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2022 SILVERADO PRICE HIKE PUTS ZR2 ON PAR WITH F-150 RAPTOR

How Will Customers Respond?

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 1500
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Price hikes have been a new trend as of late, and it looks like the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 has seen some increases that now put its pricing right beside the F-150 Raptor. The new starting price for the Silverado ZR2 is now $69,640 USD, which includes the destination fee. That price is just $730 shy of the base price for the Ford F-150 Raptor, which currently is priced at $70,370 USD including destination.

2022 Chevrolet ZR2 vs. Ford F-150 Raptor

The Silverado ZR2 is less powerful, has less suspension travel, has smaller tires, and is a narrower track than that of the Ford F-150 Raptor. This means it doesn’t have much going for it to justify its pricing over the Raptor. Sure, one could argue that the standard interior content, comfort, and technology play a factor in giving the ZR2 some favor. As its own trim level, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 comes standard with a 13.4-inch horizontal touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster screen.

2021 2022 2023 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor
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Compared to the Ford F-150 Raptor with the standard 800A package, which has a 12-inch instrument cluster and a 12-inch infotainment screen, the ZR2 has larger interactable rectangles for you to play with. The 2022 Silverado ZR2 also comes with Google Built-In technology, something its competition hasn’t integrated yet. Various driver memory settings, such as mirrors and seats, also come standard on the ZR2. For these conveniences in the Ford F-150 Raptor, customers need to buy into the 801A High Package, which is an additional $4,755.

Under the hood is probably the biggest differentiator. The F-150 Raptor, with its EcoBoost V6, produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The Silverado ZR2, sold exclusively with a 6.2L L87 V8, punches out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. The Raptor features Baja-inspired Fox Racing shocks, the Silverado ZR2 has race-proven Multimatic DSSV dampers. The other big difference is that the ZR2 has 33-inch tires, while the Raptor has standard 35-inch and optional 37-inch tires.

It seems the recent price hikes will put Silverado ZR2 buyers in a bind for making a decision. Would they rather have more interior gadgets and gizmos, or higher-caliber off-road equipment? Ultimately, the ZR2 is probably going to be sold by many dealers for above MSRP anyway, so the sticker shock may ultimately not be a big factor by comparison.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2
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Written by Zac M.

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