Buyer's Guide

2022 Chevrolet Colorado
Select a Different Model (18 Available): LT 2WD Extended Cab
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 25 mpg
Towing (Max) 7000 lbs.
Payload (Max) 1432 lbs.
Horsepower 200@6,300
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2022 Chevrolet Colorado MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Attractive diesel option
  • There's a trim for every need

Cons

  • Disappointing interior materials
  • Four-cylinder gas engine is nearly as thirsty as the V-6
  • Active safety features still limited

By blending excellent road manners with great off-road performance and daily usability, the Chevrolet Colorado has become one of the best midsize trucks on the market. This two-time MotorTrend Truck of the Year winner is available in a wide variety of configurations, including gas or diesel, and short or long bed. Trims range from the basic work truck to off-road-oriented ZR2 models for those who want a truck that can handle the toughest terrain or go fast in the dunes. 

What's New

A new dealer-installed Trail Boss package is available on LT and Z71 models. This includes a 1.0-inch suspension-leveling kit, front and mid-vehicle skid plates, 17-inch ZR2 accessory wheels in black, Colorado and Chevrolet bow tie emblems in black, red tow hooks, and elimination of the front air dam.

What We Think

The midsize Colorado is highly capable like its larger Silverado sibling, but comes in a smaller, easier-to-handle package. When we crowned it the winner in a midsize truck comparison, we said "despite its size, the Colorado is a truck that makes few compromises." With the V-6 option, it's got more than 300 hp on tap, and the excellent ride quality makes it agreeable to live with as a daily driver. Unique to its class is a four-cylinder diesel option.

The interior remains a weak point in the Colorado. With the exception of the intuitive infotainment system, the rest of the cabin feels cheap and looks old—understandable, given that this Colorado dates back to 2015.

You can get even more capability with the AEV Colorado ZR2 Bison, and the ZR2 platform is rugged enough to serve as the basis for the GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle. The new Trail Boss trim adds even more off-road chops.

Although its interior could use improvement, the Chevrolet Colorado's uncompromising nature makes it one of the most compelling trucks on the market. You don't need to sacrifice much for the sake of capability.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Colorado is available with three different powertrains—two gas, one diesel.

Engine: 2.5-liter I-4

  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD
  • Horsepower/Torque: 200 hp/181 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 19/24-25 mpg

Engine: 2.8-liter turbodiesel I-4

  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD
  • Horsepower/Torque: 181 hp/369 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 19-20/28-30 mpg

Engine: 3.6-liter V-6

  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD
  • Horsepower/Torque: 308 hp/275 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 18/24-25 mpg

Towing and Payload

In keeping with its midsize designation, the Colorado's towing and hauling are not as stout as a full-size truck, but match the capabilities of most full-size SUVs. The difference, of course, is that the Colorado's bed can haul bulky and unwieldy items that might not fit in an SUV's cargo bay. The Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds with its optional diesel engine, 7,000 pounds with the V-6, or 3,500 pounds with the standard four-cylinder. 

Max payload:

  • Chevrolet Colorado: 1,569 pounds
  • Ford Ranger: 1,860 pounds
  • Honda Ridgeline: 1,583 pounds
  • Toyota Tacoma: 1,155 pounds

Max towing capacity:

  • Chevrolet Colorado: 7,700 pounds
  • Ford Ranger: 7,500 pounds
  • Honda Ridgeline: 5,000 pounds
  • Toyota Tacoma: 6,400 pounds

Safety Ratings and Features

NHTSA: The 2022 Colorado earns an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five stars. This rating includes four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test, and three stars in the rollover test.

IIHS: The 2021 crew cab model received a Good score in all crashworthiness categories except the passenger side front small overlap test and headlights, where it got a Marginal and Poor rating, respectively (Good is the highest score). Extended cab models got a Good rating in moderate front overlap, roof strength, and head restraints and seats, Acceptable in the driver's side front small overlap and side impact ratings, and Poor on the headlight test. In the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the Colorado only got a Basic rating, the lowest of three available ratings.

Active safety features are limited on the Colorado. A Safety Package is available on LT and Z71 trims, featuring forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Rear park assist is standard on Z71 and part of an option package on LT.

Technology

Chevrolet's multimedia system features a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, and a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display. LT models and up get a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen. Z71 and ZR2 models get a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display. Built-in navigation and a Bose audio system are bundled together as an option on the LT and higher grades (LT models also add a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display). 

Trim Levels 

The 2022 Colorado comes in three body configurations and four trim levels. Each is available in either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Body configurations and available trim levels:

  • Extended cab, long box: WT, LT, Z71, ZR2
  • Crew cab, short box: WT, LT, Z71, ZR2
  • Crew cab, long box: WT, LT, Z71

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2022 CHEVROLET COLORADO SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (6L50)
Trim
LT 2WD Extended Cab
Class
Mid-Size Pickup
Horsepower
200@6,300
Standard MPG
19/25
Body Style
Truck
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$500 GM announces Customer Cash on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 3.24% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 2.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 3.49% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022