2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country: Chevy Finishes Its Pickup | Expert advice

The verdict: A stellar new interior adds to the Silverado’s existing exceptional capability, comfort and driving dynamics, fixing the one area that keeps it from being world-class.

Against the competition: There are no more excuses at Chevrolet, with the new Silverado easily comparable to the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 in every aspect and category.

When Chevrolet updated its line of full-size big trucks for the 2019 model year, we were about 75 percent impressed with what was done. The automaker focused on what customers had told them they wanted from a revised truck, and it all tied into the truck’s “qualities”: capability, reliability, and durability. The result was a new truck that was stronger and more fuel efficient, with better towing numbers and packed with new technologies that were nothing short of mind-blowing in some cases. But a big problem immediately became apparent: the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup, which had an absolutely stunning luxury car-level interior covered in feel-rich materials that were screwed down perfectly. By comparison, the interior of the new Silverado was an area that Chevrolet didn’t focus too much on, even deletion content like seatbelt height adjusters, with the explanation that its customers didn’t say they wanted a super luxurious interior.

The question immediately arose as to how quickly Chevrolet could complete an interior overhaul to bring the lackluster cabin up to the likes of the Ram and the new 2021 F-150. Despite a slight pandemic-related delay, the answer came in the form of the new 2022 Silverado 1500, which sports an interior that no longer relegates the Chevy to second-tier status. The new cabin goes a long way in making the Chevy fully on par with its contemporaries.

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Let’s cut to the chase: the interior is a massive improvement

The biggest complaints we had about the latest Silverado were almost entirely about its cheap interior. The cabin was littered with plastic and included some really weird design details. The wooden trim was down around your knees, out of sight. The turn signal on the back of the interior door handles was sharp and poorly molded. There were no more height-adjustable seat belts, a glaring omission for a large vehicle intended to accommodate all sorts of body sizes. This was especially noticeable on the high-end luxury High Country trim, the most expensive version of the Silverado and the one intended to counter the big-budget luxury trims from Ram and Ford. All of that has been rectified for the 2022 model year, with most versions of the new Silverado sporting a completely redone interior that looks and feels fantastic. Base Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims all conform to the old interior, while LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country get the new cab.

It starts with the new dashboard design, which looks a lot less cliff-like than the old one, with a more horizontally oriented look and rock-solid build quality. My test vehicle was a Silverado High Country version equipped with all the latest and greatest Chevrolets Chevy could offer it, and I would now put it on par with the Ram 1500 Limited, which I hadn’t thought of when I didn’t. sat the truck only briefly a few months ago. Under studio lights, the interior looks great, but in daylight, that’s where the quality of the materials shines. The leather upholstery, dashboard and door surfaces are blue instead of black, gray or beige, which is beautiful to see. The days of colorless interiors seem to be receding as more and more automakers are getting a little adventurous with the return of actual hues to interiors, and I’m here for it. It’s also more comfortable than the F-150, with seats that don’t seem oddly shaped and seat cushions that don’t feel too short – two common complaints with Ford products these days.

It’s not perfect. The climate controls are small and low on the dash, making them hard to see, but at least they’re still buttons and not relegated to flat touchscreens. And in keeping with the “It’s too small” theme, the rear-view mirror is oddly tiny – you can barely see the space between the rear seat headrests and anything either side of them. There’s this whole back window, but it’s hard to see because the mirror himself it’s too small.

Aside from those nagging quirks, there’s space galore in the Silverado — beautiful trim throughout, attractive shapes and designs, and a return to the place’s sparkle. Well done Chevy.

Google isn’t quite on board

Google Built-In, the new multimedia and vehicle control operating system that GM is transitioning to in its full-size trucks, is one aspect that spoils the grand experience of the redesigned pickup. The Google-based operating system ties all of the truck’s multimedia functions together in a new architecture, but it doesn’t seem to work as well as GM’s native system in previous trucks. Connecting my iPhone via Bluetooth usually worked – until it didn’t, causing the phone to be deleted in both the truck’s system and my phone before syncing again.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Photo from Cars.com by Aaron Bragman

Voice commands for basic functions also didn’t seem to work – I pressed the button on the steering wheel and asked the system to change radio stations, but after telling me it did, it prompted me. said it was not possible and that I should “open the app” and try again; according to the owner’s manual, an “application” can refer to native features such as audio, navigation, telephone, etc. But this was a super basic request, one that has been honed and used since voice commands became a thing in modern vehicles. I suspect it’s a quirk of the Google-based vehicle operating system, as I encountered the exact same problem with the Google-based media controls in the new Volvo C40 Recharge 2022. Other connectivity issues are also appeared, such as the center gauge cluster getting stuck on an incoming call that I had actually sent to voicemail, which required me to restart the truck in order to clear it. I don’t know if this is just an early or even pre-production version of this software, or if such connectivity and functionality issues will persist as trucks reach consumers, but it’s worth watching at as we get more seat time.

The real user experience

The rest of the truck is just as good as the pre-redesign model, but that’s no surprise. Chevrolet has nailed the truck qualities that have traditionally counted – it’s strong, smooth, roomy and comfortable, and it’s got gee-whiz technology that’s actually useful, not gimmicky. My High Country was equipped with GM’s powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque; it’s one of three options for this trim, the others being a standard 355-hp 5.3-liter V8 or an optional 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder. For 2022, the big powertrain news was the lower LT trim, which gets a standard 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that got a massive power boost to 310 hp and 430 pound-feet of torque, making it delivers more torque than the 5.3-liter V-8 (383 lb-ft). Most Silverado powertrains come standard with the 10-speed automatic transmission, with four-wheel drive optional; only the base 2.7-liter four-cylinder gets an eight-speed automatic.

There’s not much to complain about with the carryover 6.2-liter engine – it’s powerful and quiet, with plenty of torque and plenty of grunt to get the truck going with or without a load. I noticed a harsh shift when upshifting 2-3 during moderate city driving, an unusual feature I’m not used to encountering with normally smooth GM transmissions. The Silverado’s ride is well damped, but the huge 22-inch wheels and thinner-sidewall tires let more road noise into the cabin than you might expect. Handling is numbed from the big trucks but well composed and responsive. Essentially, the Silverado is a luxurious monster truck that looks every bit as big as it is, but pickup truck enthusiasts will find it refined and classy for what it is.

Filling the bed on a binge at the local garden center with a huge aluminum planter, bags of soil and mulch and all sorts of landscaping equipment didn’t faze the Silverado one bit. While payload goes down for a high-end truck like this (all the weight allowance tends to go into things like extra sound deadening, fancy self-driving system electronics, suspensions tires and clever tailgates), it’s still a very capable platform. The payload for this particular truck was 1,446 pounds, known from an extremely helpful sticker that Chevy now includes on all of its trucks, telling you exactly how much your truck can haul and tow given the equipment it has. been built. Why not all trucks have this I don’t know, but they should.

The only downside to this heavyweight and big truck engine is the big payoffs when you stop at a gas pump. The EPA-estimated rating for this configuration is 15/20/17 mpg city/highway/combined, and my overall 16.9 mpg average with lots of highway driving meant a few fill-ups costing upwards of $100; premium fuel of at least 91 octane is recommended with the 6.2 liter, although the owner’s manual states that if unavailable, a regular 87 octane can be used with performance and reduced maneuverability. But it’s not the truck you buy for its fuel efficiency, and there are better options in the Silverado lineup if you’re trying to get better mileage: Upgrading to the 3.0-liter diesel engine will allow you to getting a vastly improved 22/26/24 mpg rating, and our experience with the GM diesel truck suggests it frequently exceeds its rating.

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