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Top Features of Base Model
- Strong off-road capability
- Multiple engine options
- Well-appointed cabin
- Good tow rating
- Comfortable ride
Chevrolet Colorado: Everything You Need to Know
About the Chevrolet Colorado:
The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup that first hit the road in 2003. After a short break, the second generation of the pickup was unveiled in 2015. It's this version of the truck that continues to this day. It is designed for buyers who need the practicality of a pickup, but who don't have room for a full-size model.
The Chevrolet Colorado is versatile in its utility, offers a smooth ride, and is strong off-road.
What’s New in the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado?
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado offers only small changes compared to last year's model. Specifically, it features a new infotainment system as well as an improved rearview camera. Chevy has deleted the optional manual transmission.
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado continues to offer three engine choices.
- 2.5-liter four-cylinder (200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque).
- 3.6-liter V6 (308 horsepower, 275 pound-feet of torque).
- 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel (186 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque).
Of the trio, the turbodiesel offers the best fuel mileage. It is rated at 20-mpg city and 30-mpg highway. Next up is the four-cylinder (20-mpg city, 26-mpg highway), followed by the V6 (18-mpg city, 25-mpg highway).
Four-wheel drive can be paired with any engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for gas motors. The turbodiesel is matched with a six-speed automatic. When properly equipped, the pickup can tow as much as 7,700 pounds.
What Does the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Compete With?
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado competes with the following pickup trucks:
The most popular version of the Chevrolet Colorado is the LT. This model adds 17-inch wheels, a larger infotainment touch screen, and keyless entry. All of these are upgrades over both the base and WT trim levels that come before it.
The Chevrolet Colorado is a good choice for those seeking a reasonably-sized, do-anything, utility-focused truck. It's also appealing for truck buyers on a budget.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado's styling is unchanged for the current model year. It offers a pleasing mix of curves up front, matched with slab-like wheel wells and a moderate overall size.
The Colorado is offered with two different bed lengths and a pair of body styles. The extended cab comes with two small rear-hinged doors and a six-foot, two-inch box, while the four-door crew cab offers the same cargo bed, or an optional box that is a roughly a foot shorter.
The base 2019 Chevrolet Colorado arrives with 16-inch steel wheels. Next up, the WT is similar in appearance. The LT adds 17-inch wheels. The Z71 adds under-body armor for off-roading, as well as the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate. This feature is designed for less effort when closing, and slower, more controlled opening. The ZR2 goes farther with its off-road looks, and includes unique wheels, special bumpers front and rear, and higher ground clearance. The ZR2 Bison package offers a CHEVROLET-lettered grille, wheel flares, a snorkel, steel bumpers, and winch mounts.
It's a handsome truck that can be dressed up in a number of special editions. The RST model adds its own unique embossed CHEVROLET grille, as well as 20-inch black wheels and black trim. The Trail Runner borrows styling cues from the off-road ZR2 model (skid plates, rock rails), as well as off-road tires. The Redline adds black badges and trim highlighted by red accents and 18-inch wheels. The Colorado Custom includes a body-color grille, door handles, and bumper, and comes with 18-inch wheels. The Midnight model blacks out the exterior of the truck, and rides on 17-inch wheels.
There are a startling array of appearance options that can be added to most versions of the pickup.
Interior Style in the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado offers a reasonable level of comfort and style given its affordable price. Compared to other pickups in its class, cabin trim is on the top end of the scale. Still, temper expectations, as this is a task-focused truck first and foremost.
Controls inside the Chevrolet Colorado are built out of the kind of plastics that can handle repeated abuse. They are also easy to use while wearing gloves. The vehicle's new infotainment system is quicker and more logical to use than the version it replaces. Base trucks feature vinyl seats, while cloth and leather upholstery is found on higher trims.
There's a decent amount of forward passenger room inside the Colorado. Buyers can choose a front bench to increase total passenger capacity to six. At the rear, the extended cab offers room for rear passengers in a pinch, but it's not intended for long trips. The crew cab is much more accommodating to those sitting in the back. LATCH attachment points for child safety seats are provided in each body style.
Storage space inside the Chevrolet Colorado is quite good. The rear bench folds up nearly flat against the bulkhead to provide a huge 'trunk' in the cabin. The center console and door pockets are useful for smaller items.
What Technology Comes in the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado?
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado offers modest technology features. They are mostly aimed at helping get the job done rather than comfort or convenience.
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado comes with:
- 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen.
- 3.5-inch LCD gauge cluster display.
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
- Rearview camera.
- Bluetooth connectivity.
Buyers can add:
- Hill descent control. This system maintains a slow, set speed when descending a steep decline.
- Upgraded Bose audio.
- 4.2-inch LCD gauge cluster display.
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado?
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado does not offer any active safety systems as standard equipment. This is not out of step for the mid-size pickup segment.
Optional safety equipment for the 2019 Colorado includes:
- Forward collision alert. This system warns drivers if an impact seems imminent.
