilities and contractors will find that the upgrade is worth the extra cost.
Chevrolet didn’t mess around much else as part of the refresh, and it didn’t need to. Our High Country trim test truck proved capable, spacious and comfortable; it was much nicer inside than the last Silverado we tested.
However, not everything is perfect. For our full experience, click the link above to read Aaron Bragman’s expert review. For a quicker look, read on for four things we like about the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country and four things we don’t like.
Things we like
1. Inside Scoop
If it’s not already clear, the biggest improvements to the Silverado are inside. That’s quite a bit given that buyers spend a lot of their time there and almost everything else about the Silverado was already good. Gone are the cheap-looking plastics and weird design details, replaced with premium materials, excellent build quality and a sleeker, more horizontal dashboard layout.
2. Payload Guidelines
Small details can make all the difference, and one we really like about the Silverado is a little sticker that tells you the exact towing and payload capacity of any specific truck a buyer chooses. Given the dizzying variety of powertrains, suspensions and configurations available with all full-size pickups, it’s nice that Chevrolet takes the guesswork out of knowing what your exact truck can do.
Another benefit of the 2022 update is that the turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine gets a power boost to an impressive 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Other choices include a 355 horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8; the muscular yet quiet 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 in our test vehicle; and the 277 horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo diesel that combines plenty of grunt with better fuel economy.
4. Cool Features
The Multi-Flex tailgate is a really useful addition that doubles as a step, mobile workspace or bed extension. Our Silverado High Country also came with towing features, including multiple camera views and options that allow the system to hide a trailer to show an unobstructed view to the rear. We also like the trick footboards that slide back for easier access to the bed. But perhaps most impressive is the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system, which works so well that drivers on the highway have little to do but pay attention.
Things we don’t do
1. Management issues
Even with major improvements to the Silverado’s interior, some details still need work. Climate controllers are smaller than we would like, mainly because they are mounted low where they are hard to see. The rear-view mirror is also strangely small; it doesn’t offer as wide a view as the rear window. These aren’t deal breakers per se, but flaws that are more noticeable as the rest of the interior has been vastly improved.
2. Google growing pains
GM is ditching its internal infotainment system in its trucks in favor of Google Built-In. Unfortunately, we encountered some issues with the Google operating system, including spotty Bluetooth phone connectivity, unreliable voice controls, and the occasional screen freeze. Whether or not these issues were unique to our test vehicle, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this system as we see more of them.
3. Gas consumption
As much as we love the smooth, powerful 6.2-litre V-8, it may not be the best choice given today’s gas prices. EPA estimates set the fuel economy for our test vehicle at 15/20/17 mpg city/highway/combined, and we saw 16.9 mpg overall when driving on the highway. Please note that Chevrolet recommends premium fuel for this engine. The 3.0-litre diesel is the more fuel-efficient choice, with a EPA Estimated 22/26/24mpg.
4. Get out the checkbook
A 2022 Silverado 1500 High Country four-wheel drive cab starts at $61,995 (all prices include destination), but the price quickly increases once you start adding options. With the V-8, a moonroof, Super Cruise and the Multi-Flex tailgate, our test truck came in at $72,870. In fairness to Chevrolet, that’s not in line with its competitors; it just means buyers need to choose their options carefully.
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