In the hunt for the most powerful and capable heavy-duty truck on the road today? It’s as close as your local Chevy dealer. The beastly 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD offers up the trifecta of rugged capability, refined styling, and a surprisingly affordable price that adds practicality to its very impressive list of attributes. Whether you’re buying a heavy-duty truck for hard work or simply for weekend lake house getaways with the boat, Chevy outfits the Silverado 3500 HD with all the interior comfort features you’ll need and plenty of available powertrains to dial in the level of power that you’re seeking.
Available in a handful of configurations, including with dual rear wheels, and four different trims, customizing your Silverado 3500 HD is easy. A handful of special editions expand the variety of styles even further, including the Dark Essentials Package, featuring distinctive black badging for a standout look. The 2022 Silverado 3500 HD is quite simply the most capable passenger truck available. If you want any more capability, you’d have to buy a commercial rig.
Why does anyone buy a heavy-duty pickup truck? One word: capability. That’s a nice coincidence since it’s the same word we’d use to describe the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD. It’s more beast than truck, with impressive capabilities rivaled only by much larger commercial rigs. This truck is built for hard work and equipped with all the hardware to get it done faster and more safely.
For 2022, Chevy outfits the Silverado 3500 HD with up to 36,000 pounds of towing capability and a whopping 7,442 pounds of maximum payload capacity. Translated loosely, the Silverado 3500 HD can haul everything from large campers to heavy equipment, making it an optimal choice for work sites or weekenders. Achieving max towing capability requires configuring your rig with a regular cab, two-wheel drive setup, dual rear wheels, and the optional diesel engine, but if your heart’s set on four-wheel drive or a crew cab, you won’t lose much towing capability as long as you have the Duramax under your hood.
Overall, the Silverado 3500 HD boasts 16,800 pounds of max conventional trailering capability with a gas motor and 20,000 with a diesel motor. For fifth-wheel and gooseneck hauling, you’ll get 17,370 pounds with the gas engine. Payload numbers can reach 7,145 pounds with four-wheel drive and the gas engine, and when equipped with the diesel, you can expect up to 6,523 pounds and 6,196 pounds for the two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions, respectively.
The 2022 Silverado 3500 HD engine lineup consists of two very powerful options, a 6.6-liter V8 gas engine with direct fuel injection and a cast-iron block or a 6.6-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine with common-rail direct fuel injection. The gas engine delivers 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel churns out 445 horsepower and an aggressive 910 lb-ft of torque.
Exterior dimensions span from an overall length of 235.5 inches to the longest configuration of 266 inches, and GVWR – the max total allowable weight of the vehicle, passengers, cargo, and equipment – varies between 10,750 pounds and 14,000 pounds. Inside, the Silverado 3500 HD welcomes an oversized crew, with rear headroom of up to 40.12 inches and rear legroom reaching 43.4 inches in the available Crew Cab.
For 2022, there’s as much variety with Silverado 3500 HD cab styles and bed lengths as there is with trims and packages. Buyers can choose from eight different configurations, each designed for different levels of hard work, but all tough as nails. The Regular Cab body style, available in the WT and LT trims, features two doors and a long bed with a box length of 98.27 inches.
Move up to the Double Cab, and you’ll get four doors, with the rear doors measuring a little shorter than the front driver and passenger doors. It also comes with a standard 98.27-inch bed and increases the passenger capacity from 3 to 6 passengers. Buying a double cab gets your back seat passengers a tighter 39.88 inches of headroom, 35.24 inches of legroom, and 64.88 inches of shoulder room.
By far the most popular body style configuration is the Crew Cab. The 2022 Silverado 3500 HD is available in a Crew Cab with either a standard or long bed, and this option boosts back seat space to 40.12 inches of headroom, 43.40 inches of legroom, and 65.30 inches of shoulder room. That’s by far the largest interior cabin space possible and a big leap from the double cab’s dimensions.
If you’ve only counted four different configurations, you’re right! In addition to the cab and body styles listed, buyers can choose from single-rear-wheel or dual-rear-wheel configurations for any of the four body styles. If you want max trailering and payload, you’ll want to equip your rig with dual rear wheels.
With each configuration comes a different set of trailering and payload specs, so as you’re shopping for your Silverado 3500 HD, the goal is to find a truck that matches your needs capability-wise before moving on to deciding on your desired trim level. Detailed technical specifications are available to view at your Chevy dealer, and your sales consultant can work with you to find your ideal configuration.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of choosing your new 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is picking the trim level and packages you want. Whether you need a simple job site truck or a luxury weekend rambler, you’ll find a match in Chevy’s diverse lineup of four different trims and numerous packages. There’s even an option or two for serious off-roaders.
The base Work Truck focuses on utility and capability without all the fluff. It’s the most affordable Silverado 3500 HD, making it a desirable choice for commercial and fleet buyers or anyone looking for a no-nonsense workhorse. It’s only available in every cab and bed configuration, and it keeps the price low by including all the equipment you need and none of the expensive extras.
The mid-range LT trim has more standard features and unlocks a few extra packages, including the All Star Edition and the Texas Edition. These packages include tons of luxury extras, like heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, giving you all the options you want at a discounted price.
Opt-in on the LTZ trim, and you will get similar package options but even more standard features. That includes standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats, advanced trailering system, and keyless entry and start. So while you can customize the LTZ to be your ideal truck, it comes with all the popular features right out of the box.
Sitting at the top of the lineup is the refined Silverado 3500 HD High Country. It includes the option of a Deluxe Package, featuring advanced safety technology such as automatic high beams and Forward Collision Alert, as well as a rear camera mirror and a 15-inch head-up display. You can even add factory upfitter switches to the dash that can wire in aftermarket accessories like a winch or exterior lighting.
The High Country offers the Z71 Off-Road Package and adds a power sunroof for good measure, completing the lineup with a fully loaded luxury option that’s equally at home on the side of the mountain or the valet parking line. Opt for the available Jet Black/Umber perforated leather seating, and the cabin transforms into a two-tone upscale oasis.