2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #1 in Fullsize Pickup-truck

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2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 22, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel will remain largely unchanged compared to the current model year, which is not a bad thing at all. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 has been a popular choice in the segment for its off-road capabilities and the bold look that it carries. Colorado ZR2 is the top-of-the-line and most expensive trim level of the Chevy Colorado lineup. Still, it also remains to be the most popular among all the other trims of the Chevrolet Colorado lineup. 

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Pros

Impressive towing capacity

Excellent handling 

Comfortable ride quality

Cons

Front seats offer less support for larger people

Low-hanging front air dam

Lack of active safety features

What's New?

No major changes for the 2022 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

dr Crew Cab

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab in Agate Black color
Agate Black

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

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

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OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Overall Rating


The 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab comes in two different powertrains. Our powertrain of choice today is the Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel which comes powered by a 2.8L Inline-4 turbo-diesel engine. The towing capacity is the main highlight of the diesel engine while the performance also remains good enough for every driving situation. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel competes against the likes of the Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel, and the GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel.


6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Features

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is a single trim level of the 2022 Colorado. It sits on the top of the Chevy Colorado lineup and comes equipped with impressive off-road hardware. It comes standard with all the off-road tech and is one of the most capable trucks in off-road conditions for the segment. The standard safety features with the 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel includes raised suspension with special dampers, bigger all-terrain tires, fender flares, special front and rear bumper, spray-in bed liner, electronically locking rear differential, automatic climate control, and a 6-speaker audio system.

Trim

Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel

MSRP

$43,795 (expected)

Key Features

Addition to Z71

 

Raised suspension with special dampers

 

Bigger all-terrain tires

 

Fender flares

 

Special front and rear bumper

 

Spray-in bed liner

 

Electronically locking rear differential

 

Automatic climate control

 

6-speaker audio system

We recommend

Since the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is a single trim level in the Colorado lineup. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 comes equipped with all the off-road hardware as standard that makes it a great choice in the segment. We do not recommend much of the additional packages to the ZR2 trim as it is a pretty complete package in itself. 

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel Release Date

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is already available to offer with the GMC Canyon lineup. 

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 gets power from two different engine options depending on the variant you choose. The one we are comparing here is for sure the diesel powertrain option. The engine under the hood of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is a 2.8L I-4 turbo-diesel motor. The engine produces a peak power of 308 horsepower while the peak torque output remains at 275 pound-feet. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and the power is sent to all four wheels as it is an off-road-oriented model, you do not get any option for a two-wheel-drive drivetrain option.

The performance of the 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 with its diesel engine is decent for the segment. You do not get an impressive acceleration figure but you do not feel a lack of power at any point either. If you want outright acceleration, then the gasoline-powered Chevy Colorado ZR2 will better serve your purpose. The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel takes 9.1 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 mph which is 3 seconds slower than the gasoline-powered variant. The quarter-mile run takes 16.2 seconds which is not bad for a pickup truck but is also not up there with the best in the segment.

The biggest highlight of the diesel powertrain is its towing capacity which remains a prime reason why people pay extra for the diesel engine powered Colorado ZR2. The towing capacity of the colorado ZR2 is already among the best in the segment but the diesel powertrain takes it to an even next level. The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel comes with a towing capacity of 7700 pounds while the payload capacity is also impressive at 1548 pounds. The towing capacity of the Colorado ZR2 is better than any other truck in the segment. 

The handling of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew cab Diesel will also impress a lot of buyers. Unlike some of the other rivals in the segment, it comes with a pretty communicative steering wheel that is precise to the driver input. You can not expect precision and feedback like a sports car, but it is still predictable and is better than many pickup trucks out there. The suspension is also well-tuned and inspires good confidence while driving. Colorado remains planted even at higher speeds and the ride quality is also surprisingly good on the road. 

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

MSRP

$43,795 (expected)

$34,520

$46,420

$35,800

Engine 

2.8L I-4 turbo-diesel 

3.5L V6

3.0L V-6

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

Four-wheel drive

Four-wheel drive

Four-wheel drive

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic 

6-speed manual 

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

308 @ 6,800 

276 @ 6,000 

260 @ 3,600 

308 @ 6,800 

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

275 @ 4,000 

265 @ 4,600 

442 @ 1400 

275 @ 4,000 

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.1

9.8

8.2 

9.0

Quarter mile (sec)

16.2

14.7

15.9

17.1

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The outright acceleration is not a strong point for the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel. Instead, it gets the fundamentals right for a truck and comes with impressive towing capacity. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel might impress you with the best in class performance from its 3.0L V-6 diesel engine that takes only 8.2 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 mph. 

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel, which is the slowest in the 0 to 60 mph sprint taking 9,8 seconds, becomes the fastest truck to complete the quarter-mile run at 14.7 seconds. The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel offers similar performance to the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Along with an impressive payload capacity, one major highlight of the diesel powertrain also lies in their fuel economy figures. The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel offers 22 miles per gallon in the city, 26 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon. 

The fuel economy figures will impress the buyers as it is already among one of the best in the class. The compromise on outright acceleration shows up here really well. You get a 21-gallon fuel tank with the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel. The highway range is also pretty impressive at over 500 miles in a full tank.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

MPG (City)

22

18

21

17

MPG (Highway)

26

22

27

24

MPG (Combined)

22

21

24

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21

21.1

18.3

28

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

462/546/462

380/464/443

384/494/439

476/672/532

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel offers a better fuel efficiency than the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel on the highway. However, the Chevy is ahead in terms of city fuel efficiency. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 also takes advantage of a bigger fuel tank to offer a better range compared to the Jeep counterpart. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel offers slightly lesser fuel efficiency compared to the Chevy. The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel has the least fuel-efficient engine in the segment, still, it manages the best highway range in the segment with its biggest fuel tank. 

