For 2022 the interior of the Chevrolet Silverado is fully redesigned with a new premium dash and trimmings on LT and above. Standard now is a 13.4-inch-diagonal color touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
The makeover doesn’t make its way down to the W/T or Custom trims, for for everyone else the design features a sweeping horizontal layout that makes the cabin feel more spacious. For trims that have one, a newly design center console with electronic shift control is there too.
Our LT had cloth captain’s chairs with a center seat section which also included storage in the armrest and below the seat cushion.
The infotainment system features a lot of upgrades including Google built-in which features access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play right on the infotainment screen. This new experience works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay4.
All trims also got some updating on the exterior including a new front fascia and grille, new daytime running lamps with animated walk-up and walk-away show and swiping turn signals on upper trims.
Under the hood on our tester was the 2.7-liter four-cylinder turbo “High-Output” engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine has 310 horsepower as before but for 2022 it delivers 20 percent more torque at 430 pound-feet. An impressive bump.
The engine has Active Fuel Management and Stop/Start, allowing it to run on two-cylinders when coasting or the extra power simply isn’t needed. The engine is a technical tour-de-force with continuously variable valve timing and variable valve lift along with its electronically controlled turbocharger wastegate.
It has a 9,500 tow rating in a two-wheel drive model which is impressive considering it’s a four-cylinder.
I did find the extra torque to be noticeable and the engine other than sounding out of place in a full size truck has a good level of drivability, power and refinement. Where it disappointed me was in the area of fuel efficiency.
It’s rated at 17 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined. I didn’t really get close to that in my week of testing which let me to ask why not just get the 5.3-liter V8. After all, its mpg ratings are hardly different. Other than a $1500 savings for the engine, it’s hard to see the four-cylinder’s benefit.
The updates for 2022 do indeed make the Chevrolet Silverado more attractive, especially behind the wheel. The styling and features make it more competitive with Ford and RAM with the new infotaimment systems.