There are pickup trucks, and then there are powerful pickup trucks. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is one of Chevy’s most popular pickup trucks and also one of the most capable. Especially when compared to the Silverado 1500, the 2500HD is far more powerful with a wide range of performance that can feature nearly twice the torque output as the 1500’s best engine. This translates directly to a vast difference in regards to towing capabilities. Against the competition, the 2500HD offers a large amount of cargo space too, and you can expect plenty of assistive features to help you with tasks such as towing. Best of all, the useful Multi-Flex Tailgate can be added to any model.
The 2022 Silverado 2500HD starts at an MSRP of $35,300 for the Work Truck trim.* This base trim comes standard with a large and powerful 6.6L V8 engine, an infotainment center, and many more commodities. The next available trim is the Custom, and among the upgrades includes 20-inch tires instead of 17-inch ones, deep-tinted glass, remote keyless entry, and more. After this is the LT, which is highly comparable to the Custom, but differences include a chrome front and rear bumper and the option to implement one of two Convenience packages.
After the LT, the LTZ adds more luxurious improvements to the 2500HD. Most notably is an increase in screen size for your infotainment center and a much more comfortable 10-way power-adjustable driver’s chair, among others. Lastly, the High Country is the last available trim level that the Silverado 2500HD currently offers, and there are numerous enhancements to make certain tasks such as towing easier. This is thanks to a Bed View Camera with HD Surround Vision and an available turbo-diesel engine that will give you better fuel efficiency.
Performance on the 2022 Silverado 2500HD can be best described as exceptional. Two engines can power this truck, both of which are the same size but are two wildly different powertrains. The base offering is a large and powerful 6.6L V8 that comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. With this being such a large engine, it produces 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, which is highly necessary for its large towing capacity.
If you fit your Silverado 2500HD with this engine, you can tow up to 17,370 lbs when the truck is properly equipped. For any hobbyist usage, this is more than enough as this is the kind of towing power that can easily pull a fifth-wheel camper. If you’re trying to find a truck with enough performance to bring to the workplace, and have no issues with the heavier jobs, then you’ll get plenty of usage out of this engine. The fuel efficiency numbers of this V8 haven’t been published yet, but you’ll likely save money on fuel with the other available V8 for the lineup.
Those looking for even more performance and perhaps better fuel efficiency should consider the available Turbo-Diesel 6.6L V8 engine. Unlike the base V8, this one can be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and performance is greatly increased over the base engine. With the Turbo-Diesel V8, your Silverado 2500HD will have 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. This is an 11% increase in horsepower over the base V8 and a 96% increase in torque output. While fuel efficiency ratings haven’t been revealed for this diesel-powered engine haven’t been made public yet, we can assume that it’ll be far more efficient than the base engine, as most diesel powertrains tend to do. Another upgrade that comes with this engine is an increase in towing capacity, this time to 18,510 lbs.
The inside of the Silverado 2500HD is practically getting what you pay for, which is to say you’ll be getting a lot. While features regarding comfort are far and few between on the base model, with the 4-way manual driver’s chair serving as an example, this can be upgraded. Moving up on the trim list will replace this with an incredible 10-way power-adjustable driver’s chair, offering the flexibility and angles that simply weren’t possible on the manual chair. Additionally, the steering wheel can be fitted with leather trim and heating elements, which will complement your available heated seats, which can also consist of leather instead of cloth.
Interior dimensions and the size of your bed will depend on a few things. The Regular Cab, which seats three people, has 43.1-inches of headroom and 44.5-inches of legroom. The Double Cab increases the seating capacity to six passengers, but the rear row is a tad cramped compared to the Crew Cab. With the Double Cab, 43-inches and 39.8-inches of headroom for the front and back rows are present, and there are 44.5 and 35.2-inches of legroom for both rows. The Crew Cab also seats six passengers, but as we’ve mentioned, the backseats get more space with 40.1 and 43.4-inches of head and legroom. Up in the front row, the Crew Cab gives passengers 43-inches of headroom and 44.5-inches of legroom.
The infotainment center that is included with the Silverado 2500HD measures at 7-inches diagonally, but there’s room for improvement. You’ll have the choice of upgrading to an 8-inch screen. Along with the features that you’ve come to expect, such as Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and so on, there’s plenty of trailering tech to be found here too. One of Chevy’s most notable implementations is the combination of a dual-camera setup to essentially stitch together a more comprehensive image. Some of the more notable trailering tech allows you to view fifteen different camera angles, and switching between them can create very helpful viewpoints such as a birds-eye view. With the infotainment center, you can also use this screen for the HD Surround View cameras that you can opt for, and there’s even a camera located in the bed to keep an eye on your cargo.
In regards to cargo space for the Silverado 2500HD, there are two available bed sizes. The smaller bed of the two measures out at 80.2-inches, which is also 6.6-ft long, and the larger one is 96.3-inches long, which is 8-feet. Translating this to cargo space, the smaller bed offers an ample 69.5 cubic feet of space, but the larger one has 83.5 cubic feet of space. This 20% increase in cargo capacity is rather large and is typically a recommended upgrade for any Silverado 2500HD shopper.
Every Silverado 2500HD model can include a Multi-Flex Tailgate, which entirely changes the way that we access the beds of our trucks. Normal tailgates have two positions, open and closed, but with a Multi-Flex Tailgate, there are six ways that you can utilize your bed. Sure, you have your standard positions that you would otherwise, but other additions include various load stops, a step, and a work surface. Load stops are essential so you can safely haul cargo that measures a tad longer than your bed size, and you won’t have to worry about any cargo falling off of the back. With this inclusion, your Silverado 2500HD will be more versatile than many other trucks out there.
Other aspects of the exterior that are worth mentioning include power-adjustable mirrors, allowing you to access their controls directly from your cabin. Another worthwhile inclusion is cargo ties that come standard with every model to secure your belongings, and you can also get IntelliBeam headlamps on certain trim levels. These headlamps, which are also considered a safety feature of sorts, will dynamically adjust their brightness levels, rather than you being responsible for that function entirely. This is most helpful when another driver is coming down the road because your IntellibBeam headlamps will lower their brightness to avoid obstructing the other driver’s vision. Higher-tier trims will also include LED fog lamps, and these will greatly enhance your visibility during those harsher weather conditions.