The 2022 Nissan Frontier and 2022 Chevrolet Colorado have advantages and strengths, but both get the job done with a minimum of fuss. Here’s how they stack up.
2022 Nissan Frontier
Above Average: Excellent V6 power (310 horsepower); nearly all-new for 2022.
Below Average: Chassis not among parts updated; no 4-cylinder option.
Consensus: The 2022 Nissan Frontier aims to be a modern reinterpretation of the classic Nissan Hardbody pickup, and we think it has succeeded.
2022 Chevrolet Colorado
Above Average: Excellent engine options, including a diesel; great towing capacity and overall capability.
Below Average: Not the best in available safety tech; interior quality could be higher.
Consensus: The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado strikes a satisfying balance between old-school pickup and modern truck without sacrificing capability.
Frontier vs. Colorado: Midsize Matchup
The Frontier is all-new except for its powertrain and boxed ladder-frame chassis. Styled in California, it looks as if it’s been chiseled from a single block. Nissan wanted the new Frontier to be a modern interpretation of the original Hardbody pickup without being overtly retro.
While the new Frontier has the same 126- and 140-inch wheelbases as before, the overall length is up by about 4.5 inches because of the truck’s more prominent nose. No worries, though: Despite this small increase in length, the Frontier still fits with ease in most garages.
King Cab and Crew Cab models are available. A 6-foot bed is standard on the King Cab; a 5-footer comes on the Crew Cab. A 6-foot bed, though, can be ordered on the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SV. As before, Frontier 4×2 and 4×4 models are available, the latter equipped with a shift-on-the-fly 2-speed transfer case. Max towing is 6,720 pounds, and trailer sway control is standard.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier’s 3.8-liter V6 (310 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque) gets best-in-class power. It mates to a 9-speed automatic transmission that is a big improvement over the previous 5-speed version.
This powertrain combination makes the Frontier extremely capable. Whether on- or off-road, the Frontier has the gumption to get you out of a sticky situation. Gas mileage estimates remain competitive among the midsize truck segment. The 4×2 models see 18 city/24 highway with a combined 20 mpg estimate. You take a slight hit with the 4×4 model. Numbers come in at 17 city/22 highway and combined 19 mpg.
The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado is a top choice in the competitive midsize pickup truck segment. One of the most well-rounded options in this segment with strong capabilities, the Colorado boasts a fairly roomy interior in the crew cab models and road-friendly driving comfort. One area where it’s lacking is modern driver-assistance tech features.
The Chevrolet Colorado is a truck that drives so nicely that it almost feels like a crossover. It doesn’t have the bouncy ride sometimes associated with this class, and the noise and vibration levels are low. Even the steering is precise and nicely weighted.
The base engine is an inline-4 that’s good on gas while producing 200 horsepower. Upgrading to the available V6 brings a significant increase in power and capability with only a slight fuel economy penalty compared to the base engine. Finally, there’s the Duramax turbodiesel with an outstanding torque rating of 369 lb-ft while achieving up to 30 mpg on the highway.
The max tow rating of Colorado depends on the engine. When properly equipped, the base 4-cylinder can tow up to 3,500 lbs, the V6 doubles that with a max tow rating of 7,000 lbs, and the Duramax diesel is the towing king with up to 7,700 lbs of capability.
The base engine and the turbodiesel both use a 6-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is linked to an 8-speed automatic.
Like most of its rivals, Colorado has standard rear-wheel drive and optional 4-wheel drive.
Available 4-wheel drive; off-road prowess; cab and bed options.
2022 Nissan Frontier Advantages
More powerful standard engine; Pro-4X model offers beefy off-road upgrades.
2022 Chevrolet Colorado Advantages
New Trail Boss off-road package for 2022; Duramax diesel engine available; greater maximum towing capability.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2022 Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup with classic Hardbody looks that offers a potent engine and newly added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features.
The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado is modern and easy to drive yet also rugged and highly capable. It’s available with a wide variety of powertrains and bed/body styles.
Ready to buy a Nissan Frontier or Chevy Colorado? Shop for one on sale now near you.
|2022 Nissan Frontier||2022 Chevrolet Colorado|
|Engine||3.8-liter V6||2.5-liter I4|
|Horsepower||310 hp @ 6,400 rpm||200 hp @ 6,300 rpm|
|Torque||281 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm||191 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm|
|Transmission||9-spd automatic||6-spd automatic|
|Also Available||4WD||3.6-liter V-6; 2.8-liter turbodiesel I4; 8-spd automatic; 4WD|
|Warranty||3 year/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 year/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||n/a||4 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||126.0/139.8 inches||128.3/140.5 inches|
|Overall Length||210.2/224.1 inches||212.7/224.9 inches|
|Width||73.0-74.7 inches||74.3 inches|
|Height||71.6-72.9 inches||70.4-70.7 inches|
|Turning Diameter||42.4-46.9 feet||n/a|
|Headroom, Front||39.1-39.9 inches||41.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.6 inches||36.7-38.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.3 inches||45 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||33.2 inches||28.6-35.8 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||58.2 inches||57.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||58.7 inches||56.2-57.3 inches|
|Max Towing Capacity||6,570 lbs||7,700 lbs|
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