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.
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.
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.
The Colorado is available with three different powertrains—two gas, one diesel.
Engine: 2.5-liter I-4
Engine: 2.8-liter turbodiesel I-4
Engine: 3.6-liter V-6
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 towing capacity:
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.
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).
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:
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