It’s 1911 in America: Lucille Ball is born, the first movie studio opens in Hollywood, headlines report a Norwegian is exploring the South Pole, and a unique partnership between a race car driver named Louis Chevrolet and a businessman named William C. Durant blossoms into the Chevrolet Motor Company. The partnership revolutionized the American automotive landscape and set the stage for a future of innovation. This is the birthright of the 2022 Chevy Colorado, a truck destined for adventure.
Durant and Chevrolet shared the same vision–to transform the industry by delivering unprecedented quality, performance, and affordability in the Chevy lineup. This vision is apparent in early models like the 1917 Series D and later models like the C/K truck of the 1950s. It’s even more apparent in the 2022 Colorado that ushers in a new era of ingenuity and proves that a truck can be agile, capable, and rugged.
What does the 2022 Colorado have to offer, and how does it continue the legacy that Durant and Chevrolet envisioned over a century ago? For Chevrolet, all roads lead to adventure when you’re behind the wheel of the Colorado. Here’s what makes the Colorado truly remarkable and a great value in Chevy’s 2022 lineup.
Unprecedented Quality and Affordability
Chevy has made performance affordable since its founding in 1911 and the debut of the Series C Classic Six that featured rare luxuries like electric headlamps and an electric starter. We see this affordability continue in the 2022 Colorado. Although it’s the smallest truck in the Chevy fleet, the Colorado proves that size doesn’t determine value or capability.
The Colorado Work Truck (WT) starts the lineup at $27,100 and is followed by the LT that comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen display and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. The exterior of the LT is instantly distinguished from the WT with its body-color mirror caps, door handles, and rear bumpers that give it a sleek and sophisticated design. The Z71 adds to the LT’s suite of features and prepares the truck for adventures on the trail with the Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package, all-terrain tires, and an automatic locking rear differential for optimal performance on and off the trail. You can add the Trail Boss Package to the LT or Z71, which is new for 2022, and adds a 1-inch lift, underbody skid plates, 17-inch ZR2 wheels, red tow hooks, and black badging. It also removes the front air dam to give the truck a better approach angle over obstacles.
For those looking for even more off-road capability and value, Chevy delivers with the Colorado ZR2. Building on the Z71, the ZR2 is an exceptional performer, whether you’re rock crawling on the trail or running errands around town. It adds a 2-inch suspension lift and gives the Colorado a wider stance that makes it more stable and intimidating on the road. Its exclusive Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve damper technology, along with class-exclusive front and rear electronic locking differentials, improve its handling on any terrain.
Unprecedented Power and Capability
Chevy’s legacy is deeply rooted in its ability to engineer revolutionary engines that are built in-house and are adaptable to a variety of vehicles and needs. The best example of this is Chevy’s small-block V8 engine that debuted in the mid-1950s and brought more power and better performance across the lineup. High-performance vehicles were no longer exclusive to the racetrack, and it was all thanks to Chevy.
We see this legacy continue with the 2022 Colorado. The truck comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission to churn out 200 horses and 191 lb-ft of torque. However, the real power comes on trims like the ZR2 that’s equipped with the beefier 3.6-liter V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. This pairing delivers 308 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque for exceptional power, performance, and capability.
The Colorado lineup wouldn’t be complete without a diesel option that gives the Colorado its impressive towing capability. Chevy’s 2.8-liter turbo-diesel pushes the Colorado to its limits and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission to deliver 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This makes the Colorado a road warrior capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds, which is impressive for a truck its size.
The 2022 Colorado proves that you don’t have to drive a full-size truck to enjoy full-size capability or the comforts and luxuries of a larger model. Despite being the smallest truck in the Chevy fleet, the Colorado’s cockpit is spacious with full-size seats that give you and your passenger plenty of room in the front row. Added comforts like heated seats and a heated steering wheel make your time in the Colorado even more enjoyable and are luxuries that Chevy’s founders never imagined over a century ago.
The Colorado’s spaciousness extends to its bed. The truck might be small, but its cargo volume is mighty and offers anywhere between 41 and 50 cubic feet of room depending on box size. This best-in-class volume pushes the Colorado ahead of competitors like the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline. The integrated corner step rear bumper and the option to add up to 17 tie-downs for easier cargo loading and hauling make the Colorado even more attractive and the frontrunner in the segment.
Chevrolet and Durant were pioneers in the automotive industry, but not even they could envision a world with smartphone integration and WiFi hotspots. Features like this come standard on the 2022 Colorado and speak volumes to how far Chevrolet has come over the last century. It’s no surprise, then, that the Colorado is one of the most well-equipped trucks in the segment when it comes to technology.
The 2022 Colorado comes with a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen display that’s home to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. The system allows you to sync your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, navigate the quickest route, stream your favorite music, and access a variety of in-vehicle apps. You’ll also have access to Amazon Alexa, which equips the Colorado with a virtual assistant that can play music, respond to text messages, make calls, and more with a simple voice command.
Also a workhorse capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds, Chevy extends the Colorado’s intuitive technology to include a suite of trailering tools. While the truck’s standard rear vision camera gives you a clear view behind the truck, Chevy improves this view with Hitch Guidance. This makes it easy to hook and unhook from your rig by giving you a virtual spotter behind the truck at all times.
Unprecedented Peace of Mind
What value do you place on your safety? Chevy prioritizes your safety every time you get behind the wheel of a truck like the 2022 Colorado. We see this firsthand in the Colorado’s high-strength steel frame and its array of airbags that work behind the scenes to create a haven of safety around you. Every Colorado also comes equipped with traction control for added stability and a rear vision camera that extends your field of vision behind the truck.
Chevy expands the Colorado’s safety features with a suite of driver-assist tools that work as an extra set of eyes when you’re behind the wheel. Forward Collision Alert watches ahead of the truck while Rear Park Assist makes backing out of a busy area easier by alerting you to obstacles. Lane Departure Warning helps you keep the Colorado in its lane, and advanced services like OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response can alert emergency personnel in the event of a collision when every second counts.
Versatility at Its Finest
The 2022 Colorado is a culmination of Chevy’s greatest accomplishments. It’s a celebration of Chevy’s legacy and the vision that Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant shared with America in 1911 with the launch of the Chevrolet Motor Company. The Colorado lives up to this legacy with its unprecedented quality, affordability, capability, and innovation. This is at the heart of the Colorado; this is what makes it one of the most versatile trucks you’ll find on any road across the land of the free and home of the brave.