2022 Chevrolet Colorado

MSRP $27,250 Est.

Ranked #6 in Pickup-truck

7.3

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2022 Chevrolet Colorado Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Colorado is the smallest truck in GM’s lineup, sitting below the Silverado. Because of its smaller dimensions, it is classified as a mid-size pickup truck. The whole Colorado lineup received a facelift last year with refreshed looks, especially on the ZR2 trim. Because of the recent update, we can expect the 2022 Colorado to be a carryover model with minimal changes. The Chevrolet Colorado has always been known for its excellent driving dynamics without compromising on comfort, and the capable off-road-ready ZR2 model which gets unique looks and features. Chevrolet will be dropping the 2.8L turbo-diesel engine for 2022 because of low sales, leaving only the 2.5L Inline-4 and the powerful 3.6L V6. We can expect a completely new model for 2023 but for 2022, there won’t be any significant changes. 

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Pros

Excellent handling capabilities

A comfortable and ergonomic driving position

Lot of trims to choose from including the off-road-ready ZR2

Powerful V6 engine paired to an advanced transmission

Affordable pricing

Cons

A Mediocre base Inline-4 engine

Interior quality could be improved

Missing technology compared to the competition

Limited towing capacity

What's New?

New exterior color options

Reshuffling features and equipment levels

Possible discontinuation of 2.8L turbo-diesel engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27250

bodystyle

3dr Crew Cab

engine type

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$27,250 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Chevrolet Colorado in Dark Cherry Pearl color
Dark Cherry Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The sales have been dwindling because of the aging design, with numbers dipping below 100,000 units in recent years. Last year, GM decided to discontinue the base model and is now available with a choice of 4 trim levels for the Crew Cab models. Prices are expected to range from $28,000 to $44,200, which puts it in competition with the GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, and Honda Ridgeline.


9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Chevrolet Colorado Features

The 2022 model is expected to be available in 4 trim levels: WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 with similar pricing. Some notable standard features include automatic headlights, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touchscreen display and 6 speakers, Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, 4-way power-adjustable driver seat, satellite radio, tire pressure monitoring, and more.

The 3.6L V6 engine is available as an option on the WT and LT models for $1,500 extra, while the Z71 and ZR2 models can be bought with the 2.8L turbo-diesel engine which adds $4,000 to the base price. Chevrolet also offers 4WD on all models equipped with either the V6 or diesel engine for an extra $3,500.

Trims

WT

LT

Z71

ZR2

MSRP

$27,000

$31,000

$36,000

$45,400

Features

7-inch touchscreen

In addition to /replacing WT features:

In addition to /replacing LT features:

In addition to /replacing Z71 features:

 

6-speaker audio system

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

3.6 L V6 and 8-Speed automatic

Off-road focused design elements

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

8-inch touchscreen

Heated outer rear view mirrors

Lockable front and rear differentials 

 

4-way power adjustable driver seat

Cruise Control

Automatic Climate Control

Adaptive dampers

 

TPMS

6-way power adjustable driver seat

HD Rearview Camera

Optional 2.8L Turbo Diesel 

*expected

We Recommend

While the capabilities and capacities of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado differ depending on the trim, the features list gets more and more premium as you rise up the trim ranks as well. The price increments are also astounding, but offer plenty of value for money. For those looking for a road-going pickup, check out the capable but cost effective Colorado Z71, while any off-road friendly buyers should go for the ZR2. 

Price

Prices are expected to start at $27,000 for the base WT model which gets the 200 hp 2.5L Inline-4 engine as standard. 

Release Date

The 2022 model is expected to follow the GM model year sequence with the launch expected by the third quarter of this year.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Engine and Performance

With the 2.8l turbo-diesel engine expected to be discontinued for 2022, we can expect the Chevrolet Colorado to come with two engine options. The WT and LT trims get the 2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 engine as standard which produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The higher Z71 and ZR2 models get the more powerful 3.6L V6 engine as standard which is rated at 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine is paired with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission which gets a towing mode, and powertrain grade braking. The ZR2 model also gets 4 wheel drive as standard with lockable front and rear differentials, Multimatic DSSV dampers, and trailer brake control. 4-wheel-drive is also available on the lower trims when equipped with the V6 engine. The base Inline-4 engine-equipped models only have a towing capacity of 3500 points, while the V6 models with the optional trailering equipment package increases capacity to 7000 pounds. The drivetrains are shared with the GMC Canyon.

