The world of heavy-duty trucks is full of extreme capabilities and big footprints, like the Chevrolet 2022 Silverado 2500. It is a 3/4-ton arena pickup truck that can tow up to 18,500 lb (8,391 kg), and is offered in a variety of configurations.
Like most 2500-class trucks – which also includes the Ford F-250 and Ram 2500 – the Silverado 2500 is massive, weighing over 8,500 lb (3,856 kg) and standing over 80 inches (203 cm). There is a regular cabin (single), a double-size cabin (added a rear seat), and a crew cabin option (four full doors). Bed lengths vary from relatively short (82.8 inches, 210.3 cm) to long (98.4 inches, 249.9 cm).
at a glance
- Highly capable and versatile HD trucks
- The diesel engine is huge, but it drives like a car
- Solid look inside and out
- Lots of useful gimmick for ergonomic everyday use
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is part of the fourth-generation Silverado, a full-size line of trucks from General Motors’ Chevrolet division. Where the Silverado 1500 offers good daily use capability for most average truck owners, the 2500 adds a heavy duty (HD) upgrade for added capability.
Depending on the equipment used, the Silverado 2500HD 2022 can tow from 14,500 to 18,500 lb (6,577 to 8,391 kg). Most of the difference between lower and higher numbers is in the choice of machine. Engines include a 6.6-liter V8 petrol engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That engine produces 401 horsepower (kW) and 464 pound-feet (Nm) of torque, and it’s considered the “base” engine for this truck.
An upgrade option is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that produces 445 horsepower (kW) and 910 lb-ft (Nm) of torque. This engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission which is the key to its capabilities. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the Silverado 2500, and four-wheel drive is available for all trim levels and one of the engine options.
In the past, we drove trucks of this generation with its petrol engine. It’s a good powerhouse with a strong amount of towing, but its six-speed automatic transmission means it can’t go more than 14 mpg (16.8 l/100km) on the highway without a lot of coaxing and luck. This latest drive, however, we have the 2022 Silverado 2500 with a 6.6L diesel and its 10-speed mate. It was much better, pushing up to almost 20 mpg (11.8 l/100km) in our road test. Both were tested unloaded and with the driver in the cab only. Mileage will vary by altitude, crosswinds and load, of course.
That better fuel efficiency also means more towing, of course, with the diesel having the higher towing capability of the two engine options. Cargo is rated at 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) in both configurations. For added ergonomics, Chevrolet offers a Multi-Flex tailgate available in all trim levels of the Silverado 2500. The tailgate opens in several ways to offer easier access, entry/exit capability and load handling for the truck. This is a direct copy of the GMC MultiPro tailgate.
While the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is big and bulky with mass, it’s also easy to drive. Its 6.6L V8 diesel engine and 10-speed automatic allow for car-like acceleration, thanks to extra gears. Maneuverability is still like a bus, of course, as it’s a very large truck, but aided by Chevrolet’s excellent camera system. Rear cameras and 360-view cameras are available, as well as an Advanced Trailer System that provides 15 camera views for viewing, around, and “through” attached trailers. There are also apps for setting up trailer profiles for trucks, pre-haul checklists for trailer safety, etc.
As a daily driver, the 2022 Silverado 2500 is as good as a big truck can get. This means it’s a fun ride down the road, but fun when it’s not under load, hard to find parking, and not very agile around town. This truck is made for work, not traveling… but enough for the job, when needed.
When hauling or towing, the Silverado 2500HD presents itself. The ride is smooth, acceleration and braking are confident, and the steering provides enough feedback to keep track of what’s going on with the trailer.
Perhaps the biggest drawback of the 2500HD is the overall lack of high-tech refinements when compared to its Detroit rivals. Both the Ram and Ford have more updated interiors and more overall comfort. But the Chevrolet isn’t lazy, with very roomy seating, good storage options, and lots of technology to work with. Infotainment on the Silverado 2500 is good – with the latest that Chevrolet has to offer – but it can be a little slow at times, and some things unrelated to everyday use, like setup and configuration, can take a while to figure out.
We think for those who need a powerful truck, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a great choice. It drives really well, has a great options pack, and is a big number in its capability column. Prices start at around US$43,500 and range up to around $80,000. Our test model, in High Country trim, made about $74,500 with shipping.
Product page: 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD