Like a (Trail)Boss: 2022 Chevy Colorado Debuts New Off-Road Trail Boss Package

In the competitive class of midsize pickup trucks, the Chevy Colorado has been a staple since its debut in 2003. Many truck enthusiasts prefer the look, feel, and functionality of midsize pickups versus small or full-size models, and the Colorado has filled that role in Chevy’s lineup well. The 2022 Chevy Colorado will come with more features than ever before, including an enticing off-roading package that’s sure to thrill. 

An overview of the 2022 Chevy Colorado

Two 2022 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss pickup trucks parked on a grassy hill with the sun and mountains behind them
2022 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss | General Motors

The 2022 Chevy Colorado will remain relatively unchanged from its 2021 iteration, aside from the exciting new trim offering, which we’ll cover more in-depth below. Still, the 2022 Colorado will continue to be a great choice for those wanting a dependable midsize truck with a high towing capacity and excellent powertrain options.

Those looking to purchase a 2022 model can choose between a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 3.6-liter V6, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel, producing 200 hp, 308 hp, and 181 hp, respectively. U.S. News says the turbodiesel option from the 2021 version is best for towing, but the base engine should be plenty for everyday city or highway journeys.

This midsize truck will also come with straightforward infotainment features, such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth integration. A wireless device charging station, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bose audio system will likely continue to be optional upgrades. The 2021 Chevy Colorado received a reliability score from J.D. Power of 81/100, which isn’t likely to change much for the 2022 model.

The new Trail Boss package

The biggest change coming to the 2022 Chevy Colorado is the new Trail Boss package. Buyers can add it to the LT trim for $2,995 or the Z71 trim for $2,895, but only on models with four-wheel drive.

Car and Driver reports that the package will include a lifted suspension that raises the truck one inch, skid plates, enhanced wheels, and red tow hooks on the front. Beyond these more practical add-ons, the Trail Boss package will also include black tailgate lettering and Colorado emblems on the back.

This isn’t the first time Chevrolet has offered an off-roading package for the Colorado. GM Authority reports that the 2015 and 2016 Chevy Colorado models came with this option. But the previous package provided a transfer-case shield, automatic locking differential, recovery hooks, and other features.

Top competitors of the 2022 Chevy Colorado


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Chevrolet’s timing of the announcement of the new Trail Boss package is no accident, as the midsize truck sector has been highly competitive for quite some time. This introduction is probably Chevy’s attempt to stay in the game by providing more unique and appealing features.

Some of its stiffest competition comes from the Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma. The segment also includes the Jeep Gladiator and Nissan Frontier, but these trucks haven’t been as popular as other midsize pickups.

Although the Chevy Colorado remains highly ranked in this category, it doesn’t offer quite as many safety features as the Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma. It also doesn’t provide nearly as much rear seating as other trucks in the segment. If Chevrolet wants to make the Colorado the top of its class, it should start with installing more standard safety features and adding more legroom for rear passengers.