The Chevrolet Colorado continues to be fun-to-drive with excellent handling, while still being comfortable with sorted ergonomics. The ZR2 model is also capable of some serious off-roading with a lot of exclusive equipment and protection. Overall, Colorado is a very easy truck to live with but it still lacks the refinement of bigger trucks.

The models equipped with the base 2.5L engines take more than 9 seconds to reach 60 MPH which is significantly slower than its competitors, and crosses the quarter-mile in 16.3 seconds. The 3.6L V6 engine is significantly faster, reaching 60 in just 7 seconds and crossing the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT*

2022 Ford Ranger XL SuperCrew*

2022 GMC Canyon Standard Crew Cab*

2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD*

MSRP

$30,000

$27,500

$29,000

$36,500

Engine

2.5-Liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.3-Liter Intercooled Turbo Inline-4

2.5-Liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed Automatic

9-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

200 @ 6300

270 @ 5500

200 @ 6300

280 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

191 @ 4400

310 @ 3000

191 @ 4400

262 @ 4700

*2021 MY specs used for reference

The Ford Ranger continues to top the charts, reaching 60 MPH in just 6.8 seconds thanks to its turbocharged engine and well-tuned 10-speed transmission, followed closely by the Honda Ridgeline which takes 7.2 seconds. The base models of both the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon share the same engine and are the slowest in their class. Upgrading to the optional V6 engine will give the Colorado similar performance to its rivals, improve off-road capability and increase towing capacity.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Fuel Economy

9.0/10

With the efficient turbo-diesel engine slated to be discontinued for 2022, the Colorado is expected to get the remaining two gas engines. The base 2.5L engine gets EPA ratings of 19 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, while the more powerful V6 engine is rated lower at 16 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway, making it less efficient than all its rivals. Fortunately, the Colorado gets a large 21-gallon fuel tank that extends the range up to 525 miles on the highway.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT*

2022 Ford Ranger XL SuperCrew*

2022 GMC Canyon Standard Crew Cab*

2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD*

MPG (City)

19

21

19

18

MPG (Highway)

25

26

25

24

MPG (Combined)

22

23

22

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21

18

21

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

399/525/462

378/468/414

399/525/462

351/468/409

*2021 MY specs used for reference

Compared to rivals like the Ford Ranger which produces more power while still being efficient, the Colorado feels dated. The Ranger delivers an impressive rating of 21 MPG in the city and 26 MOG on the highway, which is the highest in class. The Honda Ridgeline is also reasonably efficient considering its big V6 engine and power output. Since the GMC Canyon shares the same powertrain as the Chevrolet Colorado, the EPA ratings are also similar.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

6.0/10

We expect the 2022 model to get some minor interior updates but nothing significant since it will be a carryover model.

The interior gets a typical rugged and utilitarian design with more focus on access rather than style. The front seats are very comfortable with plenty of support on offer. Although, because of the smaller footprint compared to rivals, the rear seats are cramped, and fitting a third passenger will be a squeeze.

Interior quality, however, is average with plastics used everywhere and is showing its age now compared to more modern competitors. The infotainment display sits at the center with physical controls for easier access, and the climate control slots below. The Colorado continues to get a traditional gear lever instead of the rotary knob found on some modern rivals. The seating position is very comfortable with excellent ergonomics and easy to reach controls. Cargo space is limited inside the cabin compared to rivals, but it still provides some clever storage spaces. The crew cab models also get a folding bench seat at the rear to increase cargo capacity.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT*

2022 Ford Ranger XL SuperCrew*

2022 GMC Canyon Standard Crew Cab*

2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.4/57.5/45

41/56.7/43.1

41.4/57.5/45

40.1/62/40.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.3/34.5

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.8/61.5/36.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

41.3

43.3

41.3

33.9

*2021 MY specs used for reference

The Colorado is also very well equipped with the higher trims getting features like automatic climate control, keyless entry, remote vehicle start, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar control and heating, heated steering wheel, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with voice control and smartphone connectivity, Bose 7-speaker audio system and a lot more. A lot of these features are available on the base model as optional extras.

