The Heartbeat of America: Chevy’s 2022 Lineup and Its Top Competitors

October 8th, 2021 by

A black 2022 Chevy Blazer is shown leaving a Chevy dealer in Lehigh Valley.

Can you imagine the American automotive landscape without Chevrolet? Obviously, you don’t have to since your search for “Chevy dealer Lehigh Valley” brought you here. But think about America without trucks like the Silverado, sports cars like the Corvette and Camaro, and SUVs like the Tahoe and Suburban. How vastly different would our work and our roads be without decades of Chevy impacting how we work and live?

This impact is exactly what a young race car driver named Louis Chevrolet and General Motors founder William C. Durant had in mind in 1911 when they started the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Founded with the goal of offering unprecedented affordability and efficiency, Chevrolet changed America for the better. Chevrolet revolutionized how we get from Point A to Point B and everywhere in between.

Chevrolet became the heartbeat of America and still is today. It’s the reliable gas-powered steeds of farmers and ranchers, the efficient commuter for professionals, the capable workhorses for business owners, and the safe transports for families of all sizes. This is what we see in Chevy’s past and present, especially when you look at the newest 2022 Chevy lineup and its top competitors.

A red 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is shown parked on a remote desert road.

2022 Colorado vs 2022 Ford Ranger

The Colorado is Chevy’s smallest truck in the lineup, but it proves that size doesn’t drastically impact capability, at least not in a Chevy. The 2022 Colorado comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, delivering 200 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The available 3.6-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission boost this power to 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.8-liter turbodiesel transforms the Colorado into a capable road warrior by delivering 181 horsepower, 369 lb-ft of torque, and a best-in-class trailering capacity of 7,700 pounds.

You won’t find this level of capability on the Colorado’s biggest competitor, the Ford Ranger. Ford is revamping the Ranger for 2022, which means details are scarce. However, experts anticipate the Ranger will keep its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with automatic start-stop technology that maximizes efficiency but limits the truck’s capability when compared to models like the Colorado. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Ranger’s current 2.3-liter engine delivers 270 horsepower, which pales in comparison to the power you’ll find with the Colorado’s engine options. You’ll even find the Ranger tows less than the Chevy with a 7,500-pound maximum.

Beyond its power and capability, the 2022 Colorado also offers more options for customization with the all-new Trail Boss package that’s available on the LT and Z71 models, as well as the off-road-ready ZR2. The Trail Boss package readies the LT and Z71 trims for off-roading with a 1-inch suspension leveling kit installed from the factory, front and mid-vehicle skid plates, 17-inch wheels, red tow hooks, the elimination of the front air dam, and exclusive black bowtie emblems. The ZR2 adds a 2-inch suspension lift and a 3.5-inch wider stance along with exclusive damping technology that optimizes the Colorado’s performance on harsh terrain. These two options give drivers a better chance of designing a truck that meets all their needs.

Ford also offers off-road capability in the Ranger but doesn’t give you the options you get with the Colorado. The 2022 Ranger will likely continue to offer the Tremor Off-Road Package, which was new for 2021 and lifts the truck, adds front tow hooks, running boards, and unique details. However, this is the only real off-road package that Ford offers and is roughly equivalent to the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss. That means the Blue Oval doesn’t have an answer to the Colorado ZR2, or even just the standard Colorado Z71.

2022 Blazer vs 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

When it comes to SUVs, Chevy leads the pack with models like the 2022 Blazer. The Blazer’s recent return to the Chevy lineup was truly remarkable and is giving competitors like the Hyundai Santa Fe a run for its money in terms of power and technology. The 2022 Blazer is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo or a 3.6-liter V6 engine, both of which are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter turbo delivers 228 horsepower while the 3.6-liter churns out 308 horsepower, outshining the 2022 Sante Fe’s 2.5-liter that delivers 191 horsepower and its optional 2.5-liter Turbo with 281 horsepower.

In addition to delivering more power, the 2022 Blazer also offers more connectivity and safety technology than the Santa Fe. The Blazer comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen display that’s home to the Chevy infotainment system and optional navigation. Through the display, you’ll have access to your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as well as a built-in WiFi hotspot and Amazon Alexa. Alexa allows you to use simple voice commands to stream your favorite music, get weather or news updates, make phone calls, respond to text messages, add items to your shopping list, and control your smart home devices.

Safety is another notable distinction between the 2022 Blazer and the 2022 Santa Fe. The Blazer now comes standard with the Chevy Safety Assist suite that includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, a Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic headlamps, and Forward Collision Alert. You can upgrade the HD Rear Vision Camera to an HD Surround Vision that gives you a bird’s eye view around the SUV. In contrast, the Santa Fe limits its suite to Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, and Lane Following Assist, many of which are only available on top-tier trims.

A silver 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is shown parked in a driveway.

2022 Bolt EUV vs 2022 Nissan Leaf

Chevy’s commitment to delivering unprecedented affordability and efficiency took on new meaning with the debut of the Chevy Bolt EV in 2017 and is the inspiration behind the all-new 2022 Bolt EUV. The Bolt EUV takes everything you love about the Bolt EV and puts it on an SUV platform to deliver exceptional efficiency and capability. The Bolt EUV is truly in a league of its own and easily outshines competitors like the 2022 Nissan Leaf.

The 2022 Bolt EUV is powered by an electric motor that’s paired with a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to deliver 200 horsepower and a driving range of 247 miles on a full charge. The 2022 Leaf gives you the option between two powertrains – a 40-kWh battery with a 147-horsepower electric motor or a 62-kWh battery with a 214-horsepower electric motor. However, neither matches the Bolt EUV’s range, with the Leaf averaging 149 or 226 miles, depending on the battery size. The Bolt EUV’s 247-mile range is further extended with tools like Regen on Demand and One Pedal Driving, which convert and conserve energy.

Chevy makes the 2022 Bolt EUV even sweeter with new features and tools like the Dual Level Charging Cord and Super Cruise. The Dual Level Charging Cord eliminates the need to purchase a separate charger for your home with its interchangeable plug that’s compatible with 120-volt and 240-volt outlets for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. The Bolt EUV is also the first model in the Chevy lineup to offer Super Cruise, which is the first true hands-free driver assistance technology on the market. The tool allows you to take your hands off the wheel and let the Bolt EUV steer itself on compatible roads throughout North America. You won’t find anything like Super Cruise on the Leaf!

Where Will Your Chevy Take You?

Thankfully, we don’t have to imagine an America without Chevrolet as the brand is forever ingrained in our culture, our roads, and our lifestyle. We rely on Chevys to safely transport us to work, to school, to the grocery store, and beyond. Chevy is our gateway to freedom and our passport to adventure; it’s the heartbeat of America. The question now is, “Where will your Chevy take you?”