It’s a good truck – and that’s about it. Need a midsize truck? Chevy’s got you with a truck’s truck in the 2022 Colorado. This simple pickup does everything buyers expect while still offering great standard infotainment tech.

Find out below if the 2022 Chey Colorado can compete with high-tech models like the Honda Ridgeline that entice buyers with cushy interiors and large screens.

Standard infotainment is simple, safety tech is lacking. Even in its simplest form, the base Work Truck, trim, the 2022 Chevy Colorado comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The same can’t be said for the puny 4.2-inch standard display screen on the 2021 Ranger, and its lack of smartphone integration.

The Ridgeline gets a leg up with its standard eight-inch touchscreen, but that’s a significantly more expensive truck.

The Colorado falls back a notch in standard safety tech, as automatic emergency braking is only offered as part of a package on the LT trim. The 2022 Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma come with standard automatic emergency braking.

The Colorado also struggles in safety with a “Marginal” score in the IIHS’ front passenger-side crash tests.

Many powertrain options but skip the base setup. The 2022 Colorado has three powertrain options. Two of the most capable are the 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder that churns out 181 hp and a towing-friendly 369 pound-feet of torque.

The V6 leads most of the Colorado’s competitors – the 310-hp Frontier is the only outlier – and the diesel is currently unique to only the Colorado and its GMC Canyon sibling.

While these engines are great, the 2022 Colorado’s base 200-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder is well below the Ranger’s base 270-hp engine and the Ridgeline’s 280-hp V6. It does, however, trump the Tacoma’s base 159-hp 2.7-liter engine.

Rugged Trail Boss boosts off-road capability, but interior styling lags. The Toyota Tacoma has the TRD Pro, the Ford Ranger has the Tremor off-road package, and the Nissan Frontier has the Pro-4X. These are all packages that put the competition lightyears ahead of the Colorado in off-road prowess.

Now, the Colorado has caught up with the new Trail Boss package, which adds a 1.0-inch lift, front and mid skid plates, 17-inch black wheels, and red tow hooks. This package is available on the LT trim and Z71 trims only.

Inside, the 2022 Chevy Colorado remains very basic-looking while the competition blasts by it with new design cues and modern looks. The Colorado, like most trucks, has tight and uncomfortable rear seats. Only the crossover-based Honda Ridgeline offers a change of pace in the rear seats.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Chevy Colorado remains a good option for people who just need a truck, thanks to its range of powertrain options, 7,700-pound towing capacity, and easy-to-use standard infotainment system.

Want more standard power? The Ranger, Ridgeline, and Frontier all offer this. Need a more comfortable daily driver? The Honda Ridgeline’s crossover roots make it a great option.

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