2019 Chevrolet Colorado Review

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

After missing out on the midsize truck market for a few years, Chevrolet decided to introduce a second-generation Colorado in 2015. In the years since, Chevrolet introduced changes and new variants to the Colorado. For 2019, there are small updates.

The Colorado comes in a three configurations: the Extended Cab body style with a 6-foot bed and the longer Crew Cab with either a 5- or 6-foot bed. There are also three engine choices. Base setups get a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, plus either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. You can also select a 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp and 275 lb-ft, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission. For those with particular needs, Chevrolet offers a 2.8-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder diesel with 181 hp and 369 lb-ft and a 6-speed automatic transmission. All three powertrains come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or optional four-wheel drive (4WD). With all the right options checked, the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 lbs. Depending on the engine, fuel economy can range from 17 to mpg city and 24 to 28 mpg highway.

Six trims make up the Colorado’s price spread: Base, WT, LT, Z71 and ZR2. The Base trim comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, antilock disc brakes, a 4-way power driver’s seat, a 7-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a theft-deterrent system, rear bumper steps, and a locking tailgate. Nicer grades come with things like body-color bumpers, larger alloy wheels, an 8-inch infotainment system (available with or without navigation), automatic climate control, wireless charging, leather-trimmed upholstery, keyless entry, projector headlights, and a 6-way power driver’s seat. Both the 7- and 8-inch infotainment systems have been completely redesigned for 2019, with sharper graphics, faster processing, and new features.

The Z71 and ZR2 trims are off-road oriented and carry bolder styling themes. The Z71 trim comes with an off-road suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, a transfer case shield on 4WD models, special 17-inch painted wheels, all terrain tires, and Z71 badging. Meanwhile, the ZR2 trim is the most rugged grade of the lineup, with standard 4WD, an even better off-road suspension, increased track width and ground clearance, an appearance package with raised bumpers, a spray-in bedliner, a trailer hitch, a transfer case shield, full-locking front and rear differentials, a DSSV damping system, and recovery hooks.

A reversing camera, now high-definition, and several airbags are the only standard safety items. Optional safety features consist of reversing sensors, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning. The Extended Cab Colorado achieved middling scores in its 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, with weaknesses on the driver’s side small overlap and side collision categories. Meanwhile, the Crew Cab received perfect crash scores in all categories after the same battery of tests.

In the world of midsize trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado is a competent middle-ground choice with versatile powertrains, modern-enough amenities, and optional off-road capable equipment. However, it isn’t the perfect solution, and competitors often surpass it in one category or another. Buyers looking for more features might be better served by the all-new Ford Ranger, while those wanting most of the utility without a harsh ride should take a look at the Honda Ridgeline.

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