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Interior

9.0/10

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel comes with a practical interior. You do not get any feeling of luxury inside the cabin which is very much expected from an off-road pickup truck. The cabin design is rather practical and it comes with a no-nonsense design. The cabin controls are easy to use and everything is well laid out inside the cabin. The driver gets a commanding view of the road ahead and the driving position is also comfortable for long drives. 

Getting into the cabin might be a challenge as the Colorado ZR2 is a high pickup truck and the steps do not come as standard. Once you get inside the cabin, the space in the front is good. The only issue is that the seats do not offer good support to larger passengers. The controls for the driver are well laid out. The rear seats are tight on space. The rear passengers may find it difficult to sit in there for long hours as the legroom is pretty low. It is not meant for taller passengers and is the best for kids or shorter passengers.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

Seating Capacity

4

4

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.4/57.5/45

39.7/58.3/42.9

42.8/55.7/41.2

41.4/57.5/45

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.7/57.3/28.6 

34.9/56.5/24.6 

42.8/55.7/38.3

38/56.2/35.8 

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

50

47

35.5

N/A

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel offers one of the most spacious front rows in the segment but lacks in the rear seat department. However, it excels at overall cargo capacity. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel offers the least legroom for the rear passengers which makes it difficult to accommodate adult passengers. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel has the most spacious rear seats but compromises in the cargo area. The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel offers the best space for passengers for front and rear passengers. Standout interior features are:

  • 4-way power front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Automatic air conditioning 
  • Wireless charging

What is there to keep you entertained in the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel?

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The tech inside the cabin of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 will not disappoint you considering it is an off-road truck. The screen is fairly easy to use and the graphics are also impressive. The screen responds to the touch response and there is no lag at all. 

There are a ton of connectivity options to keep you connected all the time. You get two USB ports and a wireless charging pad to keep your devices charged. You also get charging ports for the rear seat passengers. You get 4G LTE connectivity with the infotainment system. The screen also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless connectivity with your phone. Standout infotainment features are:

  • The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • HD radio and SiriusXM radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker system audio system

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior styling of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel looks bold and aggressive. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 is one of the best-looking compact pickup trucks in the segment and the 2022 model year retains the title. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 got some subtle updates in the exterior styling with the 2021 model year that made the design even more attractive. The projector headlights and the big grille on the front make the design intimidating on the road. The badging on the front has become even bolder.

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel comes with 17-inch wheels from the side. The side of the truck also looks very aggressive and it looks like a proper off-road truck. The rear gets black bumpers and Chevy badging in the center of the tailgate. The rear styling remains simple and the taillights are also plain. To sum it up, the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is one of the best-looking trucks in the segment. 

Models

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,986

4,425

4,650

3,943

Length (inches)

212.4

212.3

218

212.4

Width (inches)

76.4

74.4

73.8

74.3

Height (inches)

72.4

70.6

75

70.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.4

9.1

10

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

128.3

127.4

137.3

128.3

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is impressive with its exterior styling and is also one of the lightest trucks in the competition too. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel is the longest truck in the segment and also comes with the longest wheelbase. It also sits the highest from the ground compared to the other rivals. The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel and the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel have identical length and wheelbase. Standout exterior features are:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Black rear bumpers
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Projector headlamps
  • Body-color door handles

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Safety

8.0/10

We do not have the crash test ratings of the 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2. But Chevrolet really worked on the safety of Colorado after the poor crash test results of the 2020 model year. The 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 scored an impressive five out of five stars in the crash test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

It shows how good the passive safety of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is. However, there are not many active safety features standard with the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel. Still, you do not need to worry about your safety in the Chevy Colorado ZR2 considering its safety ratings. Safety features include:

  • Stability control system
  • Traction control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • HD rear vision camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Competition

8.0/10

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

The Toyota Tacoma is a renowned name in the off-road pickup truck market. It is a capable machine that can go any terrain without any hesitation. The same is the case with the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel as it also comes with impressive off-road capabilities. However, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab is a better option compared to the Toyota Tacoma in terms of fuel efficiency, towing capacity, interior quality, and tech inside the cabin.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel vs. 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab Diesel is a new entrant in the segment and was launched recently in 2020. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon seems a promising car in the segment. It delivers better performance and fuel efficiency compared to the Chevy Colorado Diesel ZR2. However, the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is a triad and tested product and it is hard to beat the Chevy in terms of practicality which matters the most to the buyers in the segment. 

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel vs. 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel comes from the General Motors family itself. It offers a more refined cabin and the space inside the cabin is also premium and well balanced. If you are looking for a truck for urban driving conditions, then the GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab will be a better choice. But when we talk about the real off-road scenarios, then it is hard to beat the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Final Verdict

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel is still a great package and lives up to the high expectations set by the truck. It offers one of the best exterior stylings in the segment that looks and feels like a true pickup truck from every angle. The off-road capability of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is already proven to be among the best in the segment. The diesel engine offers some serious towing capacity that beats all the other competitors in the segment. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel deserves to be on your list if you are looking for a capable and fuel-efficient truck that can counter any terrain without any double thoughts.