When it made its debut for the 2001 model year, no one could have possibly foreseen the impact that the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD would make. Chevy's heavy-duty workhorse arrived during a unique time in the industry. The popularity of large trucks and SUVs was growing rapidly, and what were once bare-bones work vehicles were becoming increasingly luxurious. For those who still swore by the effectiveness of the pickup and needed to complete larger-than-average jobs on time, the Silverado 2500 HD was an ideal solution combining performance and luxury.
While the SUV has gradually become more domesticated, with smaller models becoming the norm, very little has changed regarding the Silverado 2500 HD and its powertrain options and capability. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Custom is no exception to this reputation built upon a foundation of efficiency, and today we'll be examining why this workhorse remains the best option for hard workers who need something bigger than life. But before any further analysis can take place, it's best we take a moment to clear up the "Custom" that's part of the vehicle's title.
The Custom is one of the highest-value trims on the 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. So, what does that entail? Well, to give you a general idea of where it fits in with the rest of the trim levels, it sits directly above the entry-level WT trim, adding more features at a low price. There are also three trims above the Custom: the LT, LTZ, and High Country, which are geared more towards comfort and higher grade performance. So, the Custom trim level is the ideal compromise between the two ends of the spectrum, and it certainly doesn't lack in the performance department.
When discussing heavy-duty work trucks, the focus tends to be almost exclusively related to practicality. A Silverado model with the HD suffix (Heavy Duty and not High Definition) might not be an everyday commuter, so we'll be focussing on its performance as it relates to its workhorse capabilities which are easily its strongest attributes.
As one might expect, under the hood is where the action is. The Custom trim level comes standard with a 6.6L gasoline V8 that is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. With 401 hp and the ability to generate 464 lb-ft of torque, you'll be delivering the goods with little to no effort. While this pairing will certainly grant you the ability to take on any job you need to do, there is an available upgrade for those who need just a little bit more. The upgrade in question consists of the Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel engine. Generating 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque and equipped with an Allison ten-speed automatic transmission, it's the powertrain that more and more are opting for as diesel enjoys its resurgence in popularity.
Both powertrains are highly effective on the job site and when moving heavy loads throughout the course of the day, with a maximum trailering capacity of 18,510 lbs for the Duramax. The base gasoline engine isn't far behind either, as it can tow up to 17,370 lbs. These high towing figures make the 2022 Silverado 2500 HD Custom a great choice when it comes to finding a towing rig, whether for work or to haul an RV or large boat. When it comes to payload, the gasoline V8 actually comes out on top with a maximum capacity of 3,979 lb. Not that the diesel puts up a bad performance with its maximum payload of 3,979 lbs. Whichever powertrain you settle on, the performance you'll be able to bring to the job site will be potent and impressive.
While you might be the rugged outdoorsy type who loves to get down in the dirt, there's no reason why you shouldn't be surrounded by the best technological innovations from the modern era. Today's vehicles are more complex than ever before and are equipped with many safety and driving assistance features that keep us safe, comfortable, and enjoying the ride wherever it happens to take us. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 Custom has quite a few standard and available innovations.
The centerpiece of the technology made available is found in the standard 7" infotainment screen that's compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Streaming with two devices via Bluetooth is also standard, and of course, this comes with the Chevy Infotainment 3 system. Chevy's newest infotainment suite of features takes smartphone integration to a level it's never been before. Providing simple integration with your smartphone, you now have the power to make hands-free calls and have access to a variety of apps such as news, music, and weather from many of your favorite apps. Set up in such a way to minimize distraction, you'll have no trouble keeping focused on the road ahead while being entertained.
Some of the other standard features that allow you to benefit from technological advances include StabiliTrak, which ensures maximum control of your Silverado when the terrain beneath your tires gets slippery, and GM's much-celebrated Teen Driver feature. Teaching the younger generation about the dangers of the open road and the responsible habits needed to navigate them safely can sometimes be difficult. This program allows you to keep an eye on your younger drivers' performance and even set limitations on speed and stereo volume. The combination of all these attributes means that safety and luxury are extended to anyone who happens to be behind the wheel of the Silverado 2500 HD Custom.
While style is normally associated with snazzy sportscars and rapid roadsters, it still applies to the pickup truck as well. We've come a long way from the boxy models of the past, and now trucks have just as much personality as any other vehicle that you find on the road. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 Custom, which already boasts a beefy powertrain and the standard technological features that make the vehicle modern in every sense of the word, also possesses an aesthetic that matches its powerful capabilities.
The most recognizable feature, and certainly one that makes quite an impactful statement, is the truck's front end. Depending upon what color scheme you decide on, the jet black front grill can either provide a sharp contrast or blend in with the rest of the truck. Just as noticeable are the 20" machined aluminum wheels that the Silverado 2500 HD Custom sits on. With their distinctive black and white pattern, they allow the Custom to stand out from some of the other trucks in its class.
As for the truck's interior, it has somewhat of a nostalgic feel that many fans of older trucks will certainly enjoy. Placing the gear shifter on the steering column adds that vintage Chevy feel while being surrounded by its technological features brings the design of the cabin into the present day. An ideal compromise of the old and the new, Chevy certainly knows what plucks the heartstrings and moves mountains. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Custom certainly possesses an attribute that many pickups have lacked in recent years, with an interior and exterior that complement one another and bring the rugged individualism of the old days into the modern era. It's quite literally the best of both worlds.