2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup that's built for light-duty work. The Silverado 1500 is classified as a half-ton truck, but this designation isn't indicative of the truck's weight capacity. It can haul or tow significantly more weight than half of a ton. Chevy offers a lot of configurations and options for the Silverado 1500. This makes the truck customizable and suitable for a variety of purposes.
The Silverado 1500 is available in a simple Regular Cab with two doors and no real backseat area. There's a Double Cab for more room in back, and a Crew Cab with four doors and enough space for six people. The Silverado 1500 is also offered with short, standard and long cargo-bed lengths. Both 2WD (two-wheel drive) and 4WD variations are available.
Buyers will have the choice of four different powertrains. There are a total of eight different trim levels for this pickup truck. There are trim levels that keep things simple, intended for basic work duties. Other trim levels are designed with comfort, luxury or off-road fun in mind. There's basically a Silverado 1500 for everyone.
Here's a look at all eight trim levels of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Each model will be compared to the trim level above and below it. All of the differences will be highlighted in order to help potential buyers make the best choice.
Compare the WT vs Custom Trims. What is the difference?
The WT trim is your basic, stripped-down work truck. In fact, the WT actually stands for work truck. The WT is available in all three cab variations. All three bed lengths are available as well. Buyers can even choose between 2WD and 4WD for this base model of the Silverado 1500. The Custom trim offers all of these same options.
The WT and Custom trims are powered by a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine. The engine offers Start/Stop technology for better efficiency. Both trims share the same 8-speed automatic transmission. This setup produces 310 horsepower with 348 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm (revolutions per minute).
On the outside, the WT gets 17-inch steel wheels while the Custom comes equipped with 20-inch Bright Silver aluminum wheels. Both trims get all-season tires. The WT has black bumpers, exterior mirrors and door handles. These parts are painted to match the body color on the Custom models.
Both of these trims have halogen reflector headlamps. The Custom gets upgraded LED taillights and LED lighting for the cargo bed. The WT has a basic tailgate, while the Custom gets Chevrolet's EZ Lift Assist Tailgate with a power lock-and-release feature. Another great upgrade for the Custom trim is the addition of a Trailering Package. This includes a hitch, hitch platform, 4-pin connectors and 7-pin connectors.
On the inside, both models have 4-way manual seats up front. The standard setup is a 40/20/40 split-folding bench seat in front and a 60/40 split-folding bench seat in back. These two trims have the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with a 7-inch touchscreen. There's an AM/FM stereo and Bluetooth technology for music streaming.
The infotainment system has Voice-Command Pass-Through for making hands-free phone calls. The system is also compatible with popular phone apps like Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto. The Custom trim also gets compatibility with SiriusXM and OnStar services. Last of all, the Custom trim is WiFi hotspot capable.
Moving up to the Custom trim comes with perks like cruise control, a rear defogger, remote keyless entry and remote start. Both trims have a semi-auto, single-zone climate-control system. When it comes to safety, there are six standard airbags for both models. They both have an electronic stability-control system with traction control, as well as a rear-view camera.
A tire-pressure monitor is installed on both models. All trim levels have Chevrolet's Teen Driver Technology. This system monitors the habits of younger drivers and provides feedback to the owner. The Custom trim comes with a theft-deterrent system that's absent from the WT base model.
Compare the Custom vs LT Trims. What is the difference?
The LT trim is available in all three cab styles, but it lacks the option of a long bed. The LT has the same engine and transmission system as the Custom. Both models have anti-lock brakes. The LT also gets an automatic, locking rear differential for the AWD models. The LT trim also has the option for skid plates, making it a better off-road truck.
The rest of the mechanical features aren't too different. For the exterior, the LT comes with a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels and a set of all-season tires. This trim gets some nice chrome trim on the bumpers, door handles and outside-mirror caps. The outside mirrors get a heating feature for the LT models.
The headlights and taillights are LED models for this trim level. On the inside, there's a major upgrade to the front seats for the LT trim. The driver's seat has 10-way power adjustments with lumbar support. There's a new 4.2-inch digital display for driver information. The LT also gets a dual-zone, automatic climate-control system.
It's worth noting here that all trims have power windows and door locks. The LT has a remote starter so the owner can get the truck running and warmed up on cold winter days. The infotainment systems, driver-assist tech and safety features are all mostly the same here.
Compare the LT vs RST. What is the difference?
Choosing the RST trim means more power and torque. This trim comes with a 5.3-liter V8 engine. It has 355 horses under its hood and a torque rating of 383 pound-feet. The RST gets 18-inch Bright Silver aluminum wheels and all-season tires. In addition to the LED headlights and taillights, this model also gets LED fog lamps.
A lot of the cosmetic features on the outside revert back to those offered on the Custom trim. The bumpers and other parts lose the chrome and go back to being body-colored. Most of the interior features carry over from the LT trim. The safety features and driver-assist features are practically identical. The main differences here are in the powertrain and mechanical features.
Compare the RST vs Custom Trail Boss Trims. What Is the Difference?
