These Two Chevy Silverados Battle It Out To See If Diesel Beats V8 Power

Two different versions of the Chevrolet Silverado are tested to see which Silverado is the ultimate pickup.

credit – Sources: YouTube/The Fast Lane Truck, Chevrolet

The Silverado 1500 Trail Boss LT and Silverado 1500 ZR2 pickups are compared on the YouTube channel The Fast Lane Truck.

For a side-by-side comparison, host Andre Smirnov enlists Tanner, a recent Trail Boss owner.

Here’s a short glance at these Chevy pickup trucks with off-road capability.

Differences Between The Two Best-Selling American Pickups

The opening of the video shows both trucks’ exteriors.

The distinctions between the two 2022 Silverados must be explained because they both have a similar appearance.

The Trail Boss has optional 20-inch wheels and sits two inches higher (the ZR2 only comes with 18-inch rims).

The ZR2 features a front bumper nipped in the corners to enable a better approach angle, while the Trail Boss has a larger, more upright front end.

This modification serves to emphasize that, in comparison to the Trail Boss, the ZR2 is more focused on off-road capability (a truck engineered for split duties between the dirt and pavement).

The ZR2 has a more powerful Multimatic damper system, whereas the Trail Boss uses Rancho shocks, further highlighting this contrast.

Another aesthetic distinction is that the Trail Boss has exposed exhaust tips as opposed to the ZR2’s disguised setup.

Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Vs. Silverado ZR2: A Cabin Perspective

The much-needed cabin improvement that Chevy just gave the Silverado is present in these trucks.

With a 13.4-inch touchscreen display that is horizontally oriented, the plain-Jane center stack now has a more contemporary appearance.

Additionally, the instrument cluster is entirely digital.

With leather upholstery and other luxuries, the cabin of the Trail Boss seems upmarket, but the ZR2 goes a step further.

As a result of the ZR2’s increased price, the top specification includes ventilated front seats, nicer inside elements, and yellow stitching.

The Basics: Silverado Trail Boss LT and Silverado ZR2 Head To Head

Tanner says he paid the sticker price for his $62,500 LT Trail Boss and purchased it in February; he estimates that the identical vehicle would cost roughly $65,000 if he were to purchase it now.

The Duramax Diesel 3.0-liter inline-six engine powers Tanner’s pickup.

The turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder is the Trail Boss’ standard engine. Chevy also provides two V8 engines: a 5.3-liter and a 6.2-liter.

The 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, is the only one available for the ZR2.

With a few extras added, the top-dog Silverado’s base price of $70,200 increases to well over $75,000 for the ZR2.

The film ends with no apparent victor; consumers searching for a Ford F-150 Tremor equivalent will appreciate the ZR2, while those seeking a vehicle with a balance of on-road handling and off-road performance will lean toward the Trail Boss.


Sources: YouTube/The Fast Lane Truck, Chevrolet

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