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Are trucks getting bigger? 2022 vs. 2011 Silverado 2500 comparison


People talk all the time about trucks getting bigger every year and how the new midsize trucks are now the size of the old full-size trucks. While there is a lot of controversy about the safety of these larger trucks, we wanted to do a side-by-side comparison to show the difference.

What a difference eleven years makes

Publisher Tim Esterdahl has a neighbor who owns a 2011 Silverado 2500 truck with a Z71 package, so when he got to review a 2022 Silverado 2500 with the same package he had to get these trucks side by side.

Wow! Even without the measuring tape, we can see a huge difference in the size of these trucks. Granted the new truck has larger tires and the overall design of the truck has changed some with a more menacing grille giving the truck a beefier look. But check out the bed test where Esterdahl’s neighbor tries to reach in a get something out of the bed. Crazy right?

With trucks getting bigger, is safety a concern?

This is the question that ruffles feathers. It seems obvious that the impact from a larger, heavier vehicle would cause more damage. But that doesn’t mean that more damage is actually caused than what we’ve seen in years past. Thanks to new technologies — such as lane keep assist, radar, cross-traffic alerts, emergency braking and cameras — modern vehicles, no matter their size, are safer for anyone in their path than they were just a few years ago.

So yes, trucks are growing in size. And things like the bed steps on this 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 are a necessity, not a luxury. But we’re not sure that’s a bad thing. What do you think? Do you like the old trucks better, or are you a fan of the modern truck?

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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