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2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country First Drive: A Winning Combination

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Advantages

  • Powerful V-8
  • New interior
  • Super Cruise

The inconvenients

  • Some questionable exterior styling decisions
  • Door-mounted mirrors
  • Misbehavior

It didn’t happen once, but twice, and that’s the only time we remember it happening. As if SiriusXM Satellite Radio knew how to ease the unease we felt that our test truck – a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country pickup – was driving us around thanks to its Super Cruise system, we weren’t able to prevent from singing warmly with Bob “Like a rock” by Seger. If you’re of a certain age, you know this song supported Chevrolet’s epic 1990s ad campaign. And right now, as we were driving the Silverado 1500 High Country, it magically and nostalgically bridged the gap between the Silverado of the past and the Silverado of the present. Yes, the Chevy Silverado 1500 has come a long way since its “Like a Rock” days, but it’s still a Chevy truck through and through.

By the sticker

Here’s a quick look at the Monroney sticker – otherwise known as the window sticker – for the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 4×4. All Terrain. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if you love or hate the idea of ​​a street-focused luxury Chevy with 22-inch painted-aluminum wheels with chrome inserts. One opinion is that the complexity of the wheel might well make it into an even larger diameter of 24 inches (or more).

Chevrolet delivered the Silverado High Country Dark Ash Metallic (a new color for 2022) equipped with a host of accessories: High Country Premium package (power sunroof, all-weather floor coverings, 22-inch wheels), Super Cruise , Technology package (mirror with rear camera, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking), electrically retractable running boards, adaptive ride control suspension, wheel locks and Multiflex tailgate.

0-60 MPH: behind twin-turbo V-6s, leading other V-8s

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country is powered by Chevy’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gasoline engine. It’s good for 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission. It is the strongest and most powerful naturally aspirated V8 in the segment. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, though: While GM continues to smash that big V-8 under the hood, many of its competitors are offering smaller-displacement twin-turbo V-6 variants.

By the way, how does the 5,578-pound Silverado High Country compare to the new 2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum? The latter is a prime example of a truck that ditched its V-8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter six that develops 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. (There’s also a more powerful hybrid version.) According to our previous test numbers, the Tundra — 532 pounds heavier (woof) while lacking 31 hp but gaining 19 lb-ft over the Chevy — accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 0.1 seconds slower than the Silverado’s 6.0 seconds. Of course, there are a bunch of additional variables at play here – we didn’t test both trucks at the same time, and they feature different gearing, transmission settings, and the like. – but the lighter and more powerful 6.2-liter V-8 Silverado didn’t run away from the Tundra turbo-V-6.

As for Ford’s V6 EcoBoost? The Ford F-150 4×4 Lariat FX4 twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 (400 hp, 500 lb-ft and 238 pounds lighter than the Silverado) hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The 2021 Ford Raptor (with the high-output EcoBoost with 450 horsepower, 510 lb-ft and 391 pounds more) needed 5.6 seconds, followed by the High Country 0.4 seconds behind. Ultimately, the Silverado’s 6.2-liter V8 is, unsurprisingly, better suited to heavy towing than track sprints against turbocharged V6 trucks. Interestingly, the 6.2-liter Silverado RST – 158 pounds lighter than the High Country – clocked a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds, which spanks the High Country by half a second. and places it between the two Ford EcoBoosts.

How does the 2022 6.2-liter Chevrolet Silverado High Country fare against other V-8 trucks in its class? The 2021 Ford F-150 4×4 King Ranch, equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 making 400 horsepower and 410 lb-ft and carrying an additional 109 pounds, hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The 2019 Ram 1500 Limited 4X4 eTorque with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 developing 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft (and 298 pounds more) did it in 6.5 seconds. Thus, the 6.2-litre Silverado is no slouch compared to other naturally aspirated V-8s in its segment.

Finally, on paper and under certain conditions, GM’s 6.2-liter V8 certainly outperforms the 355-hp, 383-lb-ft 5.3-liter V8, another engine option for the High Country, as does a 3.0 liter diesel. . For daily commuting, however, it would be hard to tell a 5.3-liter from the 6.2. Note: the 6.2 is only available with four-wheel drive.

