2022 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2022 Ford Ranger

When you’re in the market for a vehicle that offers the versatility of a full-size pickup truck but the maneuverability of a smaller vehicle, eventually midsize pickup trucks will land on your radar. Enter the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2022 Ford Ranger.

We’re going to take a closer look at these two midsize pickup trucks to learn what they have in common and what makes them different from one another, allowing you to decide which is the better fit for you.

Exterior 

While technically classified as a midsize pickup truck, the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado makes a bold entrance with its rugged body athletic stance, and dual-port grille emblazoned with an iconic Chevy bowtie. The new 2022 Ford Ranger follows suit with its chiseled lines and hexagonal grille. 

The new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and 2022 Ford Ranger are both available with either a two-door or four-door cab configuration. They’re also both available with either a 6-foot or 5-foot bed. When we take a look at the spec sheets though, we’ll find that overall the new Chevy Colorado beats out the Ford Ranger in every category: 

  • Length
    • Chevrolet Colorado (depending on configuration): 212.7 inches to 224.90 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 210.8 inches
  • Wheelbase
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 128.3 inches to 140.5 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 126.8 inches
  • Width
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 74.3 inches to 76.7 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 73.3 inches
  • Height
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 70.6 inches to 72.4 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 70.7 inches to 73.2 inches

Both the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and 2022 Ford Ranger feature projector-beam halogen headlights, heated side-view mirrors, and a locking tailgate. However, the new Colorado offers more cargo bed tie downs, up to 17 versus the Ranger’s four tie downs. It also gives you 15 wheel styles to choose from while the new Ranger only offers 11. In the new Colorado’s bed, you’ll also find a CornerStep rear bumper, cargo box LED lights, and a spray-on bedliner. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado 

  • Longer and wider than the Ford Ranger
  • Available with up to 17 cargo bed tie downs
  • 15 wheel styles provide head-turning curb appeal 

Interior

As we mentioned in the exterior feature, the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and 2022 Ford Ranger are both available with a two-door and four-door cab configuration. On the Colorado, the two-door extended cab seats four, while the four-door crew cab seats five. The Ranger matches these seating numbers, with its SuperCab being the four seater and the SuperCrew seating five. 

Taking a look at the spec sheets, we’ll find that the new 2022 Chevy Colorado beats out the 2022 Ford Ranger in nearly every category: 

  • Front Headroom
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 41.4 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 39.8 inches
  • Front Legroom
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 45.0 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 43.1 inches
  • Second-Row Headroom (Crew/SuperCrew)
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 38.3 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 38.3 inches
  • Second-Row Legroom (Crew/SuperCrew)
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 35.8 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 34.5 inches
  • Second-Row Headroom (Extended/SuperCab)
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 36.7 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 35.9 inches
  • Second-Row Legroom (Extended/Super Cab) 
    • Chevrolet Colorado: 28.6 inches
    • Ford Ranger: 30.4 inches

The only area where the Ranger is squeaking ahead is in rear legroom in their four-seater cab option. 

Outside of the measurements though, the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and 2022 Ford Ranger offer many of the same interior features. These midsize pickup trucks feature automatic climate control, 4.2-inch driver information displays, and push-button start. Both vehicles are available with leather-appointed seats and feature rear seats that can fold up for added storage. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado

  • Both cab sizes offer more headroom and more front-row legroom 
  • Offers more second-row legroom in its five-seater cab option

Technology

The new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and 2022 Ford Ranger offer loads of advanced technology features that keep you connected on your way to the next job site. 

Let’s start with the Chevy Colorado. This midsize pickup truck is equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system that supports smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Connect your smartphone to stream music, answer calls, look up directions, and more from the 8-inch touchscreen. Chevy also offers the Colorado with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (data plan required) that supports up to seven devices. 

The new Chevy Colorado features front and rear USB ports that can be used to give a smartphone some quick juice. There’s also an available wireless charging pad that can charge your compatible smartphone without wire clutter. The Colorado is also available with a seven-speaker Bose® premium audio system that surrounds you in crystal-clear sound. 

An interesting feature you’ll find only on the new Colorado is the Teen Driver system. This feature helps you teach your young driver safe road habits by letting you set a speed alert and a volume limit. The technology’s Buckle-to-Drive feature mutes the Colorado’s audio until the front-seat occupants are all buckled in and it even generates a driving report card to let you know how your teen did. 

Ford offers the new Ranger with the SYNC® 3 infotainment system. Like the Colorado’s system, this feature comes with an 8-inch touchscreen and supports smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. The new Ranger also features an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (data plan required) and a B&O® sound system by Bang and Olufsen®. However, the new Ranger does not feature a wireless charging pad or Teen Driver technology. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado

  • Available wireless charging pad eliminates wire clutter
  • Teen Driver technology helps reinforce safe driving habit

Safety 

When it comes to safety, the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and 2022 Ford Ranger leave nothing to chance. That’s why they offer loads of advanced safety features, including: 

  • Six airbags
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Lane-departure warning 
  • Tire-pressure monitoring

The new 2022 Chevy Colorado also features rear parking sensors that warn you when you’re approaching a stationary object while reversing. 

Chevy’s midsize pickup truck also features OnStar® Automatic Crash Response. This system will connect you with a representative within moments of a detected collision to ensure your safety. If you’re unresponsive, the representative will notify emergency personnel of your location. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado

  • OnStar® Automatic Crash Response adds extra peace of mind
  • Available rear park assist makes it easy to reverse out of tight parking spots

Performance

Pop the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado’s hood and you’ll find one of three engines underneath. This midsize pickup truck comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. You can kick that power up a notch with the available 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine. For all the diesel lovers, the Colorado’s available 2.8-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel engine is sure to impress with 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. With the diesel engine, the new Colorado achieves a 7,700-pound towing capacity. 

The new Colorado is available with four-wheel drive and features a tow/haul mode that raises transmission upshift points to generate more power when towing a heavy load. It also features an automatic locking rear differential, electronic traction control, and StabiliTrak® electronic stability-control system that provides added traction and control.

Over on the Ford Ranger, you’ll find only one engine option. The Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine generates 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to achieve a 7,500-pound towing capacity. This midsize pickup truck also offers a 4×4 system, an electronic locking rear differential, and a Terrain-Management System with trailer-sway control. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado

  • Available with a V-6 engine and a turbo-diesel engine 
  • Diesel engine offers 369 pound-feet of torque and a 7,700 pound-towing capacity
  • Automatic locking rear differential enhances traction and control

Which Should You Buy? 

With a starting MSRP of $25,200, you’ll have a hard time finding a better deal than the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado. This midsize pickup truck is larger inside and out than the Ford Ranger, offering more space for your crew and your tools too. The new Chevy Colorado also features smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, available rear parking sensors, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi® (data plan required). Best of all, the available 2.8-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel engine allows the new Colorado to achieve a 7,700-pound towing capacity. 

Wait no longer to fall in love with the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado. Give Garber Chevrolet Linwood a call today at (989) 697-4444 to schedule your test drive. 

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Dianna Duchesne

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Dianna is the Digital Content Writer for Garber Automotive Group.
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