Sedans, SUVs, and electric vehicles all compete with one another, and the discussions are always interesting. When it comes to pickup trucks, however, you are looking for a vehicle that you can rely on, and Chevy goes above and beyond to deliver solid, high-performing trucks every year. American-made pickup trucks are usually considered some of the very best you can buy, and Chevy's latest midsize model is a great all-around option. The 2022 Chevy Colorado is the latest in the lineup, one that experienced a brief hiatus in the American market before returning in 2014. Positioned as the most affordable of the three trucks that Chevy offers, the 2022 Colorado is no different, but this doesn't indicate the truck itself is cheaply made as it boasts a build quality that exceeds expectations, as most Chevy vehicles do.
The 2022 Colorado is offered in four trim levels, and the starting price is estimated to be under $26,000. The four trim levels that are available for this year's model are the same as last year's, which is to say that the Work Truck (WT) is the base model. Also, like last year, the WT is followed by the LT, which adds a few features that you can't get on the base model, such as an EZ lift and lower tailgate that makes closing and opening your tailgate easier and smoother. The Z71 also returns, and this trim includes all-terrain tires, an upgraded rear vision camera that displays the feed in high-definition, and a custom off-road suspension package courtesy of Chevy. Lastly, the ZR2 remains Colorado's quintessential off-roading champion, with a suspension specifically designed for off-roading, along with proper ground clearance to avoid damaging the bottom of your truck on rocks and other obstacles. Simply put, these four trims are built to impress.
The performance of the 2022 Colorado is driven by three engines to select from, along with two transmissions. Starting with the engine that will come standard, a 2.5L four-cylinder engine makes 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, and this comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. While it's the lowest power of the three, it still pulls its weight with a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. Smaller types of cargo can be hauled with no issue, and even more extravagant hauls such as a speed boat.
Moving up on the list, the next engine for the 2022 Colorado greatly increases performance in every sense. This 3.6L V6 will produce 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque with an accompanying 8-speed automatic transmission. With its 54% increase in horsepower and 44% more torque, this is quite an improvement, and that's without mentioning its upgraded towing capacity of 7,000 lbs, which is twice that of the base engine. This is where we start getting into the more intense side of towing, and with this engine, your Colorado can become more of a workhorse than a hobbyist ride.
Of course, if you want an extra push in towing capacity and the best fuel efficiency of the bunch, then naturally, you'll want to go with the 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine. Don't be fooled by its lower 181 hp, as it possesses 369 lb-ft of torque, which is 34% more torque than the V6, and an astonishing 93% more than the base engine. How does this translate to towing? The more torque, the better, and with this stark increase in torque output, the Turbo-Diesel holds a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. For reference, this is a 10% greater capacity than the V6 and a vast 120% more than the base engine's towing output. As mentioned prior, this engine also sports the best fuel efficiency out of the three available engines, earning EPA-estimated ratings of 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models get a lower, but still efficient, 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
From a visual standpoint, this year's Colorado model looks identical to last year's, which is to say it's quite striking. Seven paint colors are available to select from, and higher-tier trim levels begin to add more style and substance. For example, the grill has the golden Chevy logo on WT and LT, but this is replaced by a black badge on top of metallic trim on the Z71. A fan-favorite, the ZR2 is a truck that means business, and it's easily the most visually striking out of the bunch. With an entirely black grille and off-roading oriented fascia, the name Chevrolet is spelled out across the front of the vehicle in the logo's stead, and it's a sight to behold.
The ZR2 is also a trim that is the prime choice for off-roaders. While the lower-tier Colorado models are more than capable of light off-roading, the ZR2 and the Z71 Trail Boss take things to the next level. This is because these models are fitted with a custom suspension that is designed to increase ride quality and articulation on the trail. In turn, this gives you proper ground clearance, and this is crucial to off-roading as the bottom of your Colorado won't be subjected to scrapes or worse.
In the back of the truck, you will find an EZ lift & lower tailgate if you opt for any trim that isn't the base model. By simply pressing the button under the handle, the tailgate will slowly lower itself until its fully open. In the back of the truck, you can also find your 2-inch towing hitch. With a rearview camera with hitch view, a transmission tow/haul mode, and an integrated trailer brake controller all available, the Colorado is built for towing.
Cargo space for the 2022 Colorado is also excellent. There are two choices for bed sizes: a 61.7-inch short bed and a 74-inch long bed. This gives you up to a total of 49.9 cu.ft. of cargo space. This is certainly good news and, combined with the towing capabilities, you can carry plenty with you, but keep in mind that this vehicle has an available maximum payload of 1,550 lbs.
The 2022 Colorado is a comfortable and spacious vehicle to sit in, even for long drives. It's the Crew Cab that offers the most interior space between the two cab options, and with a Crew Cab, you'll have 41.4-inches of headroom in the front and 38.3-inches in the back. Oppositely, the Extended Cab has similar front headroom at 41.4-inches, but the backseat loses some with 36.7-inches instead. Up next is legroom, and with the Crew Cab, we see 45-inches in the front and 35.8 in the rear row. For reference, the extended cab includes the same 45-inches of legroom for the driver, but the rear legroom is limited to only 28.6-inches of space.
Technology is an impressive part of the 2022 Chevy Colorado's appeal, and this is largely thanks in part to a vast quantity of quality of life improvements. The infotainment center is one of these features that have greatly transcended the driving experience, making it more personal, informative, and even entertaining all at once. A 7-inch touchscreen will come standard with this vehicle, but any trim that isn't the base model will see the screen increased in size to 8 inches. The 8-inch infotainment center also has built-in navigation available, but if you utilize the included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can do this yourself directly from your smartphone. You'll also have the ability to use your favorite apps for navigation, media streaming, and much more.
Other features that come standard on this truck include Bluetooth connectivity, so if you would like to stream music directly from your phone without a wire, you can do that here. Although, if you're using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, your phone will already be plugged in, with the added benefit of charging your phone along the way. Optionally, a subscription-based 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is available to any customer who purchases a Colorado. You can think of this as a traditional internet router, and everyone in the vehicle can connect directly to it, whether they're on a phone, tablet, laptop, or more.