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2022 Chevrolet Colorado or 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Which Is Better?

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado offers more of the same, while the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz debuts as Hyundai’s first truck.  Which is better?

Quick Facts

  • Chevrolet Colorado: Multiple powertrains; cabs and beds offer a wide variety of options.
  • Hyundai Santa Cruz: Related to the Hyundai Tucson, it’s a new 4-door pickup truck with a transverse engine and base front-wheel drive.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Front Left Side in Red
The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado starts at $25,200.

Base Price $25,200  / Find out more about the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado

What we like: Excellent powertrain choice includes Duramax Diesel; most customizing choices; best-in-class towing; refreshed exterior.

What we would change: Features can add up; add enhanced safety suite.

Overview: The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado continues to offer an impressive array of features. Its versatile powertrain choices include a 200 horsepower 2.5-liter inline-4 and a 308 hp 3.6-liter V6. For those needing a maximum amount of grunt, there’s the 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel that delivers 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This combo delivers a best-in-class towing capability of 7,700 pounds. Available in either 2- or 4-wheel-drive, off-road enthusiasts can opt for the Z71 and ZR2 trim levels and their uprated rough-riding abilities.

What’s new for 2022: Minor cosmetic touches continue to move the Colorado forward. New for ’22, a dealer-installed Trail Boss trim level includes a lift kit, skid plates, and black finish wheels and trim. Most Colorado trim levels will receive revised fascias. New badging and wheel options, along with the LT’s chrome appearance package, are the big news items for the new year.

Features and technology: The Colorado delivers a livable ride that is the perfect alternative for those who want a do-it-all vehicle. The ride is well-tuned to isolate the cabin from bone-jarring vibrations you would expect from a larger truck. Being the only mid-size pickup with a Duramax 2.8-liter diesel powertrain option makes it a towing and mileage champ. Off-road improvements include a wider track, raised suspension, revised bumpers, and functional skidplate. This way, you can hit the office during the week and go trail-busting on the weekend.

What does the future hold: Expect mild refreshing in 2022 with a complete model overhaul in 2023. See 2022 Chevrolet Colorado models for sale near you

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Front Left Side in Green
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz starts at $23,990.

Base Price: $23,990 / Find out more about the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

What we like: Two engine choices; 8-speed transmission instead of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); available AWD; 5,000-pound tow capacity.

What we would change: Make turbo engine available on all trim levels; improve ho-hum fuel economy. 

Overview: Hyundai creates a new category, calling the Santa Cruz a sports adventure vehicle instead of a pickup truck. We think it’s more concerned with recreational activities than actual work. Standard power comes from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the front or all-wheel-drive systems. The more potent 2.5-liter turbo delivers 275 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque with the help of a dual-clutch transmission that pre-loads an upcoming gear change. Fuel mileage is a mediocre 23 mpg with the base engine and a somewhat disappointing 22 mpg when optioned with the Turbo-4. The naturally-aspirated inline-4 can tow 3,500 pounds, while the turbo ups the ante to 5,000 pounds.

What’s new for 2022: The Hyundai Santa Cruz is all-new for 2022. It speaks with a Southern accent, coming from the Hyundai factory in Montgomery, Alabama, and is on sale at dealerships now. 

Features and technology: The Santa Cruz has four trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and top-line Limited. Even the base SE model is well-equipped to include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Safety features are also on-tap with forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-keep assist, and safe-exit warning to tell you when it’s safe to open the door on the traffic side of the vehicle. The SEL adds Blind-spot Collision Avoidance and a heated power driver and passenger seat.

The SEL Premium brings more power with the 2.5-liter turbo-4, dual-zone climate control, LED lighting, and Hyundai’s digital key app. The top-shelf Limited model adds a digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen display with blind-spot view monitor. In the back, the Santa Cruz bed includes a removable in-bed power outlet, under-floor storage well, and a lockable and retractable tonneau cover.

What does the future hold: The Santa Cruz is new for 2022. Expect only minor trim changes for the next few years. See 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz models for sale near you

Colorado or Santa Cruz: Strengths Comparison

Chevrolet Colorado benefits: Great power; best-in-class (7,700 pounds) towing; varying configurations and capabilities.

Hyundai Santa Cruz benefits: Turbo power option; 5,000-pound max tow capacity; various tech features.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado or 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Which Is Better?

2022 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
Top: The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado front row and dash. Bottom: The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe front row and dash.

The new Chevrolet Colorado features a good ride with best-in-class towing thanks to the Duramax Diesel engine. The Hyundai Santa Cruz is an SUV with a truck bed in the back. Both can be great choices for those who like to work, play, or both.

See 2022 Chevrolet Colorado models for sale or See 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz models for sale

2022 Chevrolet Colorado 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 200 @ 6,300 rpm 191 hp @ 6,100 rpm
Torque 191 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 181 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city/25 hwy) 23 mpg (21 city/26 hwy)
Also Available 3.6-liter V6, 2.8-liter Duramax Turbodiesel, 4WD, off-road, and new Trail Boss packages 2.5-liter turbo I4, AWD
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating 4 star Not Tested Yet
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 128.3 inches 118.3 inches
Overall Length 212.7 inches 195.7 inches
Width 74.3 inches 75.0 inches
Height 70.7 inches 66.7 inches
Turning Diameter 41.3 feet 40.0 feet
Headroom, Front 41.4 inches 40.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 40.1 inches
Legroom, Front 45.0 inches 41.4 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.8 inches 36.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.5 inches 57.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.2 inches 56.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume N/A cubic feet N/A cubic feet
Max Payload 1,590 pounds 1,568-1,906 pounds

Mark Elias
Mark Elias
Mark Elias is a writer and photographer specializing in automotive topics ranging from new and used cars to classics and motorsports. His first car was a Matchbox Jaguar D-Type. From there, things have only become larger. During his professional career, he has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press, a contract photographer for Bloomberg News, and a contributor to automotive outlets... Read More about Mark Elias

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