2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 First Engine Review: All About the Shocks

Silverado Chevrolet The pickup is getting a much-needed makeover for 2022, but what I am most pleased about is the new ZR2 off-road model. What sets this truck apart from other off-road pickups is its range of multi-purpose DSSV dampers—suspension components that borrow Formula 1 technology to create uncompromising ride on and off pavement.

Versatile shocks forgo internal gaskets for small, variable-rate valve springs, which allow Chevy to fine-tune their action. Furthermore, by changing the shape of the oil hole, the shock behaves steadily on pavement but immediately cushions when it hits dirt. It’s like having electronically adjustable dampers, but you never have to put the truck in a different driving position. If you want to learn about this technique, editor Antoine Goodwin He has a great explanationBut I’m here to drive the ZR2 and see for myself if these expensive machines are worth the money. I grabbed the switch and headed out into the desert terrain around Palm Springs, California.

When these shocks are paired with the Silverado’s 6.2-liter V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission, the result is a truck that can pull off fast when the road is smooth, but then hit the dirt without breaking a sweat. With 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the V8 delivers its power smoothly, with a nice note coming from the optional Borla rear exhaust.

The Silverado provides 9 inches of suspension travel in the front and 10 inches of travel in the rear.

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However, this is not complete Ford F-150 Raptor competitor. The Silverado ZR2 has just over 9 inches of suspension in the front and just over 10 inches in the rear. Meanwhile, the Raptor has a 14-inch front and 15-inch rear, so it’ll run all over your Chevy when crossing the desert. However, the Silverado’s ride quality is more consistent and comfortable than Toyota Tundra TRD Pro or the Nissan Titan Pro 4X.

The ZR2 has a few more drive modes, but they don’t affect the shock’s tuning. Instead, these settings modify traction control, throttle mapping, transmission tuning and so on. The off-road mode will soften the traction settings and leave the tail droop a bit, which is best for fun high-speed, dirty times. Terrain mode is best for rock crawling at slow speed, and when the truck is also in low 4WD range, single pedal driving is enabled. This allows the driver to worry about adjusting the accelerator pedal when performing any slow, precise driving. The brakes are applied when you take your foot off the accelerator, so there is no need to brake with your left foot. It’s a great trick.

The ZR2 features off-road-friendly suspension geometry – especially for a full-size pickup truck. The approach angle is 31.8 degrees thanks to the ZR2’s cut-out front bumper, while the breakout and departure angles both exceed 23 degrees. The truck has 11.2 inches of ground clearance, enough to use the knob on the A-column for entry, and ride the 33-inch mud terrain tires. The front and rear electronic differential lockers complement the off-road goodies. Overall, this isn’t a bad spec for a full-size truck.

The interior of the 2022 Silverado is much nicer than before.

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If drag is a big part of your weekend fun, the ZR2 does a good job, but it’s certainly not the top-rated Silverado. When configured properly, the Silverado can tow more than 13,000 pounds, but the ZR2 can tow only 8,900 pounds. People who have big camp here may struggle.

The Silverado ZR2 has a payload rating of 1,400 pounds and there are plenty of tie-down points as well as a 110-volt outlet in the bed. Six great modes from General Motors Multi-Flex Tailgate Also available for under $500, I think it’s a great addition to any truck. The added functionality it provides is well worth the money.

One of the biggest updates for the 2022 model year that improves the entire Silverado lineup is the vastly improved interior design. 13.4-inch touchscreen displays a new version of Chevy’s infotainment technology, now with the power of Google. Apple CarPlayAnd Android Auto Alexa and Alexa are also integrated, and the addition of Google Maps is great. The 12.3″ reconfigurable gauge cluster gives me all the information I could need and it’s easy to scroll and find what I want. The available head-up display is large and reconfigurable, and I could easily see it through my polarized sunglasses.

The cabin materials are much nicer, and while there are still some cheap plastic pieces, the overall look is more upscale. It’s clear that Chevy takes customer complaints seriously when updating the interior. It is very nice on the inside.

This is Chevy’s best off-road Silverado.

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As for driver assistance tech, the Chevrolet Safety Pickup range is based standard, complete with forward collision warning, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, following distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights. Blind spot monitoring is standard on the ZR2 but you’ll have to pay some extra cash if you want adaptive cruise control. Chevy hands free Super cruise Driver assistance is not available on the ZR2.

Pricing for a full-size Silverado ZR2 starts at $69,295 including $1,695 for destination. That’s a little more than the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, but that makes sense given the improved suspension. However, you can get a 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor with larger travel suspension for about an extra $1,000.

The best thing about the ZR2 is that it’s an off-road truck and makes absolutely no compromises in terms of its off-road refinement. Add in excellent Chevy technology and a more beautiful interior, and the 2022 Silverado will be more convincing than ever.

Editor’s note: Travel costs related to this story were covered by the manufacturer, which is common in the auto industry. Roadshow Team’s judgments and opinions are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content.