The Cheapest Chevrolet Colorado W/T May Be the Best

What does the WT mean on a Chevy Colorado? It means Work Truck, and these popular midsize pickups are designed to get workers, with a few hundred pounds of gear, to the job site.

The 2022 Colorado W/T or WT is the most affordable version of the Colorado, and it starts at $25,200, officially.  Of course, it’s a basic truck with two-wheel-drive, a radio/entertainment system, and air conditioning. Don’t count on heated seats, navigation, or fancy rims on the Work Truck. This is, after all,  one of the rare trucks that you can get optioned with stain-proof jet-black vinyl seats (remember those?).

For 2023, Chevrolet is updating the Colorado, so it’s likely you’ll soon start to see bargains on 2022 Colorados that are sitting on the lot.

What’s the difference between the Colorado WT and LT?

Chevrolet Colorado LT | Chevrolet

The main differences between the Colorado WT and LT are the interior and the options you can order. Both the WT and LT can be ordered with a 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp, but the LT can be ordered with four-wheel-drive.

The WT means work truck, and that means it has simple steel wheels, while the LT steps up to 17-in stylized wheels, and you can order 18-in rims on special packages. Other packages include the Redline Special Edition, which is a $2,690 option, that adds wheels, tires, steps and a bedliner. You can also order a rear-window defogger and a safety package that includes forward collision alert and lane departure warning. For $1095 you can also add navigation. But with just a few boxes checked, along with the V6 and four-wheel-drive, the price quickly increases to the mid 30s, from the base LT at $27,700.

Don’t check any boxes: configure your own base model

The Colorado Configurator | Chevrolet

Even if you use Chevrolet’s online configuration tool, it’s hard to order one for just $25,200. Part of that reason is because basics like cruise control are part of the $530 Work Truck Convenience Package, which adds remote keyless entry, and because there are so many trim levels to pick from. Also, Chevrolet does charge a small destination fee. But, with no options checked, a four-cylinder engine, and in basic white, you can order a brand new Chevrolet Colorado W/T for $25,880, based on today’s incentives.

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That compares well to a similarly-equipped Ford Ranger which starts at $25,200 (plus destination), or a Nissan Frontier, which starts at $28,340 (plus destination). The Nissan, though, is all-new for 2022.

Of a Colorado is about $5,000 more than a base Maverick truck, but the Ranger and Colorado are both body-frame trucks, meaning they are meant for heavier-duty work than the Maverick, which is a unibody like most cars.

When will Chevy release the new Colorado?

In the third generation of Colorado will be released in 2023, and reports show that Chevy has been testing several special versions. Spy shots show the new ZR2 off-road-ready truck testing and others.

The current models aren’t known to be the most reliable trucks, so GM will likely address that with new powertrains in 2023.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado | Chevrolet

It’s safe to expect that the new 2023 Colorado will have a new exterior, a new interior, and plenty of options that echo those in its bigger brother, the Silverado. But it’s also safe to say that the truck will remain a body-on-frame truck, which means that it will be able tow, haul, and handle heavy work. Let’s just hope the company brings back its value leader package in the work truck.