The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado satisfies shoppers who want the versatility of a traditional pickup without the compromise of a full-size truck. While the half-ton Chevy Silverado 1500 offers a family-sized back seat and higher towing capacity, mid-size Colorado is easier to maneuver and still boasts a notable maximum tow rating of 7700 pounds. Despite its uncouth base engine, the available 308-hp V-6 is responsive and speedy, and the diesel option is thrifty and torquey, producing a sizable 369 pound-feet. The Chevy’s oil-burning mill is no match for the diesel Jeep Gladiator, but the bow tie is better to drive and matches the Jeep’s ruggedness with the hugely capable ZR2 model. The 2022 Colorado’s comfy driving position and robust infotainment system are offset by driver-assistance tech and its cheap-looking cabin, but those shortcomings should be less offensive to anyone seeking a more conventional truck experience.
What’s New for 2022?
For 2022, the only change to the Colorado lineup is the new dealer-installed Trail Boss package. While it’s not as aggressive as the setup found on the ZR2, it enhances the off-road abilities of the LT and Z71. The package adds a leveling kit that gives the suspension a 1.0-inch lift and bolts skid plates to the front and middle of its underbelly. It also turns the exterior badges black, brings red tow hooks, eliminates the front air dam, and includes a set of black 17-inch rims derived from the ZR2.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Colorado offers a powertrain for just about everyone: a base four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission, a speedy 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6 with an eight-speed automatic, and a 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder that makes an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque. While the V-6 and diesel are excellent dance partners for Colorado, the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is weak and grumpy. We’ve tested the diesel and the gasoline V-6, and although vastly different in character, either will serve its owner well. At 9.1 seconds to 60 mph, the diesel-powered ZR2 crew cab can’t keep up with the V-6-powered LT model, which hit that metric in 6.1 seconds. (Oddly, the crew-cab ZR2 with the V-6 was significantly slower than its standard V-6-powered counterpart.) The diesel’s true forte is its maximum towing capability, backcountry trekking, and fuel economy.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Colorado’s forgettable four-cylinder earns EPA ratings of up to 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The V-6 is rated at up to 18 mpg city and 25 highway. When subjected to our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, the six-cylinder Colorado crew cab returned 23 mpg. The rear-drive diesel is the segment’s most efficient powertrain, with estimates of 20 mpg city and 30 highway. For more information about Colorado’s fuel economy.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Those familiar with the front seats of full-size trucks will feel right at home in Colorado, which boasts a spacious cockpit. Stuffing more than two people in the available crew cab’s back seat will be tight, however, and interior materials seem as though they came straight out of a ’94 Chevy S-10 pickup—that is to say, they look cheap. A deep center console bin and a massive compartment under the crew cab’s rear seat provide a fair amount of cabin storage. Based on our testing, the interior of Colorado doesn’t hold as many carry-on suitcases as the Honda Ridgeline, but it will carry more stuff in either of its two voluminous cargo beds. Both Colorado’s 41-cubic-foot short box and the 50-cubic-foot long box dwarf Ridgeline’s maximum of 34 cubes.