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. Ford offers the Ranger in nine colors while the Chevy Colorado is only available in five colors. 

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

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. 

Both the new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado and 2022 Ford Ranger feature projector-beam halogen headlights, heated side-view mirrors, and a locking tailgate.

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 

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Ranger

  • Offers more colors to choose from than the Colorado 
  • Rugged good looks appeal to outdoor enthusiasts 

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 (dual-zone on the Ranger and single-zone on the Colorado), 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

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Ranger

  • Available with dual-zone automatic climate control

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. Chevy also offers the new Colorado with its Teen Driver system that helps you teach your young driver safe road habits. 

The new Ford Ranger is equipped with the SNYC® 3 infotainment system that provides smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Sync your device to stream music, answer calls, and look up directions from the 8-inch touchscreen. The Ranger also features 4G LTE Wi-Fi® (data plan required) that supports up to 10 devices and an Alexa app that lets you enjoy the benefits of your Amazon account while on the go.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the sound system. The new 2022 Ford Ranger impresses with its available B&O® sound system by Bang & Olufsen® that includes 10 premium speakers and a 660-watt amplifier. Chevy offers the Colorado with an available seven-speaker Bose® premium audio system. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado

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

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Ranger

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot supports more devices
  • Available sound system features more speakers and a 660-watt amplifier

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. 

There’s a few safety features you’ll only find on the new Ford Ranger though. This midsize pickup is available with a blind-spot information system that warns you when a vehicle has entered your blind spot. It also offers adaptive cruise control that allows you to set a following distance from the vehicle ahead of you while using cruise control. The new Ranger is also available with automatic emergency braking that will engage the brakes if a front-end collision is imminent. 

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

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Ranger

  • Available with blind-spot information system 
  • Available with adaptive cruise control
  • Available with automatic emergency braking 

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 the StabiliTrak® electronic stability-control system that provides added traction and control.

When it comes to performance and power, the new 2022 Ford Ranger keeps things simple with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine that kicks out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. With this power, the new Ranger achieves a 7,500-pound towing capacity. This midsize pickup truck also features an electronic Shift-on-the-Fly 4×4 system, a 10-speed automatic transmission, 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

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Ranger

  • Terrain-Management System provides extra control on rough roads
  • Available with a 4×4 system 
  • Standard engine tows an impressive 7,500-pound towing capacity 

Which Should You Buy? 

Whether you’re a Ford enthusiast or you’re loyal to the Chevy bowtie, both of these midsize pickup trucks are sure to satisfy. The new Colorado offers fun engine choices while the Ford Ranger provides peace of mind with loads of available safety features. Both of these stylish pickup trucks feature smartphone integration, two bed and cab sizes, and underseat storage, so you’re ready for any adventure. 

The best way to figure out which one is best for you is with a test drive. Visit GarberAuto.com today to schedule a test drive at a Garber dealership near you! 

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Dianna Duchesne

Dianna Duchesne

Dianna is the Digital Content Writer for Garber Automotive Group.

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