- Colorado offers more trims and packages
- Chevy has three engines vs. one for Ford
- Crane rating is very close
The class battle between Ford and Chevrolet continues with the 2022 Colorado and 2022 Ranger models battle. Nothing can draw a bigger crowd than these two Detroit natives showing their wares in the competition ring. Until the Ranger returns, the Colorado will only have to compete with a few models in the mid-range truck class. Today, it looks like there are new midsize trucks added every year.
It’s refreshing to see this classic fight between the big boys.
|2022 Chevrolet Colorado||Ford Rangers 2022|
|Price range||$25,200 to $42,600||$25,285 to $47,000|
|Machine Options||2.5 liter four-cylinder/3.6 liter V6/2.8 liter turbodiesel four cylinder||EcoBoost 2.3 liter four-cylinder|
|Horsepower||200 horsepower/308 horsepower/186 horsepower||270 horsepower|
|torque||191 lb.-ft./275 lb.-ft./369 lb.-ft.||310 lb.-ft.|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic for both four-cylinder engines/8-speed automatic for the V6||10 speed auto|
|MPG Rating||19/25 2WD 19/24 4WD | 18/25 2WD 17/24 4WD | 20/30 2WD 19/28 4WD||21/26 RWD 20/24 4WD|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||Four Stars||Four Stars|
Minor changes to the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado
The latest version of the Colorado received a facelift but remains largely unchanged. The current model of this truck was launched in 2015, and has been the best every year since. MotorTrend tells us that this truck has a new Trail Boss package that can upgrade the LT or Z71 models. The new package features a one-inch lift, skid plate, ZR2 wheels and red tow hook.
Among compact pickup trucks, US News and World Report ranked the Chevy Colorado as number two on the list. Only the Honda Ridgeline scored better in their tests. This truck delivers exceptional power, performance and capability for any type of drive.
- Crane Rank
- Drive and handle
- Useful infotainment system
- Cabin quality
- Basic machine
- Lack of standard driver assistance features
Colorado is so versatile
The four main trims (WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2) offer varying levels of equipment and capabilities for your drive. Not only will you have these trims, but some packages can add more of the mid-truck experience. These packages are:
- Chrome Appearance Pack
- Redline Special Edition (LT model)
- Midnight Edition (Z71 and ZR2)
- Dusk Special Edition (ZR2)
- Bison Edition (ZR2)
- Trail Boss Package (4WD LT and Z71 models)
Very few trucks in this class offer the variety you’ll find in the Chevy Colorado. This can be the right truck to handle everything you need to do.
The 2022 Ford Ranger is a returning legend
During its previous trip, the Ford Ranger was one of the most popular compact and midsize trucks on the market. This truck spent seven years away from the North American market, but has returned to take on the rest of the midsize truck market. The new Tremor package gives Ranger more dynamic performance features for trail-riding and off-road performance.
In a US News and World Report comparison, Ford ranks fourth on the compact pickup truck list. This puts the Ranger right behind the GMC Canyon, which is the brother of the Chevrolet Colorado. For 2022, Ranger is receiving a new Splash appearance pack that delivers even more pizzaz and pop visuals.
- Powerful turbocharged engine
- Impressive handling
- Good towing and hauling ability
- Ancient interior
- Lack of standard features
Three trims make up the Ford Ranger . lineup
The Ranger comes in LT, XLT and Lariat trim levels in traditional Ford styling. These three trims provide an impressive level of equipment and features for your drive. There are also five special packages to choose from:
- Tremors (SuperCrew XLT and Lariat 4WD models)
- Splash pack (SuperCrew XLT and Lariat models)
- Technology Package
The capabilities and packaging of the Ford Ranger make it a true competitor in this market. If you’re looking for a new midsize Ford truck, this one is here and carries the name you’ve known for a long time.
Which midsize truck should you drive?
If you need to use your truck for towing, the Chevrolet Colorado outperforms the Ford Ranger by 200 pounds. The tow rating for the Ranger is 7,500 pounds, with Colorado offering a maximum crane rating of 7,700 pounds. The Colorado is the truck you will drive when you want more choice and versatility. Sorry Ford Ranger, you lost this round.
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