The 2022 Chevy Colorado is all about attracting enthusiasts in the midsize market. Instead of being just another smaller-sized truck in the popular segment, Chevy chose to focus on improving the role of the Colorado with a few revamped features. The most significant changes attempt to attract shoppers looking for a distinct pickup. The 2022 model year is highlighted by the all-new Z71 package, designed to elevate the appeal and the excitement that you get when driving a Colorado.
The 2022 model year includes four different trims, each with its own features and unique benefits depending on what you're looking for out of a midsize truck. This includes the base WT (or Work Truck), the LT, the performance-ready Z71, and the off-road-tuned ZR2. Each of the trims is designed to give you the maximum for the minimum while also elevating the experience of driving a Chevy-made midsize truck. One of the chief new features of the 2022 Colorado is the Trail Boss package for the LT and Z71 trim, which includes 17-inch wheels to help manage the 1.0-inch lift kit, while undercarriage skid plates and red tow hooks help round out the offerings.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado finds itself powered by three distinct powertrains. Each option is designed to appeal to a different kind of driver. The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with variable valve timing produces 200 horsepower and manages to put down 191 pound-feet of torque. The variable valve timing helps with fuel economy efficiency, which is rated at 19 miles per gallon in the city and up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway when the Colorado is configured with rear-wheel drive. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is also mated with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, and like the other powertrains, it can be had in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive format.
The 3.6-liter V6 is designed for the high-performance risk-takers and speed-absorbed enthusiasts. The V6 produces up to 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. With the dual overhead camshaft, you get the most raw horsepower out of the V6 compared to the other two powertrain options, which is perfect for those who want a midsize truck that is quite capable both on or off the road. The fuel economy is barely affected, despite putting out more power, and this is thanks to the variable valve timing and camshaft design, which allows the V6 to manage up to 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway in its rear-wheel drive format.
The most torque-heavy powertrain option out of the three is the 2.8-liter 4-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel. This specially tuned engine offers up 181 horsepower and up to 369 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm. It comes with an exhaust brake, direct fuel injection, and dual overhead camshafts. It not only works well for off-road purposes but is also fine-tuned to improve the Colorado's towing capabilities. The diesel is paired up with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which comes with a Tow/Haul mode and also features powertrain grade braking, utilizing automatic engine braking to slow the vehicle and trailer when driving downhill.
The ZR2 trim comes with an Autotrac 2-speed transfer case standard, which allows drivers to control how the power shifts between the wheels. It allows for changing from a two-wheel to four-wheel drive electronically. The transfer case can even detect the change in terrain and road conditions and automatically switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive. The transfer case is essential for those who want to take advantage of the Colorado's four-wheel drive system while also wanting to conserve fuel economy when they aren't partaking in off-road activities.
Midsize trucks haven't always been considered a first choice for towing or hauling, but that doesn't mean they aren't designed to be very capable at such tasks. The 2022 Chevy Colorado is the perfect embodiment of a midsize truck that has the soul of a light-duty pickup. With the three available powertrains, especially the Duramax 2.8-liter 4-cylinder, you can achieve impressive tow and payload ratings with the Colorado.
The 3.8-liter V6 in the long-bed format and two-wheel drive configuration can achieve a tow/trailer rating of 7,000 pounds and a maximum payload rating of 1,550 pounds. If you want more towing capability, the 2.8-liter Duramax is perfectly suitable for the job, especially when properly configured. This includes reaching a max towing capacity of 7,700 pounds as well as a max payload capacity of 1,510 pounds.
The Colorado also comes with hill descent control to manage the braking when descending downhill. This works well with the StabiliTrak system, which is another standard implementation for all Chevy vehicles and works to maintain stability and traction control on the road. StabiliTrak utilizes sensors to help enhance maneuverability during situations where evasive driving may be necessary. It can also help with maintaining traction on loose or wet surfaces, perfect for when you're trailering or hauling goods, and you need that extra stability to reach your destination.
An available Trailering Package can also be used to help improve the efficiency of the Colorado's trailering, as it comes with a 2-inch receiver hitch and 4-pin and 7-pin connectors. The package also includes a 4-way sealed connector for trailers that don't have brakes. You can use it for hooking up parking lamps, brake lamps, and turn signals.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado may have a lot of excellent tech powering its performance and off-road capabilities, but you will appreciate the tech that you'll find within the cabin as well. This ranges from comfort features such as a 6-way power driver and 4-way power passenger seat to infotainment features such as the 4.2-inch diagonal digital driver information center so you can keep track of the Colorado's telematics. This also applies to the Colorado's safety suite, which includes all sorts of useful features such as an electronic theft-deterrent system, as well as available driver-assist tools such as forward collision alert, lane departure warnings, and even rear parking assist.
Teen Driver mode is also a standard feature across the entire trim lineup, allowing parents to keep driving report cards of their teenager's driving habits. Chevy's Teen Driver also has lock-checks in place to prevent certain features from being accessed until certain safety measures are initiated, such as seatbelts. And with features like OnStar Connected Services, no matter who is driving the Colorado or where, they are never more than a call away from help.
Tech like the rear vision camera helps with having an HD view of what's behind the Colorado. Even if you have something in the bed obstructing the view from the rear window, you can still clearly see behind you, thanks to the camera. You can also access the various cameras and vehicle health using the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 suite, which features an available 8-inch diagonal touch screen and multiple apps you can use. You can make use of information and controls related to the Colorado, either using the touchscreen or voice-activated commands, thanks to the Bluetooth pass-through support.
Wireless connectivity for smart devices is also standard on every trim, which includes support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can stream, play, broadcast, or listen to your favorite media while driving. You can even keep your devices charged either by using the available wireless charging pad on the center console or by doing it the old-fashioned way and plugging your device into one of the multiple USB ports. Enjoy audio from either the base 6-speaker sound system or from the premium Bose setup available for select trims.
With multiple storage compartments, heated seats and steering wheel, remote entry, and three free months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, there is plenty to enjoy from a 2022 Chevy Colorado. From the tech perspective, this midsize truck delivers in spades. Combined with the robust performance capabilities and powertrain configurations, the Colorado makes for one of the best smaller pickups available on the market.