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2022 Chevy Silverado single-cab, shorter-bed truck is back — with a catch


Single cab, regular cab, crew cab, long bed, short bed, standard bed — all of the truck jargon can be confusing to the average consumer. But for the folks out there who just want an “affordable” pickup truck with two doors and a smaller bed, there are very few choices.

Now, there’s one more choice in the market, as General Motors is bringing back a popular truck once only sold overseas. GM Authority first reported and we can confirm, the 2022 Chevy Silverado will be available as a single-cab truck with a shorter bed. But (and you knew there would be a but) it’s only available on the Work Truck (WT) trim and with the 6-foot, 5-inch bed (or what Chevy calls a “standard” bed).

What single-cab, full-size trucks are available with a shorter bed?

If you are shopping for a full-size single-cab truck with a smaller bed, pickings are fairly slim. Until now, only the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 had such offerings.

Ford made a 6-foot, 5-inch bed with a single cab available for 2021 on both the XL and XLT trims. But this also meant that those work-oriented trucks didn’t get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes the F-150 such a tremendous vehicle. Rather the single-cab work truck from Ford gets the 3.3-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower.

A single cab is available on the Ram 1500 Classic models with your choice of a 6-foot, 4-inch box or an 8-foot box.

But that was it.

Toyota Tundra stopped offering a single cab after the 2017 model year, and the Nissan Titan stopped offering it after the 2019 model year.

2022 Chevy Silverado updates

There are a lot of new features for the 2022 Chevy Silverado, beyond just the single cab on the WT Trim. In fact, many of these updates affect multiple trim lines and give truck buyers plenty of choices.

A new available 13.4-inch diagonal touchscreen gives a major technology bump to the Silverado, which was in desperate need of a new screen.  A second available big screen resides behind the steering wheel with a 12.3-inch digital display for the driver.

Mechanically, the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with the 8-speed transmission will get 20% more torque than before. Two new, albeit somewhat confounding, driver assist features are also coming to the Silverado with the arrival of Super Cruise to the Silverado 1500 High Country and the new Buckle to Drive feature on all 1500s.

The bottom line on the single-cab truck

A single-cab pickup truck is not everyone’s cup of tea. It certainly has minimal appeal for families, but it appeals to people who use their trucks for work and who helped make pickup trucks the most popular segment in the automotive industry.

Many of those true pickup consumers may not be able to afford the luxury full-size trucks that have price tags north of $60k. Plus those trucks have far more features than fleet companies might need. So we think it’s an outstanding move from Chevy to offer a single cab in the U.S. market.

What do you think of single cab trucks? Are they still of interest to you? Leave your comment below.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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  1. Julie December 21, 2021

    I absolutely would buy another single cab, short box truck! I am an older woman and I currently drive a 2005 gmc z71 regular cab with a 5.3 litre engine since new! Love it. The newer trucks with 4 doors are awful for me to drive(hubby has one) hate it. Sit too low, can’t see over the hood…not the truck for me. For now I will keep driving my truck till it won’t go no more.

  2. wayne lee January 4, 2022

    i have been driving short bed regular cab chevys since i was old enough to shift the gears om das old 62 chevy 6 banger sweet ole truck

  3. Harrison January 5, 2022

    Four cylinder? I currently drive a 06 regular cab with a 5.3 v8 that I’ve had since new! I’m looking to get another truck but there’s no way I’d give up the power for this truck!

  4. Richard Hobza April 14, 2022

    I have been a Chevy owner all my life until now, switched to a 2016 F150 XLT, single cab short box and love it, 2.7 eco boost. Hats off to Ford to give us what we want. Chevy does make one but in the WT version reg box. Wake up GM!

  5. Glen williams April 16, 2022

    I love the regular cab short bed chevys they look so cool.

  6. Doug T May 11, 2022

    I’ve been waiting for a single cab with a short bed (or regular bed) for some time and would buy it tomorrow…. I don’t care who makes it. BUT, it has to have all the new technologies and a good list of option. Simply stated, I like driving a truck that isn’t 19+ feet long, but I like it optioned out pretty well. I’ve owned trucks most of my life, but what I want is no longer available, in the US. If I could I’d buy the RST that is sold in the middle east, but they won’t sell it to me. BOTTOM LINE, WHY WON”T CHEVY SELL A TRUCK IN THE US THAT IS MADE IN THE US, BUT IS EXPORTED. Chevy, please offer the Saudi RST in the U.S.

  7. Casey September 15, 2022

    Single cab pickups are all i need. Wouldn’t have anything else.

  8. Eric j Lutz October 13, 2022

    Love my 2010 reg bed,reg cab v8 truck. The v8 sound is great but it’s a bumpy driving truck.

    I want another but no v8 is a deal breaker. The 2.7 offers nothing over a v8 except 1 mpg only in the 2wd model. The 4wd gets worse mileage than the 5.3 v8. Come on Chevy, dump the turbo 4 only option.

    No bragging rights with that motor.

  9. Wally Batista October 16, 2022

    I have a 1995 chevy step side 6 ft bed Z71 package V8 love my truck! Im waiting for GM to start making the same truck so I can go buy one.What is GM waiting for?Not everyone wants a double cab.

  10. Larry Harris November 23, 2022

    I like Gmc regular cab 5.3 liter I’ve always purchased these trucks can’t find a new now disappointed please bring them back

  11. Anonymous December 17, 2022

    Been driving short box chevys for over 50 yrs the women running gm has lost her scence of what american people really want and its not a 70000 truck and get rid of white colorop

  12. Steve Roberts March 17, 2023

    Absolutly , I would buy one today, if they built one that was nicely optioned. Myself and my father owned them since the ’70s. I currrently own a 2017 Z71 in that configuration. For what its worth I get a lot of compliments and questioned as to If Chevy still makes them and if I would be interested in selling it.

  13. Ken March 31, 2023

    Put a V8 in a new 2 door Chevy shortbed and I would absolutely buy one. 4 banger is a joke.

    My 2006 v8 LT shortbed I got off the showroom floor got stolen, and hard to find another.

    1. April May 24, 2023

      Families shouldn’t have pickup trucks anyway, at least not as their only vehicle. They should stick to regular cars or minivans, that way they don’t run their kids (or someone else’s) over because the visibility in modern trucks is so poor for no reason other than ego boosting. Certainly not for a half decent engine.

      1. Tim Esterdahl May 24, 2023

        You missed the part where trucks have all sorts of sensors, cameras and specific equipment for pedestrian detection. All of your concerns have been addressed in new trucks.

        1. April June 1, 2023

          I’d love to live in your world, it sounds like one where nobody drives drunk or uses their phone while driving. If only I lived there too. If those features worked, it would show up in the medical records, and thus the research. Unfortunately, headlines aren’t “trucks and SUVs show decline in fatal collisions”.

          Even disregarding that, their positioning as family vehicles makes it impossible to find a truck with a half-usable bed instead of a six door cab and two feet of bed space. I’m having to look at 2000s Fords to find one I can haul stuff to market with.


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