You’ve probably seen the stats that about 20% of new vehicles sold today are trucks. And why not? They’re imminently practical, comfortable, can go anywhere, and they’re cool. For decades the Ford F-150 has outsold every other truck, however, the Chevy Silverado is gaining ground and recently overtook Ram to become the second-best selling truck on the market.
What is Chevy getting right with the Silverado?
How many trucks is Chevy selling?
So far in 2022, Chevy has sold 261,828 Silverado trucks. That was enough to eclipse the Ram brand, which started the year strong but fell off. Of the seven full-sized trucks you can buy today, Ford, Chevy and then Ram beat GMC, Toyota, Nissan and Hummer, in that order according to research firm Car Sales Base.
Overall, when you include GMC’s 62,000 sold trucks in the same quarter, GM now sells more half-ton trucks than Ford does F-150s.
For 2022 Chevy Silverado was updated
Want to sell more trucks? Update the old one. For 2022, the Silverado saw a big update that brought it up market. The big differences in the new 2022 Silverado include a new grille and a new interior.
The new interior on all trims includes a new horizontal instrument panel and a new center console with a 13.4-inch touchscreen. Under the new grille, running lights now do a funky animated walk-up dance when you approach with the key.
You can get Super Cruise
GM’s Super Cruise is now available on the High Country luxury version. The High Country trim brings near-Escalade amounts of leather and refinement to the Silverado. Super Cruise is GM’s self-driving technology that is semi-autonomous on thousands of miles of pre-mapped interstates.
The ZR2 option gives it off-road chops
Of course, Chevy added new trim packages for 2022, including the new flagship ZR2 version, which brings new off-road capability. The ZR2 package adds fancy MultiMatic shocks that use special reservoirs to allow the shocks to rebound very quickly. Those shocks, combined with a lift, skid plates, the might 6.2-liter V8, off-road tires, and some other goodies mean the ZR2 can go places (quickly) that previous Silverado’s could only dream of.
You can get a V8 or a diesel
Ford is stepping away from gas-guzzling V8 engines, and though you can still order the 5.0 in the F-150, the premium engines are all turbocharged V6s. The premium engines from Chevy and Ram remain V8s. In the Silverado, though, you can order the 5.3-liter V8 and the mighty 6.2-liter with 420 horsepower is still available.
But, Chevy recognizes that fuel efficiency is a priority for buyers and the new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is quickly becoming a popular choice for many buyers. That engine packs 310 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft of torque, while the optional 3.0-liter Duramax was updated for 2022. The diesel makes 466 lb.-ft of torque and with it, the Silverado can tow more than 11,000 pounds.
You can get a multi-camera towing system
Backing up a trailer, or simply threading a trailer through a tight space, is always nerve-wracking. But, the Silverado makes it easier with the multi-camera system that shows you the views from all over the trailer to make it easier to back up with six available views. It can show you the top, and sides, from the bed, and a unique rear side view that is turn signal activated and show you what would be in your blindspot.
For 45 years, Ford has held the top spot with its F-150 trucks. So far in 2022 the F-150 looks poised to hold that top spot, but Chevy is constantly gunning at Ford in the lucrative full-size truck market.