Pickup trucks have played a vital role in American lives since the early 1900s, when the automobile replaced the trusty horse. During this time, the pickup truck looked vastly different from modern marvels like the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD, but its purpose was the same––to make life and work easier. Today, the Silverado 3500 HD achieves this goal and exceeds every expectation of what a workhorse should be by delivering next-level technology, luxury, and conveniences.
One of the most remarkable things about Chevy's heavy-duty workhorse is its affordability. For $38,500, you can get behind the wheel of the strongest and most capable Silverado HD ever built.[a] This capability includes a 36,000-pound max trailering capacity and an available payload of up to 7,442 pounds for all your cargo-hauling and towing needs. Of course, a workhorse like this also delivers plenty of power with a two-engine lineup that gives you a choice between a beefy V8 and Chevy's legendary Duramax turbo-diesel that ensures the Silverado 3500 HD can get any job done without breaking a sweat.
While capability and power are expected of a workhorse like the Silverado 3500 HD, Chevy ushers the four-wheel powerhouse into a new era of modernity and luxury. How does it manage such a feat? Chevy equips the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD with every feature and amenity imaginable. Smartphone integration and advanced trailering technology designed to keep you connected and informed make your time in the driver's seat more enjoyable even when you're in the middle of the daily grind; however, this is only the beginning. Here's everything you can expect from this legendary road warrior.
Chevy's stellar reputation for its in-house engine design took off in the mid-1950s with the iconic small-block V8 that revolutionized the automotive landscape. Fortunately for us, Chevy's ingenuity continues as the automaker remains committed to equipping its vehicles with the best powertrains available. On the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD, this means giving drivers a choice between a gas and diesel powertrain.
The Silverado 3500 HD lives up to its heavy-duty name when equipped with the 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel under its hood. The Duramax is mated to a 10-speed Allison automatic transmission and churns out 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. This higher torque rating plays a crucial role in the Silverado 3500 HD's towing capability. It allows the truck to quickly accelerate and sustain its speed, keeping it at peak power even when hauling its maximum load of 36,000 pounds.
Chevy also equips the Silverado 3500 HD with an impressive 6.6L V8 gas engine and 6-speed automatic transmission for those who don't need the Duramax's sheer towing capability. This pairing makes the Silverado 3500 HD quick to accelerate and responsive at any speed by delivering 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. So, how does this power translate to towing capability?
Powered by the gas 6.6L, the Silverado can tow up to 16,800 pounds with a conventional trailer or 17,200 pounds with a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch. Coincidentally, the gas V8's design yields a higher payload capacity than the Duramax, with the gasoline engine capable of carrying up to 7,442 pounds while the Duramax can carry up to 6,523 pounds. This difference makes the gas V8 ideal for drivers who haul more cargo in the bed.
The 2022 Silverado 3500 HD makes your job easier, whether you're cruising down the highway on your way out of town or towing a heavy load from one job site to another. Chevy accomplishes this by outfitting the Silverado 3500 HD with functional features like the 15-view camera system, the rugged Durabed, and the versatile Multi-Flex tailgate. So, how do these features work?
The Silverado 3500 HD's capable powertrain ensures you have the power to tow any size load, which leaves the truck's state-of-the-art camera system to ensure optimal visibility from the driver's seat. The 8-camera system is one of the best in the segment and delivers 15 unique views to the truck's center touchscreen display. The system provides four available hitch views, six driving views, and five parking views, including dynamic trailering technology like Bed View with Cargo Bed Zoom and Bed Hitch Guidance that take the guesswork out of hitching up to your trailer.
Beyond the camera system, the Silverado 3500 HD also offers the largest and most functional truck bed in the segment and the most versatile tailgate in the industry. The Durabed makes it easy to haul cargo with its spacious layout and 12 standard tie-downs, while the available LED lights and 120-volt outlet extend its functionality. The Multi-Flex tailgate adds to this versatility with its six unique features that make it easier to access the bed.
The Multi-Flex primary gate unfolds like a traditional tailgate but adds convenience since you can open it from the key fob, a button on the gate, or a switch inside the truck. In addition, the primary gate load stop unfolds to keep longer items in place, and the inner gate folds down to give you further access inside the bed. You can even extend the inner gate into a full-width step that can hold up to 375 pounds. If you don't need the step, you can use the inner gate as a flat work surface or fold out the load stop to keep second-tier items in place.
The Silverado 3500 HD distinguishes itself as one of the most innovative trucks in the segment with its cutting-edge technology. This technology ranges from digital displays and unique trailering tools to safety features that keep you informed, connected, and safe wherever the road leads. At the heart of this technology is the Silverado's impressive 7-inch or 8-inch center touchscreen display that's home to the Chevrolet infotainment system, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, navigation, and an available WiFi hotspot.
You'll have all the information you need within immediate view, courtesy of the driver instrument display and the available head-up display. The Silverado's 15-inch head-up display is one of the largest in the segment and projects vital information like your speed, safety alerts, and navigational cues on the windshield in front of you. By putting everything you need within view or reach, Chevy makes it easy to keep your focus on the road ahead.
Another integral part of the Silverado 3500 HD's technology suite is trailering technology like the Trailer Length Indicator, Trailer Angle Indicator with Guidelines, and Jack-Knife Alert. However, the Silverado's most impressive tool is the segment-first Advanced Trailering System. The feature is accessible via the center touchscreen display or your myChevrolet Mobile app and lets you create customized trailer profiles and navigate pre-departure checklists that make hitching and towing more convenient and stress-free.
When driving a heavy-duty workhorse like the Silverado 3500 HD, your mind works overtime as you monitor its position on the road, traffic, and your trailer. Chevy reduces some of the stress of driving by offering an expansive suite of safety and driver-assist tools. These advanced tools enhance your visibility, optimize your focus, and actively minimize the potential for collisions to make your time in the driver's seat less overwhelming and more enjoyable.
Depending on your needs, you can equip the Silverado 3500 HD with an array of safety and driver-assist features. For example, Automatic Emergency Braking is an outstanding feature that can bring the truck to a controlled stop if it senses a collision is imminent and you've failed to respond to the alerts. Since the tool works with features like Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, it actively protects the truck's front, rear, and sides.
The Silverado 3500 HD's large size can make it intimidating to drive, especially in crowded areas. Chevy mitigates this by offering advanced tools like Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, which equips the truck with radars that monitor the truck's blind spots. In addition, Chevy's Lane Departure Warning monitors your position in the lane and alerts you when you drift without signaling. Other available tools include Rear Park Assist, which makes it easier to navigate the truck in reverse, and IntelliBeam headlamps that automatically brighten and dim based on the conditions and on-coming traffic.