The cheapest Chevrolet Colorado W/T may be the best

What does the WT mean on a Chevrolet Colorado? It stands for Work Truck, and these popular midsize pickups are designed to get workers, with a few hundred pounds of equipment, to the jobsite.

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

For 2023, Chevrolet is updating the Colorado, so chances are you’ll soon start seeing great deals on 2022 Colorados that are sitting in the field.

What is the difference between the Colorado WT and the LT?

Chevrolet Colorado LT | Chevy

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

The WT stands for Work Truck, which means it has simple steel wheels, while the LT goes up to styled 17-inch wheels, and you can order 18-inch rims on special sets. Other packages include the Redline Special Edition, which is a $2,690 option, which adds wheels, tires, steps and a bedliner. You can also order a rear window defogger and a safety package that includes forward collision warning and lane departure warning. For $1095 you can also add navigation. But with only a few boxes ticked, along with the V6 and four-wheel drive, the price increases rapidly through the mid-30s, starting with the base LT at $27,700.

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

The Colorado configurator | Chevy

Even if you use Chevrolet’s online configurator, it’s hard to order one for just $25,200. Part of that 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 choose from. Plus, Chevrolet charges a nominal destination fee. But, with no options checked, a four-cylinder engine, and in base white, you can order an all-new Chevrolet Colorado W/T for $25,880, according to today’s incentives.

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

A Colorado is about $5,000 more than a basic Maverick truck, but the Ranger and Colorado are both frame trucks, which means they’re meant for heavier work than the Maverick, which is a monocoque like most cars.

When will Chevy release the new Colorado?

The third-generation Colorado will be released in 2023, and reports show Chevy has been testing several special versions. Spy photos show the new ZR2 off-road ready truck testing and more.

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

Chevrolet Colorado 2021 | Chevy

The new 2023 Colorado can be expected to have a new exterior, a new interior and plenty of options that echo those of its big brother, the Silverado. But it’s also safe to say that the truck will remain a body-on-frame truck, meaning it’ll be capable of towing, hauling and handling heavy-duty jobs. Let’s just hope the company brings its value leader package back to the work truck.

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