Sometimes you don't need a full-size truck, and you will be better served with a midsize pickup instead. This is why Chevy created the Colorado, a midsize pickup truck that offers the performance and capability of a much larger vehicle. The 2022 Chevy Colorado WT is the base model of a lineup that also features three additional trim levels: the LT, Z71, and ZR2. The letters "WT" stand for "Work Truck," but don't let that fool you. This is a midsize pickup that can easily be used for play as well as work, with plenty of standard features that help set the Colorado WT apart from the base model pickups offered by other automotive brands.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado WT is surprisingly affordable for a midsize truck that is so rugged and capable. The trim comes equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, featuring a standard 7-inch color touchscreen. This seamlessly integrates key truck information with entertainment features, including a 6-speaker audio system with an AM/FM radio. Plug your smartphone into the USB port, and you can access all of your favorite apps through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, depending on your phone's operating system. This will help keep you and your passengers entertained while out driving the Colorado WT, regardless of whether your passengers are members of your work crew or your family.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado WT comes with two different engine options. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter I-4 that utilizes a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) design with four valves per cylinder. Chevy has given this engine variable valve timing to improve fuel economy, and high-pressure direct fuel injection helps this four-cylinder produce 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque.
Chevy also offers a 3.6-liter V6 on the 2022 Colorado WT. This engine also has a DOHC design with high-pressure direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to help you get exceptionally efficient performance out of the truck. However, this is a bigger engine, producing a greater output of 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet has decided to equip each engine on the 2022 Colorado WT with a specific transmission. This allows you to get the most out of whichever engine you choose. If you go with the base 2.5-liter I-4, it will come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you opt for the available 3.6-liter V6 engine, you will get it with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Getting the most mileage out of a tank of gasoline has never been more important than now, with gas prices up across the country. As a result, you are sure to be pleased with the incredible fuel economy offered by the 2022 Chevy Colorado WT. If you choose to go with the 2.5-liter I-4 engine and rear-wheel drive on your Colorado, you can expect to get 19 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined. Choosing the same engine with four-wheel drive will reduce the fuel economy slightly to 24 MPG on the highway and 21 MPG combined.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine on the 2022 Colorado WT will give you greater acceleration and capability, but it comes at the price of fuel economy. If you choose a truck with four-wheel drive and the 3.6-liter V6, it will deliver 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined. Choosing to go with this engine and rear-wheel drive will give you slightly better fuel economy at 18 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. While the highway fuel economy figures are comparable for both engines, the smaller 2.5-liter I-4 provides better gas mileage numbers in the city.
A big reason folks buy pickup trucks is the ability to tow trailers and haul cargo. Trucks offer capabilities that other types of vehicles can only imagine. However, many small and midsize pickups lag when it comes to towing and hauling. While so many have rugged looks, they lack the strength to carry much payload or tow more than a small trailer. Fortunately, this is not the case with the 2022 Chevy Colorado WT. Whether you plan to use your truck for work, play, or a little of both, Chevy gives you the capability you need when it comes to getting the job done.
That tow hitch in the back of your pickup truck is there for a reason: to tow trailers. No matter if you plan to tow a lawn mower for work or a boat for recreational purposes, you need to know that your midsize truck can provide you with the towing capacity you require. Fortunately, the 2022 Colorado WT has strong towing capabilities. If you opt for the base 2.5-liter I-4 engine, you will be able to tow up to 3,500 lbs. Choosing the available 3.6-liter V6 will help you tow even more and is the engine of choice if you plan on primarily using your Colorado WT for trailering purposes. This truck with the optional engine will allow you to tow up to 7,000 lbs. That is the kind of capability you usually only see in full-size pickup trucks.
Just like that hitch at the back of your midsize truck has a special purpose, so does the bed. No matter what you plan on carrying, you need to know that your truck can haul heavy loads without getting bogged down. If your truck lacks hauling capacity, you will find it quickly wearing out the suspension system. This is why you should choose a 2022 Chevy Colorado WT if you plan on carrying some heavy loads in your truck.
The Colorado WT with the standard 2.5-liter I-4 will give you the ability to carry up to 1,435 lbs of payload. If you need to carry more, you can opt for the available 3.6-liter V6, which lets you haul up to 1,550 lbs of payload. Whichever engine you choose, your 2022 Colorado WT will give you unmatched payload capacity for its class.
When automakers first started building midsize pickup trucks, things like passenger comfort were not a big factor in their decision-making. Most drivers were content to have a regular cab truck with two doors and one row of seats. Things like air conditioning and power windows were seen as luxury features. Fortunately, that kind of thinking is a thing of the past. When Chevrolet began building the second-generation Colorado in 2015, it sought to offer a truck that could be used both for business and pleasure.
This is certainly still the case with the 2022 Chevy Colorado WT. Chevy offers the Colorado WT with the choice between two different cab styles and two different bed lengths. The Extended Cab offers two full-size doors with two rear pocket doors, giving you bucket seats in front and jump seats in the back. This gives you the ability to seat up to four passengers. The Colorado WT Extended Cab comes standard with a Long Bed measuring 6'2" in length.
There is also a bigger Crew Cab available on the 2022 Colorado WT. This gives you four full-size doors, with two rows of seats providing seating for up to five passengers. If you opt for the Crew Cab on your Colorado WT, you get to choose between the Long Bed and a Short Bed measuring 5'2" in length.
Whichever cab style you choose, you will get bucket seats in the front row. These provide 41.4 inches of headroom, 45 inches of legroom, 57.5 inches of shoulder room, and 55 inches of hip room. This is more than enough room for even the tallest drivers. The key difference between the Extended Cab and the Crew Cab is found in the back seat. The Crew Cab gives you more headroom, legroom, and hip room than the Extended Cab.
Rear seat passengers in the Crew Cab will appreciate 38.3 inches of headroom, 35.8 inches of legroom, and 53.3 inches of hip room, while the Extended Cab provides 36.7 inches of headroom, 28.6 inches of legroom, and 52.2 inches of hip room in the rear row. Interestingly enough, the Extended Cab delivers more shoulder room in the back seat than the Crew Cab, with 57.3 inches to 56.2 inches.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado WT provides a great deal of room for cargo. This will come in handy no matter what you plan to haul with your pickup. If you choose the available Short Bed on your Colorado WT Crew Cab, you will have space for up to 41.3 cu.ft. of cargo. If you opt instead for a Long Bed, which is standard on the Colorado WT Extended Cab, you will have even more space, with a full 49.9 cu.ft. of room.