Track Attitude: Get aggressive in a luxury truck

Granted, few people will drive their 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country like a sports car. But if you overheat its brakes, the truck will let you know via a message on the dashboard. A speed limit of 45 mph comes into effect at this point for a short time while the brakes cool.

As for the performance of the High Country on the MT figure-eight course, which tests handling characteristics, tester Chris Walton was surprised by the sportiness of the top-of-the-line Silverado in automatic four-wheel-drive mode. “The firm brake pedal is quite effective, as long as you stay out of ABS,” he said. “Do it right, and you can bleed the brakes into the skid almost like a sports sedan. The truck doesn’t roll much into the skid and stays fairly neutral with a little understeer. Throttle mapping, however, is a The throttle is sensitive and makes it difficult to maintain a steady speed on the skid, and overall it comes off quite sporty for a luxury pickup.

(Not) Driving with Super Cruise

One of the big deals about the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country is that it offers Super Cruise, a $2,200 option. Yes, GM’s semi-autonomous hands-free driving system has trickled down to Chevy trucks. We found compatible highways and tried; despite some inherent trust issues, it worked, but we do have some stories.

On one occasion a car was merging onto the freeway at a much slower pace than we were traveling. We could see it was going to merge in front of us, but when it looked like the truck “missed” the car and didn’t get up, we took control and started braking. It’s likely that the Silverado would have seen the other vehicle when it was completely in our lane, but it could have left “unsmart” cars behind us braking too hard for comfort.

On another occasion, Super Cruise felt there was room for a lane change, but traffic in our new lane slowed considerably as the truck moved. The High Country, still wanting to leave a sizable gap between itself and the car in front, also slowed down sharply. We saw that the driver behind us had to brake suddenly unexpectedly – and our maneuver turned out to be a “brake check”. Super Cruise was just doing what they thought was best for the situation, but we got an angry middle finger in return.

A cockpit worth talking about

The new interior of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country is one of its other big deals. Good news: it’s no longer offensive. It feels and looks like it belongs in 2022, and it’s competitive with other mics on the market. It’s natural and contemporary, oriented more horizontally than vertically. The 13.4-inch color touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 15.0-inch head-up display contribute to its modern look.

Did you notice the gear lever on the center console? It’s different for a Chevy truck. It took a split second to figure out how to make it work, but we never looked back once we did. Plus, the placement of the wireless charger compartment is perfect and out of the way – and doesn’t inherently serve the dual purpose of a crap pad. You know that place where fast food scraps, banana peels and loose change reside. Don’t worry, Chevy left removable rubberized pads on three sides of the shifter for various things.

In terms of interior colors, our tester was tagged as Jet Black and Nightshift Blue. In true Chevrolet fashion, there are countless colors available – variations of chrome, piano black, blue, gray, beige, brown, silver – in a multitude of materials including smooth plastic, textured plastic, wood to open pores and leather. Overall, the touchpoints are soft, the seats are comfortable, the charging ports are accessible, and everything is palatable and impressive.

Indeed, this 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country is “like a rock”, but unrecognizable compared to what it was. Consider it a big win for Chevy.

Specifications of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado High Country
STARTING PRICE $64,945
PRICE AS TESTED $75,820
VEHICLE UPFIT Front Engine Truck, 4WD, 5 Pass, 4 Door
ENGINE 6.2L 16-valve, direct-injected, 90-degree V8 engine
POWER (SAE NET) 420 hp at 5,600 rpm
TORQUE (NET SAE) 460 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm
TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (DIST FWD/REW) 5,578 pounds (57/43%)
WHEELBASE 147.4 inches
Length x Width x Height 231.9 x 81.2 x 75.5 inches
0-60MPH 6.0s
QUARTER MILE 14.4 sec at 96.8 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 133 feet
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.75g (average)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.1 sec @ 0.60 g (average)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECONOMY 15/20/17mpg
EPA RANGE, COMB 408 miles
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