The Custom Trail Boss automatically gets 4X4 all-wheel drive. It also only comes in the Crew Cab configuration. A short bed or standard bed can be selected. This model is very similar to the Custom trim when it comes to the features. The main different here is that the Custom Trail Boss was built with off-road adventures in mind.
This truck model goes back to the 2.7-liter, turbocharged engine. It adds on a 2-speed automatic transfer case. It also gets a heavy-duty air filter, skid plates and Hill Descent Control. On the outside, it's equipped with 18-inch Glossy Black aluminum wheels and mud-terrain tires by Goodyear.
The Custom Trail Boss gets a downgrade in certain areas. The seats go back to the manually adjusted 4-way models. It otherwise has the same infotainment system and safety features as the Custom trim.
Compare the Custom Trail Boss vs LT Trail Boss. What Is the Difference?
The LT Trail Boss comes with the 5.3-liter V8. Chevrolet also gives buyers the option of a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder turbo-diesel. This powertrain option produces 277 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque. Like the Custom Trail Boss, it can only be purchased with all-wheel drive in the Crew Cab configuration.
The LT Trail Boss has a duel-outlet exhaust and external coolers for the engine oil and transmission oil. It has the same wheels and tires as the Custom Trail Boss. In fact, it has most of the same exterior features. On the inside, this trim gets a Convenience Package with bucket seats. This adds on an alarm, a rear defogger and remote start.
The LT Trail Boss gets the 10-way power seats with lumbar support. It gets a larger, 4.2-inch driver-information display. The infotainment system and safety features stay the same.
Compare the LT Trail Boss vs LTZ Trims. What is the difference?
The LTZ trim comes in the Crew Cab body style with either a short or standard bed length. Both 2WD and 4WD are optional for the LTZ. It comes stock with the 5.3-liter engine, but this can be exchanged for a bigger 6.2-liter V8 or the aforementioned turbo-diesel engine. The 6.2-liter model makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The LTZ gets an Advanced Trailering System. This gives drivers a whole new suite of assist features for towing. There's a departure checklist, trailer security list, trailer mileage display and tire-pressure monitoring for the trailer. The LTZ gets a set of nice 20-inch polished wheels and some all-season tires.
This trim goes back to the chrome trim for the bumpers, door handles and mirrors. The mirrors now have heating, power folding and auto-dimming features. The LTZ gets a set of black recovery hooks. A corner-step rear bumper makes it easier to access the cargo area. There's now a power up-and-down tailgate.
There are now 10-way power seats with lumbar support for the driver and the front passenger. Adaptive cruise control is optional. The infotainment system now gets an 8-inch touchscreen and Cloud-Connected services. The rear camera is upgraded to an HD model. The seats are now heated and ventilated to keep everyone comfortable in any weather.
There are more driver-assist features for this trim level. It gets alerts for lane changing and sensors to monitor the truck's potential blind spots. The LTZ also comes with Front and Rear Park Assist. Wireless charging and a universal home remote round out some of the new features here.
Compare the LTZ vs High Country Trims. What Is the Difference?
The High Country is the top and final trim level for the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This is a downright luxurious trim that's designed for comfort and convenience. It comes in the same body style and drive-train options as the LTZ trim. It gets the 5.3-liter engine, while the 6.2-liter and turbo-diesel are optional. The High Country has a smooth-shifting, 10-speed automatic transmission.
This trim has a dual-outlet exhaust and a 2-speed Autotrac transfer case. All of the remaining mechanical features are the same as those found on the LTZ. This model gets 20-inch machined-faced aluminum wheels. These are painted and have Light-Argent-colored pockets. The High Country gets a set of all-terrain tires.
There are chrome assist steps to make it easier to get in and out of the High Country. There's also a spray-in bedliner to protect the cargo area. The High Country gets high-intensity LED headlights. On the inside, there's now a massive, 8-inch driver-info display. The seats are covered in fine, perforated leather. The stock audio setup is replaced by a premium Bose system with seven speakers and a Richbass woofer.
A fully integrated navigation system now comes with the infotainment package. The High Country has some nice, carpeted floor mats in front and in back. Wireless charging for smartphones and other devices is added on to the interior features. The safety features and driver-assist tech remains mostly the same. The High Country is luxurious, but still performs strong and has serious off-road capabilities.
Which Trim to Choose?
Which trim one chooses should be based on their specific needs. For the maximum towing capability, this requires a 2WD truck with the diesel engine, 20-inch wheels and the Max Trailering setup. Max numbers can also be achieved with an RST model equipped with the Trailer Package and the 6.2-liter V8 engine. When properly equipped, these models can pull up to 13,300 pounds.
Off-road enthusiasts should choose the Custom Trail Boss. For a secondary vehicle that will only be used for work, the WT is still a solid choice. For the average driver who will use the Silverado 1500 for work and regular commutes, the LTZ is the best option. It offers great performance and plenty of comfort and convenience features. It also comes in at a more reasonable price than the top-tier High Country model.
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