Chevrolet Colorado vs. Nissan Frontier

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, Automotive Editor - October 12, 2021

Midsize pickup trucks aren’t nearly as popular as full-size options, but for consumers that aren’t interested in towing up to 14,000 pounds, midsize trucks are a great option. For 2022, Nissan has introduced a fully redesigned Frontier with a modern design and more tech features than before. The changes help the Frontier be more competitive in the class.

The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t arrive with any changes for 2022, but the pickup continues to be a well-rounded option. It boasts class-leading towing capacity, a wide range of trims, and multiple powertrains. In this comparison, we’ll take a look at how the Colorado stacks up to the Frontier to name one option as the better overall choice.

What the Chevrolet Colorado Gets Right

Chevrolet offers the Colorado in an entry-level WT (Work Truck) trim that makes the truck more affordable than the Frontier. Pricing for the Colorado starts at $26,395 (with destination), while the Frontier carries a starting price of $28,990. The entry-level Colorado may not be as well-equipped as the base Frontier, but it’s $2,595 cheaper. For an affordable work truck, the Colorado is a better option.

Nissan offers the Frontier with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 310 horsepower. The Colorado, on the other hand, is available with three different engines. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard, a 3.6-liter V6 is available, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder is also offered. The V6 is the most powerful engine, making 308 hp, while the turbodiesel produces a stout 369 lb-ft of torque. The turbodiesel engine helps the Colorado tow up to 7,700 pounds, while the Frontier is rated to tow up to 6,720 pounds.

For consumers looking to go off-roading, the Colorado ZR2 is a more capable truck than the Frontier Pro-4X. The ZR2 includes Multimatic DSSV dampers, off-road suspension, heavy-duty skid plates, locking front and rear differentials, fender flares, extra ground clearance, an aggressive design, and rugged tires. For extreme off-roading, there’s the ZR2 Bison that comes with a unique bumper, a winch, rear tow hooks, massive fender flares, large skid plates, and contoured floor liners.

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What the Nissan Frontier Gets Right

The Nissan Frontier gets the nod when it comes to tech features. The truck comes with an eight-inch touchscreen as standard, while a nine-inch touchscreen is available. Nissan also offers the Frontier with more standard and available safety features than the Colorado.

Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring are standard. The Colorado doesn’t come with any advanced safety features as standard. The Frontier also offers a longer list of available safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, and reverse automatic emergency braking. These features aren’t available in the Colorado.

Nissan’s full redesign for the Frontier includes a fresh interior design that stands out for the class. Compared to the Colorado’s interior design, the Frontier’s is miles better. Interior quality is also better in the Frontier. The truck has a mix of soft-touch materials and hard plastics, while the Colorado has a low-rent cabin that’s filled with unattractive plastics.

Read Our Overview of the Nissan Frontier

Enjoy Having Choices?

The 2022 Nissan Frontier is a far better pickup truck than before. Compared to the Colorado, it has more available safety features and has a nicer interior. But the Frontier falls behind in nearly every other respect. It’s a stylish, modern pickup, but doesn't have the powertrains to match the Colorado.

Our Verdict

With a higher towing capacity, more powertrains to choose from, a more spacious interior, and more capable off-roading trims, the Chevrolet Colorado is the winner of this comparison. It may not have the nicest interior, but it makes it up for it by excelling in other areas.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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