Some notable interior features include:

  • Power adjustable front bucket seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto available as standard
  • 6 speaker audio system with Bluetooth, AUX, and USB connectivity
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • OnStar connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

9.0/10

We can expect the 2022 model to remain the same because of the recent refresh. The Colorado is still a very handsome truck especially after the recent refresh, with the ZR2 model getting a unique grille and wide-body design. The Colorado gets the typical Chevrolet design language with square wheel arches and a blacked-out grille with Chevrolet lettering instead of the traditional logo. There is a generous amount of cladding around the truck giving it a rugged look, especially on the top-end ZR2 model.

Even though cargo space is limited on the inside compared to rivals, the Colorado makes up for it with a large and practical bed. The Crew Cab model can be bought with either the short bed or long bed, with the latter providing 50 cubic feet of storage, dwarfing rivals like the Honda Ridgeline.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT*

2022 Ford Ranger XL SuperCrew*

2022 GMC Canyon Standard Crew Cab*

2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD*

Curb Weight (lbs)

3968

4145

3920

4193

Length (inches)

212.7

210.8

212.4

210.5

Width (inches)

74.3

77.8

74.3

78.6

Height (inches)

70.7

71.1

70.7

70.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.3

8.4

8.3

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

128.3

126.8

128.3

125.2

*2021 MY specs used for reference

Even though the recent refresh has given the Colorado an improved design, rivals like the GMC Canyon and Ford Ranger look more modern and contemporary. However, the ZR2 model is a sight to behold with a unique front-end design complete with a new larger grille, flared wheel arches, and all-terrain tires.

Some notable design features include:

  • Automatic projector headlamps
  • Chevrolet lettering on the grille
  • 17” alloys with all-terrain tires
  • Rear bumper with corner step
  • Body-colored mirrors
  • Unique grille for ZR2 model with recovery hooks

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Safety

7.0/10

Safety continues to be a sore point for the Chevrolet Colorado with just 4 stars in the NHTSA test. It also misses out on the “Top Safety Pick” award after receiving a “Marginal” rating in some of the IIHS tests unlike some of its rivals. Another notable point is the absence of standard active safety features like automatic emergency braking, which has become standard on almost all cars and trucks nowadays. In fact, the optional safety package is not even available as an option on the base WT and ZR2 models. Both the LT and Z71 models can be equipped with the safety package which adds forward collision alert, and lane departure warning for $400 extra.

We can expect some more standard safety features for the 2022 model, but as of now, the Colorado considerably lags behind its rivals in terms of safety.

Standard safety features include:

  • 6 airbags
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen driver system
  • Traction/Stability control
  • OnStar safety & security services

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Competition

6.0/10

2022 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2022 Ford Ranger

For 2022, the Ford Ranger is slated to get a complete redesign along with the powerful Raptor and all-electric models. Even with the current model, the 2.3L turbocharged engine trumps the Colorado’s mediocre 2.5L unit offering significantly more power and efficiency. The Ranger also offers a higher towing capacity at 7500 pounds. However, the Colorado is more comfortable with a plusher ride and a more forgiving suspension setup.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2022 GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado are very similar in terms of mechanicals, engine options, and interior space. Unlike the Colorado, the GMC Canyon gets a blocky and luxurious design with plenty of chrome used everywhere, giving it an upmarket look. The Canyon is pricier by a few thousand dollars but for the extra dough, you get better interiors with a lot more features packed in. If you’re looking for comfort and luxury, the GMC Canyon is the better option of the two.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2022 Honda Ridgeline

Unlike the Chevrolet Colorado, the Honda Ridgeline cannot be considered as a true blue pickup truck. The Ridgeline is aimed at customers looking for a comfortable and easy-to-use pickup truck with limited off-road capabilities. The Ridgeline is also severely limited in terms of performance. Towing capacity is also limited to just 3,500 pounds. On the other hand, the Ridgeline provides a more comfortable and plush cabin with spacious seats and loads of cargo space.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Final Verdict

Even though the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado is expected to be a carryover model, it is still one of the most capable pickup trucks in its class with excellent off-road capabilities and a powerful V6 engine. Handling is also very impressive for a truck but it compromises overall comfort with a stiffer suspension setup. Overall, if you’re looking for a rigged mid-size pickup truck with excellent off-road capabilities and cargo capacity, the Chevrolet Colorado remains one of the best options in the market.

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