The Chevrolet Colorado comes with a choice of three engines. The standard truck comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower, while an optional 3.6L V6 makes 308 horsepower. The Duramax turbodiesel is a 2.8L four that boasts 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
All three engines achieve solid fuel economy numbers. The Colorado is rated at 26 mpg on the highway for 4-cylinder 2WD models, with the V6 truck coming in at 25 mpg highway in 2-wheel drive trim and an impressive 31 mpg from the diesel. Despite this, the truck is still able to tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped with the Duramax diesel engine and a tow package.
The Colorado is available in three basic body styles: extended cab long box, crew cab short box and crew cab long box. While the extended cab has rear hinged back doors and a small pair of rear seats, the crew cab features four doors and rear seats big enough to comfortably sit adults, even on long drives. 4-wheel-drive and 2-wheel-drive variants are available in any of the three body styles.
There are four trim levels for the Chevrolet Colorado: Base, WT (Work Truck), LT and Z71. Base models are only available on extended cab variants and while they obviously feature the fewest amenities, bells and whistles, they still have several notable features. Base models come standard with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a 6-speed manual transmission, a rearview camera, pickup box light and a chrome rear bumper.
WT trims are similar to the base model but can be ordered with the crew cab. The WT trim also adds heavy-duty suspension, an improved infotainment system and an automatic transmission.
The LT trim adds a little bit of luxury to the mid-sized pickup. A 4-way power adjustable driver's seat is standard, as are 17-inch wheels, a body-colored rear bumper, an 8-inch color screen, remote entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
For buyers who want a Colorado with improved off-road capabilities, there's the Z71 off-road package, including heavy-duty suspension, a locking rear differential, some underbody protection, a powered front passenger seat, automatic climate control and an automatic liftgate.
Safety features on the Colorado include Stabilitrak stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes. There are six airbags in the Colorado including dual stage front airbags. A rearview camera is standard, as are 4-wheel disc brakes.
Small Truck Utility
Three Engine Choices, All Featuring Good Fuel Economy
Car-like Ride And Handling
Strong Technology Feature Set
In 2018 the Colorado makes only minor changes, among them an infotainment screen that grows from 4.2 inches to 7 while adding in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Chevrolet calls the Colorado a "mid-sized" pickup truck, but it's actually the smallest pickup truck built by GM, slotting below the Silverado and Silverado HD. That said, the Colorado is available in a couple of cab and bed styles, allowing it to stretch out and haul more cargo depending on the individual trim ordered with the vehicle. Starting under $21,000 the Chevrolet Colorado competes closely with the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier as a truck that can both haul cargo and drive around in the city without any serious concerns about parking or street size.
Off-Road Appearance Package
Engine, 3.6L DI DOHC V6 VVT (308 hp [230.0 kW] @ 6800 rpm, 275 lb-ft of torque [373 N-m] @ 4000 rpm)
Transmission, 8-speed automatic (Requires (LGZ) 3.6L DI DOHC V6 engine.)
Rear axle, 3.42 ratio
GVWR, 6000 lbs. (2722 kg) (Standard on Crew Cab models with (LGZ) 3.6L DI DOHC V6 engine only.)
Hill Descent Control
Transfer case, electric, 2-speed AutoTrac
Transfer case shield
Differential, driver-selectable full-locking front
Differential, driver-selectable full-locking rear
Four wheel drive
Trailering assist, guidelines
Trailer brake controller, integrated
Trailering Package, heavy-duty includes trailer hitch and 7-pin connector
Tow/Haul Mode (Included and only available with (LGZ) 3.6L DI DOHC V6 engine or (LWN) 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. Standard on Crew Cab Long Box.)
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Wheels, 17" x 8" (43.2 cm x 20.3 cm) aluminum
Tires, P265/65/R17 all-terrain, blackwall
Tire, spare P265/65R17 all-terrain, blackwall
LPO, Off-Road rocker protection
Recovery hooks, front (Deleted when (PDZ) Chrome Appearance Package, LPO is ordered.)
Wheel, spare, 17" x 8" (43.2 cm x 20.3 cm) aluminum
Mirror, spotter, located in corner of driver-side outside mirror
Glass, windshield shade band
Window, rear-sliding, manual
Door handles, body-color
Tailgate, EZ-Lift and Lower
Tailgate handle, Black
Bedliner, Spray-on, Black with Chevrolet logo Includes ZR2 logo
Audio System, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; featuring Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone; includes auxiliary jack
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
Audio system feature, USB port, located on instrument panel
Audio system feature, USB port, located inside center console
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2018 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
Chevrolet 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first) EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018 (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
Seats, front bucket
Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power with manual recline
Seat adjuster, 4-way power front passenger
Seat adjuster, power driver lumbar control
Seat adjuster, power passenger lumbar control
Seat, rear folding bench (Crew Cab models only.)
Seats, heated driver and front passenger
Console, floor, front compartment, custom
Charging ports, 2, USB, located on the rear of the center console
Wireless Charging for compatible cell phones
Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
Floor mats, carpeted front
Floor mats, carpeted rear
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color
Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
Cruise control, electronic, automatic
Door locks, power
Remote Keyless Entry, extended range
Remote vehicle starter system
Theft-deterrent system, immobilization
Theft-deterrent system, unauthorized entry
Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control
Defogger, rear-window electric
Handles, door release, front and rear, Chrome
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated sliding vanity mirrors
Air bags, dual-stage frontal and front-seat-mounted side-impact for driver and front passenger, head-curtain for front and rear outboard seating positions and front Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018 (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Chevrolet Smart Driver, Marketplace and more EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018 (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Chevrolet vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
Rear Vision Camera
Teen Driver mode a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen's driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver