The fourth generation of the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss has been updated for the 2022 model year and is now even more exciting than the already impressive 2021 model. To be a mid-level trim from a lineup of seven trims, 2022 Chevrolet The Silverado 1500 Trail Boss has launched for a base MSRP of $48,700, and this crew-cab pickup truck maintains the same ethos from the older model year while adding a few tweaks to make it an even better value-for-money proposition.
The 2022 model comes with a new updated front fascia, giving it a more macho and masculine look. As a result, road presence is extraordinary. The interior has also undergone a complete overhaul, offering a more modern design and superior quality. Several new optional packages and features are also available. Here are 10 things you need to know before buying a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss.
10 Impressive Performance And Crane Capability
The Custom Trail Boss trim can be had with three different bikes. The base motor’s 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-4 produces 310 hp and isn’t the best for long haul applications. There is also a Duramax 3.0 liter inline-6 diesel engine. However, the one we recommend is the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8, which makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired with a 10-speed automatic and a 4WD drivetrain as well. This full-size truck can easily tow a maximum of 9,100 pounds when equipped with a 5.3 liter V8 engine, making it as good as its competitors in this regard.
More than enough performance and torque for easy towing. We also like the beefy mid-range torque it offers, making it pretty easy to ride. The truck sounds great and feels smooth too. The 10-speed automatic offers fast gearshifts without losing smoothness. However, you can also get an optional 6.2-liter V8 if you can go with the LT Trail Boss trim.
9 The Quality Of The Vehicle Is Not The Best Of Its Segment
The independent front suspension setup and the solid axle rear suspension setup with the ladder frame chassis found on the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss are not great in terms of ride quality.
That quality does drop when hitting bigger potholes at higher speeds, and the overall ride experience feels like you’d expect from a truck. Even at slower speeds, the ride isn’t quite as luxurious as the Ram Rebel. There is little vertical movement and body roll can be a problem for rear seat passengers.
8 Smooth Enough For Pickup Trucks
Refinements have seen a drastic improvement for this fourth generation model when compared to the previous generation. With superior sound-absorbing materials and thicker glass all around, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss does better in this regard. Road noise and wind noise are less annoying at high speeds.
Even with mud terrain tires from Goodyear, we found the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss to effectively reduce noise. The cab doesn’t vibrate or squeak when it encounters sudden potholes at higher speeds, and the suspension operates very quietly too. The V8 motor is very smooth and offers a sweet exhaust tone on the highway.
7 Brakes Offer Great Bite
The braking hardware remains unchanged for this 2022 model from previous years, and all braking features are standard as well. With a 4-wheel disc brake setup with 13.5″ front rotors and 13.6″ rear rotors, the brakes are quite sharp in terms of initial bite, and the braking development is also very good.
Even at a hefty curb weight of 4,826 lbs, front-end diving is as normal as its rivals, and the truck doesn’t lose its stability under harsh braking. ABS really kicks in when it’s needed and the truck offers a fair amount of confidence to the driver with the great feedback it offers via the pedals. The automatic torque converter also assists in engine braking. All this helps in providing a braking distance of 70-0 mph from 181 feet.
6 Spacious Interior
Cabin space is never an issue with any of the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab trims, and the same is true of this Trail Boss trim. The standard vinyl seats are very comfortable to sit on, and there is ample headroom and legroom for front seat passengers. They are well supported and offer excellent under-the-thigh and lower back support as well.
Even the back row is spacious enough to accommodate 3 adults in maximum comfort. The transmission tunnel is also unobtrusive. The soft opening multiflex tailgate offered with the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss is a godsend, and accessing the cabin is fairly easy. While there’s no upholstery as standard, 62.9 cu ft of space, plenty of hooks, LED lights, and a charging port are offered.
5 Macho Exterior Design
The Trail Boss Silverado 1500 trim always manages to stand out from the lower trim due to its large front end coupled with black accents for the large front grille. This 2022 iteration is no different either, and we also love the new front fascia offered with this full-size truck. 7 exterior colors and a long list of options help in personalizing the ride as well.
The front gets highlighted red tow hooks and unique Chevrolet branding that crosses the grille. The 10.8″ ground clearance and impressive width and height make it more handsome than the lower trim. High gloss 18″ alloy wheels, mud terrain tires and neat badges complete the side profile. The rear gets a chrome badge, LED taillights and a dual exhaust system.
4 Not Equipped With Many Security Features
Being the mid-level trim of the lineup, don’t expect the 2022 Boss Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail to come with all the bells and whistles when it comes to safety and driver-assist technology. As standard, this full-size truck only gets forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, reverse camera, tire pressure monitoring and OnStar service.
If you want features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane guard assistance, following distance indicators, and IntelliBeam headlights, you should opt for the optional safety package. Nevertheless, the build quality is quite solid and the truck managed to receive 4 stars in the NHTSA crash test and good ratings in most of the IIHS crash test subsections.
3 Amazing Infotainment System
The Chevrolet 3 infotainment system with 7″ touchscreen that works in many other Chevrolet products hasn’t changed with this trim. While we expected the truck to come with the updated 13.4″ infotainment system offered with higher trims, the 7″ system does quite well. for this segment, it’s pretty intuitive, and the display quality isn’t bad.
All the necessary connectivity and entertainment features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system are standard. The audio quality won’t impress any audiophiles with its muddy high-frequency audio output. However, it would be fine for regular Joes.
2 Competitive Guarantee
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss offers one of the most competitive warranties, especially for a full-size pickup truck. It gets a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty cover and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. There is also free first year maintenance.
However, the Nissan Titan offers a best-in-class warranty with five years of 100,000-mile coverage for the base and powertrain warranty. But no free treatment is offered. Chevy also received an overall consumer rating of 82 in the JD Power survey, with an outstanding score of 83 in terms of quality and reliability. It is very similar to the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan.
1 Stand Out Cabin Design
The cabin of the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss looks quite different from the previous model. We love the combination of the jet black color of the cab combined with silver accents and rubberized materials on the general touch points, making it look worthy of a work truck. The infotainment system is also neatly arranged in the middle of the dashboard.
The center console is quite spacious and the wide front and rear armrests are a boon during the ride. However, the quality of the interior will not excite family buyers as it gets quite a lot of hard plastic. There were some panel mounting issues and uneven panel gaps, all of which aren’t great for a truck that costs close to $50,000. However, the interior quality has seen an improvement from the older model year.