|1,610||Max Payload (lbs)||1,550|
|9-Speed||Transmission (automatic)||6 or 8-Speed|
As 2022 models are being released, it is clear that Nissan and Chevy are throwing everything they've got at their trucks, vying to lure in willing and potential truck shoppers to eye one over the other. A bevy of differences between the two makes it easy to see why a shopper would choose one over the other, but the question is which one is worth choosing between the 2022 Nissan Frontier vs 2022 Chevy Colorado? The good part is that you don't have to answer that question alone because we're here to guide you through the process of laying out the trims, the powertrains, the performance, and the technology that separates the 2022 Frontier from the 2022 Chevy Colorado.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier is available in four different trims, starting with the entry-level S trim, the customizable SV trim, the enthusiast PRO-X, and the off-road ready PRO-4X. The 2022 Chevy Colorado is available in four trims as well, starting with the WT base trim, the LT, the high-performance Z71, and the off-road-tuned ZR2. Both trucks share a lot of similarities, but our objective here is to outline which one offers the better features.
The core of any great truck is its powertrain. Without it, there is no propulsion; there is no power. So what sort of powertrain rests at the heart of the Frontier and Colorado? Well, in the case of the Frontier, there is a one-size-fits-all solution across the four available trims. For the Colorado, it has an optional powertrain setup consisting of three different engines.
The standard engine for the Colorado is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5-liter is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. There is a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 308 horsepower and manages to put 275 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. The 3.6-liter is paired up with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The last of the bunch is the 2.8-liter Duramax inline 4-cylinder turbo-diesel, which manages 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier is powered solely by a 3.8-liter V6, which produces 310 horsepower and up to 281 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. This gives the Frontier a leg up on the Colorado in terms of raw performance, especially when it comes to maximizing the engine revolutions for the most effective use of acceleration that the Frontier can achieve. Unlike the Colorado, the Frontier's single powertrain has to achieve everything that the three powertrains are capable of. For the most part, it accomplishes the task.
There isn't a single power plant available for the 2022 Chevy Colorado that matches the 2022 Nissan Frontier when it comes to raw horsepower. The only thing that the Colorado does manage to get a one-up on the Nissan with is the torque for the Duramax turbo-diesel. However, you lose out on a lot of horsepower compared to the Frontier. So there's a huge trade-off with the Colorado when it comes to power and performance in comparison to the Frontier.
Even though the Colorado is capable of some high towing feats within its class when equipped with the Duramax, it still falls short in the payload area. The 2022 Nissan Frontier manages to edge out in this department even with just a single powertrain. The top-end of the Colorado's payload capacity is 1,550 pounds, whereas the Frontier's maximum payload capacity is 1,610 pounds. So if you need to store extra items in the rear bed of the Frontier, you can.
The interior of a vehicle determines a lot: how much space is available for the driver and passenger, what sort of amenities are available, and how comfortable the ride is. The 2022 Frontier and 2022 Chevy Colorado both approach the interior cabin space in different ways. There are a lot of similarities in some features and large differences in others.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier and 2022 Chevy Colorado both share an optional 6-way power driver seat for the upper-end trims and a 4-way front passenger seat. Both also offer lumbar support for the driver seat, but it's a standard feature on multiple Frontier trims, but only standard on the Colorado's ZR2 trim. So you have access to more comfort and convenience when it comes to the seating for the Frontier compared to the Colorado.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado offers some interior detailing such as packages with door decals and interior performance badging, but the 2022 Frontier's cabin has been redesigned to improve on interior noise cancellation via added insulation and more efficient use of the rear carpet structure. The acoustic laminated glass and engine decibel reduction have made for a much quieter cabin that keeps noise on the outside and sound on the inside.
On the material front, the Colorado comes with several different options, including the standard vinyl seat trimming for the WT. Above that, there is cloth trimming, leatherette, and cloth combination trimming, along with leather-appointed front seats, which are standard on the ZR2. The Frontier also comes with multiple upholstery options, including basic cloth, premium cloth, leather-appointed seats, PRO-X embroidered seats, and PRO-4X embroidered seats. On the PRO trims, the Frontier features lava red contrast interior stitching, but black interior stitching is also available, along with special carpeted floor mats and premium door and center console stitching.
Both trucks also come with heated and leather-wrapped steering wheels, along with heated seats. These shared features are definitely high points for potential truck shoppers. However, even though there are many shared luxury features between the two, the Frontier's added interior storage space and special appointed seating for the PRO-X and PRO-4X help give it an edge over the Colorado.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier vs 2022 Chevy Colorado may have a lot of similarities across various feature categories, but they still diverge in critical areas when it comes to the availability of specific technologies. On the outset, the 2022 Chevy Colorado comes with the Chevrolet Infotainment System 3, which features a 7-inch color touchscreen and many of all the standard entertainment and informational features that drivers have come to expect from today's vehicles. With smartphone integration, Bluetooth support, and audio streaming, you get all the basics with the Colorado that you would expect from an infotainment suite.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier matches the Colorado's infotainment capabilities with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth wireless support with voice-activated controls, as well as Siri's Eyes Free technology so you can access messaging, texts, and phone calls without taking your eyes off the road. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is also available, along with the NissanConnect Wi-Fi hotspot support, so you can access the internet even when you're out and away from a common connection. This is all accessible through the standard 8-inch infotainment screen.
Where the Frontier veers away from the Colorado in its offerings is with added features like the Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation suite with the ability to make use of the premium traffic routing, making it easy to plot your routes to your destination. The Frontier also allows you to use informational or entertainment apps through an HD color touchscreen that scales up to 9-inches, which is larger than the max 8-inch color touchscreen available in the Colorado. The Frontier also features a 7-inch advanced driver information center known as the Drive-Assist display, featuring telematics across the cluster. The Colorado's driver information center tops out at just 4.2-inches.
On the audio front, the Colorado has the option to make use of a Bose 7-speaker premium audio system. However, it comes up short compared to the Frontier's premium 10-speaker Fender audio system. When it comes to the technology, both midsize trucks have a robust safety and security system in place, but the 2022 Nissan Frontier simply offers more technology and higher quality forms of tech compared to the 2022 Chevy Colorado.