We’ve all heard the saying Go Big or Go Home, but in real life, that’s not always possible. Back in 2004, Chevrolet recognized that for many would-be pickup truck buyers, a giant half-ton rig wasn’t feasible. For these buyers, the automaker created a truck with smaller proportions, and today, that truck – the 2022 Chevy Colorado – continues to attract buyers for its manageable size and surprisingly rugged capability. Midsize pickup truck buyers want it all: style, capability, and performance. The Colorado’s practical dimensions let urban dwellers and daily commuters get in on the pickup craze without making substantial lifestyle changes. It’s a truck that can easily take you from business lunch to the mountain trail. In short, it fits in everywhere because of its versatility.
For 2022, adventure-seeking buyers can equip the Colorado with an off-road-ready Trail Boss Package, and buyers can choose from three powerful engines to dial in the torque they need. Inside, buyers will find tons of advanced infotainment technology for easy smartphone connectivity and content streaming. This truck is the perfect size to take on your work, your adventure, or even just your commute.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado offers an array of trims designed for even the strictest budget. The capable WT (Work Truck) offers budget-focused buyers entry into the family of Colorado owners. In its 2WD Crew Cab, Short Box configuration, the WT is well under $30,000. It features a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed transmission, bucket seats in the front with a power driver’s seat, a 6-speaker audio system, and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen.
Upgrading to the LT trim adds a handful of cabin niceties, including remote keyless entry, cloth seating surfaces, an adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a standard Wi-Fi hotspot. Rear seat passengers receive a USB charging port, and an overhead console increases storage space. Outside, the LT features a remote locking tailgate.
Upgrading to the LT unlocks access to a long list of optional equipment packages. Buyers who select the Luxury Package receive heated front seats with a power lumbar setting on the driver’s seat, automatic climate control, and more. The LT Convenience Package includes a rear sliding window with defogger, fog lights, remote start, and heated power outside mirrors. Adding the Safety Package equips the LT with Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist.
The Colorado Z71 sits near the top end of the trim range. It features a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine and an 8-speed transmission, 17-inch all-terrain tires, an automatic locking rear differential for optimal traction when you need it, and a special off-road suspension package. A larger HD 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that runs on the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System is included, and seating surfaces receive an upgrade from cloth to leatherette.
At the top of the heap sits the rugged Colorado ZR2. It features all the equipment found on the Z71 and a plethora of off-road extras designed to help drivers tackle even the toughest terrain. These include front and rear driver-selectable full-locking differentials, an integrated trailer brake controller, bright red recovery hooks, and a Trailering Package for hauling your boat or ATV.
The ZR2 features upgraded 17-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac mud and snow tires mated to graphite/gold aluminum wheels. An all-terrain spare tire is also included. A black rear bumper with corner steps replaces the standard bumper found on other trims, and DSSV Multimatic dampers smooth out the ride. The ZR2 features more aggressive wider and taller dimensions than the WT, LT, and Z71 trims.
Chevrolet wants buyers to choose a powertrain that works for their individual driving style, which is why Colorado buyers can choose from three different and distinct motors. The first is a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that achieves an impressive 19 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway while delivering plenty of power. It’s rated at 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The 4-cylinder comes standard on the WT and the LT trims.
Next up is a powerful 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine that produces an impressive 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, drivers can confidently tow up to 7,000 pounds. Even with the additional output, the V6 still delivers an efficient 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. It’s standard on the Z71 and ZR2 trims and available as an extra cost upgrade on both the WT and LT. Trucks with this engine are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Perhaps most exciting of all is Chevy’s decision to add an optional diesel motor to the mix. For an additional cost, drivers can opt for the available Duramax 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel motor. Doing so increases towing capacity to 7,700 pounds, thanks to the engine’s 369 lb-ft of torque power. It also delivers an ample 181 horsepower, all while achieving an estimated 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.
New for 2022, the Trail Boss Package can be added to the LT or the Z71 trims for additional off-roading capability. The package lets drivers dial in a one-inch lift for better ground clearance by way of a Suspension Leveling Kit. Two performance skid pads – one in the front and one at the midpoint underneath – protect vulnerable truck components from trail hazards like rocks. It also comes with 17-inch black wheels, red recovery hooks, and black Chevrolet accents.
No 2000’s-era vehicle is complete without at least some infotainment technology, and even the most basic Colorado trim is no exception. The WT and LT feature a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity that allows drivers to easily stream content like a favorite playlist or podcast right from their smartphones. The Z71 and ZR2 provide an upgraded 8-inch HD infotainment touchscreen that runs on Chevy’s intuitive operating system. The system features a robust voice recognition capability and the ability for drivers to interact with smartphone apps right on the screen. For around $1,000 more, buyers can opt for connected navigation, which displays turn-by-turn directions on the screen with real-time traffic data.
Buyers that choose an upper-level Colorado trim can choose the available upgraded 7-speaker Bose premium audio system. The speakers are carefully located throughout the cabin to provide an acoustically-optimized listening experience with concert-like sound. The standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot is great for weekend campers looking to stay connected - it can be activated with an affordable data plan.
Speaking of connectivity, Chevy’s robust Connected Services are also available with the Colorado. The app-based technology turns your smartphone into a remote key, letting you lock/unlock the doors, sound the horn, and even remote start your truck. In addition, you can opt for OnStar services and receive emergency roadside assistance by way of a team of live, specially-trained operators.
Add the economical Safety Package to the Colorado LT or Z71, and you’ll get both Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, two advanced driver-assist systems that rely on a series of sensors, cameras, and radar to detect potential hazards and alert the driver. Lane Departure Warning helps drivers avoid drifting out of their intended lane of travel, while Forward Collision Alert notifies the driver when it senses a collision is possible. This is in addition to several other fantastic safety features.