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The all-new Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 with trailer attached and ready to tow, works extremely well with 8,000 pounds of audio equipment behind.

Craig Conover, Daily Herald

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The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 is a great new addition to the world of trucks both outside and inside.

Craig Conover, Daily Herald

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The Silverado ZR2 is Chevrolet’s flagship off-road truck and the latest addition to a successful lineup of factory-mounted off-road lift trucks.

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The Silverado ZR2 is Chevrolet’s flagship off-road truck and the latest addition to a successful lineup of factory-mounted off-road lift trucks.

The attached photo

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The Silverado ZR2 is Chevrolet’s flagship off-road truck and the latest addition to a successful lineup of factory-mounted off-road lift trucks.

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The Silverado ZR2 is Chevrolet’s flagship off-road truck and the latest addition to a successful lineup of factory-mounted off-road lift trucks.

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A lot of times we don’t get into a new car and are completely surprised by the interior. Having tested new cars week after week for the past 12 years, it takes a lot from the manufacturer to get us around.

However, climbing inside the new Chevrolet Silverado for the first time really took our breath away!

The new Silverado’s interior is the best thing to come from Chevrolet since the new Corvette two years ago. It was attractive, technologically advanced and a perfect fit for this new truck.

At Chevy’s press site, they downplayed the new dashboard as a completely redesigned luxury cabin on LT models and up. After trying this new look for a week, we’re convinced this is the best new truck interior we’ve ever driven.

There are some huge screens out there now in the truck world, with everyone trying to outdo what Ram did when he integrated a more than 12-inch vertical screen into the center console. However, this new look for a Silverado is way more subtle and subtle, using the dashboard more than a canvas as it makes its way from driver to passenger.

Leverages and buttons that operate functions – things like parking assistance, tailgate release and crawl control – aren’t integrated into the dashboard under its massive screen or appear as heavy as in years past. They are already used in the dashboard as a design element.

Beneath these features are controls for trailer brakes and HVAC, which can be controlled manually or via a touch screen. The designers also cleverly included a smaller home button and volume control to the right of the center buttons to provide the driver with a quick way to access the home screen or turn down the volume.

Of course, the volume and channel controls are still built into the rear of the steering wheel and the driver can also use them for these functions.

Are there cameras? why yes. They’re everywhere, including one that can be used in a rearview mirror. Installing a trailer was simple when Craig had to tow a fully loaded trailer to the Friday event of test drive week.

Even with 8,800 pounds on the hitch, the new ZR2 had no complaints about the payload pull. Factory-installed 2 inch lift makes it easy to connect to the trailer; It was like a 2500 truck stop for Craig’s business partner.

Interior amenities aside, the new ZR2 version of the Silverado is Chevrolet’s answer to the Ram TRX and Ford Raptor. It comes with the largest petrol engine in the wheelhouse, a 6.2-liter Ecotec V-8 that is hooked up via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The ZR2 setup comes with all kinds of suspension additives and off-road technologies to improve performance and off-road capability. It may not have the pure off-line power like the competition, but it will do well in any off-road competition and will definitely win in the interior design aspect.

We found that even with all that off-road prowess, the Silverado kept its etiquette very well when out on the open, paved road. Craig had the opportunity to take a few co-workers to Ogden, and other than the fact that the truck sits higher, which makes getting on and off more difficult, they all liked the truck ride.

The ZR2 is loaded with safety features, including a 15-inch head-up display that comes with the addition of the tech package ($1970). It also included adaptive cruise control and steering wheel adjustment. Combined with helping keep the lane, this was invaluable for driving up Ogden, keeping the truck well-groomed and on course appropriately far behind the lead car.

The large, full-color head-up display was the icing on the cake while enjoying all of the truck’s other tech, including the 12.3-inch all-digital driving display. There seem to be screens all over the place, enhancing the drive into a spacecraft-like experience. This was not what we expected from Chevrolet!

On top of all the technology going on, this truck was really good looking and caught the eye at every stop. The first day we got out in the ZR2, we spent more time talking to people about it than actually driving it. It looked as if we were back in a new Corvette based on the number of questions and spectators we drew.

Our hats for the new Chevrolet and Silverado. It’s definitely worth a look for those in the market for a new truck.

base price: $65,100

Destination fee: 1695 USD

Price by engine: $72,770


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