Video: Diesel Chevy Silverado Trail Boss vs new ZR2 V8: Which One Is the Best?

There is about $6,000 between.

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Which new Chevy Silverado off-road is your favorite? I compare a new 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trail Boss with a 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel to an all-new Silverado ZR2 with a 6.2L V8. The number of off-road trucks from GM continues to grow. The refreshed Trail Boss can now be had with a choice of the following power plants: 2.7-liter turbocharged gasoline I4, 5.3-liter V8, 6.2-liter V8, or a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel I6. The Trail Boss pricing varies depending on options and power train ($51,245 – $66,500+). The new ZR2 comes with just one engine – the 6.2-liter V8. The ZR2 has a suggested manufacturer price range of approximately $69,000 – $73,000+.

While the general style, interior, and payload/towing capability are close between these two trucks – the major difference comes when you consider the suspension system, tires, and the locking differentials. The Trail Boss has a factory 2-inch suspension lift and Rancho shocks. The ZR2 also has a lift, additional suspension travel, and sophisticated Multimatic DSSV spool-valve shocks with position-sensitive damping. Both of these suspensions are comparable for slow-speed off-road driving. The ZR2’s DSSV shocks are simply more resiliant, can better handle fast-speed off-road driving, and (most importantly) offer great bottom-out protection.

I tried to bottom out the ZR2 suspension while driving it fast in the California desert, but I could not. The DSSV shocks are very capable. The ZR2 has slightly larger 33-inch all-terrain tires. The Trail Boss rides on 32-inch all-terrain tires. Finally, the ZR2 has selectable front and rear locking differentials. This offers superior slow-speed traction. It is very difficult to get the ZR2 stuck. We have tried to get it stuck at our Tumbleweed Ranch, but we could not.

Check out the video below and let me know which truck is your favorite.