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

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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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