Car Buyer Labs

Car Buying Advice, Tips, and Reviews

A grey 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss is shown from the front at an angle.

The 2022 Chevy Silverado Custom

Trucks are among the most unique vehicles you can buy. They serve as amazing utility vehicles that will come in handy at a moment’s notice. Their engines are built for hauling heavy weight, whether that be towing or transporting heavy-duty equipment. Their truck bedding is a standout feature that allows drivers to get crafty and fit things into the vehicle that might otherwise not fit into other vehicles.

Additionally, many trucks are quite proficient off of the road to aid in utility. Some even specialize in off-roading adventures like crawling through mud or fording water with ease. Trucks are like the swiss army knife of vehicles: useful for any situation.

No other truck displays this versatility and power more than the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom. It is the embodiment of a versatile truck. It will always have the right tools for the job! If there is a job that the Custom can’t handle, then the appropriate tools are most likely available as add-on features.

A grey 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom TrailBoss is shown from the rear at an angle.

A Closer Look at the Custom

A good place to start when examining any vehicle is its MSRP. For those who are curious to know, the base model Chevy Silverado 1500 starts at about $34,600. However, the model of focus for this vehicle is the Custom trim. The 1500 Custom is marked up a few grand. Though a bit more expensive, the additions to the trim are well worth the financial difference. You get what you pay for, and this is particularly true of the Silverado 1500 Custom.

It’s always good to know where your money goes when looking at a specific trim. What you won’t be paying for are 6 of the 7 colors available for the Silverado 1500 Custom. Those colors are Red Hot, Northsky Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black, and Oxford Brown Metallic. All of these colors are available free of charge, which is a blessing as other manufacturers charge extra for some coats of paint. The 7th color, Cherry Red Tintcoat, is the only color that comes at an additional cost. It’s a little darker than the Red Hot tint.

So what are some of the things that merit the price differential of the Custom? Many of them are quality-of-life additions that don’t come standard. Accessories such as the 120-volt box-mounted power outlet increase work versatility, and possibilities that the truck provides. With the 1500 Custom, you can easily use your tools straight out of the back of the truck bed. Other handy accessories that come with the 1500 Custom are power driver seats, a 6-speaker audio system, carpeted floor covering, rear window defogger, and remote start. The sheer amount of additions, and quality put into this model more than make up for its slightly higher value.

Safety Essentials

Paying for what you want out of your vehicle feels great, but getting things for free is also rewarding. The 1500 Custom gets some essential safety features that truck drivers should never go without! These features include forward collision alert, which stops the vehicle if the sensors read that a crash is imminent. This really helps out in a pinch and keeps the streets safe for everyone. Additionally, there is pedestrian detection and auto emergency braking. These function similarly to collision detection.

Chevy also includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a following distance indicator. Following distance indicator determines if you’re driving too close to the person in front of you. This is useful for those people who struggle to time the distance between cars properly. It also keeps those tail chasers in check when they are driving aggressively.

Driving the Custom

While every model of the Silverado has some features that make it unique, there are also characteristics that are standard amongst each model. One of those for the Silverado 1500 Custom is its small, but mighty 2.7-L Turbo I-4 High Output engine. Yes, you read that right! A full-sized truck sporting a 4-cylinder, 2.7-L engine; how can this be?

Don’t mistake its small size for being a weak engine. This turbo engine has strong output capabilities. It produces 310 hp, which is more than plenty to speed on the highways. Also, because it is only 4 cylinders, the truck controls smoothly. The ride is more akin to a sedan, so there’s no fear of driving a beast for those who are new to bigger vehicles.

Other specifications include its impressive 430 lb-ft of torque, and a staggering towing capacity of 9,500 lbs! This is an impressive feat for such a little engine. It makes sure that the 1500 Silverado will suit all the needs of a working person. On top of these enormous feats, this engine manages to run quietly and smoothly. Well, maybe not when hauling thousands of pounds, but on a daily drive you won’t hear a peep from this thing inside the cabin.

There is an inherent benefit to having a smaller engine, and that’s its fuel efficiency. It gets a whopping 19 MPG city and 22 MPG highway. Usually, larger vehicles have a drop-off in terms of fuel efficiency, but the Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom gets a little above average. More impressively, its city driving miles per gallon is rather high for a truck. It makes the 1500 Custom a great city driving vehicle for business travel or daily commutes.

A grey 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss is shown from the front while driving through mud.

Powerful Upgrades

For those who can’t possibly think of driving a 4 cylinder engine, you’re in luck! Chevy has 3 other additional engines to choose from. Each one of them comes with its own standout attributes. The 6.2-L EcoTec3 V8 stands out for being the strongest engine, producing a staggering 420 hp. That’s 110 more horses than the Turbo I-4, and you can feel each horse kick behind the wheel. On top of that, it has 460 lb-ft of torque and is capable of a whopping 13,300 lbs of towing.

Moving on, the 3.0-L Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-6 is notable for having the best fuel economy among all of the available engines. Its fuel efficiency is up to par with a standard sedan. The engine gets 23 MPG city and 31 MPG highway. This mileage will drastically reduce fuel costs. Additionally, being the second smallest engine, its specs are comparable to the 6.2-L. It produces 460 lb-ft of torque and 13,300 lbs of towing.

Take a Ride in the Custom

The 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom is a spacious vehicle; not only is it impressive on the outside, but also on the inside. The interior driver row has 44.53” of leg room. This is large enough to fit even the tallest people, while leaving plenty of room for the passengers in the back. Speaking of which, they themselves get to enjoy a total of 43” of legroom. They get nearly as much space as the people in the front. As a result, the 1500 Custom makes for a comfortable and roomy commuter car.

Moving to the bed, the 1500 Custom comes with the shortbed option. It has 69.92” of exterior space. While not the largest option available, this still meets the need of a busy working individual. That’s a generous amount of space to hold heavy-duty equipment and still have space for extra tools.