- Jul 25, 2021
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The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 slots in above the 2022 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss with regard to the nameplate’s trim level cadence, offering greater capability when off-roading. However, for those customers also interested in using their pickup for towing, there are significant differences to consider between the two models.
One of the most important factors in a vehicle’s tow rating is the engine, so let’s start there. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 is available with four engine options, including the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, rated at 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, with that latter figure representing a 20-percent increase as compared to models prior. The other three engines include the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine, rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, rated 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission, whereas the other three connect to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Of these four engines, the 2022 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss is available with three options, namely the 5.3L V8 L84, the 6.2L V8 L87, and the 3.0L I6 LM2. Meanwhile, the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 is only available with the 6.2L V8 L87.
With that covered, let’s check out the max towing capacities for the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 and 2022 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss:
Refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Max Towing Capacities - ZR2 vs. Trail Boss (Pounds)
|RPO Code||Engine||Crew Cab 2WD/4WD||Trail Boss Crew Cab||ZR2 Crew Cab|
|L3B||2.7L I4 Turbo||9,200 / 9,000||-||-|
|L84||5.3L V8 DFM||11,200 / 11,000||9,200||-|
|LM2||3.0L I6 Turbo-Diesel||13,200 / 12,900||9,000||-|
|L87||6.2L V8 DFM||- / 13,200||9,100||8,900|
As we can see, the Trail Boss offers slightly more towing capacity than the Chevy Silverado ZR2, even when equipped with the less-powerful 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine. To note, neither the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss or Chevy Silverado ZR2 are available with the Max Trailering Package (RPO code NHT).
The difference comes down to the suspension spec, with the ZR2’s DSSV dampers tuned specifically for off-roading, which affects towing capacity. Both models are also lifted, which can also affect towing, but the components are different for the Chevy Silverado ZR2.
As a reminder, all trim levels of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 continue to ride on the GM T1 platform, with production taking place at the GM Fort Wayne plant in Indiana and GM Silao plant in Mexico. Production will also take place at the GM Oshawa plant in Canada once renovations have been completed.