From journeying off the grid to commuting in and around the big city or just needing a truck for work or play, the mid-size pickup is just the right size for all of your driving needs. Contrary to previous perceptions, due to an increase in demand for versatile vehicles with multifunctional capabilities, trucks have become more popular over the years, and smaller trucks have evolved, complimenting the wants and needs of more buyers. With more power and capability, along with more space for cargo and passengers, mid-size trucks are no longer perceived as just a budget-friendly pickup option and are rising in population. In 2003, from the renowned brand Chevrolet, the mid-size Colorado was born. Just like a fine wine, Chevy's mid-size truck has improved through the years and is captivating consumers with the 2022 Chevy Colorado's capabilities, personalization options, and safety features to keep you safe on and off the pavement.
With the 2022 Chevy Colorado, there is plenty of power to go around. Power plays an essential role in a truck's capabilities. Although size is a contributor, it is not all that matters. The powertrain is the main component of performance and capabilities, followed by added packages and accessories like proper tires and other equipment to improve the driving, towing, and off-road capabilities.
A variety of engine options make it easier for you to find a truck perfect for what you are looking for. Whether you are looking for a towing rig, a highway commuter, or an off-road performer, having the right engine is critical to getting the proper performance. The 2022 Chevy Colorado gives buyers a choice of three different motors to choose from to suit their needs.
The 2.5L 4-cylinder engine comes standard on all of the Colorados. This motor gives drivers a slightly more fuel-efficient ride between its gasoline-powered options with an EPA-estimated rating of 19 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway with RWD and 19 MPG city and 24 MPG highway with 4WD. With a maximum of 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, this engine allows you to haul a payload maximum of 1,435 pounds and tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds. This engine option is perfect for those looking for a basic commuter truck with light towing and hauling capabilities.
The second gas-powered engine available with the Colorado is the 3.6L DOHC V6 engine. This engine still offers reasonable gas mileage, falling slightly behind the 4-cylinder engine with an EPA-estimated rating of 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway for RWD models, and 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway with 4WD. With 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, the hauling capacity with this engine is 1,550 pounds, while the towing capacity is 7,000 pounds.
Diesel engines are typically more powerful and fuel-efficient than gas-powered options; the same goes for the Duramax 2.8L turbo diesel. The EPA estimates 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway for RWD (the best of the bunch), and 18 MPG city and 22 MPG highway for 4WD. Towing capabilities are also more with up to 7,700 pounds, while the payload is slightly less than the 6-cylinder gasoline-powered option with a maximum of 1,510 pounds. If you are hunting for a smaller stature workhorse than a full-size truck, a Chevy Colorado with this engine is your ideal candidate.
When picturing a truck, it is not a vehicle you envision driving only on the pavement. Trucks are often thought of as off-road contenders as well. Capable of traveling on any pavement condition or rough terrains with the assistance of 4WD. Trim levels designed for the off-road enthusiasts, special editions, and other additions like the available Trail Boss Package or off-road suspension packages make taking the 2022 Chevy Colorado off the grid so you can be away from the noise of everyday life.
No one wants a cookie-cutter vehicle that looks like everyone else's. People prefer personalized and customizable options; they want to be seen, standing out from the crowd. With the 2022 Chevy Colorado, you have plenty of options in addition to your engine preference, ranging from trim levels to colors to special editions and accessories.
All four trim levels are available in seven colors with a palette ranging from Summit White to Sand Dune Metallic tan to a vibrant Crush orange, Cherry Red Tintcoat, or a sleek Black. Out of all the trims, the Z71 and ZR2 offer more desirable off-road features like better suspension and ground clearance, all-terrain tires, and automatic locking rear differential to give you added traction without any additional effort from you. However, if you aren't looking to venture off the pavement much, there is plenty to look at in all 2022 Chevy Colorado models.
All trim levels are available in RWD and 4WD with either a crew cab with a short or long bed or an extended cab with a long bed. The turbo-diesel engine option for added power is not available with the WT base model but is with the LT, Z71, and ZR2 options. All trims offer up to 49.9 cubic feet of cargo bed volume with the long bed or 41.3 cubic feet with the short bed, giving you plenty of room for whatever cargo you need to carry.
This truck also has plenty of technology for on the road. To name a few features your inner tech nerd can enjoy, you get a 7-inch color touchscreen infotainment system, standard with the WT, or an available or standard 8-inch screen with GPS for the other trim levels. Bluetooth connectivity and Google and Alexa Built-In compatibility are right at your fingertips. All to keep you connected to the world and your favorite things like music and shopping, wherever you go while staying hands-free. The MyChevrolet App allows you to use your cellphone as a remote key fob, locate your truck, and remotely check the vehicle's status like oil life. Not to mention, the downloadable Marketplace App for your truck allows you to order out right from your infotainment system so you can have take-out without a pit-stop or waiting.
Each trim level upgrade brings more for the buyer to enjoy and choose based on their preferences. From more advanced technological features, amenities for comfort like leather seating and a 6-way power-adjustable driver seat to the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, or even better suspension and a lift with better tires for off-roading, each level up gives plenty of features for all. If you are looking for even more personalization, the available special edition packages might be worth looking into.
The Colorado ZR2 Bison package comes with front winch provisions, recovery points on the rear bumper, Boron Steel skid plates, and fender flares, to name a few options to add to your off-road experience. The ZR2 Dusk Special Edition package offers cosmetic features like off-road lights and an off-road sport bar to make your truck look the part while performing on the trail. For something a little more basic, both the LT and Z71 trim levels have an available Trail Boss Package that gives you just what you need for the trail, like performance skid plates and a suspension leveling kit. If you still feel like you need more to get your truck ready to hit the trail or even just the pavement, Chevy offers plenty of options so you can accessorize.
Safety is and always should be your number one concern while on the road. It is not necessarily your driving or your vehicle you need to worry about; it is the uncontrollable variables on the road around you. Some things you just have no control over. Other drivers, road conditions, and even the weather are a few unpredictable variables to worry about. With the 2022 Chevy Colorado's advanced safety features, you can worry a little less knowing your vehicle will be assisting you along the ride.
If an accident is inevitable, there are standard features with every model that work to keep you out of harm's way. The reinforced steel, high-strength frame with a safety cage along with the multiple airbags throughout the truck will help keep you as safe as possible during a collision. Features like StabiliTrak with traction control and the rear vision camera are there to keep you in tune with all of your surroundings to assist in preventing an accident.
With the advancements in technology over the years, our vehicles have benefited significantly with more than just better connectivity but better safety as well. Today, our vehicles can act as our co-pilots on the road with the availability of driver-assist features. The Adaptive Cruise Control keeps a chosen distance between you and the car in front of you so that you can stay with the speed of traffic versus previously when you set a certain speed to cruise at. The Teen Driver feature offers customizable settings associated with a key fob so that if you have a teen getting in the driver seat, certain vehicle functions can be limited and certain safety features automatically turned on. This feature allows your car to help keep your teen driver safe for you when you are not in the truck with them.
The available Chevy Safety Assist offers a variety of driver-assist features to help co-pilot on your adventures. Forward Collision Alert notifies you when a front-end collision seems inevitable and will assist you in preventing it also. The Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking features are both braking assist functions that will apply brake force to help you prevent collisions. Then with the Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, your truck will notify you visually and audibly when you creep out of the lane. If not corrected promptly, the Lane Keep Assist will apply brakes if needed and help you steer back to where you should be to keep you from colliding with other vehicles or going off the road. With even more available safety features, it is hard not to have an enjoyable drive worrying a little less about the things you cannot control.