Class: Get big
Driving miles: 261
Fuel used: 11.3 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 23.1 mpg
Combined driving: 50% city, 50% highway
EPA estimated fuel economy: 20/23/21 (mpg city/highway/combined)
|Corporate governance report card|
|Rooms and Facilities||One|
|Power and performance||B +|
|Fit and perfect||REMOVE|
|The score of the report card is taken from the consensus of the test driver assessments. All classes are compared with other vehicles in the same class. The value tier is for the specific level being evaluated and may not reflect the Consumer Guide’s impression of the entire product line.|
|Comfortable Big & Tall|
|Big & Tall comfort ratings are for the front seats only. The “Large” rating is based on a male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, the “High” rating is based on a 6’6″ tall male tester.|
|Engine Specifications||277 hp 3.0L|
|Engine type||Inline 6|
|Transmission process||10 speed auto|
|Steering wheel||4 wheel drive|
Fuel Type: Diesel oil
Base price: $52,000 (excluding $1,695 arrival fee)
Options on the test vehicle: LT Trail Boss Premium Package ($4000), Duramax 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbodiesel ($2590), power sunroof ($995), front bucket seats with center console ($620), adaptive cruise control ($500), Multiflex tailgate ($445), bed view camera ($250), credits – not equipped with heated steering wheel – including the latter retrofit (- $25), discount LT Trail Boss Premium Package (- $500)
Wish I had checked: $62,570
Wonderful thing: Spacious cabin; much improved interior materials; Duramax turbodiesel 6-cylinder engine is relatively quiet, economical
Good: Long list of available comfort, safety and technology features
Not so good: Car quality is one step behind competitors in the same class; off-road tires are noisier on the highway; options that increase the final selling price
The Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss could have gotten a little bolder. For 2022, it gets sporty front styling and a revamped interior with a new, large gauge and infotainment display that puts it in the league with major rivals from Ford and Ram. .
That’s not all that’s new with the Silverado ’22, but those are the big updates of the year for the Silverado 1500 model Consumer Guide tested, an LT Trail Boss “short-bed” crew cabin hot red paint. The truck starts at $53,695 with delivery, but payload options including $4,000 for the Extended LT Trail Boss Premium Package and $2590 for the 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel six-cylinder engine contribute to the final price went up to $62,570.
Across the lineup there’s a new grille that incorporates redesigned headlights and a revised front bumper, from the utilitarian WT to the luxurious High Country. (Note that Chevy is still side-selling the lower-cost Silverado Limited line-up, effectively a continuation of the 2019-21 models.) Simplified engine lineup — the 4.3-liter V6 dropped — including 2.7-liter turbodiesel 310 hp four-cylinder, 277 hp turbodiesel inline-six and 5.3-liter/355-hp and 6.2-liter / 420-hp V8s force. All available at LT Trail Boss.
All but the custom trim Silverados and WTs get a new styling instrument panel with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 13.4-inch infotainment screen. The vibrant, configurable gauge array is quite different from the previous unit with its quartet of small sub-dials at the top. (The latter is still WT and Custom.) The large, horizontal Chevrolet Infotainment 3 touchscreen allows for easy and intuitive audio input — and features a handy physical power/volume knob. Large and bright map view. From the LT level and up, compatibility with Google-powered maps, apps, and voice assistants is built-in. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is wireless. Improved controls for the dual-zone climate system continue with handy temperature dials, but a large cluster of buttons — including repeated push buttons for fan speed — adjusts other functions.
The optional six turbodiesel is pleasantly quiet and resistant to vibrations for this type of engine. However, it was not quick with the herd of 277 ponies. One saving benefit is traction: Its 460 lb-ft of torque matches that of a 6.2-liter V8 and hits that mark at just 1500 rpm – sooner than the petrol engine. The turbodiesel and both V8s are mated to a smooth and efficient 10-speed automatic transmission activated by a steering column lever or, in dashboard-equipped models such as the test truck. , the somewhat counterintuitive “Electronic Precision” shift lever is moved forward to activate Reverse and back to summon Drive. A button on the grip helps Park.
For maximum fuel economy, the turbo diesel engine is equipped with automatic stop/start and Active Fuel Management that shuts down up to half of the engine’s cylinders under load. The EPA estimates this engine in Silverados with all-wheel drive and mud tires (the only way the Trail Boss comes in) at 20 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Our editors actually overestimated the EPA’s estimate, which averaged 23.1 in the even combination of city/highway driving, in the 2-wheeled test. and unloaded with never more than two people on board.
In certain ways, the ’22 Silverado 1500 isn’t far removed from the 2019-21 models, including ’19 LT Trail Boss that CG tested. What distinguishes the off-road-oriented Trail Boss from other LTs is the Z71 off-road package with Rancho-brand monotube shock absorbers, 2-inch raised suspension to increase ground clearance and approach and departure angles. taller, and 275/65R18C Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires on gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels. Additional features include a 2-speed transmission, auto-locking rear differential, downhill control, heavy duty air cleaner, underbody skid plates and a pair of red tow hooks projecting from the front bumper.
Other things to expect from the LTs are the power-locking and power-release tailgate, lighting system and cargo brace, twin tailgates with light cones, corner steps integrated into the rear bumper, side mirrors. Electric rear and LED ambient lighting. . Interior includes heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, 60/40-folding rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, keyless entry and start, satellite radio, streaming Bluetooth audio route and Wi-Fi hotspot. Driver assistance includes forward collision warning and front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with late departure warning, a surround view camera, and Teen Driver mode for setting user limits.
The test car has become a little more compact and useful through the Trail Boss Premium Package with leather front seats and rear seats with storage bins integrated into the backrests, power sliding rear windows, bed liners misting and Bose sound system. The package’s driver aids include a number of useful items for safe driving. (The test truck was rated as having a towing capacity of 9,000 pounds.) A power sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a six-position “Multi-Flexible” tailgate are among the separate options.
Passenger space is as spacious as ever in both rows, with easy 3-seat adult seating in the back. However, drivers will find some significant obstructions in the roof post. Also, without optional extras, getting in and out isn’t the easiest in the high-riding Trail Boss. The console change didn’t cause the higher-end Silverados to lose the dual glovebox found in the old console. However, the control box in the truck with the Electronic Precision gearshift is not as spacious as it used to be. Large map pockets with cup holders are located on all doors, and pairs of exposed cup holders appear in the dashboard, pull-down rear armrest and center console back. Rear seat cushions flip up to help spacious storage space.
The Trail Boss and its off-roader make for a bit of quiet on the road – blame the tires. The steering and handling aren’t bad, though, and the strong pedal feel comes with good braking. The Chevy’s leaf spring rear suspension, while not top-of-the-line, performs well even when the pavement isn’t modern.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Gallery
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2022 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss