Pulling heavy loads in a pickup truck is something more and more Americans are doing every day (or weekend). From towing large toy carriers to flatbed trailers with a rig or two attached, people use their trucks for the hard work, and off-roaders are no exception. And while some cling to their guns and ride their rigs down the trail, there’s something comforting about having a comfortable trailer and tow waiting near the house for the often long journey home, especially after a tough week. We recently had the opportunity to tow two Ultimate Adventure vehicles a little over 1,600 miles with the new 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD 4×4 Crew Cab powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel. This truck tows like a boss. It’s amazing how well he goes through the road with a heavy load on the road. Here are some details on the towing capabilities of these trucks, their costs, and our take on how the 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD 4×4 Crew Cab with 6.6 liter Duramax turbodiesel will look when commissioned.
Towing Capacity and Features: 2022 Silverado 2500 HD
Let’s face it: If you’re considering owning a 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Max with a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel, it’s likely one of the main reasons is the crane. These trucks come in several configurations with a 2WD or 4WD drivetrain, Crew Cab, Double Cab and Regular Cab, and with a choice of long or short bunk beds—it is the truck configuration that ultimately determines its towing capacity (details can be found at Chevy.com ). At the low end most of these trucks have a towing capacity of 14,500 lbs for conventional trailer or bumper towing. That’s with a 6.6-liter petrol engine instead of the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel; the rating goes up depending on the factory equipped engine, configuration and tire size. Our longbed 4×4 Crew Cab with 6.6 liter Duramax and 20 inch wheels can pull up to 18,500 lbs. If you need more cranes than that, you can switch to the 3500 HD Max truck which can tow up to 36,000 lbs when lifted and equipped properly—Chevy is clearly focused on building trucks that can tow heavy loads.
Seeing Is Believing
The truck is loaded with helpful camera features, offering 15 views available when used with a properly equipped trailer. Four of these views are aimed specifically at assisting with trailer connections, loading berths, and increasing environmental awareness behind the truck and in front of the trailer—Hitch View, to help connect trailers; Surround View, which provides a glimpse of the truck; Bed View, which shows the truck case and its contents; and Rear Top-Down View, which shows the clearance between the tailgate and surrounding objects.
Six additional displays assist with the driving task, with some requiring a compatible trailer and mounting of available accessory cameras. These include Rear Trailer View—essentially a backup camera for the back of a trailer—which, when combined with an accessory camera sourced from Chevrolet, shows the trailer angle and driver’s guide; Inside Trailer View, where other accessory cameras show what’s inside the trailer; and Transparent Trailer View, which allows both backup cameras to function with only the trailer silhouette visible. The other three show angles in front of and around the truck—Front View shows what’s in front of the vehicle and includes guidelines for tight parking and maneuvering, Side View Pic-in-Pic shows objects next to the truck with a picture-in-picture view, and Rear Camera Mirror View shows a digital rearview mirror which is wider than that which can be seen through the analog center mirror alone. There are also five parking views that show detail around the truck to aid tight parking and maneuvering, including a turn signal-activated Rear Side View which we’ll cover later in this article. The heads-up display is also a nice feature, allowing you to monitor speed and other important parameters while keeping your eyes on the road.
Other Towing Technologies
As if 15 camera views weren’t enough, this truck includes several other technologies to help you and your cargo stay safe while being towed. These include Crane/Haul Mode—something we’re used to on full-size trucks—which allows for longer gears to be held during acceleration and downshifts for engine braking. The Duramax truck also has an integrated exhaust brake to assist engine braking, activated at the click of a button (not noisy either), as well as an integrated trailer brake controller. These components work with Cruise Grade Braking technology which helps maintain downhill speed when cruise control is adjusted. The truck also offers hill start assist, which prevents unwanted rolling when transitioning from braking to forward; Park Grade Hold Assist, to hold the vehicle and trailer in place when parking on an incline; and Trailer Sway Control, which works in conjunction with the vehicle’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system and trailer brakes to increase vehicle stability, especially during emergency maneuvers, and even detect unwanted trailer sway. There is also an extendable trailer mirror to help keep an eye on the truck and trailer environment as well as an integrated in-vehicle Trailer App. This app can be used to monitor trailer tires when properly fitted, and to provide maintenance reminders, trailer connection alerts, pre-trip checklists, light tests, load calculators, and more—it’s amazing. There is so much information, in fact, that Chevy also provides an in-depth trailering guide supplement, via Chevy.com, that includes more detail than we can list in this article.
Cost: 2022 Silverado 2500 HD
On Chevy’s website, we found the MSRP for the Silverado 2500 HD starting at $35,300. Now, those prices don’t include destination shipping costs, taxes, ownership, licenses, dealer fees, or any optional equipment you want. Adding 4WD to the truck brings the MSRP to $40,795. Adding the Double Cab, 4WD, longbed, and a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel brings the MSRP to $55,360, and that’s again with almost no optional equipment. Our LTZ Premium Silverado HD is appointed slightly better than the above-priced hypothetical 2500 HD work truck—we have a $19,475 option that includes a Texas Edition badge and a Z-71 Off-Road Package. The price for this truck before its destination was $73,575.
Things We Like
Backup camera for attaching and backing trailers:
All of the cameras on this truck are there to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings, and we really liked the rear-facing camera for mounting the trailer. It’s a total game changer that we don’t want to live without. Other cameras come in handy too—we particularly liked the bedside camera, side-view camera (despite the negative comments below about lane-changing distractions), and the front-facing camera. The truck also has adaptive cruise control and many other features that make driving and towing much more enjoyable compared to older trucks. What this truck can tow is truly incredible. This author also thinks that the seat heating and cooling (both of which this truck has) may be the best upgrades made to the vehicle since the introduction of the closed-loop fuel injection and feedback system. Why? Well that should be obvious but no one likes a posterior that is too hot or cold.
Things We Don’t Like
One might ask, why the long face? It looks like all full-size trucks, including the Silverado HD, are getting bigger. Perhaps it was to match a potential buyer’s interest in towing a larger payload, as well as increasing interior space and comfort, but it resulted in a vehicle with a very high belt line, a tall hood (the hood on this truck and others is practically eye level from the factory). , and an exaggerated bumper/grill package that’s just awkward to look at if not downright ugly. Silverado’s massive grille and front bumper look like a satire, some versions are modern and very real Simpsons‘ “Canyonero” (“He’s a squirrel drive, deer beater, mover!”), and in our opinion, give this truck the face only a mother can love. Of course a lot of new truck designs fall out of favor and maybe this one will grow on us … because it looks straight into our eyes (and no, we’re not shorter than average—even a little taller).
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD 4×4 Crew Cab with Duramax 6.6 liter turbodiesel is really packed with items that make towing easier, but one thing we found particularly distracting was the feature that turns on the side view camera in the center stack when a turn signal is activated and you’re working on lane changes (Chevy calls it a turn signal-activated Rear View). The basic idea is a good one—allowing you to see what’s next to you—but has a tendency to distract drivers, especially when changing lanes to the right on a highway. You really should look out the window to check your blindspot and use a side-mounted mirror instead of staring at the shiny computer screen on the dashboard. The traditional method is ultimately a better and more consistent way to switch lanes safely. After all, in a truck like this, the cameras and sensors could be covered in mud or road debris which would make them less effective than the analog versions—human eyes and mirrors.
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