- Lane departure warning. A feature that provides an alert if the vehicle leaves its lane.
That is a very short list of features, and buyers must have to step up to the mid-tier LT trim to order them as an option.
What is the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Like to Drive?
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado drivers more like a large crossover than a traditional truck. While it does feature a body-on-frame design, suspension and steering tuning in most models is geared toward comfort. This stands in contrast to all of its competitors, except the Honda Ridgeline.
Power from the four-cylinder is acceptable. The V6 is the true workhorse. Still, you will have to rev the six-cylinder engine fairly high to tap into all of its output. This translate into a somewhat coarse character when pushing the truck hard. The automatic transmission shunts to a higher gear as often as possible to preserve fuel mileage. This can lead to low-revs when you want power instead.
The turbodiesel V6 offers smoother power delivery and great fuel mileage. It feels slower at highway speeds than the V6. Both engines are good options for towing.
The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison are serious off-road rigs. Each features a unique suspension setup with shocks sourced from Multimatic. They can take great amounts of abuse without complaint, even at higher speeds on rough trails.
Should I Buy a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado?
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a stand-out mid-size truck. Its combination of price, size, and capability is nearly class-leading. This is especially true if you want an off-road warrior.
Should I buy a Used Chevrolet Colorado?
The current generation Chevrolet Colorado debuted as a 2015 model. It is very similar to the 2019 model. We have no issue recommending it as a used truck.
How Much Does the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Cost?
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado starts at $22,395. A ZR2 Bison model can push past $50,000.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado
- Rugged off-road performance
- Comfortable on-road character
- Good power
- Efficient turbodiesel
- Practical and useful design
- Lacks safety tech
- Extended cab has a small back seat
- No more manual transmission
- Higher trims can be costly
The History of the Chevrolet Colorado: 14 Years of Colorado
The original Chevrolet Colorado appeared in the early 2000s as a replacement for the Chevy S10. The truck never found its stride, and was ignored by the market, which favored the rival Toyota Tacoma. After sitting out for several years, the Colorado was redesigned in 2015. It was reborn as a much more competitive mid-size pickup.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado
- Body Style
- Extended Cab Pickup
- 2.5L I4
- 181 - 308 hp
- 6-speed automatic
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Rear Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Android Auto
- Apple CarPlay
- Engine, 2.5L I4, DI, DOHC, VVT (200 hp [149.0 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [259 N-m] @ 4400 rpm)
- Transmission, 6-speed automatic, HMD, 6L50
- Rear axle, 4.10 ratio
- GVWR, 5400 lbs. (2449 kg)
- Rear wheel drive
- Frame, fully-boxed
- Pickup box
- Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist
- Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
- Wheels, 16" x 7" (40.6 cm x 17.8 cm) Ultra Silver Metallic steel
- Tires, 265/70R16 all-season, blackwall
- Tire, compact spare T175/90D18, blackwall
- Wheel, compact spare, 18" x 4.5" (45.7 cm x 11.4 cm) Black cast aluminum
- Bumper, rear chrome
- CornerStep, rear bumper
- Moldings, Black beltline
- Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control
- Cargo box light, back of cab
- Mirrors, outside manual-folding, Black
- Glass, windshield shade band
- Door handles, Black
- Capless Fuel Fill
- Tailgate, locking
- Tailgate handle, Black
- Audio system, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system 7" diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo. Additional features for compatible phones include: Bluetooth audio streaming for 2 active devices, voice command pass-through to phone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable
- Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
- Seats, front bucket
- Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power with manual recline
- Seat adjuster, passenger 2-way manual fore/aft with manual recline
- Seat delete, rear
- Console, floor, front compartment, custom
- Floor covering, full-length Black vinyl
- Steering wheel, urethane
- Steering column, tilt, manual
- Speedometer, miles/kilometers
- Display, driver instrument information enhanced, one color
- Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
- Door locks, power
- Theft-deterrent system, immobilization
- USB data ports, 2 includes auxiliary input jack, located on the front console
- Air conditioning, single-zone manual climate control
- Handles, door release, front and rear, Jet Black
- Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
- Visors, driver and front passenger with passenger vanity mirror
- Lighting, interior, center dome
- StabiliTrak, stability control system
- Traction control, electronic
- Daytime Running Lamps
- Airbags, Dual-stage frontal airbags for driver and front passenger; Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front outboard passenger; Head-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard seating positions; Includes front outboard Passenger Sensing System for frontal passenger airbag (Always use seat 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.)
- Rear Vision Camera
- Teen Driver a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to help encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain available vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. It includes the Buckle-to-Drive feature which prevents the driver from shifting from Park for up to 20 seconds if the driver's seat belt is not buckled. An in-vehicle report card gives you information on driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
- Tire Pressure Monitor System
- Tire Fill Alert provides an audible and visual indication when tire pressure is added to a tire that is low. Aids to achieve optimal tire pressure